For the past few years I've visited family in the Jackson area for the holiday season yet I have never really taken the time to explore the city. I made it a point this past holiday season to get out and really experience the city in a safe, socially distant way. I also got to take advantage of some great, warm holiday weather and see why Jackson is called the "City With Soul". I'm sharing a quick guide of some awesome places and restaurants to visit and I recommend visiting the area if you are searching for safe domestic travel options in the New Year!
Welcome to Jackson and take a picture with the popular mural to let the city know you've arrived! If you like public art, there are several other murals in the area that highlight historic signage and the history of the city within walking distance of this mural. Welcome to Jackson, y'all!
The Mississippi Civil Rights and Mississippi History Museums
You don't have to go far to learn about the city and the state of Mississippi as one ticket to either museum allows you to visit both! The building and its design is stunning and serves as the perfect backdrop to reflect on the galleries. There is a small charge to visit and be sure to check operating hours and schedule enough time to walk through and interact in the galleries for both museums. Sundays are free to visit!
Grab a milkshake at Brent's Drugs diner
Step back into time by visiting the city's Fondren District, a business and arts district in the city that features original 50s and 60s storefronts and nostalgic restaurants like Brent's Drugs. A former working pharmacy that has been in the city since the 40s now only operating as a diner with a full menu including homemade shakes. I recommend the Brent's burger and Dreamsicle shake! If you want something a little spicer, check out The Apothecary at Brent's, a full cocktail bar through the back of the diner.
Shop small and sit down for an elevated dinner in Highland Village
If you want to discover local finds, Highland Village is great for shopping small and finding goodies you can take back home. After you're done perusing the shops, stop into one of the great restaurants in the village like Char, one of my favorite restaurants in the area!
Visit the stops on the Freedom Trail
One of the best ways to see different areas of the city is visiting the stops on the Freedom Trail with several civil rights markers highlighting the major role the city and state had in the Civil Rights Movement. You can click the link above to find the markers which takes about 20-30 minutes to visit all and features some major historic architecture and moving history.
There's much to see and do in Jackson but visiting these top places will definitely give you a great taste of what the city has to offer! Happy visiting and stay safe! #welcometojackson
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