Just off the Parkway, Mississippi’s Capital City beckons visitors to enjoy an endless variety of historical sites, attractions, fine hotels and restaurants.
When arriving in Mississippi’s capital city of JACKSON, designated as one of America’s most livable cities, you will discover an endless variety of historical sites and attractions. Its cultural offerings are nationally acclaimed. The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, nestled against a 300-acre natural area, showcases the state’s rich natural heritage through life-like displays and over 100,000 gallons of aquariums. Just across the street, the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum brings Mississippi’s rich agricultural heritage to life. Walk through history as you explore the museum’s farm restoration, cotton gin and Main Street, and imagine a day in the lives of the people who once toiled and worshiped in these buildings. Jackson’s Civil Rights Movement Driving Tour highlights significant sites such as the home of slain civil-rights leader Medgar Evers.
For 76 years, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Eudora Welty lived and wrote in her Jackson home at 1119 Pinehurst Street. The National Historic Landmark was restored by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History after Miss Welty’s death in 2001 and is one of the nation’s most intact literary house museums.
The Mississippi Governor’s Mansion, an antebellum island in the heart of downtown, has been the official residence of Mississippi’s First Families since 1842, and is the second oldest continuously occupied gubernatorial residence in the United States. With over 252 restaurants, 66 events, 10 museums and one minor league baseball team there’s always something fun and festive going on.
Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau