Things to Do in Jackson, MS
Did you know that Jackson is the capital and largest city of Mississippi? It’s a fun and vibrant city to visit with your friends and family. Not only does it boast great attractions, but it’s also not far from other surrounding cities such as Vicksburg and Natchez. With our great downtown location, the historic Fairview Inn is the perfect place to stay if you wish to enjoy the best things to do in Jackson, MS.
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20 Things You Can Do in Jackson and Its Surrounding Areas
TOUR JACKSON’S MUSEUMS
One of the greatest perks of Jackson is by far its variety of museums and rich past. Did you know that it has several buildings and sites that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places? Learn the history of Jackson, Mississippi as you hop from one to another. Here are some of our favorites:
Old Capitol Hill
The Old Capitol was recently restored and now serves as the historical headquarters for Mississippi government. While you’re there, you can also tour the State Capitol, home of the Mississippi legislature.
Manship House Museum
Visit the Manship House Museum, the home of Civil War Mayor of Jackson, Charles Manship.
The Oaks House Museum
this great museum dates back to 1853, when it was still the home of the Mayor of Jackson, James Hervey Boyd.
Take a tour of the Governor’s Mansion, built in 1842 and still residence of the current Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour.
Eudora Welty House
In the Belhaven neighborhood, just around the corner from the Fairview Inn, is the Eudora Welty Museum. Pulitzer prize-winner and author, Eudora Welty, lived in this residence for over 76 years.
Museum of Mississippi History
Learn about all aspects of Mississippi’s storied past at the Museum of Mississippi History. What was it like before America was founded? What did the New World bring and how did it evolve into what we know today? All of these questions (and more) will be answered.
Museum of Natural Science
Located in LeFleur’s Bluff State Park, this science museum is popular with kids of all ages.
Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum
Stroll through the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum and learn about how these two industries have impacted our state—both in the past and present.
The Mississippi Museum of Art
Browse through an impressive collection of exhibits that include regional, national, and international art. The Museum also boasts a permanent collection of more than 4,000 works of art.
CATCH A SHOW
Do you want to experience the talents of Jackson during your stay? Then you’re in luck, because there’s no shortage of it. Come and discover all the amazing theaters and music venues in Jackson.
New Stage Theater
New Stage Theatre, now in its 42nd season, is Mississippi’s only professional non-profit theatre. The theater produces five main stage shows September through June and has touring productions all year round.
Mississippi Symphony Orchestra
The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1944, presents numerous classical and pop concerts in Jackson and throughout the state, featuring conductor Clifton Beck.
Mississippi Opera Association
Do you love opera? The Mississippi Opera Association offers a variety of shows each season with evening and matinee performances.
Puppet Art Theater
Puppet Art Theatre features professional puppet theater combining art, education, and entertainment.
The nightlife in Jackson is as vibrant as its history. Discover the night scene in the state’s capital through a variety of distinctive bars and clubs. Whether you want to try delicious cocktails, find eclectic spaces, or have an authentic pub experience, you’ll find what you’re looking for here. Take a look at some of our favorite spots:
There’s nothing like starting the night off with a delicious cocktail. The best part? You don’t even have to leave the Historic Fairview Inn for that. Enjoy the classy and elegant setting of the Library Lounge and peruse our vast collection of Mississippi-inspired literature.
The Apothecary at Brent’s Drugs
If you are looking for an exciting and trendy place to sip on cocktails, then we highly recommend The Apothecary at Brent’s Drugs. This modern take on an olf apothecary shop turned into one of the best bars in town, offering a splendid menu full of dazzling beverages. Share a Pink Phosphorescent with your girlfriends, be adventurous with the Absentium Roseola, or revisit some classics with the Kinan Rum-Fashioned!
Wine lovers will enjoy a night out at CAET (pronounced “Kate”). This wine bar features an impressive collection of whites and reds from all over the world, and gives you the opportunity to discover them with a delicious gourmet meal. Pair a cabernet with a plate of panko-crusted scallops, lamb porterhouse, or even a flank steak and truffle fries. Make sure you leave some room for dessert!
How about enjoying some live music with a good beer? Head to Fenian’s Pub and enjoy a warm and welcoming Irish atmosphere. They offer an outstanding menu of delicious foods and snacks along with a wide selection of beers, wines, and cocktails to keep you going well into the night!
Go on an Exciting Day Trip
Do you want to expand your horizons and discover Jackson’s surroundings? If so, we have the perfect itinerary idea for you. Here are our three favorite destinations:
The town of Natchez is less than two hours north of Jackson and offers great restaurants, historical sites, outdoor activities, and annual events that will enhance your visit. Here are some of the must-sees:
- Visit the welcome center for a video overview
- Visit Longwood and Dunleith historic antebellum plantations
- Have lunch at Fat Mama’s Tamales or Pig Out Inn BBQ
- Visit the Presbyterian Church photo exhibit
- Stop by the saloon and take in the Mississippi River vista
- Take a horse and buggy tour of Natchez
Vicksburg is 50 minutes away from Jackson and was pivotal during the Civil War. Travel back in time as you explore its several museums, houses, and battlegrounds.
- 16-mile ride through Military Park (get the self-guides C.D. or a personalized guided tour from a ranger)
- Have lunch at historic Walnut Hills or 10 South, overlooking the Mississippi River
- Tour the Beindenharn Coca Cola Museum
- Visit Tomato Place Farmer’s Market (seasonal)
- Tour U.S.S. Cairo Memorial
How about going on a road trip along the Delta? It makes for a scenic ride with plenty of historical attractions along the way.
- BB King Museum in Indianola, MS
- Travel down Route 61/Crossroads
- Visit the Blues Markers in the Delta
- Tour Simmons Catfish Farms in Yazoo City, MS
- Visit Dockery Planation Cotton Farm
- Have lunch at Crystal Grill in Greenwood, MS
- Shop at Mississippi Gift Company in Greenwood on the Square
More Attractions in Jackson, MS
Jackson has so much more to offer than what we just mentioned, so don’t hesitate to explore at your own pace and stop to discover more hidden gems! The Jackson Zoo, for example, is a great activity for families with its 80 acres of exotic wildlife and interactive exhibits. You can also enjoy the outdoors on the Ross Barnett Reservoir for sailing, fishing, or water park activities! No matter what you decide to do, one thing is for sure: You won’t have time to get bored!
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