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What To See and Do In Mississippi
Sometimes also called "The Bayou State," Mississippi is known for its waterways--not only the famous river itself but its meandering streams, deep marshes and lowlands out to the Gulf Coast. With many small towns and farms, Mississippi nevertheless offers many choices between urban life and a slower recreational pace in the outdoors.
As the largest city in the state, Jackson is the historical center of business and government and a vibrant metropolitan area teeming with culture and attractions. Jackson has two State Capitol buildings, a literary museum that was once the home of Jackson's Pulitzer Prize-winning author Eudora Welty, the Governor's Mansion (one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in the United States) and the Mississippi Museum of Art (the state's largest art museum).
For the shoppers in the family, Highland Village is an upscale, open-air area filled with specialty shops, restaurants and gardens, while the Fondren District offers an artsy vibe with galleries and antique stores. Jackson is also home to the Mississippi Opera, the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Jackson Zoological Park and many arts festivals.
For deeper insight into the rich literary and artistic history of Mississippi, don't miss the Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area (MHNHA), designated by Congress and the President in April of 2009. This is comprised of a 19-county area with parts of 11 additional ones. Special tours within the MHNHA offer intimate glimpses into the homes and lives of the legendary artists of the Mississippi Hills, which can claim William Faulkner, Elvis, and Tennessee Williams among it great legacies. From Faulkner's Oxford to Elvis' Tupelo to Columbus' Tennessee Williams, you'll experience mansions, libraries, cemeteries and schools as well as shops and historic squares.
For those seeking scenery, the Mississippi Gulf Coast is hard to beat. It overlooks the shimmering Gulf of Mexico and offers 62 miles of scenic shoreline for your enjoyment. In addition to museum, golf courses, restaurants and casinos, this shoreline includes the world's longest man-made beach (26 miles) located in Harrison County. Gulf Island National Seashore is a recreational delight, with deep blue waters, pristine white-sand beaches, fertile coastal marshes, and dense forests.
At The Lynn Meadows Discovery Center in Gulfport, an enriching learning experience awaits both kids and adults, with interactive exhibitions and programs. Also in Gulfport, Marine Life Oceanarium features presentations, demonstrations, and an all-weather aquadome showcasing Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and clever sea lions. A special program allows visitors fifteen minutes in the water with a dolphin and the chance to pet, feed, in interact with and learn about these intelligent creatures.
At Rapids on the Reservoir in Brandon, the whole family can enjoy water pools, water slides and rides especially for the littlest ones.
Another educational spot for a history lesson, Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site in Baldwin is a one-acre site commemorating the battle that held off Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest's interference with General William T. Sherman's railroad supply line from Nashville to Chattanooga. (Forrest beat Union forces when they met at Brices Cross Roads in 1864.)
Finally, Mississippi is the birthplace of the blues, a music that profoundly influenced country and rock-n-roll. The Mississippi Blues Trail lets you map your way along the path that this vital art form took. In historic Greenwood, check out the Greenwood Blues Heritage Museum & Gallery, and the Cottonlandia Museum for a fascinating journey through the area's rich and diverse musical heritage.
Make Mississippi Your Next Vacation Destination
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