Tunica, the "The South's Casino Capital," is strategically located 30 minutes south of Memphis, conveniently located at the crossroads of I-40 and I55. Tunica welcomes more than 10 million visitors, easily accessible from all points in the Central United States.
In 1990, the Mississippi Legislature legalized gaming as a job and tax creation strategy. Tunica's leaders saw the opportunity for a new industry and badly needed job creation. The new law authorized gaming on a local county option basis for counties along the Mississippi River and the Gulf Coast. Tunica's civic and business leaders put together an economic development strategy, and the "Tunica Miracle" began.
The significant changes to Tunica in the past thirteen years include:
Nine world-class casinos
Over 6,300 hotel rooms
Over 50 restaurants
400 Table games and more than 14,000 slots
More headline entertainment than anywhere else in Mid-America, performing in multimillion dollar showrooms.
Over 140,000 square feet of meeting space
Tunica RiverPark & Museum, a new $26 million attraction, providing a true Mississippi River experience
The Tunica Queen, a 300-passenger paddle wheeler offering three daily cruises down the Mighty Mississippi, including a nightly dinner/entertainment cruise
Tunica National Golf & Tennis, featuring a new 212-acre, 18-hole public championship golf course, 360-degree driving range, a 20,000-square-foot clubhouse featuring Murphy's Grillroom restaurant and a pro shop, and four Davis Cup indoor clay tennis courts
Two other championship golf courses, River Bend Links and Cottonwoods, making Tunica a major destination for golf enthusiasts
Tunica Airport, enabling commercial aircraft to land in Tunica
Tunica Arena & Exposition Center, Mississippi's largest indoor arena featuring some of the nation's largest equine shows and sporting events
Tunica RiverPark Museum is but one of four museums found in the Tunica area, including Tunica Museum featuring interactive displays with an emphasis on natural history, located on Highway 61 south of the resort area, Blues & Legends Hall of Fame at Horseshoe Casino, highlighting the Delta Blues, and Hollywood Memorabilia that houses the Mid-South's largest collection of authentic movie memorabilia
Three professional Spa facilities: Golf Strike Spa, Bellissimo at Grand Casino, and Horseshoe Casino and Hotel Spa.
Willows Sporting Clays, offering a realistic, competitive shooting environment in a natural setting
Veterans Memorial Plaza located in the Town of Tunica, featuring a seven-foot-tall bronze sculpture of three soldiers, flags representing each branch of the armed services, and plaques honoring the US veterans of foreign waters and the victims and heroes of September 11
Shopping of all sorts, including Casino Factory Shoppes where you can find high-quality, prestige label merchandise at 30-70% off retail prices, more than 15 gift shops located within the casinos, hotels, museums, and golf clubhouses, as well as antiques, specialty foods and unique gifts found in specialty stores in the Town of Tunica
Tunica Sports Complex which includes a new 38,770-square-foot Aquatic Center with an eight-lane Olympic-size pool and specifications for all swim competition, four 330-square-foot baseball/softball fields equipped to host amateur and professional-level tournaments, basketball courts to host local and regional tournaments, and a professional boxing facility for training beginners and pros alike.
Memphis is the home of Elvis, pork barbeque, Rock �n Roll and the Blues. Spend time touring Elvis' Graceland, the automobile museum, his private jets and the Meditation Garden where Elvis and his family are buried. Visit the new Smithsonian Rock �n' Roll Museum, Beale Street, Memphis Zoo, Sun Records and much more. Attend a Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) game at the new FedEx Forum, or Redbirds game at AutoZone Park.
Located 35 miles south on Highway 61, Clarksdale was the home of many Blues legends, including W.C. Handy, Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters. Tour the Delta Blues Museum, housed in the newly renovated Clarksdale Depot. Your tour might include a stop at the Hopson Plantation for a glimpse of Mississippi Delta agriculture. Consider an evening at actor Morgan Freeman's Madidi's Restaurant or Ground Zero Blues Club.
In Oxford, located approximately 70 miles away from the casino resort area you can visit Rowan Oak, home of William Faulkner. The town square in Oxford is none for its specialty shops, unique restaurants, and Square Books. Oxford is also home of University of Mississippi, rich with history found on a beautiful campus.