Listen to the blues where the genre was born. Tailgate with the best at an SEC football game. Find adventure and inspiration along the Gulf Coast. Mississippi offers a host of bucket list-worthy,
authentic experiences that can only happen here.
only in mississippi
A cosmopolitan experience awaits in the heart of the Delta at The Alluvian in Greenwood. Between its indulgent spa, modern guest rooms, luxurious amenities and Italian restaurant, Giardina’s, it’s no surprise The Alluvian boasts top honors from TripAdvisor, Thrillist and Wine Spectator, as well as multiple AAA Four-Diamond Awards. Just across the street, the Viking Cooking School offers a range of hands-on culinary experiences, with classes for every skill level hosted by acclaimed guest chefs.
Smell the salt air and reel in A big one. The Mississippi Gulf CoaST affords plenty of opportunities for deep sea fishing in the Gulf’s crystal blue waters. There may be a long Gulf Coast, but top anglers journey to the Mississippi Coast where the big fish are always running.
Take a trip 36 million years back, to an ancient log jam deposited by a river from halfway across our young continent. Today, these ancient trees are like stone, making the Mississippi Petrified Forest in Flora a fascinating destination surrounded by natural beauty.
Experience SEC Football. There’s no better venue than the annual Ole Miss versus Mississippi State University match-up known as the Egg Bowl. Hosted in either Starkville or Oxford, this rivalry brings out school spirit and the best tailgating experience in the South. Both of these college towns are known for their lively game day spirit and excellent downtown shopping.
Experience “Mississippi’s Largest House Party.” A quintessential Mississippi experience, the Neshoba County Fair in Philadelphia combines countless Southern traditions such as politicking, pageants, barbecue and horse races with classic fair rides and jam sessions for a week of fun each July. It’s all best taken in from the porch of the fairground’s brightly-colored row cabins.
Stand where countless soldiers have stood, and peer over the walls of Fort Massachusetts. Located off of the Gulf Coast on West Ship Island, the fort was first built during the War of 1812 and was an important element of coastal defense until the early 20th century.
Take a memorable bike ride along the Natchez Trace Parkway. Built with cycling in mind, the Trace is lined with scenic forests, farmland, creeks and beautiful vistas. When passing through Ridgeland, stop in the Mississippi Craft Center for one-of-a-kind crafts by extraordinary artisans, and complete your day at the Renaissance at Colony Park, an unrivaled venue for shopping, dining and entertainment.
Take in the adventure in the Hills Region at Tishomingo State Park. Known for its massive rock formations and the Appalachian Forest, the park is a destin- ation for hiking, canoeing, rock climbing and paddle trips. Don’t miss the famous Swinging Bridge, a native stone and steel cable bridge crossing high above Bear Creek.
Paddle the nation’s most famous river. The Quapaw Canoe Company has outposts in Clarksdale and Natchez for guided canoe trips down the mighty yet majestic Mississippi River.
Walk among the ruins. Although spared during the Civil War, Windsor Mansion, the largest Greek Revival mansion ever built in the state, burned in 1890. All that remains are 23 fluted columns, standing nearly 40 feet tall on the home’s former site. Known as Windsor Ruins, this iconic destination, located in Port Gibson, is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Sip a refreshing cocktail on the inviting porches of Cathead Distillery. Located in downtown Jackson, it is the first and oldest distillery in Mississippi, distilling Cathead Vodka on-site. Cathead Distillery offers tasting events as well as public and private tours.
Walk with a champion. As host to not one but two PGA events, Mississippi has two opportunities to walk the golf course along PGA Champions. The Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic hosts PGA Tour Champions Players on Biloxi’s Fallen Oak Golf Course. The Sanderson Farms Championship is a golf tournament on the PGA Tour, held annually at The Country Club of Jackson.
unique lodging awaits
If an experience is going to be memorable, it must be unique and Mississippi offers what might be some of the most original lodging experiences out there…
Clarksdale’s Shack up Inn is comprised of a series of tin-roofed sharecropper shacks, turned to quirky and unapologetically rustic rooms. Their mantra is “the Ritz we ain’t,” but the Shack Up Inn offers cold beer, great blues music and an original Delta experience. The Hooker Hotel and Squeeze Box, also in Clarksdale, are two private vacation rental apartments, designed and decorated by local artisans in true “Delta Style.”
Anchuca, a Choctaw Indian word meaning "happy home," is one of the most significant antebellum homes in the state and the first historical bed and breakfast in Vicksburg. It was also the first home with columns in Vicksburg. Still a traditional B&B today, Anchuca offers luxurious modern amenities in its historic setting.
Indulge yourself in Southern hospitality at one of the state’s charming bed and breakfasts such as Natchez’s Dunleith historic inn, a stately white colonnade turned B&B, surround- ed by elegant gardens with river views. After a little pampering, take in the opulence of the Old South by touring the antebellum homes of Natchez such as Rosalie and Longwood.
Grenada’s “Little Big House” is a luxury cabin available for rent offering a peaceful, natural setting on Grenada Lake. The lake is the largest body of water in the state and known for its excellent sport fishing.
The Inn at Ocean Springs is a charming boutique inn with beautifully appointed guest rooms and modern amenities within walking distance of both the beach and quaint boutiques and galleries in downtown Ocean Springs. Bay St. Louis also offers a large inventory of cottage homes convenient to the beach and ideal for family getaways.
In Hattiesburg, luxury meets natural-chic at The River Ranch. Reserve one of the five-bedroom suites or the entire hand-hewn log cabin surrounded by 300+ acres of pristine wilderness and untamed beauty.
FUn for the kids
Make lasting family memories in Jackson’s Museum District. The Mississippi Children’s Museum is an ex- citing attraction for children of all ages with engaging and hands-on exhibits. This dynamic museum’s Literacy Garden allows for outdoor play and learning, while the Exploring Mississippi Gallery takes little visitors on a trek through the state’s heritage and geography. Next door in LeFleur’s Bluff State Park is the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, with thrilling exhibits including life-size displays of habitats and a 100,000-gallon aquarium network housing more than 200 living species. Also nearby is the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Museum, which is filled with Smithsonian-quality exhibits on small- town Mississippi. This museum is also home to the National Agricultural Aviation Museum, providing a fascinating look at aviation’s drastic impact on the agriculture industry.
Ard’s Dairy Farm in Ruth is a working dairy farm offering public tours complete with the opportunity to bottle-feed baby calves and take a ride on the Moo Moo Choo Choo Train.
In Vicksburg, children are amazed to hear the USS Cairo spent more than 100 years under water before it was raised. The restored ironclad gunboat sank during the Civil War and the USS Cairo Museum contains artifacts found on board.
Traditional farm fun is had year-round at Mitchell Farms near Collins. Farm tours offer an educational look at agriculture and farm life. A U-Pick Garden is open June through July, followed by a late fall pumpkin patch and corn maze.
The Hattiesburg Zoo, home to more than 100 species of animals, is located in Hattiesburg’s Kamper Park. Between taking in the zoo’s beloved animals, kids will love the on-site train, carousel and splash pad.
For a memorable family outing, travel to the Delta Region’s Tunica River Park and Museum for an up-close interaction with the awe-inspiring beauty of the Mississippi River.
At 210 acres, Tupelo’s Buffalo Park and Zoo is the largest zoo in the state with more than 260 animals on-site including a herd of American buffalo. The park offers guided tours as well as pony rides, a petting zoo, zip lines and playgrounds.
Meridian’s historic Dentzel Carousel charms children with its whimsical animals and music, and engages parents with historic significance. The carousel was first made in 1896 for the 1904 St. Louis Exposition, arriving at its Highland Park location in 1909. The Carousel is a National Land- mark and on the National Register of Historic Places.
In Philadelphia you’ll find Pearl River Resort’s Geyser Falls Water Theme Park, a 23-acre playground of cascading fountains, 12 water slides, a lazy river and expansive wave pool. Check online for seasonal openings and hours.
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