In addition to wonderful attractions in Ridgeland, visitors to the area can enjoy Mississippi’s vibrant capital city that is right across the street. There is an abundance of culture and history at your fingertips, to help create a memorable trip. Jackson’s attractions include historical government buildings, museums celebrating art, architecture, culture and history and a calendar brimming with year-round events incorporating theatre, orchestra and dance performances. There are also countless festivals and other events throughout the year. A visit to a Jackson attraction or event while in Ridgeland is a capital idea!
Make plans to visit some of these Area Attractions:
- Mississippi Craft Center
This 20,000 square foot attraction represents over 400 artisans from
19 states and dispays exceptional work that has elevated craft to fine art.
- Natchez Trace Parkway
Take an unforgettable road trip along this 444-mile National Scenic Byway and All-American Road that stretches from the Mississippi River in Natchez through the Shoals area in Alabama and across the Tennessee Valley to Nashville. There are many historic overlooks where you can stop along your way to or from Ridgeland to immerse yourself in the history of days gone by.
- Ross Barnett Reservoir
Ridgeland is where water meets wonderful at the Ross Barnett Reservoir. 105 Miles of shoreline and 33,000 acres of surface area provide a haven for boaters, skiers, anglers, picnickers, birdwatchers and campers. Old Trace Park is a great place to take in the Ross Barnett Reservoir and enjoy all of it’s splendor. You can also rent a boat from the Main Harbor Store at Harbor Station to see the Ross Barnett Reservoir up close and personal.
- Jackson Zoological Park
An animal collection that boasts over 200 species and some 730 individual animals.
- Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum
- Mississippi Department of Archives and History
- Eudora Welty House
- Governor’s Mansion
- Manship House Museum
- Old Capitol Museum of Mississippi History
- State Capitol
- Mississippi Museum of Art
This museum boasts a permanent collection of more than 4,000 works of art and presents multiple exhibitions each year featuring regional, national and international art.
- Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
A 100,000 gallon aquarium system, a 1,700 sq ft greenhouse called “The Swamp” and another 20,000 gallon aquarium call this habitat home.
- Mississippi Petrified Forest
A journey back in time…36 million years to an ancient log jam deposited by a river from halfway across our continent.
- Russell C. Davis Planetarium
Experience the magic with large format films, star features and laser/light concerts that take you to the farthest reaches of our planet and universe.
- Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame
Famous athletes from Mississippi come to life with interactive kiosks and television footage.
- Mynelle Gardens
- Mississippi Children’s Museum
Located at LeFleur’s Bluff State Park, the Mississippi Children’s Museum is open 9 am – 5 pm Tuesday-Saturdays; noon – 5 pm on Wednesday; 1 pm – 5 pm on Sundays; and closed on Mondays. Admission is $8 for general admission with no charge for children 12 months and younger.
The educational facility, where color and creativity scream from every vantage point, offers interactive exhibits to teach children ages 12 and under about literacy, cultural arts, science and technology, health and nutrition, and the state’s rich heritage. And it’s FUN!
Test your spelling on the world’s largest Scrabble board. Explore musical or artistic interests through the music and art studios or sharpen your vocabulary or literary knowledge on Eudora Welty’s porch and Between the Lions. Don’t miss the opportunity to climb aboard the climbing map of the state of Mississippi that will familiarize visitors with the wonderful diversity of Mississippi in its geography and natural science, in it sculpture and history, in its work and leisure life, and its connections to the broader world. For more information visit www.mississippichildrensmuseum.com
For more information on Jackson visit: visitjackson.com