Experiences

EAT, STAY, PLAY: HATTIESBURG

EAT, STAY, PLAY: HATTIESBURG

Eat

Grab a bite, along with a recording from your favorite musician at T-Bone’s Records and Café. Enjoy a table inside this music shop and restaurant combo or grab a seat on the patios and sample the hot and cold coffee concoctions, sandwiches, and salads all served in this fun setting with plenty of local flavor and pop-up live music.

For an authentic Thai cuisine experience, visit Jutamas Thai Restaurant. This casual establishment with a fine-dining aesthetic will surprise you with its attention to detail, décor and huge variety of menu items. Guests are welcome to enjoy whatever level of spice suits their tastes, but after 5 it starts to get hot!

Crescent City Grill offers made-from scratch, New Orleans inspired dishes and more than 900 wine labels. This family friendly Creole eatery from food writer and restauranteur Robert St. John provides a laid-back atmosphere for gourmet cuisine.

Stay

For travelers looking for a restful getaway in Mississippi woodlands, Longleaf Piney Resort offers relaxing accommodations in a rustic setting. Nestled among the trees, these tiny homes provide a cozy space to enjoy nature or as a place to rest after hiking or biking along the nearby Longleaf Trace. Guests can also enjoy a suite in The Lake House, with exclusive accommodations looking out over a pristine local lake.

Southern charm meets contemporary chic at this energetic, Hub City hotel. With design features that invoke the city's timber and railroad heritage, guests will find classical accents in each of the 100 uniquely designed rooms. This pet-friendly facility offers accommodations for guests and their furry-friends, along with an array of in-room amenities. Guests at the Hotel Indigo can also enjoy a meal or a handcrafted cocktail at the on-site Brass Hat restaurant and lounge.

Play

The Hattiesburg Zoo has more than 100 species of animals, including mother/daughter giraffes, wallabies, tiger, jaguar, and all the creepy crawlies. Visitors can enjoy a variety of experiences, from four-story ropes course is designed for kids and adults to feeding and holding a family of sloths.

The Mississippi Armed Forces Museum is open to the public and free to all with a valid ID. Located at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center, the museum holds more than 15,000 artifacts, representing all branches of military. Exhibits include the state’s largest collection of historic military artifacts from the early 19th century to present.

Take a stroll through the All-American Rose Garden, featuring 32 separate flower beds with unique hybrid roses. The garden is located on the University of Southern Mississippi’s campus, and is open year-round; blooming season is late spring and summer. Admission is free and visitors are welcome.