Jackson has much to offer students and families. Here are a few of the highlights:
Mississippi Children’s Museum
2145 Highland Drive, Jackson, MS 39202
The Mississippi Children’s Museum is 40,000 square feet of fun with exhibits exploring five themes of Mississippi: heritage, health & nutrition, literacy, cultural arts, and science & technology. Interactive kiosks allow students to explore nutritious food choices, an obstacle course, art and music studios, and much, much more.
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
2148 Riverside Drive
Explore Mississippi’s biological diversity at this museum that includes indoor exhibits featuring a 100,000-gallon aquarium filled with over 200 species of native fish, reptiles and amphibians, plus more than two miles of outdoor walking trails that wind through natural habitats. Over 30,000 square feet of permanent exhibits are available to explore including life size displays of the state’s various habitats and a 1,700 square foot greenhouse, known as “The Swamp.”
Jackson Zoological Park
2918 W. Capitol Street
The Jackson Zoo is a great place to head for an informative and fun day with the animals. Over 700 animals live in this sanctuary, including over 120 different species. Open every day except Christmas, the zoo also offers a variety of special events including an Ice Cream Safari in July, “Boo at the Zoo” in October, and the Zoo Party, an annual adult party/fundraiser. Thezoo is also home to a train that travels approximately one mile through Livingston Park and a hand carved wood Endangered Species Carousel.
LeFleur’s Bluff State Park
2140 Riverside Drive
This beautiful park is located just a few miles from JA’s campus. Lefleur’s Bluff has 500 acres of woodlands featuring a variety of walking trails that give visitors a birdseye view of local fauna and animals. The park also has a public golf course, picnic areas, and playground. The adjoining Mayes Lake offers visitors the opportunity to fish, kayak, canoe or even camp out at camps sites and an RV camping facility. Also located within LeFleur’s Bluff are the Mississippi Natural Science Museum and the Mississippi Children’s Museum.
Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum
1150 Lakeland Drive
This 40 acre museum is located just a few miles from Jackson Academy and tells the story of Mississippi’s forest and agricultural history. The 40,000 square foot Heritage Center shows the interrelationships between the agriculture and forestry industries and means of transportation. Included in the center is the National Agricultural Aviation Museum that is home to several planes used in the agriculture industry.
Located outside is the Fortenberry-Parkman Farm restoration and Bisland Cotton Gin, both circa 1860, that tell the story of farm life in early Mississippi. Walk down Main Street of the Small Town, Mississippi restoration, circa 1920, and imagine a day in the lives of the people who once worked and worshiped in these buildings. A visit to the Fitzgerald Collection, Ethnic Heritage Center, and Chimneyville Crafts Gallery complete this walk through history. Award-winning rose gardens and special interest gardens provide enjoyment year-round. The barnyard and livestock exhibit is a highlight for children with chickens, ponies, cows, goats, rabbits, mules, peacocks, and one pig.
Eudora Welty House
1119 Pinehurst St.
The Eudora Welty House is a National Historic Landmark located in Jackson’s beautiful Belhaven neighborhood. The Welty House was Eudora Welty’s home for the majority of her life. She was born in downtown Jackson and moved into the house during high school. The Tudor-Revival style home is where Welty wrote her novels and short stories on what she called “fiction’s only theme”: human life. Welty and her family donated the home, art, furniture, and book collection to the state, creating one of the nation’s most intact literary house museums.
The home also includes a carefully restored garden that was originally created by her mother, Chelstina, then curated by Eudora for years. The garden is an approved display garden for the American Daffodil Society and a is also a stop on the Gulf Coast Camellia Trail.
Mississippi Blues Marathon
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration & Parade
Dixie National Rodeo & Livestock Show
Mal’s St. Paddy’s Day Parade
Zippy Doo Dah Parade & Festival
Tour LeFleur Bike Race
Crossroads Film Festival
Arts, Eats, & Beats
Pepsi Pops Concert at the Ross Barnett Reservoir
Canton Flea Market
Canton Hot Air Balloon Race
Old Fashioned 4th of July
Bright Lights, Belhaven Nights
Farish Street Heritage Festival
Viking Classic PGA Golf Tournament
Mississippi State Fair
Canton Flea Market
Red Beans and Rice Festival
Town Creek Arts Festival
Chimneyville Crafts Festival
Belhaven Singing Christmas Tree
City of Jackson Christmas Parade
Canton’s Victorian Christmas and Festival of Lights
Old Jackson Christmas by Candlelight Tour