Jackson is an affordable yet exciting up-and-coming city in Mississippi. Though, I have visited Mississippi on many occasions, I have not had the pleasure of visiting Jackson. But I will say that after watching the Visit Jackson docu-series, I have become fascinated with the culture and their strong sense of diversity. So, I plan to add Jackson as a destination on my travel wish list.
I’m sure that after you check out the docu-series, you will also want to add Jackson to your list. This is a city that has something for everyone; food, culture, art, entertainment and much more.
If you’re a food fanatic, the food scene is one to check out. There’s a culinary variety to please just about anyone, with restaurants like Big Apple Inn on Farish St., Johnny T’s Bistro & Bar and CS’s just to name a few.
Jackson is much more than soul food but if that’s what you’re looking for, you can find it too. The Crawdad Hole is another great spot to eat – there you can experience a crawfish boil like the locals.
When it comes to drinks, you have to visit Cathead Distillery. Not only can you tour of the facility, but you can stay for a tasting of their Vodka. What better way to get to know Jackson than by hanging out at the first and oldest distillery in Mississippi. If beer is more your thing, Lucky Town Brewery is also in Jackson. Their beer is now sold nation-wide, so you could very well taste it before heading to Jackson.
If you’re looking for authentic Blues, at Hal & Mal’s you will find it. They host a variety of artists and showcase talent from musicians to spoken word artists. And if you’re a football fan, you can catch a game at Jackson State University and enjoy the halftime show by The Sonic Boom of the South Marching Band. See, there’s lots to do in Jackson!
Art and history are also a big part of the Jackson culture. You have to add the Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center – the first public school built for African Americans, which is now filled with thought provoking exhibits to your list. If you’re traveling with kids, the Mississippi Children’s Museum is a great option for families. It is filled with interactive exhibits to keep the little ones entertained.
Also worthy of a visit, is the Medgar Wiley Evers Home – a national historic landmark. This was the home of Evers, an American civil rights activist and field secretary for the NAACP of Mississippi. Who was assassinated on his driveway by a white supremacist, and important piece of Jackson history.
The Pearl River Glass Studio, known for its stained glass innovation is another must see. If you’re looking to take a piece of Jackson with you, stop by Lemuria – a Jackson landmark and the best bookstore in town. Or OffBeat, where you’ll find novelty items, comic books and vinyl records.
Now, you’re wondering how to get to Jackson, right? You could fly, drive and even take the Amtrak. Once you’re there, you will find great hotel options, so accommodations are not something to worry about.
What are you waiting for? Check out the Visit Jackson docu-series to learn more about what Jackson has to offer. Get inspired and plan a trip today! 😉