For the 50+ Traveler

A long-shuttered resort in Tunica, Mississippi, is about to get a huge makeover. Developers announced this week they will be putting $140 million into the redevelopment of the former Harrah’s Tunica Resort. Work will include renovation of the two hotels, convention center, spa, and salon.

It will also include the construction of a 20-acre water park and an 18-hole golf course renovation by famed architect Rees Jones.

“This property is truly one-of-a-kind, and we believe adding an amazing water park and other family-friendly amenities will enhance our guests’ experience and create a destination for all age groups in this region and beyond,” said Tom DeMuth, managing director of Summit Smith Development, one of the companies involved in the project.

The property will include a 100-acre private lake, a family fun center with an all-ages video arcade, a sporting clay and hunting center, an RV park, and a boardwalk with dining, retail, and entertainment venues.

Rendering of renovations to Tunica, Mississippi, resort.
Tunica Hospitality and Entertainment LLC

Tunica is located in the northwest corner of Mississippi, about 50 miles south of Memphis, Tennessee. It has grown over the years with a major emphasis on casinos.

This project is looking to attract more families with the additions of the water park, a youth sports complex, lake activities including fishing and boating, and the boardwalk.

The property has been vacant since Harrah’s closed its doors in 2014.

DeMuth said more information on the project would be announced in the coming weeks, but for now, the plan is to complete the project in phases, starting in 2022.

The water park is expected to be complete next summer. It will include a lazy river, drop capsule slides, a raft bowl slide, kids slides, two swim-up bars, and other play areas.

The resort, which will employ more than 650 people, will be managed by Aimbridge Hospitality, and the hotel will have a total of 1,168 guest rooms in the two towers.

For more on vacationing in the area, consider our Tennessee and Mississippi content, and don’t miss our recommendations for fantastic family vacations all around the United States (and the world!), either.