We all want to get out of the house while ensuring the health and safety of ourselves and those around us. Luckily, Jackson, MS has plenty of outdoor socially distanced activities for you to try! We cultivated the top ten things to do in Jackson this summer, so you don’t have to be bored in the house.
Please note, individuals in the city of Jackson are required to wear a face covering in public.
Have a picnic at the Rez.
Pack a lunch and a blanket and find a shady spot on the reservoir. Not sure exactly where to go? Just put this location into Google Maps.
Spend time exploring the Art Garden.
The Art Garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art is a 1.2-acre park located in the heart of Downtown Jackson. Discover a welcoming lawn, native garden beds, permanent art installations, water features, and more.
Hike nature trails at Le Fleur’s Bluff State Park.
Trek through the 1.5-mile nature trail that runs alongside the Pearl River. With plenty of shade and lookout areas, it is a great place to spend the early morning before it gets too hot. And don’t forget your hammock; there are some great trees to set up shop. Here is where to enter and park.
Visit the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum.
Explore the many outdoor spaces of the museum, like the Mississippi Specialty Crops Garden that boasts 17 raised beds, a blueberry patch, a worm dig compost station, and more; the Doctor Office Herb Garden with 220 square feet of beds with 40 different species of medicinal trees, shrubs, and herbs; and the new children’s barnyard which features over 25 pieces of historic agricultural machinery and a variety of farm animals.
Kayak around Crystal Lake.
Kayaking is the perfect socially distanced activity, and we are lucky to have an easily accessible and affordable option right here in Jackson with Capital City Kayaks. You can enjoy a guided instructional tour for two hours, or a solo tour for up to six hours, for just $30 per person.
Grab a drink to-go at The District at Eastover.
With the City of Jackson’s recent go-cup ordinance, the District at Eastover is the perfect spot to grab a drink and then hang out on the grassy lawn area. With options like Fine and Dandy, Sophomore Spanish Club, and Gold Coast, it’s sure to be a great afternoon treat.
Explore the Eudora Welty museum and garden.
Both the visitor center (complete with museum exhibits) and garden are free to the public and offer self-guided experiences. Eudora Welty was an avid gardener and this happens to be one of only two public botanical gardens in Mississippi. They kindly ask that you make a reservation prior to arriving; learn more here.
Hang out by a cozy fire pit.
Spend the afternoon on a patio.
There is something inherently summery about lounging on a patio. Grab an iced coffee and a piece of pie at Urban Foxes and relax in their outdoor café, order a drink and a small plate and sit back under the Magnolia Tree at the Library Lounge, or try a pizza from Aplόs and savor it in the outdoor area of Highland Village.
Enjoy a relaxing staycation.
Treat yourself to a staycation while staying socially distant. The Tack Suite at the Fairview has its own separate entrance, so you can feel comfortable and confident when you come and go during your stay. To learn more about the precautions the property is taking, click here.