Adventure in Vicksburg
A historic, riverside city, Vicksburg features a ton of interesting places to discover and fun things to do. From the thousands of Civil War monuments, to exciting riverboat gaming, check out all the great things to do in Vicksburg:
A quintessential stop for all southern Mississippi visitors, Vicksburg National Military Park preserves the site of the Battle of Vicksburg of 1863, one of the many bloody conflicts taking place during the American Civil War and the Vicksburg Campaign.
Discover what makes this site so special – trek the 12-mile walking trail, pay your respects at the Vicksburg National Cemetery, drive the 16-mile tour road, or view one of the 1,300 monuments inside the park.
Shoot for par.
Hopefully you packed your clubs – head on over to Clear Creek Golf Club, set just a few miles east of town. The public course offers an impeccable 18-hole course, lined with towering trees, providing a picturesque backdrop for a day on the greens.
Feeling a little rusty? Check out the short game practice facilities, practice ranges, and short courses. Even better, Clear Creek offers three tees accommodating all skill levels.
Get your game on.
Feeling lucky? Then be sure to hit Ameristar Casino, Vicksburg’s premier gaming and entertainment venue.
A throwback riverboat casino, Ameristar has more than enough gaming, boasting over 1,500 slot machines, 36 table games, and a poker room, spread across the 70,000 square foot casino floor.
If gaming’s not your thing, check out one of the many live events, concerts, and other free shows lighting up the Bottleneck Blues Bar.
The best fest in Vicksburg.
Plan your visit accordingly – Riverfest is the can’t-miss Vicksburg event of the year, held annually in the month of April in downtown.
For two days, big-name bands and artists perform on several stages, while arts and crafts vendors line the streets offering homemade wares and local goodies.
See the murals.
One of the city’s artistic gems, the Vicksburg Riverfront Murals are truly a must-see for all out of towners. Head on down to the Catfish Row Art Park downtown, and check out the collection of vibrant murals lining the Yazoo River Diversion Canal.
Among the 30-or-so murals, highlights include the “First Coca-Cola Bottling in America” and the “Vicksburg Flood of 1927.” The murals do an excellent job of mixing creativity with the city’s intriguing history.
Grab a Coke.
Vicksburg National Military Park
Not far from Catfish Row Art Park (it’s literally about a five minute walk), the Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum invites visitors to discover the very place where the first Coca-Cola was bottled.
Named after Joseph Biedenharn, the museum features a ton of memorabilia, authentic bottling works, and a restored 1890 candy store. Stop in during your Vicksburg adventure, learn a thing or two, and have yourself a Coke.
Ready for some high culture? Take some time to peruse the fine art collection at the Attic Gallery, the oldest independent art gallery in Mississippi.
Other items on display include regionally inspired pottery, stained glass, and jewelry. Oh, and the first floor serves maybe the best cup of coffee in town.
For even more in-depth Civil War history, stop in the Old Courthouse Museum, nestled in downtown Vicksburg. While National Military Park features a variety of monuments and statues, the Old Courthouse specializes in small, authentic memorabilia and artifacts only found in Vicksburg.
For instance, you’d be remiss not taking a peek at the actual tie worn by Jefferson Davis during his inauguration as Confederate President. Similarly, the museum houses an original Teddy Bear, a gift from Teddy Roosevelt to a local kid. And that’s just scratching the surface.