Mississippi Things to Do

Things to Do in Mississippi

The word Mississippi has been roughly translated from Chipewa and Algonquin tribe words which mean "Father of Waters.” True as it is, the River Mississippi is the west boundary of the state hitting the Gulf of Mexico before emptying itself into the ocean. There is of course an incredible variety of things you can do while in Mississippi which beckons a lot of tourists every year to explore the beauty of the place.  While on a tour to Mississippi, here is a list of the must-visit places for you and the things to do that you cannot afford to miss:

Riverboat Tours

Rivers are a great action in Mississippi, and there are actually a lot of them.  Discover Mississippi in a completely new way with the Mississippi riverboat tours. You can also have a journey back in history and feel the ecstasy of the Victorian era charm in your nerves while having a ride on a paddle-wheeled steamboat. Go for a lively and entertaining night on the "showboat style" vessels.

Casinos

In the extreme south, the cities of Biloxi or Gulfport shall be awaiting you to pull you along with their colors and gaming thrills in the Casino Rows. The world class hotels ensure an exquisite dining and entertainment ventures. Move to the slot machines and table games to know the excitement of the rewards. The casinos are really one of the biggest attractions of Mississippi. You should not miss like Imperial Palace or the Hard Rock Casino because they are certainly going to give you some exclusive entertainment. You can also try the Tunica casinos in the north.

List of Casinos in Mississippi

Casino City County State District
Beau Rivage Biloxi Harrison Mississippi Gulf Coast
Boomtown Biloxi Harrison Mississippi Gulf Coast
Casino Magic Biloxi Harrison Mississippi Gulf Coast
Copa Casino Gulfport Harrison Mississippi Gulf Coast
Grand Casino Biloxi Harrison Mississippi Gulf Coast
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Biloxi Harrison Mississippi Gulf Coast
Hollywood Casino Bay St. Louis Hancock Mississippi Gulf Coast
IP Casino Resort Spa Biloxi Harrison Mississippi Gulf Coast
Isle of Capri Biloxi Harrison Mississippi Gulf Coast
Palace Casino Biloxi Harrison Mississippi Gulf Coast
President Casino Broadwater Resort Biloxi Harrison Mississippi Gulf Coast
Silver Slipper Casino Bay St. Louis (near) Hancock Mississippi Gulf Coast
Treasure Bay Biloxi Harrison Mississippi Gulf Coast
Island View Casino Gulfport Harrison Mississippi Gulf Coast
Bally's Tunica Resorts Tunica Mississippi Upper River Region
Fitzgeralds Tunica Resorts Tunica Mississippi Upper River Region
Gold Strike Tunica Resorts Tunica Mississippi Upper River Region
Harrah's Casino Tunica Tunica Resorts Tunica Mississippi Upper River Region
Hollywood Casino Tunica Tunica Resorts Tunica Mississippi Upper River Region
Horseshoe Tunica Resorts Tunica Mississippi Upper River Region
Isle of Capri Lula Coahoma Mississippi Upper River Region
Resorts Casino Tunica Tunica Resorts Tunica Mississippi Upper River Region
Sam's Town Tunica Tunica Resorts Tunica Mississippi Upper River Region
Tunica Roadhouse Casino & Hotel Tunica Resorts Tunica Mississippi Upper River Region
Bally's Tunica Resorts Tunica Mississippi Upper River Region
Ameristar Vicksburg Warren Mississippi Lower River Region
Diamond Jacks Vicksburg Warren Mississippi Lower River Region
Harlow's Casino Greenville Washington Mississippi Lower River Region
Horizon Vicksburg Warren Mississippi Lower River Region
Isle of Capri Natchez Adams Mississippi Lower River Region
Lighthouse Point Greenville Washington Mississippi Lower River Region
Rainbow Vicksburg Warren Mississippi Lower River Region
Golden Moon Casino Choctaw Neshoba Mississippi Native American
Silver Star Casino Choctaw Neshoba Mississippi Native American

 

Events and Festivals of Mississippi

Mississippi opens its arms for the tourists to cater a colorful array of some really happening festivals and events all through the year. The Choctaw Indian Fair, Mississippi State Fairgrounds, Jimmie Rodgers Music Festival, Elvis Presley Festival, Great Mississippi River Balloon Race, Vicksburg Riverfest are some of them.  There are also many live shows and stage performances of famous musicians at the casinos of the city.

The Riverfront City of Natchez

The riverfront city of Natchez is really a great attraction to the vacationers, who want to sit back in luxury and watch the world out there. The fantastic bed and breakfasts and the historic homes that line the streets are really a treat to the eyes. Feel the history, while you stroll down the lanes in the evening at the land which was once inhabited by Natchez Indians.

Gulf Islands National Seashore

 

Gulf Islands National Seashore Location Escambia / Santa Rosa / Okaloosa counties, Florida, and Jackson / Harrison counties, Mississippi, USA
Gulf Islands National Seashore Nearest City Pensacola, FL
Pascagoula, MSNearest city: Pensacola, FL
Pascagoula, MS
Gulf Islands National Seashore Coordinates 30°21′52″N 86°58′3″W
Gulf Islands National Seashore Area 135,457.89 acres (548.1786 km2)
99,083.64 acres (400.9773 km2) federal
Gulf Islands National Seashore Established January 8, 1971 Established: January 8, 1971
Gulf Islands National Seashore Visitors 1,689,400 (in 2005)
Gulf Islands National Seashore Governing Body U.S. National Park Service

The coastal region is one of the biggest attractions of Mississippi. The waters and the island beaches are a perfect romantic gateway. Even there are a lot of fun things to do here. So you need not be disappointed if you are having children with you. Take a tour to the Ship Island in a ferry and spend the whole day with the amazing wildlife and greenery out there.

Dixie National Rodeo and Livestock Show

This is one of the most favorite places of the locals and visitors. The event goes on for 24 days and you will find a lot of entertainment with every type of livestock and some really amusing competitions.

Geyser Falls Water Park

It is one of the incredible attractions of Mississippi. At the Pearl River Resort, you will find the biggest theme park of the state. While the children are having fun with the numerous fun activities at the park, you can enjoy some golf at the park as well.

Jackson Zoo

 

Jackson Zoo Date Opened 1919
Jackson Zoo Location Jackson, Mississippi
Jackson Zoo Coordinates 32.3202°N 90.2207°W
Number of Animals in Jackson Zoo 776
Number of species Jackson Zoo 120
Jackson Zoo Annual Visitors 170,000
Jackson Zoo Memberships AZA
Jackson Zoo Website http://www.jacksonzoo.org

This is the place for more family fun. The wildlife exhibits and the educational events such as the zoo "sleepovers" are really going to give you and your family a great time.

Stennis Space Center

Stennis Space Center Agency Overview
Stennis Space Center Formed 1961
Stennis Space Center Preceding Agencies Mississippi Test Operations
National Space Technology Laboratories
Stennis Space Center Jurisdiction U.S. federal government
Stennis Space Center Headquarters Hancock County, Mississippi
Stennis Space Center Agency Executive Patrick Scheuermann, director
Stennis Space Center Parent Agency NASA

If you are really interested in astronomy, this is the place for you. You can get closer to a rocket launcher and get to know how the mechanisms work in a rocket. You can also get to learn a lot about the space and the universe here, and even know what it feels to be an astronaut out there in the space!

Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

Mississippi Museum of Natural Science Established 1932
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science Location Jackson, Mississippi, United States
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science Website www.msnaturalscience.org

The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science will give you a lot of knowledge about the biological diversity. Tour the 1,700 square foot greenhouse and check out the native plants and the turtles and fish. They are really the highlights of this museum.