Affectionately known as the “Hub City,” Hattiesburg is a city with roots as deep as its oaks and a culture steeped in history. Here, you’ll find a story of homegrown memories, vibrant and crafty experiences and a city that’s full of familiar faces and detours that surprise. Revel in an afternoon of browsing an upmarket shopping center or unearthing treasures at a local record shop, art gallery or antique store. Split a carrot with a two-toed sloth at the zoo, duck through the battle trenches of military museums, or bike more than 40-miles of reclaimed railroad passing beneath your feet. Bask in the artistry, history, food, and the town.
Grab a bite, along with a recording from your favorite musician at T-Bone’s Records and Café. The music shop and restaurant combo offers hot and cold coffee concoctions, sandwiches, salads, soups and more.
For an authentic Thai experience, visit Jutamas Thai Restaurant. This hole-in-the-wall establishment will surprise you with its attention to detail, décor and huge variety of menu items.
Crescent City Grill offers made-from scratch, New Orleans inspired dishes and offers more than 900 wine labels. The laid-back atmosphere makes it a great place to share a meal with friends or family.
The quaint Sunny Grove Bed and Breakfast is located under canopies of pecan trees and offers four suites and amenities including fishing, biking, walking trails and a delicious full-breakfast.
The newly renovated Camellia House Bed and Breakfast is warm and inviting, offering free continental breakfast, free Wi-Fi, and an entertainment area. The Camellia House is located just off Interstate 59.
For a more rustic stay, check out Meador Homestead Bed and Breakfast, a log cabin built in 1885 on 3.5 acres. Personal guided tours are available along with a complete breakfast for guests. Meador is also home to Simply TeaVine tearoom.
The Hattiesburg Zoo has more than 60 species of animals, a train, splash pad, Asbury Discovery Center, gift shop, concessions, and more. Open seasonally from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Mississippi Armed Forces Museum will reopen to the public in 2016 after a construction and expansion project. Located at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center, the museum holds more than 15,000 artifacts, representing all branches of military.
Take a stroll through the All-American Rose Garden, featuring 750 hybrid-T and Grandiflora patented rosebushes. The garden is located on the University of Southern Mississippi’s campus, and is open year-round; blooming season is late spring and summer. Free admission.
Photo: The Purple Parrot Cafe in Hattiesburg.
This post was written by the staff of Visit Mississippi and highlights some of our favorite destinations. To learn about other top Hattiesburg visitor attractions and to plan your trip, see www.hattiesburg.org.