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Things to Do in Mississippi

Mississippi is the Old South. Discover attractions like Natchez’s antebellum homes, Natchez Trace Parkway, once traversed by Indians and traders, Tupelo, the birthplace of Elvis, Indianola’s B.B. King Blues Museum, Oxford, the home of William Faulkner, Ridgeland’s crafts and the impact of the Civil War at Vicksburg. Find museums in Clarksdale - Delta Blues and the capital Jackson - Agriculture and Forestry. Explore the Great River Road, along the state’s namesake river or relax on Gulf Coast beaches. Schedule a fishing charter in Biloxi or visit Tunica’s casinos. There are many things to do at the Gulf Islands National Seashore: nearby find golf, hotels and resorts. At local restaurants sample southern cooking.
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Lynn Meadows Discovery Center

246 Dolan Avenue
Gulfport, Mississippi
228-897-6039
Housed in a former elementary school built in 1915, Discovery Center was the first children's museum in the state of Mississippi. The facility includes indoor exhibit space as well as six acres of outdoor play area.

While here, children can learn about the history of Mississippi City, dating back to 1898; travel to other cultures; shop for groceries at a local food store; as television "investi-gators," report on environmental news; board an old-fashioned train powered by a...
Hours & Admission
January to May and August to December, Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m., June and July, Monday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. Admission.

Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry National Agricultural Aviation Museum

1150 Lakeland Drive
Jackson, Mississippi
601-432-4500
The museum highlights the heritage of the state's agriculture industry from the farm to crop production and transportation to market.

On the Fortenberry-Parkman farmstead, find McDavid's cabin, a cotton gin, saw mill, sugar cane mill, gristmill and blacksmith shop. A barnyard environment for children includes a pony walk. Nearby are the rose and herb gardens. In a town setting, discover a church, schoolhouse, doctor's office, print shop and general store....
Hours & Admission
Monday to Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free.

Mississippi Armed Forces Museum

Building 850
Camp Shelby, Mississippi
601-558-2757
The military history museum for the state of Mississippi displays objects from the 19th to 20th centuries relating to the military service of its native sons and daughters, as well as any unit of the Armed Forces that trained at Camp Shelby or within Mississippi. Displays showcase equipment, uniforms, photographs, weapons, aircraft, vehicles, artifacts, books and maps connected with the facility.

Established in 1917, Camp Shelby began and continues as a training camp. Today, Camp...
Hours & Admission
Tuesday to Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free.

Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

2148 Riverside Drive
Jackson, Mississippi
601-576-6000
The museum, dating to the 1930s, showcases the state's living heritage - wildlife and natural habits. Here, the state's ecological story is told through indoor and outdoor exhibits. Learn about its rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, marshes and the Mississippi Sound, plus the importance of respecting the environment and preserving natural Mississippi.

While at the facility, see a 100,000-gallon aquarium with more than 200 species of native fish, reptiles, amphibians and aquatic...
Hours & Admission
Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed holidays. Admission.

Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum

1152 Lakeland Drive
Jackson, Mississippi
601-982-8264
The visitor experience begins in the theater with "It’s How We Play the Game." The interactive museum allows visitors to be part of Mississippi sports. As a baseball, football or basketball announcer, learn about important moments in history and what life is like for those who do the play-by-play. Discover baseball legend Dizzy Dean through memorabilia and news clips.

Check out the only Professional Golf Association (PGA) event held in the state and see how it has grown since...
Hours & Admission
Monday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission.

Shiloh National Military Park

501 Linden Street
Corinth, Mississippi
662-287-9273
The Shiloh National Military Park is home to Shiloh Battlefield in nearby Tennessee and Corinth Battlefield in northeast Mississippi, the site of a later siege and battle to control pivotal railroad crossroads. Still visible today, union solders had built earthen redoubts (square fortifications) in position of the railroad lines, north, east and west of Corinth.

Along the west bank of the Tennessee River, the Tennessee portion of the park* commemorates the April 6-7, 1862 battle at Shiloh,...
Hours & Admission
Park grounds: daily dawn to dusk. Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center (free): daily 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed December 25. Shiloh Battlefield Visitor Center (admission): daily 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed December 25. Admission.

Vicksburg National Military Park

3201 Clay Street
Vicksburg, Mississippi
601-636-0583
The 1,728-acre military park commemorates the Civil War campaign, siege, and defense of Vicksburg, Miss. This was one of the largest and most decisive events of the Civil War and resulted in the surrender of the city to Major General Ulysses S. Grant on July 4, 1863. Union victory at Vicksburg, along with the split of Port Hudson, La., from the South on July 8, put the Mississippi River in the hands of the union.

With control of this waterway, the confederacy's major supply and...
Hours & Admission
Park: April to September, daily 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., October to March, daily 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed major winter holidays. Visitor center: daily 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed major winter holidays.

USS Cairo museum and gunboat: April to September, daily 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., October to March, daily 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed major winter holidays.

Pemberton’s Headquarters, 1018 Crawford St., Vicksburg, Miss.: late May to July, Friday and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission.
Information subject to change without notice.
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