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.

  • 6th Annual Delta Hot Tamale Festival

    October 19 - October 21

    The Delta Hot Tamale Festival is a fun-filled three-day event that celebrates local and regional artists, musicians, and tamale makers as well as some of the South’s most influential chefs and writers. This year looks to be our biggest and best year yet with some of your favorite chefs and authors returning form last year …

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  • Great Mississippi River Balloon Race

    October 20 - October 22

    Join us for the best festival in Mississippi! Held on the grounds of the beautiful and historic Rosalie Mansion, on bluffs high above the Mississippi River.  Live, world-class musical entertainment keeps your feet moving while over 50 hot air balloons drift silently overhead. An on-site carnival and an arts and crafts market make this one …

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  • Native American Days 2017

    October 25 - October 27

    Three-day celebration of Southeastern Native American and colonial-era Euro American cultures in Mississippi, including traditional dance, song and storytelling presentations by Native Americans, colonial-era food, arts and crafts, Native American games and ancient weapons demonstrations. October 25-27.

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  • 39th Annual Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival

    November 4 - November 5

    The Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival was created to honor master potter, Peter Anderson, original potter of Shearwater Pottery, founded in 1928, and to celebrate the arts community. The festival aids in the economic development and growth of what has become Ocean Springs today. The festival is presented by Blue Moon via F.E.B. Distributing. …

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  • Cirque du Soleil presents Varekai

    November 29 @ 7:30 pm - November 29 @ 11:00 pm

    Varekai is a critically-acclaimed production that has wowed almost 10 million people worldwide since it first premiered in Montreal in 2002. Since then, Varekai has visited more than 180 cities in 35 different countries around the world. In 2014, Varekai started off a new tour in an arena format. Written and directed by Dominic Champagne, this production pays tribute to …

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