25 ALL-TIME BEST THINGS TO DO IN MISSISSIPPI

When you’re exploring the South, there are a myriad of wonders in Mississippi. World renowned authors, painful history, exciting new achievements…not to mention gorgeous forests and dreamy beaches. Come check out these 25 all best things to do in Mississippi as you plan your next adventure.

MISSISSIPPI PETRIFIED FOREST

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No reason to be scared by the name because this privately-owned but open to the public attraction is a beautiful place to be. Located in Flora, Mississippi, this 36 million-year-old site offers enchanting landscapes, walking trails, and a visitors center museum to explore! The main attraction is the beautifully large petrified logs that indicate these trees were over 1000 years old and 100 feet tall!

Through the hiking trails, you will find yourself coming across the main attractions which include the Caveman’s Bench. This is a picture-perfect spot that offers a really good look back into history. 

Details: 124 Forest Park Rd, Flora, MS 39071 | Website

TISHOMINGO STATE PARK

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We hinted that Tishomingo is not a national park but it sure is a beautiful state park that offers tons of hiking for everyone! The park is located right at the bottom of the Appalachian Mountains and has a rich Native American history. The park was named after the leader of the Chickasaw Nation. 

The park itself has seven different trails to choose from ranging in levels of difficulty. Here are some of the most popular! 

Flat Rock Trail – Flat Rock Trail is a 3-mile hike that loops around a lake offering beautiful views. It’s a moderate-rated hike and is not overcrowded. Starting at the park’s Visitor Entrance you’ll see that the trail takes you through mostly flat-rock areas given its name! Your puppy is also welcome! 

Saddlebrook Ridge Trail – Saddlebrook Ridge Trail is three-quarters of a mile and is often looped into a flat rock trail. This trail though is one for history lovers as it will ring you past several rock formations that feature caves thought to be used by the Native Americans. 

Natchez Trace Trail – It’s a 2-mile journey that starts in the same palace as Saddlebrook. Instead, you’ll find yourself weaving around Bear Creek and through Natchez Trace Parkway. With tons of registered historic sites along this trail, this is also a great option if you want to learn more about Native American history. 

Details: 105 County Road 90, Tishomingo, MS 38873 | Website

MISSISSIPPI MUSEUM OF ART

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Those who have an art culture appreciation should add the Mississippi Museum of Art to their list of top things to do. Located in Jackson, Mississippi, the museum is currently open Thursday through Sunday due to COVID while their Art Garden is open daily during daylight hours.

Ticketed exhibitions can be found on their calendar. They also offer wonderful free exhibitions open to the public, alongside their special ticketed exhibitions which makes this a great free family activity! 

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BEAU RIVAGE CASINO

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With the last option being family-friendly, it’s time to offer something for the adults. Beau Rivage Casino is an MGM resort casino with a lot to offer. With 12 different food options, this is a foodie’s dream. Though we recommend Jia; a unique restaurant inspired by Pan-Asain dishes with a touch of South American novelties. 

Whether you’re someone who wants to have daiquiris by the pool or an afternoon massage to relax the day away or work on your swing at Top Golf, there are tons to do. No need to rush out because their hotel offers upscale rooms and suites with a welcoming vibe! 

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ELVIS PRESLEY BIRTHPLACE AND MUSEUM

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The Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum is most likely one of the best tourist attractions for many visiting Mississippi. Located in Tupelo is where you can see the real and preserved birthplace of the King of Rock and Roll. The two-room house was built by Elvis’ grandfather in 1935 and has been preserved since. 

This is a multiple-site attraction that lets you have a real insight into Elvis’s life growing up. Tickets range from $6 to $19 depending on the number of attractions you want to see. 

Details: 306 Elvis Presley dr., Tupelo, MS 38801 | Website

BILOXI LIGHTHOUSE

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The Biloxi Lighthouse is a city landmark that was made in 1848 and has become a symbol of being resilient to the city in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. While it’s an absolute beauty to see there is also a lot of history behind the lighthouse that’s worth taking a look at. 

Being one of the first cast-iron lighthouses in all of the South, the Biloxi Lighthouse was also one of three Mississippi Sound Lighthouses. Interestingly enough it was operated by many females during its civilian years and now offers walking tours to the public. 

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BEAUVOIR ESTATE

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The Beauvoir Estate is another attraction in Biloxi, Mississippi, and was home to former President of the Confederate States of America, Jefferson Davis. It’s recognized as a National Historic Landmark and boasts a beautiful 52 acres of greenery and walking space for the public to explore. 

The museum and estate are open for tours letting the public have an inside look at the life of Davis while living there. Though the property used to be 608 acres when originally purchased, there is still plenty to see and do today. 

Details: 2244 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, MS 39531 | Website

HATTIESBURG ZOO

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Who doesn’t enjoy hanging out with some furry friends? At the Hattiesburg Zoo, you can enjoy 12 acres of fun featuring animals from every continent. Want to see the Giraffes from Africa? No problem! Feeling like seeing the Sumatran Tiger from Asia? They’ve got it!

They also feature a few fun attractions such as the adventure and ropes course to burn off the last of that energy before heading home. And of course, kids love the petting zoo except theirs has a twist. Their animals are featured in Australia. 

Details: 107 S 17th Ave, Hattiesburg, MS 39401 | Website

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GULF ISLANDS NATIONAL SEASHORE

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While Mississippi technically doesn’t have a national park, they do have a national seashore which is the stunning Gulf of Mexico. With so much to do, you can choose exploring forts, relaxing at the beach, or going for a beautiful walk exploring different plants and wildlife. 

Ship Island is certainly one of the most fun places to visit and is a can’t miss. Accessible by boat you can hang out for a swim while also exploring the War of 1812 Fort Massachusetts (yes it’s still in Mississippi!) 

NATCHEZ TRACE PARKWAY

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We mentioned that Mississippi has a strong history with Native Americans. The Natchez Trace Parkway is one of the best ways to learn about that history. It’s labeled as a drive through 10,000 years of history and is 444-miles of scenic driving that passes through three states. 

As noted there are tons of trails, hiking, and campgrounds located along the road to break up your drive. The Natchez Trace was walked upon for thousands of years and it’s no different today! 

LYNN MEADOWS DISCOVERY CENTER

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Lynn Meadows Discovery is a kids paradise but let’s be honest no adult leaves without a smile and a few good laughs. This 15,000 square foot play zone offers tons of hands-on exhibits for kids and their guardians. 

Whether you’re singing and making music in the musical garden or playing in the treehouses there are endless activities. 

Details: 246 Dolan Ave, Gulfport, MS 39507 | Website

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STATE CAPITOL BUILDING

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Visiting the State Capital is just sort of something you have to do when traveling through the United States. When visiting Jackson, Mississippi you won’t be sorry because their State Capitol Building truly is a marvel to look at. 

Completed in 1903 this is actually the third State Capitol building. Worth the visit, you can take a guided tour and stop in the capitol museum when you call in advance! 

MISSISSIPPI MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE

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Science can be cool especially when it’s in the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. This beauty is tucked in the LaFleur’s Bluff State Park located in Jackson, Mississippi. Thanks to their outlook over 300-acres of green beauty and an outdoor amphitheater, science exhibitions can take part outside too!

On the inside, kids and adults can meet over 200 different species with a special focus on Mississippi’s unique habitat. Don’t forget to grab something from their Dragonfly Giftshop. 

Details: 2148 Riverside dr., Jackson, MS 39202 | Website

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MISSISSIPPI CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM

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Mississippi’s Civil Rights Museum is something that most people may look over but is honestly one of the most important and educational things on this list. This museum is filled with rich history and important figures who played a crucial role in the civil rights movement. 

It will give you a new sense of appreciation and awe at those who stood up at this time in history. And through their interactive exhibits, the information is digestible and memorable, making it worth the visit. 

Details: 222 North St #2205, Jackson, MS 39201 | Website

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INSTITUTE FOR MARINE MAMMAL STUDIES

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Located in Gulfport, Mississippi, this amazing research center for marine life brings a lot of fun for the whole family. One of the coolest programs they offer is hanging out with their dolphins and learning about their interactions. 

If you are up for something a little more daring they also have a “swim with their stingray’s program”. Don’t forget to ask about their Rehabilitation programs where you can follow along marine animals’ journeys back to health! 

Details: 10801 Dolphin Ln, Gulfport, MS 39503 | Website

VICKSBURG NATIONAL MILITARY PARK

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Vicksburg National Military Park played a crucial role in American history. In the war between the North and South, Vicksburg was considered to be the key to winning the whole thing. In the Civil War, the Siege of Vicksburg split the South in two. 

Today, you can see the battle on film right in the very spot where it happened. For history buffs, this is over the top cool. The National Park Service film is just over 20 minutes! 

Details: 3201 Clay St, Vicksburg, MS 39183 | Website

STANTON HALL

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Stanton Hall is interchangeable with Belfast and is Antebellum Mansion located in Natchez, Mississippi, This National Historic Landmark runs as a museum now owned by the Pilgrimage Garden Club. The mansion is beautiful, showcasing imported Italian marble among many other elaborate features. 

What’s unique about the mansion itself is that it survived the Civil War and gives us a look into pre-war times. To see how the wealthy lived back then is an understatement when walking through here. 

Details: 401 High St, Natchez, MS 39120 | Website

B.B. KING MUSEUM AND DELTA INTERPRETIVE CENTER

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This is one of the more relatively new museums on the list. The museum refurbished a cotton gin house where the great B.B. King worked. Now it’s dedicated to bringing people together through the class R&B and sophisticated sounds by B.B. King himself. 

The building features fun interactive exhibits as well as memorabilia and stories about the time and the way B.B. King impacted it. 

Details: 400 2nd St, Indianola, MS 38751 | Website

GRAMMY MUSEUM MISSISSIPPI

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With so much soul, rock and roll, and R&B, coming out of the Mississippi, they have an entire Grammy Museum dedicated to allowing visitors to participate in interactive exhibitions while learning about the famous award show. Also interesting is that the museum is located in Delta University. 

With intimate performances and lectures, the goal is to inspire Mississippi to continue creating legendary music such as B.B. King and Elvis! 

Details: 800 W Sunflower Rd, Cleveland, MS 38732 | Website

BRYANT’S GROCERY STORE

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This site is not your typical stop for some cold cuts and dairy. Bryant’s Grocery Store today stands as four brick walls representing an important part of history. It is said to be the starting moment of the Civil War. 

Bryant’s Grocery Store was left to die in ruins after Till had suffered a brutal lynching mob for a crime he did not commit. The story itself is incredible and seeing the grocery store representing the starting point of the civil war is truly a sight to see. 

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GREAT RIVER ROAD

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Great River Road is said to be the best road to drive in America, offering unparalleled views of the Mississippi River. It’s technically named the All-American Road and runs 3000 miles through 10 different states. 

Along the way, you will find tons of great attractions and even better culture-filled cities like Clarksdale, Mississippi. Clarksdale is home to the Delta Blues Museum as we mentioned up above! This makes it great for combining tourist attractions. 

Details: Website

ROWAN OAK

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Take a look inside the mind of William Faulkner and visit Rowan Oak in Oxford, Mississippi. It’s a modified Greek Revival home that served as the inspiration for 40 years of his work. Because it sits in 29-acres of woods there is a lot of space for the public to walk around.

The Bailey Woods Trail is one of the more pleasant walks to take as it takes you right to the University of Mississippi Museum. 

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VIKING COOKING SCHOOL

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For those who love to explore their culinary tastes, the Viking Cooking School is the place to check out. They offer an array of classes for families, adult-only, or even just kid-friendly zones. From classic soul food to ethnic cuisine you can learn it all. 

Details: 325 Howard St, Greenwood, MS 38930 | Website

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SQUARE BOOKS

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Also in Oxford, Mississippi is Square Books! Since opening in 1979 Square Books has always dedicated itself to sharing the history of Mississippi. Of course with a dedication to incredible inspirations like William Faulkner and Shelby Foote. 

Now it’s a three-building business that offers a coffee shop with a balcony overlooking the courthouse or takes a stroll and relax by their garden! 

Details: 160 Courthouse Square, Oxford, MS 38655 | Website

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WINDSOR RUINS

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Windsor Ruins is the historic site of the Windsor plantation, destroyed by fire in 1890. Only its twenty-nine enormous columns were left standing. Windsor Ruins is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has Mississippi Landmark status. Currently, a stabilization project is underway to preserve the remaining columns.  

While there are no visitor amenities on the site, it’s a photographers dream. Just don’t climb the fence – secret eyes are watching.

Details: Rodney Rd, Port Gibson, MS 39150 | Website

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