Mild winter temperatures make going outdoors in Jackson a secure choice this time of year. Temperatures rarely get below freezing making this a prime time to enjoy nature without working up a sweat. Check out these best ways to enjoy the outdoors in Jackson this winter:

See the Animals
Over 100,000 visitors tour the Jackson Zoo every year, and colder winter temperatures make this a great season to see the over 200 species that live there. You’ll walk around the 110 acres and get to see ten endangered species like spider monkeys, leopards, and lemurs. The Jackson Zoo is part of an active species survival program as it works to preserve species that are in danger. The zoo is open every day of the year except Christmas and features a wide range of other events and informative classes as well.

Take a Hike
LeFleur’s Bluff State Park is known for its 305 acres of the park as well as a golf course and driving range. Visitors can enjoy multiple trails that are interconnected. Many of the trails are accessible from behind the Museum of Natural Science, but most hikers start on the Purple Trail behind the Makes Lake Camp Store. You’ll find a wide range of color-themed trails with many featuring Jackson’s natural landscaping in overlooks and river views.

Run a Race
Downtown Jackson is the place each January where runners gather to enjoy the Mississippi Blues Marathon. You can run a full marathon, but there are also shorter races including the half or “Quarter Note” marathon. There is also a five-person relay which would be fun to do with a group of friends as well as a one-mile fun run for kids. Consider cheering on the participants if you're not a runner and giving to the cause of supporting the Blues Foundation instead.

Enjoy a Singing Christmas Tree
The Belhaven Concert Choir at Belhaven University has one of the most popular Christmas events in the area every December. Gather with thousands of other music lovers as the choir, which features both students and alumni, sings holiday classics in an outdoor atmosphere. The harmony produced by this beautiful choir is the highlight of the season for many residents and tourists alike.

Snap a Selfie
Jackson is well known for its infamous “Welcome to Jackson” mural located on Pearl Street, but there are plenty of other places to snap a selfie that is perfect for your Instagram feed. Find a pair of wings between Blithe & Wine and Treehouse that are perfect for a quick pic. Other street art includes the Jackson heart balloon near the Mayflower Café. Tour other beautiful places downtown for the perfect snapshot of your time in Jackson.

Grab Some Grub
There are plenty of restaurants in Jackson that offer world-class dining options as well as outdoor seating. From fish to pastries to popsicles, you’ll find a wide range of delicious food all over the city. Take some food to go and enjoy the mild winter weather as you fill up on the many food items that Jackson has to offer. For more info contact Visit Jackson.

Winter is an excellent time of year to enjoy all that Jackson has to offer outdoors. From outdoor dining to hiking, to seeing holiday events there is something for everyone to enjoy. Check out all of these best ways to enjoy the outdoors in Jackson this winter.

Katie Marie is a writer for LawnStarter, avid yogi, and outdoor explorer. She spends most of her time practicing meditation and wellness using organic elements within nature. For more information about LawnStarter, visit