Only two hours away from New Orleans, Laurel, Mississippi is a charming city with oak-lined streets, historic homes and plenty of recreation to make the days here exciting. Stay with Choice Hotels and check out the best attractions and activities in town, including:
The Lauren Rogers Museum of Art should be your first stop in Laurel. Located in the heart of the Historic District, this museum is the oldest in the state and has recently celebrated its 90th anniversary. They have permanent exhibits of American and European art, Japanese woodblock prints, Native American baskets and an extensive historical library. Best of all, admission is free.
Usually referred to as “A Living History Museum,” Landrum’s Homestead and Village has lovely landscapes which remind you of an early 1900’s settlement. Its 20 acres of beauty and fun make this a great destination for the family. From weddings to field trips and even festivals, the Landrum offers a beautiful scene to enjoy the southern foliage.
Established in 2005, the Veterans Memorial Museum pays homage to those that served in the military. The museum is very special as it was built by veterans and is actually staffed by World War II veterans who offer guided tours. Uniforms, documentaries, military equipment, torpedoes, rifles and photographs are among the many things you will discover from their impressive exhibition. Admission is free but donations are suggested.
At the very center of Laurel is the Historic District, an exciting area of town that reflects Mississippi’s urban development ideas of the early 1900’s. This beautiful district is the state’s largest and holds its best kept homes with craftsman architecture. Walk around and you will find museums, Laurel’s Little Theater, the lavender house and the historical Deason Home.
Registered as a historic place in the United States, the Deason Home is a great stop to include on your itinerary. It is the oldest home in Jones County and holds a great deal of history as confederate officers and deserters battled and occupied the house during the Civil War days.
Once you have satisfied your fix of history, it is time to take the family to the Lake Bogue Homa. It offers recreational activities for everyone, from waterskiing to bass fishing. The lake has a beautiful countryside great for camping, picnicking and hiking. A trip here will prove simply charming for couples and families.
If you seek small town character with a great variety of historical sites and recreational activities, head over to Laurel, MS. Stay with Choice Hotels and expect nothing less than great accommodations and a welcoming staff to help you make the most out of your visit. Book today!
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