Enliven your senses and awaken a new thirst for adventure when visiting Jackson, Mississippi. There’s no shortage of fun, family-friendly things to do in the City with Soul.
You can celebrate the spirit of the Civil Rights Movement at Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center; visit the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum – named among the Top 10 “Most Amazing Baseball Museums in America” by ESPN; take the kids to see the enchanting animals at the Jackson Zoological Park; learn about the wonders of nature at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science; see a memorable performance by the world-class Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, or grab a drink and a bite to eat at an authentic blues “juke joint.”
Jackson offers an array of public Mississippi sports stadiums and facilities, athletic centers, and parks. Le Fleur’s Bluff State Park is located on 500 acres of woodlands. In addition to several miles of hiking and nature trails, the park features a public nine-hole golf course with a clubhouse and driving range, meeting rooms, a swimming pool, picnic areas, playgrounds and tennis courts. Boat rentals are available on the park's lake, and fishing is permitted in season.
Known as the “City with Soul”, the Jackson arts scene virtually vibrates with music and culture. You can enjoy a fine, professional ballet or orchestral performance; treat your family to an evening of comedy, tragedy, children’s or musical theater; visit a dynamic selection of art galleries, or discover the area’s world-class blues and jazz heritage. You can experience the heart and soul of Jackson at over 50 night clubs, authentic, urban blues “juke joints” and fine restaurants with live music. Soul, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Rap, Hip Hop, Bluegrass, Pop, Celtic, Classical - a veritable musical “gumbo” awaits visitors here.
You can also celebrate the heritage of the City with Soul at a captivating Jackson, Mississippi historical site - visit the home of celebrated author Eudora Welty, learn about the Civil Rights Movement at the Medgar Evers home, stop by the International Museum of Muslim Cultures – the first and only such museum in America.
Jackson houses a tantalizing international variety of eateries; choose delicate Northern Italian pasta dishes or feast on spicy Mexican food, “Miss-Mex” as the locals like to call it. Of course, any Jackson dining experience should include soul food. Dig into turnip greens, black-eyed peas, and cornbread; and don’t forget the barbecue and fried catfish.
Jackson International Airport is the commercial airport serving Jackson, 15 minutes from downtown, and offers plenty of flights from major airline carriers.
Mississippi has a humid subtropical climate with long summers and short, mild winters. Temperatures average about 85° in July and about 48 ° in January.