You have made your bookings to Jackson, and your journey will start soon. The adrenaline rushes through you, and you just cannot hold your exhilaration and eagerness to be there. Between, you ask yourself “What things does Jackson have in store for me”? And then, the fact you only have two days in hand to spend in Jackson hits you, and you get anxious about how to imbibe that vast artistic and cultural beauty and charm of Jackson in just 48 hours. Fret not! We’ve put together a 48-hour itinerary guide to help you experience Jackson in 48 hours. This handy guide will show you some of the Jackson’s best attractions, eateries, shopping and entertainment venues, giving you an experience that you’ll remember forever.
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Day 1 in Jackson
9:00am- Breakfast at Broad Street Baking Co. & Cafe!
Start your first day in Jackson with a hearty and delicious breakfast at the Broad Street Baking Co. & Cafe. This restaurant serves up house-made desserts, breads, deli sandwiches, pizza, pasta, along with espresso. It dishes out a healthy meal that will lure any taste bud.
Address: 4465 N Hwy 55 #101, Jackson, MS 39206, United States
Phone: 1 601-362-2900
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 7:00am-8:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 7:00am-8:30pm; Sunday: 7:00am-3:00pm
10:00am- Experience Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum!
Visit the Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum that represents a small “Mississippi town”. The museum features the past and present of the agricultural lifestyle and practices in Mississippi through exhibits and artifacts on display. Inside the museum, know about catfish farming and other agricultural farming practices, transportation modes like railroad and water exhibits, and several other artifacts. The museum has a train and carousel ride, too for the kids. It also has a general store and a blacksmith’s shop on the site.
Address: 1150 Lakeland Dr, Jackson 39216, MS, United States
Phone: 1 601-432-4500
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 9:00am-5:00pm
Distance from Broad Street Baking Co. & Cafe: 2.3miles or 6minutes drive
11:00am- Athletic Icons honored at Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum!
Next, head to the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum that pays testament to the Mississippi athletes and athletic history. Whether they’re athletic heroes of the ages past or the living legends, the museum honors them all. Watch the Mississippi great sports moments, or test your skills at the Participatory room that has golf, baseball and soccer activities. The museum features life-size statues of athletes, uniforms, newspaper articles, photos and other sports memorabilia of Mississippi. A perfect spot for sports lovers!
Address: 1152 Lakeland Dr, Jackson, MS 39216, United States
Phone: 1 601-982-8264
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 10:00am-4:00pm
Distance from Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum: 0.4miles or 4minutes drive
12:00pm- Pop into Mississippi Children's Museum for some hands-on learning experience!
Just a mile drive from Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame is Children's Museum. The museum features hands-on exhibits on diverse subjects for kids. It offers panoply of interesting and educative things to see and do. Highlights include exhibits on careers, sports, science and technology, cooking, health and nutrition, art and culture, and more. Learn about science, history, geography, heritage and health, and delve into the local art and culture here. A great museum for kids of all ages!
Address: 2145 Museum Boulevard, Jackson 39202, MS, United States
Phone: 1 601-981-5469
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 9:00am-5:00pm; Sunday: 1:00pm-6:00pm
Distance from Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum: 1.0miles or 4minutes drive via Highland Drive
All this exploring must have made your hungry by now. For some seafood, Cajun & Creole, swing by Crawdad Hole (1150 Lakeland Dr). Craving for Mexican, head to Babalu Tacos and Tapas (622 Duling Ave). For American cuisine, stop by Sports Cafe (1152 Lakeland Dr).
2:00pm- Delve into Mississippi natural landscape at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science!
Visit the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science that features exhibits on the native natural flora and fauna, a replica swamp, dinosaur bones, raw minerals, geological exhibits, taxidermy animals display, gemstones, and other wildlife exhibits. It also an aquarium that has more than 200 living species, and about 2.5 miles of nature trails. The collection of the museum comprises of more than 870,000 specimens of Mississippi freshwater mussels and vertebrate animals. Stroll down the trail and take in the nature at its best!
Address: 2148 Riverside Dr, Jackson, MS 39202, United States
Phone: 1 601-576-6000
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm; Saturday: 9:00am-5:00pm; Sunday: 1:00pm-5:00pm
3:00pm- Tour the Eudora Welty House!
Calling all literature lovers! The Eudora Welty House is a historic house of the Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Eudora Welty. She stayed here for over 75 years. The house features the original furnishings, art, books, photos, personal items and other memorabilia related to Welty. Outside the house is a stunning garden that features a woodland garden, a rose garden, perennial border, trellises and a camellia garden. Take a historic tour of the house and a peaceful stroll through the 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 Mississippi Museum of Natural Science: 1.9miles or 8minutes drive via Riverside Drive
4:00pm- Glimpse of Times Long Past at The Oaks House Museum!
Next, head to the Oaks House Museum, another historic house listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The house served as a residence of the longtime mayor of Jackson- James H. Boyd. It features a period furnishings and Boyd family items and memorabilia that illustrate their life in Jackson in the mid-nineteenth century. It also has a Victorian garden which includes antique roses, native perennials and a camellia garden. A trip back to the 1800s!
Address: 823 N Jefferson Street, Jackson, MS 39202, United States
Phone: 1 601-353-9339
Distance from Eudora Welty House: 0.9miles or 4minutes drive
Retail therapy awaits in Highland Village. The Highland Village is teeming with boutiques, antique shops and specialty stores like Buffalo Park Outfitters, Talbots, J. McLaughlin, High Cotton, Red Square Clothing, Whole Foods Market and more. From apparels to accessories and fashion to items for home, every stand wall to wall with the several great restaurants.
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
Some more shopping at County Line Plaza that is stocked with apparels, items for home, gifts, kitchen appliances, unique decorative art, accessories and memorabilia. Some of the national and regional retailers housed here include Burlington Stores, Big Lots, Conn’s, Office Depot, Old Navy, Shoe Station, Kirkland’s and more. It has everything you’re looking for!
Address: 1053 E County Line Rd, Jackson, MS 39211, United States
Phone: 1 601-206-9191
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 9:00am-9:00pm
By now, you must have work up an appetite.
Craving for some Italian, look no further than BRAVO! Italian Restaurant & Bar-Jackson (4500 Interstate 55 North Frontage Rd, Jackson, MS 39211, United States). BRAVO! is a popular joint for pizza and other Italian delicacies.
In mood for a juicy steak and seafood, swing by the Char Restaurant (4500 Interstate 55 North Frontage Rd, Jackson, MS 39211, United States). It specializes in delicious steak and seafood.
If barbecue is what you hankering for, head to The Pig & Pint (3139 N State Street, Jackson, MS 39216, United States). Enjoy the BBQ plates with a pint or two!
Start your nightlife excursion at the LAST CALL Sports Grill where the DJs music is stomping. Grab a few drinks and shake a leg on the music spun by the DJs. It also has a karaoke to belt out the songs, and there are nightly specials, too.
Address: 1428 Old Square Rd, Jackson, MS 39211, United States
Phone: 1 601-713-2700
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 2:00pm-2:00am; Sunday: 12:00pm-2:00am
And then, pop into The Bulldog Jackson, a lively bar. It has an extensive selection of draft beers from different countries. Catch the game on the HDTV, while sipping on a varied roster of beers and other cocktails. Along with extensive drink lists and fun ambiance, the Bulldog Jackson has a diverse food menu. Chow down on crawfish banditos, Buffalo wings, Creole delicacies, nachos, pastas, sandwiches and burgers until your heart’s content.
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
Day 2 in Jackson
8:00am- Breakfast at Elite Restaurant!
Begin your day by grabbing some delectable breakfast at the Elite Restaurant. It is an Old-school Southern restaurant that specializes in seafood dishes and home-style cooking. Settle into the turquoise booths and relish the 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- Follow the Mississippi History at Mississippi State Capitol!
Visit the Mississippi State Capitol that typifies the Beaux-Art style architecture. It serves as a seat of the state government. The Capitol 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 from the gallery. A glimpse of the state government workings!
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- Learn about Mississippi history at Mississippi Old State Capitol!
Next, visit the Mississippi Old State Capitol that holds a rich history and is known for the events that happened in it during the Civil War. It houses many multimedia exhibits that depict the story of Mississippi and explain the roles the high court and the legislation in the government. 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- Admire the local art at Mississippi Museum of Art!
Head to the Mississippi Museum of Art that features an impressive collection of Mississippi art called as the “The Mississippi Story”. 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. It houses a permanent collection of works by the American artists, such as Andy Warhol, Arthur B, Davies, Thomas Sully, Robert Henri and Georgia O’Keefe. Visitors will find works by some of the well-known Mississippi artists on display, too, such as Walter Anderson, Gwendolyn A. Magee, William Dunlap and Birney Imes.
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
Distance from Mississippi Old State Capitol: 0.6miles or 3minutes drive
12:00pm- Know about Islam history at International Museum of Muslim Cultures!
Visit the International Museum of Muslim Cultures that is the first and the only Islamic Cultural and History Museum in America. The museum features the Islam history and culture, and their contribution to the community and the city of Jackson, through exhibits and artifacts.
Address: 201 E Pascagoula Street #102, Jackson, MS 39201, United States
Phone: 1 601-960-0440
Distance from Mississippi Museum of Art: 0.5miles or 2minutes drive
For farm-to-table Southern fare, head to Parlor Market (115 W Capitol Street, Jackson, MS 39201, United States). Swing by Jaco’s Tacos (318 South State Street, Jackson, MS 39201, United States) for Mexican cuisine. Head to The Iron Horse Grill (320 W Pearl St, Jackson, MS 39203, United States) for Southern-style grub.
2:00pm- An hour with animals and birds at Jackson Zoo!
Visit the Jackson Zoo that houses more than 150 species and about 800 individual exotic animals and endangered species. The Zoo includes African Savannah and African Rainforest, Jewels of South America and Froggy Bottom. The wildlife at the zoo includes African Elephant, Red Fronted Lemur, Sumatran Tiger, Orangutan, Macaque, Amur Leopard, Chimpanzee, Malayan Tapir and Spider Monkey, all housed in their natural habitats. You’re sure to have a great time getting up-close and personal views of the terrific animals and birds housed here!
Address: 2918 W Capitol Street, Jackson, MS 39209, United States
Phone: 1 601-352-2580
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 9:00am-4:00pm
3:00pm- Learn about the Universe at Russell C. Davis Planetarium!
Next, visit the Russell C. Davis Planetarium where visitors can learn about space, sky, celestial navigation and astronomy. Visitors can 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 that shows the planets, starts and other celestial bodies in a beautiful and mesmerizing way.
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 Jackson Zoo: 2.7miles or 8minutes drive via W Capitol Street
4:00pm- Experience the Mississippians African-American history at Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center!
The Smith Robertson Museum and Culture Center features the history and accomplishments of the African-Americans in Mississippi. It showcases the legacy of the African American Mississippians through photographs, art and artifacts. Permanent exhibits include Civil Rights Gallery, African-American Mississippi folk art and Mississippi African-American lifestyle, to name a few.
Address: 528 Bloom Street, Jackson, MS 39202, United States
Phone: 1 601-960-1457
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00am-5:00pm; Saturday: 10:00am-1:00pm
Distance from Russell C. Davis Planetarium: 0.9miles or 5minutes drive
Head to Fondren District that is teeming with art galleries, boutiques, antique shops, eclectic architecture, several restaurants and entertainment venues, too. Shop for yourself, for your home or for that special someone at this shopping district. Shop like a local at Fondren District!
Want to shop for antiques and vintage items, make your way over to the St Martin’s Gallery Inc that features vintage accessories, mid-century modern furniture, decorative art, upholstery, garden items or antique lamps. It houses 18th and 19th century Continental, French and English items.
Address: 2817 Old Canton Rd, Jackson, MS 39216, United States
Phone: 1 601-362-1977
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 10:00am-5:30pm; Saturday: 10:00am-4:00pm
Distance from Fondren District: 0.4miles or 2minutes drive
7:00pm-Dinner and Drinks!
In mood for juicy steak and delicious seafood, swing by the Walker’s Drive-in, a retro spots that dish out the best steak and seafood. Delicious highlights on the food menu include grilled oyster po’ boys, redfish sandwich, tuna salad, spiced calamari, and quality-aged beef. Wash it down with a couple of drinks!
Address: 3016 N State Street, Jackson, MS 39216, United States
Phone: 1 601-982-2633
Opening hours: Lunch hours- Monday to Friday: 11:00am-2:00pm; Dinner hours- Monday: 5:30pm-9:00pm, Tuesday to Thursday: 5:30pm-9:30pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm-10:00pm
Head to The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen that serves up a mouth-watering fusion of Southern and Mediterranean flavours. . The dishes are made from local produces. Round out your meal with a wine. Choose from its vintage wine selection. Even the pickiest of eaters will be pleased here!
Address: 1200 N State Street #100, Jackson, MS 39202, United States
Phone: 1 601-398-4562
Opening hours: Breakfast hour- Monday to Friday: 7:00am-10:00am, Lunch & Dinner: Monday: 11:00am-9:00pm, Tuesday to Friday: 11:00am-10:00pm, Saturday: 9:00am-10:00pm
In mood of the Southern comfort food, head to Hal and Mal’s. The restaurant serves up Southern cuisine with a regional touch in a retro atmosphere. Complement your meal with a drink from their wide selection of cocktails.
Address: 200 Commerce Street, Jackson, MS 39204, United States
Phone: 1 601-948-0888
Opening hours: Monday: 11:00am-2:30pm, Tuesday to Thursday: 11:00am-9:00pm, Friday: 11:00am-10:30pm, Saturday: 6:00pm-10:30pm
10:00pm- Night on the town!
Head to the Fenian’s Pub, an Irish pub where you can have a few drinks and listen to get sounds. This nightspot has an extensive beer selection. With a relaxed vibe and great live music, it is a perfect spot to end the night in Jackson!
Address: 901 E Fortification Street, Jackson, MS 39202, United States
Phone: 1 601-948-0055
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 11:00am-2:00am; Saturday: 4:00pm-2:00am
If your heels need some kicking up, head to the Pop's Saloon that keeps you up all night long with dance parties and DJs music. Music spans across different genres. Get on the dance floor and shake a leg, while sipping a drink or two.
Address: 2636 S Gallatin Street, Jackson, MS 39204, United States
Phone: 1 601-961-4747
Opening hours: Tuesday: 4:00pm-12:00am; Wednesday to Saturday: 4:00pm-5:00am; Sunday: 4:00pm-12:00am
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