Rich in history and full of modern arts and entertainment, the city of Jackson is full of surprises. Tour the museums, cultural events and endless outdoor recreation before returning to your hotel room in Jackson with Choice Hotels. While visiting the city be sure to explore the following attractions:
Family Weekend is not the only opportunity to visit Jackson State University (JSU). The school has been a pillar in the community since 1877. Sprawled out over 125 scenic acres, this beautiful campus welcomes you with lush green lawns and tree-lined walkways. In addition to its academic curriculum, JSU hosts a variety of collegiate sporting events throughout the year, including exciting football action at the Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Are you a fan of the arts? The Mississippi Museum of Art is the state’s largest art museum, featuring a vast collection of pieces representing Mississippi and America, plus European, Asian and Ethnographic artwork. This state-of-the-art facility offers tours, activities and educational programs for adults and children. Relax with a snack at the museum’s Palette Café during your visit and pick up a souvenir at the Museum Shop before you leave.
Get outdoors! Jackson, MS is home to the Fairgrounds Complex, which features the Mississippi Coliseum multipurpose venue, the annual Dixie National Rodeo and the always-entertaining Mississippi State Fair. This popular fair boasts a mile-long midway, livestock shows, arts and crafts booths, delicious food and countless exhibitions for everyone.
During your trip to Jackson, the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science is a must-visit destination offering 300 acres of educational enjoyment. Some of the museum’s attractions include a 100,000-gallon aquarium filled with native fishes, reptiles and amphibians. The museum also boasts a 1,700-square foot greenhouse featuring alligators, turtles and a lush native plant garden and more than two miles of walking trails through natural habitats on the grounds.
Founded in 1916, the Jackson Zoo is presently home to more than 750 animals representing 120 species. Check out the zoo on foot via one of the specialized ZOOrific Tours, or sit back and relax and let the train guide you through the park. Don’t miss the one-of-a-kind opportunity to ride on your favorite zoo animal on the hand-carved, endangered species carousel. Before you leave, grab a snack at the Elephant House Café and a souvenir at the gift shop.
The Mississippi State Capitol, often known as the "New Capitol," is located in downtown Jackson and has been the home to Mississippi's state legislature since 1903. Take a tour of this historic building and the surrounding grounds, which feature beautiful green lawns and countless magnolia trees. The historic Mississippi State Capitol is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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Jackson, MS, US, 39203
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