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Your Guide to a Spring Family Getaway in Mississippi

by Aoife O'Riordan

Mar 7, 2024

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Discover Mississippi’s many outdoor adventures, historical sites, exciting attractions and more this spring break. Family travelers will find no shortage of activities in the state this season.

 

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Mississippi Aquarium, Gulfport

Down in the southeast on the coast, Mississippi Aquarium invites visitors to immerse themselves in the world of aquatic live. Exhibits highlight the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi River and bayou wetlands. Kids can enjoy a hands-on experience touching and feeding a bottlenose dolphin or have an up-close, guided underwater SeaTREK Experience.

 

Mississippi Blues Trail, Midwest

Follow this trail to learn about one of the most popular music genres. The trail marks notable historical sites related to the start of Blues, from Gateway to the Blues Museum in Tunica to BB Museum in Indianola to Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale. Other stops include Muddy Waters’ Cabin, Highway 61 Blues and more.

 

Double Decker Arts Fest, Oxford

Running April 26 and 27, this annual event showcases Oxford’s thriving arts and culture scene, with more than 60,000 people expected to attend this year. More than 100 art vendors and more than 20 local food vendors will also show up. Expect live music from an array of artists, as well.

 

Mississippi Country Music Trail, Pines Region

Several markers on this trail can be found in the Pines region of the state. In Meridian, visitors will find a hub of country music history and the site where Jimmie Rodger, the father of country music, was born and raised. While in Meridian, don’t miss a trip to Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience for a look into the state’s global arts legacy.

 

Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams’ home © Visit Mississippi

Jackson Zoo

Bring the kids to Jackson Zoo, a popular spot for visitors and locals for more than 100 years. The zoo supports 11 endangered species and multiple species survival programs, making it one of the most significant conservation efforts in Mississippi.

 

Canoe Adventures, Clarkdale

In this town, Quapaw Canoe Company offers customized Mississippi River excursions led by an expert guide. Get in the canoe and paddle through the watered wilderness of the Lower Mississippi to have a thrilling adventure.

 

INFINITY Science Center, Pearlington

This non-profit science museum also serves as the official visitor center for NASA Stennis Space Center. Visitors can wander through a mix of exhibit space and hands-on experiential programming on everything from the ocean’s depths to the farthest reaches of outer space.

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