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A Day in Jackson

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So you’ve got just 24 hours in Mississippi’s capital- but there is so much to see and experience. There’s no need to panic! We’ve you covered. We’ve identified a few must-visit spots, where to nosh, where to shop and where to hang your hat to fill your day in Jackson. So, dive straight into exploring the city and taking in the best of Jackson with our exclusively 24 hours in the Jackson itinerary-

A day in Jackson
Image By /\ \/\/ /\ from Jackson Mississippi, USA (City Centre and Davis Planetarium) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

8:00am- Breakfast at Elite Restaurant!

Start your day in Jackson with a scrumptious breakfast at the Elite Restaurant, an Old-school Southern restaurant that specializes in seafood dishes and home-style cooking. Settle into the turquoise booths and relish the hearty breakfast. The menu includes yeast rolls, fried oysters, veal culets, Mexican dishes, Greek faves, and homemade rolls. 

Address: 141 E Capitol Street, Jackson, MS 39201, United States
Phone: 1 601-352-5606
Opening hours: Monday to Wednesday: 7:00am-8:30pm; Thursday to Saturday: 7:00am-9:00pm

9:00am- History comes alive at Mississippi State Capitol!

Take a tour of the Beaux-Arts style structure that features the state’s history. With lights, elaborate white and black marble rotunda, gold-leaf covered eagle above the dome, and beautiful exteriors, it offers a candid picture of the history of Mississippi. This building houses the State Library, the Legislative Chambers, the Governor’s Office, the Hall of Governors, the original Liberty Bell replica, the magnolia tree, the sculpture from the second USS Mississippi battleship and a statue in memory of the Confederate soldiers and their families. Observe the House of Representatives and Senate chambers in action!

Address: 400 High Street, Jackson, MS 39201, United States
Phone: 1 601-359-3114
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00am-5:00pm
Distance from Elite Restaurant: 0.6miles or 3minutes drive

10:00am- Some more Mississippi history at Mississippi Old State Capitol!

The Mississippi Old State Capitol is restored to its original splendor and highlights the history of the building and the series of events that took place in it. It houses many multimedia exhibits and artifacts that may involve the visitors in the interactive exploration of the roles of governor, high court, legislature and the events that have contributed to the Mississippi history. Learn about the state government and their role. Additionally, several events are held here all year-round that enlighten visitors about the past and present.

Address: 100 S State Street, Jackson, MS 39201, United States
Phone: 1 601-576-6920
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 9:00am-5:00pm; Sunday: 1:00pm-5:00pm
Distance from Mississippi State Capitol: 0.8miles or 4minutes drive via N State Street

11:00am- Venture into Eudora Welty House!

Visit the Eudora Welty House, a national historic landmark in Jackson. It is home of the internationally recognized, Pulitzer Prize winning author Eudora Welty. Welty wrote most of her work in this house. As you walk through the doors of the house, you’ll yourself being transported back in time. Check out the original furnishings, personal items, photographs, paintings, books and memorabilia of Welty. The house has a vast of collection of books. Outside the house is a beautiful garden. Stroll through the garden and breathe in the scent of different gardens like woodland garden, a rose garden, perennial border, trellises and a camellia garden. 

Address: 1119 Pinehurst Street, Jackson, MS 39202, United States
Phone: 1 601-353-7762
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm
Distance from Old Mississippi State Capitol: 1.7miles or 6minutes drive

12:00pm- Pop into The Oaks House Museum!

Visit the Oaks House Museum, which is the oldest residence in Jackson. It was residence of James H. Boyd, longtime mayor of Jackson. Three generations of the Boyd family lived here. The house features period furnishings and Boyd family items and memorabilia that illustrate their life in Jackson in the mid-nineteenth century. Stroll through the Victorian garden outside the house and take in the fragrance of the antique roses, native perennials, camellia garden, and a kitchen herb garden. A historic site worth a visit!

Address: 823 N Jefferson Street, Jackson, MS 39202, United States
Phone: 1 601-353-9339
Distance from Eudora Welty House: 0.9miles or 5minutes drive

1:00pm- Lunch!

After exploring the history of Jackson, you surely have worked up an appetite, which indicates it’s time for lunch!

Swing by the Parlor Market (115 W Capitol Street) that serves up farm-to-table Southern fare. For some Mediterranean flavors, head to The Manship (1200 N State Street #100) or Keifer’s Restaurant (710 Poplar Blvd). If barbecue is on your mind, make you way over to Chimneyville Smokehouse (970 High St)

2:00pm- Take in some local art at Mississippi Museum of Art!

After a hearty refuel, head to Mississippi Museum of Art to take in some local and international modern art. The museum features art collection from the 1800s and the 1900s, as well as an impressive collection of contemporary art, African American folk art, Civil War drawings, paintings, photographs, works on paper and sculptures. Works by artists like Thomas Sully, Arthur B, Davis, Walter Anderson, Gwendolyn A. Magee, William Dunlap, Birney Imes, George O’Keeffe, Andy Warhol and  James Abbott McNeil Whistler, to name a few are featured here. A perfect place for art aficionados!

Address: 380 S Lamar Street, Jackson, MS 39201, United States
Phone: 1 601-960-1515
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm; Sunday: 12:00pm-5:00pm

3:00pm-  Tour the Mississippi Governor’s Mansion!

The Mississippi Governor’s Mansion is one of the finest examples of the Greek revival –style architecture in Mississippi. Designed by William Nicholas, it has an impressive facade and magnificent interiors. It is the one of the first residence of Mississippi governors and was first acquired by Governor Tilghman Tucker in 1842, and continues to house the other governors of the state. This mansion encompasses the early phases of the Mississippi history. It features period furnishings and exhibits that illustrate the story of the site.  

Address: 300 E Capitol Street, Jackson, MS 39201, United States
Phone: 1 601-359-3175
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 9:00am-5:00pm; Sunday: 1:00pm-5:00pm
Distance from Mississippi Governor’s Mansion: 0.5miles or 4minutes drive via S West Street

4:00pm- Get some visual experience at Russell C. Davis Planetarium!

Next, make your way over to the Russell C. Davis Planetarium where visitors can learn about science, celestial navigation, astronomy, travel through space, see the starry night sky, check out the stunning colorful laser light shows, and unravel the mysteries of the planets and stars at the McNair Space Theatre’s Sky Show. The striking feature of this spot is the dome-shaped projection screen where visitors can see the planets, starts and other celestial bodies. Embark on a journey through sky and space!

Address: 201 E Pascagoula Street, Jackson, MS 39201, United States
Phone: 1 601-960-1552
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm; Saturday: 1:00pm-5:00pm
Distance from Governor’s Mansion: 0.3miles or 2minutes drive

5:00pm- Go Shopping at Highland Village!

Now, it’s time to indulge in some retail therapy! Head to the Highland Village that has plenty of stores, including Buffalo Park Outfitters, Talbots, J. McLaughlin, High Cotton, Red Square Clothing, Whole Foods Market and more.  Shop for men and women apparels, items for home, health & beauty, accessories, shoes or gifts for that special someone at this shopping spot. It has little something for every shopper!

Address: 4500 Interstate 55 North Frontage Rd #281, Jackson, MS 39211, United States
Phone: 1 601-982-5861
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 10:00am-6:00pm
Distance from Russell C. Davis Planetarium: 5.8miles or 8minutes drive

7:00pm- Time to Imbibe and Munch On!

Proper fuel is much required to keep your day energetic and peppy ahead, and Jackson’s world-class restaurant scene has exactly what you need. 

Craving for some Italian, look no further than BRAVO! Italian Restaurant & Bar-Jackson. BRAVO! is a popular joint for pizza and other Italian delicacies. Plus, it also serves delicious seafood. The restaurant also has an extensive wine selection. And of course, the food pairs perfectly with the wine. 

Address: 4500 Interstate 55 North Frontage Rd, Jackson, MS 39211, United States
Phone: 1 601-982-8111
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 11:00am-10:00pm; Sunday: 11:00am-9:00pm

In mood for a juicy steak and seafood, swing by the Char Restaurant. It specializes in delicious steak and seafood. Standout dishes include Long Island duckling breast, crab claws, salads, blueberry bread pudding, shrimp and grits. Plus, the southern classic desserts are must-haves here. It also has a large bar area. So, belly up to the bar and pick your poison. 

Address: 4500 Interstate 55 North Frontage Rd, Jackson, MS 39211, United States
Phone: 1 601-956-9562
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 11:00am-10:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 11:00am-10:30pm; Sunday: 10:00am-9:00pm

If barbecue is what you hankering for, head to The Pig & Pint. The Pig & Pint receive rave reviews from patrons for its BBQ plates and ribs. The Smoked Tomato Cole Slaw, pork-belly corn dogs, barbecue tacos and smoked brisket are must-haves.  Other delicious dishes on the menu include shrimp, oysters and fried boudin balls. It also has an extensive beer list.  Enjoy the BBQ plates with a pint or two! 

Address: 3139 N State Street, Jackson, MS 39216, United States
Phone: 1 601-326-6070
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 11:00am-9:00pm; Sunday: 11:00am-4:00pm


10:00pm- Soak up Jackson’s lively nightlife!

Now, it’s time to get caught up in the liveliness of the Jackson nightlife scene.

Head to The Bulldog Jackson that has an extensive selection of draft beers from different countries like the U.S., Germany, Ireland and Australia. Snag a table and enjoy the game on the HDTV, while sipping a pint or two.

Address: 6111 Ridgewood Rd, Jackson, MS 39211, United States
Phone: 1 601-978-3502
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 11:00am-2:00am; Sunday: 11:00am-12:00am

Or

Swing by The Apothecary at Brent's Drugs, a popular speakeasy-style bar that offers an amazing selection of craft cocktails and beers along with tasty bar bites.  A fitting end to a long day!

Address: 655 Duling Avenue, Jackson, MS 39216, United States
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 5:00pm-1:00am, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm-2:00am

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