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Jackson’s Awesome Activities

The Crossroads of the South is teeming with historic sites, unique attractions, independent bookstores, great food, and so much more.

Here are our suggestions for how to have an awesome time in the City with Soul.


Hit up a museum.

Jackson is a historic place, so be sure to check out Jackson museums like the Mississippi Children's Museum, the Mississippi Museum of Art, the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, and even the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum.

And this being Capital City, sign up for a tour of the Old Capitol Museum.

Read up.

Jackson is a book-loving city thanks to the Jackson State University and Eudora Welty House. While here, check out independent bookstores throughout town like Lemuria Books, Books-A-Million, Tattered Pages Bookstore, and the Book Rack in Jackson.

Grab a drink.

This being  a hip town, Jackson is of course teeming with microbreweries. Check out Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company, Lucky Town Brewing Company, Hal and Mal's Restaurant & Brewery, and more.

Get some sun.

Central Mississippi is great for outdoor adventure. Enjoy hiking, kayaking, and fishing at Lefleur's Bluff State Park, or explore the nearby Roosevelt State Park. Check out in-town parks like Sheppard Brothers Park, Parham Bridges Park, Grove Park, and more.

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Southern Fare in Jackson

Catch a show.

Jackson is a famous music town – set right on the Mississippi Blues Trail and home to Malaco Records and plenty of famous musicians. Check the event calendar at Alamo Theater, F. Jones Corner, Underground 119, and more.

You can also find live music at Jackson festivals like Jubilee!Jam, CelticFest Mississippi, and Festival Latino.

Eat something.

This is Mississippi – where you can find some of the best southern fare around. We’re talking barbeque, Cajun, seafood, and soul food galore. Grab a table at The Kitchen, The Blue Lion, Walker’s Drive In, Char Restaurant, Two Sister’s Kitchen, Julep Restaurant & Bar, and much more.

Go shopping.

It won’t take long to find great shopping in Jackson. Choose from shopping centers like Metrocenter Mall, Highland Village Shopping Center, and Outlets of Mississippi, or hit the boutiques and antiques of the Fondren District.

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Best Western Hotels Along the Way:

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Best Western Plus Flowood Inn & Suites

1004 Top Street, Flowood MS 39232-9579
Phone: (601) 420-4944  |  Fax: (601) 420-4943  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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Best Western Plus Jackson Downtown-Coliseum

725 Larson Street, Jackson MS 39202-3437
Phone: (601) 969-6555  |  Fax: (601) 353-7468  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

3

Best Western Airport Inn

257 S Pearson Road, Pearl MS 39208-5600
Phone: (601) 936-2060  |  Fax: (601) 932-1341  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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Best Western Richland Inn & Suites

101 Roland Drive, Richland MS 39218-4415
Phone: (601) 936-7004  |  Fax: (601) 936-0870  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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