Nature Tours & Museums

In Mississippi, you can still trace the trails where dinosaurs once roamed, the first Native American settlers created thriving agricultural societies and explorers like Hernando DeSoto heralded the arrival of European civilization. The history of Mississippi is more than people, places and historic events. Mississippi’s natural history is carefully collected and preserved through its many museums and conservatories. Simply choose your era, and take a stroll through time. The nature museums of Mississippi are perfect for family outings offering visitors of all ages an exciting glimpse into the flora and fauna of our state from its earliest beginnings to the present day.

From the Gulf Coast, to the woods, hills and plains that lie to the north, the lure of nature can be felt throughout the state, calling anyone with a love for natural splendor. While much of our state is open for you to explore on your own, our guides and professional experts can help you find hidden gems and remote vistas that are waiting off the beaten trail.  With each excursion—from in-depth trail hikes to seafaring coastal exploration—our tours, charters and festivals will ensure a great time for all.

  • Mississippi Book Festival

    August 18 @ 8:00 am - August 18 @ 5:00 pm

    Known as Mississippi’s “Literary Lawn Party” this free event for book lovers of all ages is held on the grounds of the State Capitol and feature over 150 authors, more than 45 panels, activities and more.

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  • Cruisin the Coast

    September 30 @ 8:00 am - October 7 @ 5:00 pm

    America’s Largest Block party featuring classic cars from all over the world showcase their rides and cruise the beautiful beach-side highway along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

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  • Mississippi State Fair

    October 3 @ 8:00 am - October 14 @ 5:00 pm

    One of the South’s largest fairs with amusement rides, concessions, national recording artists, agricultural and livestock competitions, exhibits and more take place in Jackson.

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  • Great Mississippi River Balloon Race

    October 19 @ 8:00 am - October 21 @ 5:00 pm

    The Great Mississippi River Balloon Race is the most colorful annual event in Natchez, with gorgeous hot air balloons filling the skies over the river as local and national talent fill the air with live music.

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  • 7th Annual Delta Hot Tamale Festival

    October 20 @ 8:00 am - October 20 @ 5:00 pm

    Proclaimed as the “Hot Tamale Capital of the World” this unique festival features multiple tamale vendors, music, eating contest, famous chefs and much more.

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