Mississippi Attractions – A Traveller’s Guide to the Activities and Places of Interest
The historic town of Hattiesburg, the blues music trail and the USA International Ballet Competition are just some of the myriad of attractions that draw tourists to the American state of Mississippi. This southern state is rich in pop culture and famous for its music.
Mississippi Attractions – Top Rated Destinations
Jackson, Mississippi’s capital and its biggest city, is famous for its vibrant nightlife scenes and cultural landmarks. The old and new State Capitol buildings are two of the most visited Mississippi attractions in this city, followed by the Mississippi Governor’s Mansion and the Mississippi Museum of Art. In the town of Natchez is St. Mary’s Cathedral, which is considered an architectural gem because of its 1837 Gothic Revival design. Numerous Mississippi attractions can be found in Hattiesburg, dubbed “the Hub City.” Tourists can explore the historic USO Club, where the African American Military History Museum is headquartered. The University of Southern Mississippi has the All American Rose Garden, which features 750 rose varieties. The A Gallery exhibits works by artists and craftsmen known in the U.S. and around the world.
Mississippi Coast – General Background
The East Gulf Coastal Plain covers most of Mississippi, including bays in Biloxi, Bay St. Louis and Pascagoula. Various restaurants, resorts, golf courses and museums are scattered across the Mississippi Gulf Coast facing the Gulf of Mexico. A 26-mile man-made beach, the longest in the world, is also located on this Mississippi coast. Family holidaymakers can visit the Family Fun Center in Biloxi, Gulf Islands Water Park and the Biloxi Shrimping Trip. Thousands of acres of rivers, streams, lakes and ponds on the Mississippi coast are inhabited by fish species including crappie lurk, bream, catfish and bass perfect for fishing trips. There are also a number of wildlife parks regulated for public hunting of deer, quail, turkey and other game.
Mississippi Beach – Resorts
The Mississippi Delta is lined with many beaches, some of which are suitable for camping, while others are preserved as historic sites. Bay St. Louis near the Mississippi Sound draws travelers with its signature restaurants and pristine beaches. Pass Christian and Long Beach, known locally as “The Pass” is the ideal Mississippi beach for sailing, surfing and fishing. More urban alternatives are located on Biloxi Beach, also perfect for fishing as well as picnics and swimming. The pier and boardwalk are great for strolls and for enjoying the fresh sea breeze. Ship Island East and West in Ocean Springs are common areas for swimming, moonlight picnics and romantic excursions.