Planning a Family Getaway to Mississippi
There’s nothing quite like a family vacation for enjoying the quality time together, away from the hustle of everyday life. As you consider your options for your next family getaway, Mississippi offers everything you need to make the most of time spent together, whether you love outdoor adventures, history, rock ‘n roll or the blues. Find trip planning ideas and family-friendly activities to prepare for your Mississippi getaway with help from Visit Mississippi.
Natural Beauty and Outdoor Activities
From the Appalachian foothills to the Mississippi River and the Gulf Coast, outdoor activities abound in the Magnolia State. You’ll find crystal clear lakes, streams, and rivers for kayaking, paddle boarding, and fishing, as well as hiking and biking trails to suit visitors of all ages and abilities. Some must-see local, state, and national parks include:
- LeFleur’s Bluff State Park (Jackson, MS)
- Arkabutla Lake (Hernando, MS)
- Percy Quin State Park (McComb, MS)
- Clark Creek State Park (Woodville, MS)
- John W. Kyle State Park (Sardis, MS)
- Natchez Trace (Tupelo, MS and beyond)
Prefer the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico? Mississippi’s Gulf Coast is often called “The Playground of the South,” and for good reason. Relaxing on sandy shores, swimming, kayaking, and deep-sea fishing make for fun-filled days for visitors of all ages. Gulf Islands National Seashore in Ocean Springs offers easy access to beaches and more, and everyone will love eating their fill of fresh-caught seafood at one of the many local restaurants along the coast.
A Window into History
Mississippi played a pivotal role in the Civil War. The state is home to historical landmarks that introduce the whole family to important moments in our nation’s past. Antebellum tour homes offer a glimpse into the daily life of prior generations, while battlefields allow your family to see the locations where pivotal conflicts took place, shaping our nation‘s history. History buffs won’t want to miss Vicksburg National Military Park, where guests can pay their respects at the National Military Cemetery, tour the USS Cairo Museum, and take guided walking and driving tours.
In addition to Civil War history, you’ll find countless museums and other important sites to explore. The state capital of Jackson is home to four can’t-miss museums, all within walking distance. These include:
- Mississippi Civil Rights Museum
- Museum of Mississippi History
- Old Capitol Museum
- Mississippi Governor’s Mansion
You won’t want to miss the rich artistic history of the state, as well, from the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson to sites and trails dedicated to Delta Blues music, Mississippi literary icons, and the birthplace of the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis.
More Ways to Have Fun
Are you ready to try something new? If so, there’s no better place than Mississippi, where exciting new experiences await. Spend a day on a Gulf Coast shrimping boat to see how the best seafood in the world makes its way to local restaurants, or dive into fascinating swamp ecosystems that are unique to the region with a river swamp tour.
You can even plan a visit to one of our NCAA teams’ home campuses to see where the Ole Miss Rebels and the Mississippi State Bulldogs take to the field to compete in the best athletic conference in the nation. From water parks and agritourism to shopping and spas, your Mississippi family vacation will be one to remember for years to come.
Plan Your Mississippi Family Getaway
With family-friendly lodging, restaurants serving up delicious local fare, and so much to see and do, Mississippi is sure to be your most memorable vacation yet. For help planning your next Mississippi family getaway, contact Visit Mississippi or use our trip planner to get started. For more information, download our free tour guide today.