Mississippi

The ‘Birthplace of America’s Music’ stands out as a perfect locale for lovers of the great outdoors, delectable cuisine and rich history

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Ready to make memories? Mississippi is the perfect spot.

A picturesque state featuring a variety of attractions, Mississippi is an excellent spot for reunions and family travel. Considered the birthplace of America’s music, Mississippi is filled with fabulous musical destinations.

Lovers of the blues can pay a visit to the Mississippi Blues Trail, which features a host of markers which tell the stories through words and images of bluesmen and women and how they influenced the world with their talents. The trail contains such impressive stops as the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola, the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, Gateway to the Blues Museum in Tunica and the Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum in Tupelo. In Cleveland, Mississippi, the GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi explores the history of recorded music and features a variety of exhibits and features artifacts and stories of global music and appeals to all ages.

The Birthplace of America’s Music

Great Outdoors and More

Music, history, culture, art and food blend perfectly in Mississippi

With fabulous weather much of the year, outdoor recreation is available year-round in Mississippi, which is perfect for reunions or family gatherings. Gulf Islands National Seashore is home to sparkling waters, enchanting white beaches, fertile coastal marshes and its 12 areas include historic forts, shaded picnic areas, trails and campgrounds. Grenada Lake in Grenada is a beautiful lake that’s perfect for anglers. Mississippi is known for good, old-fashioned Southern cooking, but it also offers the best of fine dining, and fresh Gulf seafood. Shaggy’s Beach Bar and Grill in Biloxi is a laid-back restaurant located directly on Biloxi Beach and serves a variety of beach cocktails and excellent seafood.

Other great dining options can be found on the Mississippi Seafood Trail, which features 360 miles of Mississippi’s best restaurants serving genuine Gulf seafood. The Mississippi Aquarium in Gulfport was voted one of the four best new attractions in the country according to USA Today’s readers. Visitors can view sharks, turtles and much more while walking through a 360-degree tunnel. At Geyser Falls Water Theme Park in Choctaw, families and friends can enjoy 12 major waterslides, an enormous wave pool, a lazy river and activity areas for children.

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To understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi.
– William Faulkner

Browse below for some family-friendly additions to your itinerary

Why Reunite in Mississippi

Highlights

  • With beautiful, temperate weather most of the year, outdoor recreation is available year-round from hunting, fishing, biking, hiking, camping, horseback riding and more
  • As the “Birthplace of America’s Music,” Mississippi offers the Mississippi Blues Trail, Country Music Trail, live music venues, music-related museums and more for music lovers
  • Mississippi is known for good, old-fashioned Southern cooking and it also offers the best of fine dining and fresh gulf seafood
  • Its rich history can be explored from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement

Family-Friendly Dining Experiences in Mississippi

George’s Museum Café – Jackson

A great spot to get together with family and friends, George’s Museum Café has been open since 1948. This venerable café is renowned for its comfort food including fried catfish and hushpuppies, jambalaya, fried chicken, black eyed peas, and a variety of pies including apple, pecan, lemon, chocolate and sweet potato pie.

Website: facebook.com/georgesmuseumcafe

Walnut Hills – Vicksburg

Award-winning Walnut Hills serves famous Southern cuisine including fried chicken that was named Best Fried Chicken by MS Magazine. Walnut Hills has been featured on Good Morning America and in such publications as Southern Living, 1,000 Places to See Before you Die, Saveur and Legends Magazine. Located in a handsome old house in a historic district since 1980, Walnut Hills is an ideal dining spot.

Website: walnuthillsms.com

Crystal Grill – Greenwood

Famous for its pies, the Crystal Grill also serves seafood, fish, pasta, steaks, sandwiches and more. Family-owned and operated since 1933, Crystal Grill has been featured by both the Food Network and Southern Living. All recipes are made from scratch and Delta classics like cutlet, broiled gulf shrimp and lemon pepper catfish await hungry patrons.

Website: crystalgrillms.com

Ajax Diner – Oxford

For more than 20 years, Ajax Diner has served award-winning cuisine in Oxford and has been voted Oxford’s “Best Plate Lunch.” A go-to establishment for comfort food, Ajax Diner offers such delectable dishes as chicken and dumplings, turkey and dressing, classic casseroles and plenty of fabulous gravy.

Website: ajaxdiner.com

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Shaggy’s Beach Bar and Grill – Biloxi

A fun, laid-back restaurant located directly on Biloxi Beach, Shaggy’s Beach Bar and Grill offers an island ambience. Shaggy’s features a creative menu with fabulous choices for all members of the family including a variety of beach cocktails, seafood galore and traditional cuisine like cheeseburgers and pulled pork.

Website: shaggys.biz

Family-Friendly Attractions in Mississippi

Mississippi Aquarium – Gulfport

Voted one of the four best new attractions in the country according to USA Today’s readers, the Mississippi Aquarium, which appeals to all ages, tells the story of all of Mississippi’s aquatic resources. Visitors can view sharks, turtles and much more while walking through a 360-degree tunnel and you can also go behind the scenes at the Bottlenose Dolphin Habitat with animal care experts.

Website: msaquarium.org

Mississippi Civil Rights Museum – Jackson

This all ages museum shares the stories of a Mississippi movement that changed the nation. It promotes a greater understanding of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement and its impact by highlighting the strength and sacrifices of its people. Visitors can explore eight interactive galleries that show the systematic oppression of black Mississippians and their fight for equality.

Website: mcrm.mdah.ms.gov

Elvis Presley Birthplace – Tupelo

Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo on January 8, 1935 in a two-room house built by his grandfather and uncle. Guests can visit the home and learn about the life of the King of Rock n Roll. More than 100,000 visitors of all ages from around the world tour the Elvis Presley Center each year, which includes the birthplace, museum, Memorial Chapel and Elvis Presley Park.

Website: elvispresleybirthplace.com/visit

GRAMMY Museum Mississippi – Cleveland

The most technologically advanced music-themed museum in the South, the GRAMMY Museum Mississippi explores the history of recorded music. The museum features a variety of exhibits and features artifacts and stories of global music and appeals to all ages.

Website: grammymuseumms.org

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Geyser Falls Water Theme Park – Choctaw

This 23-acre family amusement center features 12 major waterslides, an enormous wave pool, a lazy river and activity areas for children and teens adorned by waterfalls and clear swimming pools. Within the 23 acres is eight acres of white sandy beaches, palm trees and glistening water. The features include cabanas for daily rental, a birthday hut for rental, retail shop, food court, ice cream parlor and outdoor stage.

Website: geyserfalls.com

Family-Friendly Accommodations in Mississippi

Homewood Suites – Jackson

Located in a peaceful business district a 15-minute drive from the center of Jackson and its Historic District, Homewood Suites features free breakfast, free parking, free wi-fi, an outdoor pool, a fitness center, a business center and three meeting rooms. Its rooms are pet-friendly and it features 1,471 square feet of total event space.

Website: hilton.com/en/hotels/janhwhw-homewood-suites-jackson-ridgeland

Embassy Suites – Ridgeland

These suites can be found minutes from the shops and restaurants of Renaissance Colony Park. Embassy Suites also resides 15 minutes from Jackson Convention Complex and 20 minutes from Jackson International Airport. The hotel features an indoor pool, 5,000 square feet of event space and hosts a complimentary evening reception.

Website: hilton.com/en/hotels/janrges-embassy-suites-jackson-north-ridgeland

The Graduate – Oxford

Residing a mile from the University of Mississippi campus, The Graduate’s lobby is stacked with vintage reads, features pink floors and cozy seersucker sofas. The Coop, the hotel’s terrace top lounge offers custom catering menus for any occasion and this pet-friendly hotel also offers light bites and live blues at Cabin 82, a quaint café.

Website: graduatehotels.com/oxford

The Natchez Grand Hotel – Natchez

Standing atop the bluffs that look out over the beautiful Mississippi River, The Natchez Grand Hotel is located in the heart of historic downtown, steps from dining, shopping and famous attractions. This comfortable hotel is complete with gracious amenities, deluxe rooms and suites, meeting rooms and ballrooms.

Website: natchezgrandhotel.com

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Hotel Indigo – Hattiesburg

This hotel’s chic design gives a nod to the city’s timber and railroad heritage. The Brass Hat, one of Hattiesburg’s most popular evening destinations, is located in the hotel. Featuring chef-driven small plates, handcrafted cocktails and a well-curated wine list, The Brass Hat is a great place to spend your night. The hotel also offers a health and fitness center, spa-like bathrooms, free high-speed internet access and comfortable beds.

Website: hotelindigohattiesburg.com

Family-Friendly Venues in Mississippi

Walter Anderson Museum of Art – Ocean Springs

A must-see destination, this museum inspires discovery, imagination and community through programs, exhibitions and outreach. Founded in 1991, this nationally accredited art museum is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of artist-philosopher Walter Anderson. His paintings, drawings, murals, sculptures and writings have placed him among the most compelling artists of the 20th century.

Website: walterandersonmuseum.org/who-we-are

Grenada Lake – Grenada

A beautiful lake that’s perfect for anglers. Grenada Lake is located in the rolling hills of pine and hardwood forests at the entrance of the Mississippi Delta. This 90,427-acre area has something for every outdoor enthusiast, including hiking, boating, fishing, hunting, skiing, bird watching, camping, golfing, swimming and picnicking.

Website: mdwfp.com/fishing-boating/fishing-reports/grenada-lake

Mississippi Agricultural & Forestry Museum – Jackson

Covering 39 acres and featuring 22 exhibits, the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Museum teaches visitors about the importance of agriculture in Mississippi. Guests can enjoy a train exhibit, buy delicious goods at its general store, and explore all the wonders this museum’s 39 acres have to offer.

Website: msagmuseum.org/Museum

Mississippi Craft Center – Ridgeland

Built in 2007, the Mississippi Craft Center is home to the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi. The center includes a permanent collection of craft works, the George Berry Gallery with rotating exhibits and a large retail gallery featuring the work of many of the guild’s 400 members.

Website: mscrafts.org

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Whispering Woods Hotel and Conference Center – Olive Branch

Located on 70 serene acres with lakes and walking trails, this hotel and conference center features a restaurant, seasonal outdoor swimming pool, fitness center and two bars/lounges. Whispering Woods is situated in the city center and 20 minutes from the Memphis International Airport. With 47,000 square feet of meeting space, it’s an ideal place to hold a reunion or family gathering.

Website:wwconferencecenter.com

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