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The city of Jackson offers beautiful scenery, huge lakes, self-guided tours, tasty food trucks, hidden gems, and historical museums, to name a few of the many attractions.

Below, we’ve rounded up some of the best things to do and see in Jackson.

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The History Museum is located in the heart of downtown Jackson. “The museum explores more than 15,000 years of state history, innovative exhibits, educational programs, and hundreds of artifacts,” according to their website.

Items such as modern images, videos and historical artifacts have an impact on the present and the past. Additionally, the museum shares space with the Civil Right Museum.

The Mississippi Museum of History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum opened on December 9, 2017 to celebrate the state.

Self-guided tours are available for reservation at http://mmh.mdah.ms.gov/

If you are going to:

  • When: Tuesday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Where: 222 North Street, Jackson.
  • Admission: Adults $15, youth (4 to 22) $8, seniors (60 and over) $13, children 3 and under, admission is free. Admission is free every Sunday.

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“The State Capitol building was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 2016, the Mississippi State Capitol has been the seat of state government since 1903,” according to their website.

Tours include the Senate House and Chambers, the Old Supreme Court, and the Hall of Governors. Guided tours are organized from Monday to Friday four times a day.

The new building features ornate decor, theater lights, self-guided tours and scavenger hunts.

“The 171,000 square foot building was designed by Theodore Link, an architect from St. Louis, Missouri, and was built by the Wells Brothers Company of Chicago,” their website states.

The state capital is the third capital built in Jackson. The first building was completed in 1822. The second building was completed in 1839 and served as the Capitol until 1903.

If you are going to:

  • When: Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Where: 400 High Jackson Street
  • Admission: Free. To reserve a guided tour for groups of 70 or fewer, please call 601-359-3114 or email [email protected] Self-guided tours for visitors, which do not require a reservation, will take place at 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Groups of 10 or more should schedule a visit.

The Jackson Zoo is a highly recommended place to visit as the zoo continues to grow offering more exotic animals and events than ever before.

For those hot summer days, the zoo also has a paddling pool for kids and adults to beat the heat.

“The zoo was previously owned by the City of Jackson, but is currently under the management of the City of Jackson Parks and Recreation Department,” according to their website.

Under new management, the zoo now contains 11 endangered species and is home to over 200 animals.

In 1919, “the original zoo consisted of pet firefighters, squirrels, deer, raccoons, alligators, and rabbits,” according to their website. “The collection was housed in the Central Fire Station in downtown Jackson, which is now the Jackson Chamber of Commerce building.”

In 1921, “the city council voted to site the zoo on land acquired from Samuel Livingston and became known as Livingston Park Zoo,” their website states. “Some of the original exhibits such as the Monkey Castle and the Elephant House Café are still standing today.”

If you are going to:

  • When: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Where: 2918 West Capitol Street, Jackson
  • Admission: 13 years and over $8.00 each, 2 to 12 years old $5 each, under 2 years old, admission is free. $2 on Tuesdays: $2 for each person, of any age. Tickets can only be used on Tuesdays.
The Alamo Theater marquee can be seen on Farish Street in downtown Jackson

Alamo Theater is a nonprofit nostalgic theater known for its events, including concerts, movie premieres, and comedy shows.

The Alamo Theater is located in Jackson’s historic Farish Street neighborhood.

The theater has hosted famous singers such as Tiny Bradshaw, Nat King Cole and Elmore James.

“The newly remodeled structure was built in the early 1940s in the Farish Street Historic District,” their website states. “The first structure was located on Farish Street in the 100 block across from the McCoy Federal Building, and the second Alamo was located on West Amite Street at Roach Street.”

If you’re looking for relaxed and vibrant weekend events in the Jackson area, this is the place to be.

If you are going to:

  • When: Hours vary by event
  • Where: 333 N. Farish St Jackson.
  • Admission: Prices vary by event
Duling Room

Duling Hall is a hidden gem located in the heart of Fondren in Jackson. “The space is a well-known, award-winning live music and event venue with an intimate atmosphere,” according to their website.

Today, the building is known for weddings, receptions, fundraisers, private parties and rentals.

The building also offers summer cinema evenings at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays for young and old. Dishes such as shrimp and crawfish nachos, savory burgers and fries, and chicken po’ boys with a choice of beer or wine are served.

“Duling Hall was built in 1927 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places,” their website says. “The venue is located in what was the institution of Lorena Duling School which served as the center for the community of Fondren.”

If you are going to:

  • When: Monday to Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Where: 622 Duling Ave, Jackson
  • Admission: Prices vary by event
The creeks and rivers of the Mississippi provide opportunities to get away to nature.

Capital City Kayak Adventures is located in the Jackson area and was started by Jackson resident Christopher Lockhart in 2015.

Lockhart, 27, owner of Capital City Kayaks, opened Capital City Kayaks to share his love of kayaking with the community. The company offers canoe and kayak rentals, as well as trips along local waterways such as the Pearl River and Reservoir.

The kayaking adventure offers a chilled dash of fun while learning about the ends and exits of local rivers.

Guided tours last approximately 1-2 hours. “Tours are intended to build confidence for non-swimmers with pre-trip instruction and existing assistance,” according to their website.

Solo tours can last up to 5 hours.

If you are going to:

  • When: Monday to Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Where: Dr Flowood, Jackson
  • Admission: $35 for a single kayak (275 lb capacity*), $60 for a tandem kayak (450 lb capacity*). A 10% discount will be given to families and groups making a consolidated payment with a credit or debit card.

The well-known park is located in Jackson with a wide range of outdoor activities such as camping, fishing, canoeing, nature trails and picnic areas.

The campsite is well equipped with water and electricity accessories accessible to recreational vehicles. Plus, the lodges and lakes are easily accessible for picnics and fishing.

Each year the park hosts annual family events such as the Pepsi Pops concert, the

Jubilee Jam and Canton Flea Market open to the public.

The lakes and trails at Lefleur's Bluff State Park in Jackson offer excellent birding opportunities.

“The park is named after Louis LeFleur, a French-Canadian explorer who established a trading post on the shores of the Pearl River in the late 1700s,” according to their website.

If you are going to:

  • When: Monday to Sunday from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Where: 3315 Lakeland Terrance, Jackson
  • Admission: $2.00 per person, children 5 and under are free

One Guy Steak and Chicken is a southern food truck known for its steak fingers, crab cakes, fried mashed potatoes and secret sauce.

Kendrick Gordon, owner of One Guy Steak and Chicken studied at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris where he perfected his techniques and sauces.

The Gordon Food Truck provides Jackson area residents and visitors with great food at a reasonable price.

The food truck is located in Floodwood but makes additional stops in the Jackson area.

If you are going to:

  • When: Monday to Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Where: 1500 Old Fannin Road. (Location is subject to change based on events.)
  • Cost: $18 for a grilled chicken meal, $20 for a steak meal, $17 for a crispy chicken meal, $17 for a grilled chicken taco meal, and $18 for a Ribeye meal. All meals come with fries or a vegetable.

Steven Sahler, owner of Burgers Blues Barbecue, opened Burgers Blues Barbecue with the idea of ​​having a place where anyone of any middle and age could come and have a good time while enjoying great food, drinks and music, according to their website.

Brandon Menu – Blues BBQ Burgers

Food trucks are known for their burgers, pork chops, country steak, service and family atmosphere. The food is freshly prepared daily.

Burgers Blues Barbecue is located in Brandon and Madison but shares the same management.

If you are going to:

  • When: Brandon Location hours of operation: Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.,
    Friday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Madison hours of operation: Monday-Thursday 6:30-9:00 p.m., Friday-Saturday 6:30-9:00 a.m. (Breakfast is served Monday-Saturday 6:30-10:30 a.m.)
  • Where: 168 West Government St., Brandon and 2077 Main St., Madison
  • Cost: Sides $4, Drinks $2.50 to 3, $12 sandwiches, $8 to 14 entrees, $11 build your own burger.

Dena Tripp and Debbie Shwetz, owners of Nothing Bundt Cakes, started their business in 1997 from their home kitchens in Las Vegas.

Since its inception, the business has grown to more than 430 bakeries, its website says.

Nothing Bundt Cakes

Nothing Bundt Cakes is located in Floodwood.

Nothing Bundt cakes are handcrafted and made with delicious flavors and sizes such as lime, red velvet and confetti.

Bundt cakes are sold in bundles, bundtinis and bundt’ics

The cake toppers offer a sweet modern twist on a classic treat with various decorating designs as a touch of art.

If you are going to:

  • When: Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Where: 163 Ridge Way, Suite E, Flowood
  • Cost: $5.99 for 8-packs, $23 for 12-packs, and $4.50 for individual bundles.
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