There is a great collection of Jackson, Mississippi attractions in the metro area, including historical sites and museums, and plenty of opportunities to enjoy the arts, theater, sports, and shopping.
Read on below to discover all that our city has to offer, or click JCVB for the Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau. While visiting this historic city, explore all that it has to offer and experience true Southern hospitality. You may also view our Calendar of Events for the most current listing of unique events and venues in the area.
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Historical Sites/Museums | Attractions | Cultural Arts & Theater | Sports
Recreation & Adventure | Shopping & Antiquing | Nightlife
Transportation | Colleges & Universities | Gaming
Jackson has several historic sites on the National Register of Historic Places. The most notable is the Old Capitol Museum. Recently restored, the Old Capitol serves as the historical headquarters for Mississippi government. You may also tour and sit in the current State Capitol, home of the Mississippi legislature. Visit the Manship House Museum, the home of Civil War Mayor of Jackson, Charles Manship. The Oaks House Museum dates back to 1853, home of then Mayor of Jackson, James Hervey Boyd. Take a tour of the Governor's Mansion, built in 1842 and still residence of the current Mississippi Governor, Haley Barbour. In the Belhaven neighborhood, just around the corner from the Fairview Inn, is the Eudora Welty Museum. Pulitzer prize-winner and author, Eudora Welty, lived in this residence for over seventy-six years. Learn about all aspects of Mississippi state history at the Museum of Mississippi History. Experience the Blues at Farish Street Historic District, recently revived to capture the Blues experience of a by-gone era.
Other museums include the Museum of Natural Science in LeFleur's Bluff State Park, popular with kids of all ages. Stroll through the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum and learn about how these two industries have impacted our State-past and present.
Coming to Jackson in 2010 is the Mississippi Children's Museum, which will be the largest and most innovative children's museum in the entire Southern United States.
The Mississippi Museum of Art presents multiple exhibitions each year, featuring regional, national, and international art. The Museum also boasts a permanent collection of more than 4,000 works of art.
Cultural museums include the Mississippi Museum of Muslim Cultures, the Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center, and the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life.
Always a popular spot for families is the Jackson Zoo with more than 80 acres of wild and exotic wildlife and interactive exhibits. Learn about our planet and beyond at the Russell C. Davis Planetarium. Explore the stories behind Mississippi legends at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame or the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame. Join other water buffs on the Ross Barnett Reservoir for sailing, fishing or water park activities. The Mississippi Crafts Center features the work of over 400 guilded craftsmen. Throughout the year, the Mississippi State Fairgrounds hosts not only the Mississippi State Fair, but also several equestrian and agricultural events. The Jackson Convention Complex and the Mississippi Trade Mart provide venues for trade shows, auto shows and all types of events throughout the year. The Viking Cooking School, in nearby Ridgeland, offers culinary classes for the novice and professional chef throughout the year.
Cultural Arts & Theater
Experience Tony Award-winning Broadway Productions at Thalia Mara Hall. You may purchase tickets through Ticketmaster. New Stage Theatre, now in its 42nd season, is Mississippi's only professional non-profit theatre. The theatre produces five main stage shows September through June and has touring productions year round. The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1944, presents numerous classical and pops concerts in Jackson and throughout the state, with conductor Clifton Beck. The Mississippi Opera Association offers a variety of shows each season with evening and matinee performances. Ballet Mississippi is the premier performing arts organization devoted to the development and production of the ballet dance theatre. Mississippi Chorus provides performances throughout the year, some in conjunction with the Mississippi Orchestra. Puppets Art Theatre features professional puppet theatre combining art, education, and entertainment. Unique art galleries worth a visit are Bryant Galleries, Southern Breeze Gallery, and Mishka's Art Studio & Gallery. The Mississippi Museum of Art presents multiple exhibitions each year, featuring regional, national, and international art. The Museum also boasts a permanent collection of more than 4,000 works of art. Other Arts programs may be accessed though the Jackson Municipal Arts Gallery or the Mississippi Arts Commission. Other venues of interest include the Civil Rights Driving Tour, , and the Mississippi Blues Trail.
Explore the stories behind Mississippi sports legends at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Museum. Experience the Mississippi Braves minor league baseball. Find a game at Ole Miss Mississippi Rebels, Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles, or Mississippi State Bulldogs. Other Sports venues include Mississippi Coliseum, Smith Wills Stadium, St. Andrews Saints, or Mississippi Veteran's Memorial Stadium. Annandale Golf Club hosts the Annual Viking Classic, home to the PGA Tour's Southern Classic. For great Deep Sea Fishing, day and half-day charters are available out of Biloxi, MS.
Recreation & Adventure
Mississippi is most well known for the Natchez Trace, a parkway meandering from Natchez, MS northeast through Jackson all the way to Tennessee. Popular for cycling and motoring the Trace provides a scenic tour of Mississippi. It's a great day or overnight trip to Natchez and back with plenty to see and do along the way. Other outdoor recreational activities and areas include fishing and hunting, hot air balloon rides, hiking & biking trails, the Mississippi Petrified Forest, Mynelle Gardens for native plants and flowers, Ross Barnett Reservoir for water sports, sailing, and swimming, and several nearby Mississippi state park. Just 25 minutes away, Okatoma Canoe Adventures offers canoe trips and rentals.
Golfing enthusiasts can head north to the Magnolia Golf Trail or experience local courses like Annandale Golf Club, the Refuge Golf Club, or Patrick Farms Golf Club. There are also several private and semi-private clubs in the area.
Many Civil War enthusiasts venture to Vicksburg, just a 35-minute drive, to experience the Vicksburg National Military Park (our Gettysburg of the South). There are also several Civil War re-enactments throughout the year all over the state.
Just minutes from the Inn is Highland Village, an open-air courtyard of eclectic shops, restaurants, and cafes in North Jackson. Not far away is Northpark Mall, with major department stores like Belks, Dillards and J.C. Penney, and most name brand stores. Northpark also has a movie theater. Further up Interstate 55, about 15 minutes from the Inn, is The Renaissance Centre. Recently opened, this outdoor shopping mall has all upscale brands, several restaurants, an Apple Store, and Barnes & Noble. Other neat shopping can be found in Fondren - an antique shopper's delight - just 5 minutes from the Inn. Fondren is home to several art shops, cafes, and eclectic stores. You may pick up the Fondren Express Trolley. For those enjoying handmade crafts, the Greater Belhaven Farmer's Market is open Saturdays, April through November. Other places worth a visit are Lemuria Bookstore in Banner Hall as well as the downtown squares of Clinton and Canton for antiques. The Dogwood Festival Mall, just off Lakeland Drive, also offers outdoor shopping at name brand and eclectic stores.
Nightlife can be found in the Blues clubs of the historical district on Farish Stree and at 930 Blues Café. Famous Hal & Mals, home of the Mals St. Patrick's Day Parade featuring the Sweet Potato Queens, offers nightly local entertainment. Belhaven locals venture to Fenian's Irish Pub.
Jackson-Evers International Airport, just 15 minutes from the Fairview Inn, provides most commercial flights. Hawkins Field in Jackson and Madison Airport in nearby Madison provide access for small private jets. Jatran provides local bus service throughout downtown Jackson and both Amtrak and Greyhound are serviced through the downtown Jackson Transportation Terminal. The Fondren Trolley also services Belhaven and Fondren.
Colleges & Universities
The Metro Jackson area is home to several colleges and universities. These learning institutions are vibrant campuses with several cultural arts programs offering visitors the opportunity to experience lectures, concerts, theater and exhibits for minimal or no fees. Within walking distance of the Fairview is Millsaps College, and just a few blocks away to the east is Belhaven College. The University of Mississippi Medical Center is just four blocks north on State Street, and Mississippi College of Law and Jackson State University are nearby in downtown Jackson. Tougaloo College is in nearby North Jackson, Antonelli College is to the east in Flowood, and Mississippi College is to the west in nearby Clinton. The University of Mississippi main campus is a couple of hours north of Jackson in Oxford, and to the northwest is Mississippi State University in Starkville. The University of Southern Mississippi is one hour south in Hattiesburg.
After Las Vegas, Mississippi is the largest gaming destination in the United States. Many of the larger casinos offer top name entertainers throughout the year. Slots, blackjack, roulette and poker and some sports betting can be found just 40 minutes from Jackson in nearby Vicksburg at Ameristar, Diamondjacks, and Horizon casinos. Two hours to the northwest in Tunica, MS is home to Harrahs, Ballys, Gold Strike, Fitzgerald and Horseshoe casinos. Two and a half hours to the south on the Gulf Coast is Beau Rivage, Isle of Capri, Hard Rock, and many more casinos. An hour and a half northwest in Choctaw, MS is the Pearl River Resort and Silverstar casinos.
There are numerous other unique spots to visit throughout this diverse state. Our Guest Services staff is happy to assist you with an itinerary that matches your interests and time available.
Picnic baskets may be provided for day trips upon request.
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