8 Hidden Gems In Mississippi That Are Worthy Of A Visit

There is so much more to Mississippi than award-winning state parks and amazing historical architecture. The state is filled with hidden gems just waiting to be explored. And just to make it a bit easier, we’ve put together this list of some of the state’s best kept secrets that you definitely don’t want to miss. In no particular order, here are some of our favorite hidden gems in Mississippi you’ll want to visit.

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Address: Chautauqua Dr, Crystal Springs, MS 39059, USA
Address: 24004 Old River Rd, Ocean Springs, MS 39565, USA
Address: Red Bluff, Mississippi 39483, USA
Address: 1692 Townsend Lake Rd, Belzoni, MS 39038, USA
Address: Natchez Trace Pkwy, Natchez, MS, USA
Address: Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum, 1150 Lakeland Dr, Jackson, MS 39216, USA
Address: Palestine Garden, Mississippi 39452, USA
Address: Hattiesburg, MS 39401, USA
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Hidden gems in Mississippi

February 08, 2021

What unique tours in Mississippi can I take?

The Magnolia State is home to many fascinating destinations that are steeped in a rich history. No matter the region, you’re sure to find a tour that will pique your interest. Take a tour of Jim Henson’s hometown and view installations featuring one-of-a-kind Muppet memorabilia at The Birthplace of Kermit The Frog Museum in Leland. In Claiborne County, the ghostly ruins of Windsor Plantation are awe-inspiring. The colossal antebellum Greek Revival mansion was destroyed by fire in 1890 leaving only 23 Corinthian columns standing. A beloved Jackson attraction is the Eudora Welty House and Garden where the Pulitzer prize-winning author lived for 80 years. Visitors will find  Eudora’s books scattered around the house and can view some of her edited works.

What are the best day trips in Mississippi?

With so many interesting attractions across Mississippi, finding a day trip destination is easy, deciding on which one to visit is the hard part! When planning a beach day, Ship Island is a must. Just south of Biloxi, this tranquil barrier island is accessible by ferry and offers beachgoers views of breathtaking crystalline waters and native wildlife. Keep an eye out for bottlenose dolphins swimming alongside the ferry! Just north of Holly Springs, nature lovers and history buffs alike will be delighted by Strawberry Plains Audubon Center located on the grounds of the historic Davis House. Witness the mass migration of Ruby-throated hummingbirds during the center’s annual Hummingbird Festival. The Hattiesburg Zoo is full of family fun with a variety of animal exhibits and educational programs for adults and children at Asbury Discovery Center.

What are the best free things to do in Mississippi?

You don’t have to break the bank to find fun and fascinating activities in Mississippi. An unforgettable adventure within your budget just takes a little planning! Explore the Delta’s musical legacy on The Mississippi Blues Trail. Easy to follow maps help visitors self-guide their tour through the region’s most notable sites. In Winston County, step back in time to 600 CE at the Nanih Waiya Historical Site. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this ancient platform mound constructed by indigenous people will ignite your imagination. On a pleasant day, drive along the scenic Natchez Trace Parkway. Research the area’s many historic and cultural landmarks, or stop off for a hiking, biking or horseback excursion.

Address: Chautauqua Dr, Crystal Springs, MS 39059, USA
Address: 24004 Old River Rd, Ocean Springs, MS 39565, USA
Address: Red Bluff, Mississippi 39483, USA
Address: 1692 Townsend Lake Rd, Belzoni, MS 39038, USA
Address: Natchez Trace Pkwy, Natchez, MS, USA
Address: Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum, 1150 Lakeland Dr, Jackson, MS 39216, USA
Address: Palestine Garden, Mississippi 39452, USA
Address: Hattiesburg, MS 39401, USA