There’s nothing like a nice, relaxing weeklong beach getaway. Unfortunately, that’s not in everyone’s budget. So, what’s the next best thing? A day trip. Okay, so maybe it’s not the next best thing but if planned correctly, a day trip can be a good way to take a break from everyday life, and these 16 trips are proof.
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1. Go Shrimpin’
Learn about one of the Gulf Coast’s biggest industries firsthand as you board the Sailfish and tag along on a real shrimping expedition. In business since 1955, Biloxi Shrimping Trip has been entertaining and educating guests for several years now and has been voted the number one attraction in Mississippi.
2. Travel Back in Time
If travelling back in time seems like your idea of a good day then you’ll want to visit Landrum’s Homestead and Village in Laurel. Thanks to exhibits depicting the life and daily activities of our early ancestors, visitors are transported back to the 1800’s for an experience like no other.
3. Take a Lesson from a Viking
Who better to help you hone your cooking skills than high-end kitchen appliance manufacturer, Viking Range Company? One of only two nationwide locations, Greenwood’s Viking Cooking School offers classes on everything from “southern specialties” to “Japanese steakhouse.”
4. Spend the Day in a Ghost Town
Once slated to be the capitol of Mississippi, the town of Rodney is now home to only a handful of residents and a lot of old, deserted buildings. The once booming city began to dwindle thanks to the changing course of the Mississippi River, two severe fires, and the yellow fever epidemics of 1843 and 1898.
5. Sail Away
If you ask any Gulf Coast local they’ll tell you that some of the best beaches are on Ship Island. Accessible by a quick 50-minute ferry ride, a visit to the barrier island is perfect for a day of swimming, recreation, and exploration of Fort Massachusetts, which is located on the island.
6. Get to Pickin’
Looking for a truly unique way to spend a day outdoors? A visit to Hope Fruit and Berry Farm in Morton should do the trick. After a day of picking blueberries, blackberries, muscadines, and other fruits, you can relax for a bit on the huge front porch – the perfect end to a perfect Mississippi day.
7. Rock ‘n Stroll
If you’re a fan of the King, music enthusiast, or history buff, then taking part in all of the Elvis-related sites the city of Tupelo has to offer is a must. The now infamous home in which the King was born is part of the Elvis Presley Birthplace Park which also includes a museum, chapel, gift shop, “Elvis at 13” statue, Fountain of Life, Walk of Life, “Memphis Bound” car feature, and story wall.
8. In the Capitol? Forget Shopping, Go Museum Hopping
When it comes to good museums, Jackson is definitely not lacking. The city is home to several, which include basics like the Mississippi Museum of Art and the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science to more specific options like the Capitol Museum and the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Museum.
9. Spend the Day at Sea
Ready to spend the day on the water with a fishing pole in hand? Well, you’ll want to plan a visit to the Gulf Coast because it’s teeming with fishing charter companies. For a fee, you can charter a boat, spend the day fishing with professionals, and even have your catches cleaned.
10. Go for a Drive on the Natchez Trace Parkway
If you’re in Mississippi then you have to drive along this famous 444-mile stretch, which spans from Natchez, Mississippi to Hohenwald, Tennessee. This scenic area is filled with just as much history as beauty. There are several possible stops along the way that include everything from an Indian village site and Cypress swamp to the Old Country Store, which is known for serving nationally recognized “Mr. D"s Heavenly Fried Chicken.”
11. Visit a State Park
Home to over 20 state parks, spending the day outdoors is the ideal Mississippi day trip. And with everything from breathtaking views that could include waterfalls, depending on your location, to activities like biking and canoeing, state parks have something for everyone.
12. Learn the Art of War
Known for its rich history and dedication to preservation, Mississippi is filled with battlefield sites as well as military parks, cemeteries, and museums – all of which would make for an interesting and educational day trip. From well known sites like the Vicksburg National Military Park to lesser known attractions like Centreville’s Camp Van Dorn World War II Museum, the state is the perfect place to brush up on some of the most important parts of our nation’s history.
13. Tour a Piece of History
There are numerous historic homes scattered throughout the state, many of which are available for touring. Visit the homes of well known Mississippi residents like Jefferson Davis and William Faulkner or head to Holly Springs or Natchez where the options will seem endless, especially if visiting during the cities’ pilgrimage celebrations.
14. Get Your ‘Gator On
At Gulf Coast Gator Ranch and Airboat Swamp Tours in Moss Point you’ll have the chance to get up close and personal with alligators. Whether you opt for the walking tour where you’ll be able to feed them or choose to board an airboat where you’ll be able to observe alligators along with birds and other marine life in their natural habitat, this is one day trip guaranteed to create lifelong memories.
15. A Walk Among the Trees
The only one of its kind in the area, Mississippi’s Petrified Forest in Flora is a must-see. Spend a relaxing day strolling around the forest and enjoy a picnic lunch surrounded by ancient beauty. Markers will guide you along the way and will lead you to a museum filled with fossils, petrified wood, and minerals from around the world.
16. Ride the Rails
Part of Mississippi’s Rails to Trails conversion program, the Tanglefoot Trail spans 43.6 miles through the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in the Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area. In addition to the historically significant sites in the Mississippi Hills, the trail also includes access to several small towns along the way – all of which exude southern hospitality and the kind of charm that only a small town can offer.
Been to any of these or have an idea for an awesome day trip in Mississippi? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.