Whether you’re just visiting or you’re a permanent resident, there’s plenty of fun things to do on Mud Island. With our beautiful weather and incredible surroundings, outdoor activities top the list. Sunset on the river brings out both walkers and joggers. Taking a break and watching the river allows for a pause in a busy day for both Mud Island and City residents. From boating to bike riding, staying in a first-class hotel or dining locally–read on to discover the top spots in Mud Island, Memphis, you don’t want to miss.
If you love the outdoors, you’ll be in heaven here, with 52 open acres. You’ll have your choice of many activities, but one of the most popular things is taking a leisurely bike ride right along the river. You can pack a lunch and stop to take in the view. Besides bike riding, there’s also kayaking, paddle boarding, visiting the museum, or going to an event at the Amphitheater.
The Harbortown 3 Mile Run is an annual event hosted on Mud Island. With that comes neighborhood music festivals and pop-up neighborhood parties throughout the island featuring bouncy houses and potlucks. Looking for longer runs in this gorgeous area? The Great American River Run is part of the Memphis in May International Festival and features runs from 5K to Half Marathon.
One of the most popular outdoor spots is Greenbelt Park. Visitors love sitting next to the river day or night, walking dogs, or picnicking with friends. If you want to be more active, you can bike, skate, or jog.
There’s a boat launch on the water where you can kayak or canoe. Locals and visitors alike choose this location when looking for some quiet time. Come and relax and enjoy the cool river breeze.
Locals love riding around in their golf carts, and often you can find them looking for the perfect spot to watch the fantastic sunsets.
This dog park is a favorite for both dogs and owners alike. There are some great pictures on Facebook of many happy pooches spending time here. With 1.3 acres, there’s plenty of room for the dogs to run around, with separate areas for large and small dogs to put dog owner’s minds at ease.
Visitors will find lots of water fountains, perfect for our hot days. Throughout the park, there are benches to sit down for a rest, or take in the sites.
When it comes to Harbor Town Square dining, locals choose Tugs for casual breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. You can also meet friends at the bar and take in a game on the big screen TVs. Some of the favorites on the menu are fresh fish and homemade gumbo or onion soup.
If you can, arrive before sunset and sit outside for a beautiful view. Locals consider it a modern-day “Cheers” bar. A perfect stop after a long day of work. The staff is friendly, and the prices are reasonable.
#5 River Inn
There’s just a handful of hotels in Harbor town, but the most well-known of the Mud Island hotels is River Inn. Come and enjoy some Southern hospitality and Mississippi River views. The hotel is close to Downtown and just two miles from Beale street. Many rooms overlook the river, and there are three different restaurants and bars to choose from.
If you’re looking for fine dining, treat yourself to Paulette’s for filet mignon or rack of lamb. The rooms have fresh flowers, and each window has flower boxes. Southern Living, AAA, and Travel & Leisure award their highest honors to this lodging establishment.
Centrally located on Harbor Bend Road is Cordelia’s market, the main grocery store for locals and a favorite spot for visitors. They stock many Memphis traditional dishes and always have freshly baked bread, cookies, and desserts. Also, they offer specialty meats and cheeses and local produce. Cordelia’s is a fun store to shop in because they always have something new to tantalize your taste buds with!
One of the favorite things to do is check out the delicious food trucks on Wednesday nights at Mrs. Cordelia’s. Besides lots of tasty dishes, there’s usually a favorite local singer performing.
As you can see, there’s something for everyone to do on Mud Island. If you’ve fallen in love with this beautiful part of Memphis like we have and would like to see about buying a home here, contact the local professionals at Captain & Co.