There are approximately 2,300 acres of land in the Metro Jackson area that cover 60 parks and facilities including playgrounds, swimming pools, tennis courts, picnic grounds, and jogging and walking paths. In addition, there are a number of special facilities including community centers, which are available for public use; Smith Wills Stadium; Mynelle Gardens, which is the city’s botanical gardens; the Jackson Zoo; Trustmark Park, home of the Mississippi Braves (AA affiliate of the Atlanta Braves); and the Mississippi Crafts Center.
The various metro cities also offer a wide variety of recreational programs including youth and adult softball, flag football, and basketball and baseball leagues. In addition, there are a number of private recreational leagues for soccer, basketball, and baseball.
The Metro area also offers a number of public and private golf courses to enjoy.
With the Mississippi Opera, the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, many equestrian events as well as festivals celebrating arts and crafts, food and music, there’s always something happening in Jackson no matter what time of the year you choose to visit. Click here for a full list of upcoming events in Jackson and the surrounding area.
The blues is more than music. It’s a state of mind. A true mixture of mood, melody and melancholy. And nowhere is that more apparent than the place the blues was born—and gave birth itself to country music and later rock & roll.
Mississippi is home to a staggering number of noteworthy notes in the musical melody that is the history of the blues, and the Mississippi Blues Trail is your map to discovering them for yourself. Whether you're a die-hard blues fan or a casual traveler in search of an interesting trip, you'll find facts you didn't know, places you've never seen, and you'll gain a new appreciation for the area that gave birth to the blues.
The Mississippi Blues Trail is an ongoing project of the Mississippi Blues Commission. The Mississippi Blues Foundation is a support organization made up of a diverse group of business and community leaders. The role of this group is to spearhead efforts to identify and secure sources of financial and programmatic support for the work of the Mississippi Blues Commission. The Blues Commission is a body of eighteen appointed Commissioners representing major organizations and geographic/political regions supporting Blues initiatives throughout the state. It is chaired by an appointee of the Governor. To learn more about the history of the blues and its impact on Mississippi, visit www.msbluestrail.org.
Jackson has two State Capitol buildings—the “old” and the “new.” Tour the old Capitol for an interesting look into Mississippi’s history. Also, make plans to tour the home of Civil Rights leader Medgar Evers. The home and garden of Jackson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Eudora Welty, is now a literary house museum and is available for tours.
Tour the Governor’s Mansion for an up-close look at the second-oldest continuously occupied residence of a governor in the United States. First occupied in 1842, the Mississippi Governor's Mansion was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1975, making it at that time one of only two state gubernatorial residences to receive this honor. The magnificent structure is one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in the United States. If you visit during December, you can enjoy the holiday décor.
As Mississippi’s largest art museum, the Mississippi Museum of Art is home to some very extraordinary works of art. With some of the best local and regional art combined with national exhibits, there’s always something engaging and entertaining to be seen here.
Immerse yourself in sports history at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum – named among the Top 10 “Most Amazing Baseball Museums in America” by ESPN.
For the kids, the Mississippi Children's Museum is 40,000 square feet of fun with around 20,000 square feet of exhibit space designed around five themes of Mississippi heritage, health and nutrition, literacy, cultural arts, and science and technology.
Finally, don’t miss a stop at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry/National Agricultural Aviation Museum for an interesting look at how agriculture and forestry shaped the history of the state. Lots of exhibits and displays make this a fun place for children, too.
While you’re in the metro Jackson area, you can enjoy a variety of restaurants from fine dining at local favorites such as Nick’s, Walker’s, Shapley’s and Char to authentic Southern cooking at places like Two Sisters Kitchen or Primos Café.
For the shopper in your family, they’ll love Highland Village — an upscale, open-air shopping area filled with specialty shops, restaurants and gardens. The eclectic Fondren District is home to clothing boutiques, art galleries and antiques shops among other cool and interesting stores. Be sure to spend time walking around this fun area of the city.
For the suburban shopper, Renaissance at Colony Park in Ridgeland, with its distinctive Lifestyle Main Street concept, provides spacious green common areas for strolling and relaxing, beautiful water features throughout, sidewalk cafes and a town center square hosting an on-going array of special events such as concerts and shows to go with it's outstanding lineup of retailers including Apple, Barnes and Noble, I.O. Metro, and J. Crew. Dogwood Festival Market & Promenade in Flowood has a total of over 660,000 square feet of shopping space and includes over 30 specialty stores as well as larger retailers like Belk, Old Navy, Dick's Sporting Goods, and JC Penney.