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Best Of - Free Things To Do In Tunica

By on Monday, May 11, 2015

Everybody is watching their spending these days. Some have decided that the first they should cut back on is fun. The truth is fun can be costly at times, but it doesn't always have to break the bank. I happen to love being able too show just how much fun I can have on the least amount of money, so recently I took it upon myself to try to spend an entire afternoon in Tunica on a budget of, well, ZERO dollars! Crazy sounding, right? Well I will have everyone know that It was probably the most fun I have had in a while and I left about as rich as I came.


Tunica MuseumI started out at the Tunica Museum. I hadn't actually been in a long time and had forgotten how awesome it was. The museum itself hosts exhibits, and education programs, whose topics include Native American prehistory, early European exploration and settlement, as well as 19th and 20th century social, agricultural, institutional, political, military and commercial history. With tons of old photos to view, you can brush up on Tunica history. Price: $0 Then I took a drive over to downtown Tunica and made a stop in Veterans Memorial Park. With the stress of the past couple of work weeks, I needed to take a break. I sat in the park and enjoyed a great book in the shade under a tree that I'm sure could tell a story or two. Price: Free! 

 Since I was so close to Tunica Mainstreet, I figured I would continue my American history lesson by trying the walking tour. With stops along the Main Street area, the tour offers the opportunity to view buildings that date back to the early 1900’s. Each building has a plaque filled with stories of adventure, deception and revenge, a history that most wouldn’t expect in such a quiet Mississippi town. They will also be adding 6 new plaques to various other buildings, growing the tour to over a dozen historic stops. Price: Nunca! 

My afternoon was pretty perfect! You might be thinking that you probably couldn't pull of the same thing. Think again!  And if you are looking for a bit longer priceless adventure, don't forget about the Mississippi Blues Trail. It is totally free and America’s Blues Highway begins at the Tunica Visitors Center on Highway 61. Take the opportunity to travel the Mississippi Blues Trail – a journey of over 120 historical markers including five located in Tunica and other scattered throughout the state that tell the remarkable story of how the blues were born in Mississippi.

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