When it comes to attractions in Mississippi, the Natchez Trace and Vicksburg National Military Park are among the most popular. However, the Magnolia State has so much more to offer. From quirky museums to impressive landmarks, here are 10 of the state’s coolest underrated attractions. Read on and see how many you’ve been to.
1. Biloxi Lighthouse (1050 Beach Blvd., Biloxi)
This historic lighthouse, which dates back to 1848, is unique in a couple of ways. First, it was one of the earliest cast iron lighthouses built in the South. Second, it has a lengthy history of being maintained by female lighthouse keepers. Tours, which cost $5 for adults and $2 for children 2-12, are available daily.
2. The Baby Doll House a.k.a. The Burrus House (77 Burrus Rd., Benoit)
Built in 1858, The Burrus House is the last remaining antebellum home in Bolivar County. Formerly known as the Hollywood Plantation, the house and the grounds were the set of the 1956 movie "Baby Doll." The historic property is now open for tours (by appointment only). Click
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3. Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Dr., Jackson)
A must visit site in the capital city, the Agricultural and Forestry Museum is anything but ordinary. And don’t let the name fool you; aside from information on agriculture’s role in the state, you’ll find a ton of interesting sites and exhibits, including Small Town, Mississippi – a replica of a standard 1920’s town that includes everything from a schoolhouse to a blacksmith shop.
4. GRAMMY Museum (800 W Sunflower Rd., Cleveland)
There are only two GRAMMY Museums in the entire country, and one of them just so happens to be right here in Mississippi. Be prepared to spend some time at this Cleveland gem because it’s filled with captivating exhibits and tons of information on the state’s deep musical roots.
5. Jim Henson Museum (415 S Deer Creek Dr. E., Leland)
Kermit the Frog has only one birthplace and it’s Leland, Mississippi. And as a way to commemorate one of the small town’s most famous residents, the Jim Henson Museum was opened. Packed with Henson family photos, tons of memorabilia, and actual Muppets, the museum is a must for all those kids (and kids at heart) out there.
6. McCarty Pottery (101 St Mary St., Merigold)
Tucked away in the small town of Merigold, this pottery studio is truly a hidden gem. In addition to a studio filled with locally produced pieces, the grounds include an amazing eatery and an internationally acclaimed garden.
7. Mississippi State Capitol Building (400 High St., Jackson)
Even if you toured this governmental gem on a field trip, a return trip as an adult is a must. Not only will you have a greater understanding of the Capitol’s significance but you’ll undoubtedly be able to appreciate the building itself, which has been referred to as an "architectural masterpiece." Step inside the impressive building, and you’ll find 11 types of marble, 4,750 original electric lights, and intricately detailed motifs. Dedicate some time to exploring the Capitol grounds as well; the property includes beautiful monuments and lush greenery.
8. NASA Bus Tour (1 Discovery Circle, Pearlington)
This 40-minute tour is your chance to get an inside look at the Stennis Space Center (SSC). While leading you through areas of the facility that are often restricted, guides will provide information on the history of the SSC, current projects, and daily operations. This is one tour that fills up fast, so it’s recommended you reserve your seat 30 minutes prior to the tour’s start time. Tours depart from Infinity Space Center Monday through Saturday. For more information, click
9. Mississippi Sanatorium Museum (1049 Simpson Highway 149, Magee)
A small town medical facility is probably the last place you’d expect to find a museum, but that’s exactly the case with the Mississippi State Sanatorium Museum in Magee. Truly one-of-a-kind, the museum focuses on one of the most trying times in Mississippi’s past – the tuberculosis epidemic. Featuring unique exhibits and loads of history, the museum is sure to fascinate you.
10. Biedenharn Coca Cola Museum (1107 Washington St., Vicksburg)
The Biedenharn Coca Cola Museum in Vicksburg is definitely a must visit for any Mississippian. The one-of-a-kind museum includes all sorts of exhibits and a variety of memorabilia, telling the story of the classic drink and how it came to be bottled in Mississippi. There’s even a restored candy store, complete with furnishings and displays from the 1890s.
Ever visited any of the places listed above? Have another to add to the list? Tell us in the comments section!
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