From the Mississippi Gulf Coast (my home region!) to the Northern Hills, Mississippi is full of people worth meeting, food worth eating, and sights worth seeing. Here are my suggestions to receive the Mississippi experience.
For those who don't know, Jackson is the state's capitol city, and it is divided into different sections. One of these is Midtown, home to a thriving community of artists, makers, builders, and entrepreneurs. Midtown hosts Final Friday, an event where shops stay open late and unveil new products or shows.
Another section of Jackson, Fondren is my favorite place to explore in the city. Home to Campbell's Bakery, La Brioche, Fondren Art Gallery, Brent's, Babalu, Saltine, Rainbow Co-op, Walkers, and Fondren's First Thursday, there's something for everyone here. Check out Taco Tuesday at Babalu or Ramen Night Monday's at Saltine!
Rowan Oak was the home to Mississippi author William Faulkner in Oxford for over 40 years. Go tour and learn about one of Mississippi's literary legends.
Deep South Pops
Hands down this is my favorite popsicle shop in the state (and probably the world). Located in a renovated gas station off State St. in Jackson, Deep South Pops is the perfect place to grab a cool treat in the Mississippi heat! I recommend the Lavender Honey Nitro Brew and the Cookies and Cream pop.
Mississippi Museum of Art
The Mississippi Museum of Art has been voted the best museum in Mississippi numerous times for a reason. MMA truly engages the community of Jackson, as well as the entire state. From artist led tours to Third Thursday, there's always something happening at MMA.
The Tatonut Donut Shop
Tatonut is in my top 5 favorite places in Mississippi. Located in my hometown of Ocean Springs, Tatonut is the only true donut. Forget what you know about what a donut is, and experience the beauty of a Tatonut. (I'm obviously biased, but it is possible to be biased and right. Which I am about this). This is seriously worth the three hour drive from Clinton. It's always my first stop when I go home! I mean, look at those beauties of fried dough.
Mississippi Petrified Forest
For the nature lover and the science lover, the Mississippi Petrified Forest is only half an hour from our campus.
Vicksburg National Military Park
Vicksburg National Military Park preserves the site of the Battle of Vicksburg during the Civil War.
The Windsor plantation once sprawled over 2,600 acres. According to legend, Mark Twain watched the Mississippi River in the distance from the roof. During the Civil War, it was used as a Union hospital, preventing it from being destroyed. However, due to a lighted cigar being left on a balcony, the home burned to the ground, leaving only 23 of the columns, balustrades, and iron stairs.
Tishomingo State Park
Tishomingo State Park is located in the foothill of the Appalachian Mountains and features Bear Creek Canyon and Hartselle Sandstone.
This is basically a little Grand Canyon in Foxworth, Mississippi. A great day trip or camping spot!
Practically deserted after the Civil War, recent developments have made Livingston into a thriving community.
Grammy Museum Mississippi
The Grammy Museum Mississippi is dedicated to exploring the past, present and future of music, and the cultural context from which it emerges, while casting a focused spotlight on the deep musical roots of Mississippi.
Lee and Pup McCarty began McCarty's Pottery in the Delta and have achieved international recognition for their works. Located in Merigold, Mississippi, McCarty Pottery is a truly unique destination with the pottery studio, restaurant, and gardens.
The Onward Store
The Onward Store celebrates a lesser known part of Mississippi's history: the invention of the teddy bear. Indeed, Teddy Roosevelt's famous bear hunt happened right here in Mississippi.
Yokna Sculpture Trail
A rotating exhibit of 18 large-scale sculptures by locally, regionally, and nationally renowned exhibiting artists, this is the first outdoor sculpture program of its kind in North Mississippi.
New Stage Theatre
The only professional theatre in Mississippi, New Stage Theatre is a great spot in Jackson that just celebrated their 50th anniversary. I love catching a show at New Stage, and whether it's a comedy, musical, or tragedy, the quality is always fantastic. Try to see at least one show here before graduating.