Jackson, Mississippi, is a vibrant Southern town full of hospitality and history. Explore museums, discover the Mississippi Blues Trail, enjoy amazing food, and soak up all of the culture. From its pivotal role in the civil rights movement to its live music and Southern fare, Jackson is sure to stir your soul.
To get the most out of your visit, check out a few of Good Grit’s favorite stops, and visit VisitJackson.com for even more recommendations.
48 Hours in Jackson, Mississippi
Start your day right at Cultivation Food Hall, where La Brioche offers fresh sweet or savory crepes that will satisfy everyone for breakfast. Or check out Broad Street Baking Co. for fresh, local favorites such as cheese grits, country sausage quiche, and a plethora of pastries.
Spend the morning soaking in some culture at the Mississippi Museum of Art. Visitors get a look into historic Jackson’s past, present and future through photographs, pictures, paintings and more. Or pay a visit to the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. The colorful and interactive museum has something to offer all ages, as it illustrates the tales of slavery and segregation, and aims to tell the complete and often-negated tale of the state’s involvement in this important era.
For a colorful and inviting lunch spot that also has a drool-worthy menu for every time of the day, Brent’s Drugs is a must.
Explore the unique, locally-owned shops in Jackson’s Fondren District. Visit Beacon, a consciously curated general store that offers art supplies, vintage finds, and locally-sourced products for body, mind, and soul. And book-lovers will fall in love with Lemuria Book Store. Books cover the walls from floor to ceiling.
If you’re in the spirit for spirits, visit the oldest distillery in Mississippi, Cathead Distillery. Be sure to take one of the 30-minute daily tours, which includes tastings of the vodka, gin, bourbon, and award-winning chicory liqueur that are distilled here.
When you get ready for dinner, Fine and Dandy, a beloved, modern restaurant in the District at Eastover, is a great choice. The eatery features an extensive menu starring American classics like meatloaf, chicken spaghetti, and shrimp and grits. Or check out the iconic Iron Horse Grill, where you can enjoy an unbeatable food menu, tasty libations, and roaring live music.
The perfect place for after-dinner drinks, The Apothecary is a vibrant speakeasy hidden in the back of Brent’s Drugs that brings you back to the prohibition era.As the evening winds down, head to the Old Capitol Inn, a favorite for travelers coming to Jackson due to its atmosphere and personal touches. And the “JXN Icons” mural located on the back wall of the Inn is a must-see, depicting Civil Rights leader Medgar Evers; writer and photographer Eudora Welty; American ballet dancer, educator, and author Thalia Mara; and rapper and philanthropist David Banner.