Sometimes you just need a break from it all. And if you’re looking for some new ways to achieve that much needed R and R, this list is a great place to start. From serene settings to peaceful activities, here are 14 ways to relax in Mississippi.
1. Go for a stroll in a state park.
Numerous state parks are scattered throughout Mississippi, with Tishomingo State Park being one of the most popular. Featuring rock formations like nowhere else in the state, the park has become an extremely popular spot for hiking and provides a peaceful setting, perfect for unwinding.
2. Take a scenic drive.
The state is filled with scenic roads, not to mention home to the well-known Natchez Trace Parkway, so going for a relaxing drive is an ideal way to take that much needed break.
3. Spend the day out on the Gulf.
With companies like Gulfport’s North Star Sailing Charters, the Gulf of Mexico is easily accessible. Offering everything from sunset cruises to sailing lessons, North Star Sailing Charters is the perfect solution for those looking to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
4. Take a ride in a hot air balloon.
Every October, Natchez hosts the “Great Mississippi River Balloon Race.” The event consists of several balloon races and an entire weekend of festivities. But the fun doesn’t have to stop there. Thanks to companies like Natchez Balloon Rides, residents can release, uh, hot air year round as they fly high and see the state in an entirely new way.
5. Plan a beach getaway.
There are a ton of bed and breakfasts scattered along Mississippi’s Gulf Coast, making it the perfect place to spend a relaxing weekend. Front Beach Cottages in Ocean Springs is a great spot to check out (or check-in) for just such a vacation. The serene cottages are located within walking distance of the beach, shops, and restaurants. (But let’s face it, you probably won’t leave the room.)
6. Stop and smell the roses.
Found throughout the state, beautiful gardens are ideal for taking a break from everyday life. And the All-American Rose Garden at the University of Southern Mississippi is definitely one that shouldn’t be missed. The renowned garden is filled with eye-popping colors and includes more than 700 award-winning roses.
7. Plan a rustic retreat.
What better way to disconnect than by staying in a secluded cabin? If a rustic retreat is your version of paradise, Seminary Canoe Rental is a great place to check out. In addition to canoe and kayak rentals, the company offers several cabins, perfect for a quick escape.
8. Stay at one of the state’s historic homes.
The past was a much simpler time, which means that revisiting yesteryear must be a great way to escape everyday life. Located in Natchez, the Devereaux Shields House offers the utmost in southern comfort. The luxurious rooms are filled with antique furnishings and many include fireplaces, creating an ideal environment for unwinding with a glass of wine or good book…or maybe both.
9. Go stargazing.
Mississippi’s star-filled night sky is quite the sight, and also a great way to relax. Grab a blanket and head out for the amazing nightly show – you won’t be disappointed.
10. Enjoy a massage therapy retreat.
Visiting a spa is probably the first thing that comes to most everyone’s mind when thinking of ways to relax, but what about an entire retreat geared toward relaxation? Well, it just so happens that is exactly what Relax Meridian does. Located in one of Meridian's beautiful historic homes, the company provides a full range of massage therapies in a peaceful and luxurious setting.
11. Spend the day out on the water.
For some, there’s nothing more relaxing than spending the day out on the water. And since Mississippi is filled with everything from creeks to rivers, it is the perfect place for an array of water-related activities. From canoeing and kayaking to water-skiing and fishing, the possibilities are virtually endless.
12. Curl up with a good book.
Travelling to new places, forgetting your worries, becoming somebody different – all of these things are possible with a good book, which makes it easy to see why reading is a popular pastime and great way to unwind. And if you need a new read, you’re in luck. Mississippi is a literary gem, filled with great bookstores such as Oxford’s Square Books. Rated one of the best bookstores in the nation, the quaint shop is said to provide an atmosphere like no other.
13. Get in a deer stand.
For many Mississippians, the peace and quiet that comes along with sitting in a deer stand is like no other.
14. Just “porch” it.
Whether relaxing on a porch swing or favorite chair, there’s nothing more tranquil than ending the day on the front porch, especially if accompanied by a glass of tea.
What did you think? Have you done any of the things listed above? Have something to add to the list? Tell us in the comments section below!