A visual excursion of the river from atop Beale St. Landing; NEW!: Sultana Museum in Arkansas
From the rooftop terrace of Beale Street Landing at the foot of Beale Street see and hear a sweeping personal visual and story filled expedition along the Mighty river experienced from one spot on the waterfront. Your Historian / Guide has narrated on riverboats, given walking tours of music history on Beale Street and the riverfront, and given visual history tours from Downtown rooftops of the streets below. Travel a short distance to Marion, Arkansas to have a private tour with a Historian of the U. S. S. Sultana Museum.
Assemble at Beale Street Landing at Beale & Riverside
Scan a four mile sweep of the Mississippi flowing
across the Memphis riverfront from north to south.
Hear the colorful stories and facts about the history of
this historic panoramic location.
Ride over the Mississippi to Marion, Arkansas to the Sultana Museum and tour.
Travel back to Beale Street Landing or to your hotel.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Beale Street Landing terrace at the foot of Beale Street at Riverside Drive
End location: We will begin and end on the terrace of Beale Street Landing
Duration: 2 hours 30 min.
This experience will be a rousing narrative of brave men and colorful characters who lived out parts of their lives on the Mississippi in battle, in tragedy and most importantly with heroism. Learn of the most costly loss of life in maritime history, eclipsing that of The Titanic, on the high banks of the river where it occurred, then ride across the river to the U.S.S. Sultana Museum tour the artifacts and models and talk with the Historian / Curator as she gives you the story's details. You will also look out across the water and hear about a single person who saved three dozen lives in a flood swollen river from a small boat even though he himself could not swim. Hear the details of a lop-sided battle in the river where wooden boats with cotton bales for protection against cannonballs took on iron clad gun ships.
Transportation and admission to museum is included.
The adjacent Back Porch Riverside Grille featuring good food, drinks, and good river views from cafe and patio, gift shop with nautical and river items, jackets, sweats & T shirts.
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Doug W. is surely the best guide possible for a Memphis tour. Talk about "local" - he is an expert on the Memphis scene, from the Blues to the Civil War to the Civil Rights Museum. He really made it fun for us to take our first trip to Memphis when we could do it up right for sight-seeing. We asked for the tour he can do just from the top of the Peabody - perfect!