The 10 Best Things to Do in Jackson, United States

September 22, 2017 Nicolette Lion

Hospitality and history make the capital city a great choice for a weekend jaunt. At Smith Robertson Museum, examine African-American struggles and triumphs. Historic Farish Street, a growing entertainment district, reveals a rich Blues heritage. Visit the Old Capitol Museum, the Museum of Art, the Museum of Natural Science, the Zoo, the Mississippi Children’s Museum and more. Find events, accommodations and restaurants to complete your experience in a city with soul.
Restaurants in Jackson

1. Mississippi Children's Museum

2145 Museum Blvd, Jackson, MS 39202-6000 +1 601-981-5469
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4.5 based on 321 reviews

Mississippi Children's Museum

The Mississippi Children's Museum is your Destination for Imagination. MCM wants to ignite the spark of creativity that is inside each and everyone of us and awaken a lifelong passion for learning, exploration and discovery. Visit the Mississippi Children's Museum and get inspired! Open Tuesday through Saturday 9a-5p and Sunday 1p-6p. Admission is $10 per person; children under the age of 1 year are free.

Reviewed By wendy S - Madison, Mississippi

Overall, this museum has many engaging, fun exhibits. I found the admission steep, $10 per person. This is one instance where I think the supervising adults should get a price break. For that price of admission, I would expect things to be in apple pie...MoreThank you for your review! We will be sure to pass your suggestions along to our Operations staff! -Team MCM

2. Outlets of Mississippi

200 Bass Pro Dr, Pearl, MS 39208-9245 +1 769-972-3000
Excellent
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4.5 based on 119 reviews

Outlets of Mississippi

Located at 200 Bass Pro Drive in Pearl, MS, the Outlets of Mississippi is the state's largest outlet shopping destination. At 325,000 square feet the Outlets of Mississippi features a robust merchant roster including Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, COACH Factory, Michael Kors, Gap Factory Store, Banana Republic Factory Store, J.Crew, White House/Black Market, Chico's Outlet, Nike Factory Store and Under Armour, among many more, where retailers offer dramatic savings of up to 65 percent off regular retail prices every day. Mississippi's rich heritage including its history, its people and its culture are celebrated through unique displays and interactive mediums throughout the property along with the opportunity for regional shoppers and tourists alike to visit the Mississippi Development Authority's office for helpful travel and sight-seeing advice.

Reviewed By nashekia

I decided to drop by to see what the rave is . And just as I tell thought not my cup of tee. I shop on line at of these stores but the prices are high in stores.Come try us again soon our prices are 25% - 65% off everyday!

3. Mississippi State Capitol

400 High St, Jackson, MS 39201-1006 +1 601-359-3114
Excellent
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4.5 based on 197 reviews

Mississippi State Capitol

Patterned after the National Capitol, this has been the Capitol building for the state of Mississippi since 1903. Today it is major tourist attraction as well as the focus of Mississippi state government activities.

Reviewed By drdroad - MORENO VALLEY

As a Photographer, State Capitol Buildings are one of my favorite subjects. This one didn't disappoint.

4. Trustmark Park

1 Braves Way, Pearl, MS 39208-7036 +1 601-664-7600
Excellent
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4.5 based on 66 reviews

Trustmark Park

Reviewed By Cucchiaj

Thoroughly enjoyed the stadium. It's a very nice facility. The Braves AA affiliate is doing a great job. They keep the crowd involved and the players actually seem to enjoy interacting with the crowd during pre-game activities. The ball field is well kept by the ground crew and the multimedia folks are top-notch. The food is "ballpark-priced" but very good. They even have jumpers for the kids before and during the game.
The youth baseball camp is awesome! They really teach the kids a lot and genuinely seem to have an interest in seeing the kids succeed. I would think most players at the minor league level would not enjoy having to babysit a bunch of little leaguers, but these guys truly looked like they enjoyed it and wanted to be there. For $150, these kids get a sack full of merchandise, lunch everyday, autographs, and invaluable baseball experience at a professional level. Worth every penny. You have to sign-up early because slots fill up. Jan Williams was very enthusiastic, and a tremendous help in getting my boy signed up.
We are definitely coming back every year!

5. Old Capitol Museum

100 S State St, Jackson, MS 39201-4400 +1 601-359-6920
Excellent
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4.5 based on 187 reviews

Old Capitol Museum

The Old Capitol building served the state from 1832-1903 and was later converted into a State Historical Museum. Visitors can tour the grand dam of Mississippi politics, plus view dioramas and exhibits that trace the city's history. The museum also includes a large collection of Jefferson Davis memorabilia.

Reviewed By JHChicago2014 - Chicago, Illinois

The old capital museum is a good place to stop for about an hour or two. There are lots of exhibits on Mississippi - from a territory to a state - that cover the states constitution, legislative and judicial offices, and even some traveling exhibits. Anyone in the area should stop and visit. The museum itself is free and there are restrooms to use.

6. Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

2148 Riverside Dr, Jackson, MS 39202-1353 +1 601-576-6000
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4.5 based on 262 reviews

Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

Meet over 200 living species in our 100,000 gallon aquarium network. See native reptiles, fishes, and amphibians! Explore an entire wall of fossil specimens, Zygorhiza, Mosasaurus, and a giant Sloth. Check out deer, waterfowl, and Mississippi's endangered species exhibits. The Preschool Discovery Room features colorful murals and an iconic, giant treehouse with a slide. Plus, two miles of outdoor walking trails that wind through natural habitats. The museum was named the "2014 Escape to the Southeast Travel Attraction of the Year" by the Southeast Tourism Society.

Reviewed By Schapenhoedster

Loved the displays and aquariums. Thank you John for showing me the two headed snake, the baby alligators, turtle and for giving me a lot of information. And thank you to the lady (sorry didn’t get your name) for showing me the cute opossum. Really...MoreThanks for the kind review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit! We're glad our staff was helpful :) We hope you'll come back again - we have a few exciting temporary exhibits and annual events scheduled this year that you might want to check out.

7. Eudora Welty House

1119 Pinehurst Pl, Jackson, MS 39202-1812 +1 601-353-7762
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5 based on 82 reviews

Eudora Welty House

The restored gardens of this deceased Mississippi writer.

Reviewed By wendy S - Madison, Mississippi

Eudora Welty remarked, "Fiction depends for its life on place. Place is the crossroads of circumstance, the proving ground of, What happened? Who's here? Who's coming?...:

Visiting her home, I felt this sense of place. When our group entered her bedroom on our tour, I could vividly picture her writing at her desk, windows open for a breeze and to inhale the scent of the garden and to hear the music from Bellhaven University drifting on the breeze.

The introductory video kept everyone's interest and the visitor's center exhibits are well done and provide glimpses into Ms. Welty's fascinating life.

She was a genius and I look forward to reading her work.

8. Mississippi Museum of Art

380 S Lamar St, Jackson, MS 39201-4007 +1 601-960-1515
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4.5 based on 121 reviews

Mississippi Museum of Art

The Mississippi Museum of Art is the largest art museum in the state and has been a community-supported institution for more than 100 years. Come enjoy our exhibitions, events, and The Art Garden year round. Admission to the Museum is free, with the exception of some special ticketed exhibitions. Art is the story. Find it here.

Reviewed By jrsmith8 - Monroe, Louisiana

Over the last 10 years, My wife and I have now paid our third visit to this museum. This time we were blessed to see a temporary exhibit of the paintings and ceramic figurines of Mildred and Karl Wolfe, a notable Jackson couple in their day.

Their paintings are magnificent and we were very impressed. Their daughter still manages a studio in the Jackson area which makes ceramic bird figurines. In the museum gift shop we bought one of the birds plus a couple of other items.

This is a moderately-sized art museum featuring mainly Mississippi artists which I think you will enjoy a great deal.

9. Mississippi Agricultural & Forestry Museum

1150 Lakeland Dr, Jackson, MS 39216-4728 +1 601-432-4500
Excellent
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4.5 based on 118 reviews

Mississippi Agricultural & Forestry Museum

The mission of the Mississippi Agriculture Museum is to create an environment that communicates the value of past and present Mississippi agricultural lifestyles, relationships and practices and their relevance to the future of all people. Our vision is to cultivate an appreciation for Mississippi agriculture and create a memorable experience that inspires the community as a whole.

Reviewed By Ann H - Hayward, California

an entire town full of exhibits and a large museum concentrating on the history of Mississippi's agriculture and commerce. We especially enjoyed the general store where we bought a snack and a few items, the doctor's house/office, various gardens, and the model train layout. We were there for several hours and probably only saw half of it.

10. Medgar Evers Home

2332 Margaret W Alexander Dr, Jackson, MS 39213-6411 +1 601-981-2965
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4.5 based on 65 reviews

Medgar Evers Home

Reviewed By wendy S - Madison, Mississippi

The story of Medgar Evers illustrates the turbulence and strife plaguing our country in the 1960s, and today. So many courageous individuals bucked the status quo to say "This is not okay."

Mr. Evers worked tirelessly to advance civil rights and ultimately gave his life.
Yet, there continues to be a fundamental problem when it takes 3 trials and until 1994 to convict someone who shot Mr. Evers in his driveway.

Thank you Tougaloo College for preserving this important historical story. Ms. Watson shared the NPS is potentially "adopting" the Evers Home. Please do
Right now the home provides tours on a donation basis.

Note: Castle Rock Entertainment used the house for a movie (Ghosts of MS I believe) and in exchange left period furnishings, etc.

Jackson is planning the opening of its Civil Rights Museum in December. Dedicate a day to learning about the people, the history, and present day. This would be a trifecta if you add in the Smith Robertson Museum (separate review). The S R Museum elaborates on Evers' story and highlights the story of James Meredith. What's a day when these remarkable individuals gave their lives.

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