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See the rich history behind the juke joints and blues bars in Mississippi’s City with Soul.

Jackson, Mississippi is a sophisticated city with a unique flavor, heralded as the “City with Soul.” From its beginnings as home to the Choctaw Native American Nation to the birth of blues and soul music, Jackson has many stories to tell. Head downtown and investigate the city’s dynamic music scene. Drop in at a local bar or diner, put a few quarters in the jukebox and let Jackson do the rest.

Jackson’s compact historic downtown features many attractions within walking distance of the Amtrak station. Learn about the Civil Rights Movement at the Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center, which celebrates the rich heritage of cultural and historical contributions made by African-American people in Mississippi. The museum, open Monday through Saturday, is just a short walk from the historic State Capitol Building.

Downtown Jackson offers cultural attractions, such as the Arts Center of Mississippi, a cultural complex which also houses the Russell C. Davis Planetarium. The center hosts a wide range of cultural exhibitions, projects with local artists and seasonal events. Call ahead to find out what programs are scheduled during your visit to Jackson.

Explore the Jackson Zoo, featuring informative tours and a diverse range of exotic and native animals. Discover the state’s exciting wildlife at the Wilderness Mississippi exhibition. The zoo is open daily during regular business hours. Visit on Tuesday to enjoy half-price admission.

Kids will be captivated by the wonders of the earth at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. Immerse yourself in informative and interactive displays, both indoor and outdoor. Walk one of six nature trails surrounding the museum and explore Mississippi’s natural environment.

Reach Jackson via Jackson-Evers International Airport, or take an Amtrak train or interstate highways 20 or 55. Jackson typically has warm, humid summers and wet winters and springs. Winters are quite mild, but be prepared for frequent thunderstorms in the cooler months.

Jackson claims to have “just about the friendliest people you’ll ever meet.” Visit the City with Soul to find out for yourself.

Where to stay in Jackson

Mississippi Governor\'s Mansion which includes heritage architecture, an administrative buidling and a house

Downtown Jackson

3.5/5Good!(242 area reviews)

Downtown Jackson is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to Mississippi Museum of Art and Mississippi Governor's Mansion while you're in town.

Downtown Jackson

Top Hotels in Jackson

Hilton Jackson
Hilton Jackson
3.5 out of 5
1001 E County Line Rd, Jackson, MS
The price is $97 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 9

Located in Jackson, this family-friendly hotel is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Canopy Children's Solutions, and within 6 mi (10 km) of LeFleur's Bluff State Park and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (926 reviews)

"Staff is so very friendly and helpful!! Have not stayed anywhere with better service!!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2020

Hilton Jackson
Hyatt Place Jackson/ Ridgeland
Hyatt Place Jackson/ Ridgeland
3 out of 5
1016 Highland Colony Pkwy, Ridgeland, MS
The price is $99 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 9

Situated in Ridgeland, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Canopy Children's Solutions and within 9 mi (15 km) of St. Dominic Hospital and Mississippi Agriculture ...

4.2/5Excellent! (922 reviews)

"Nicely located around shopping and higher-end restaurants. Easy access to the interstate. It actually faces the interstate so you may want to request a non-facing room. It is not bad but it is noticeable if you are a light sleeper. The breakfast was a grab and go- COVID- style. Just apples and protein ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2020

Hyatt Place Jackson/ Ridgeland
The Westin Jackson
The Westin Jackson
4 out of 5
407 South Congress Street, Jackson, MS
The price is $143 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 25

Located in Downtown Jackson, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mississippi Governor's Mansion and Jackson Convention Complex. Mississippi Coliseum ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (393 reviews)

"I simply enjoyed staying at the Westin. It was my first time and had such a great experience!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2020

The Westin Jackson
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Jackson

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Jackson Airport/Flowood
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Jackson Airport/Flowood
2.5 out of 5
160 E Metro Pkwy, Flowood, MS
The price is $107 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Situated in Flowood, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of N. Flowood Hospital, Merit Health Woman's Hospital, and River Oaks Place. Mississippi Sports Hall ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (57 reviews)

"Everything was real good, staff was friendly,rooms very clean"…"

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2020

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Jackson Airport/Flowood
Staybridge Suites Jackson
Staybridge Suites Jackson
3 out of 5
801 Ridgewood Rd, Ridgeland, MS
The price is $85 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Situated in Ridgeland, this aparthotel is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Canopy Children's Solutions and within 6 mi (10 km) of St. Dominic Hospital and Mississippi Agriculture ...

4.2/5Excellent! (293 reviews)

"The front desk person seem to be bothered my me interrupting her lunch Saturday to ask for a pan which was not in my room and she said that none was available... There was hair in the shower and the showered made a loud noise while it was in use."…"

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2020

Staybridge Suites Jackson
Extended Studio Hotel
Extended Studio Hotel
2 out of 5
881 East River Place, Jackson, MS
The price is $61 per night from Oct 22 to Oct 23

Situated in Jackson, this apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Restorative Care Hospital, Mississippi Coliseum, and Jackson Convention Complex. Baptist ...

3/5 (370 reviews)

"Thanks for having us thinking about coming back soon"…"

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2020

Extended Studio Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Jackson

Jackson Convention Complex
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Jackson Convention Complex

4/5(82 reviews)

View fascinating exhibitions, thrilling performances and interesting collectors’ tradeshows at Jackson’s leading convention complex.

Mississippi Museum of Art
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Mississippi Museum of Art

4.5/5(70 reviews)

Check out a fantastic collection of American art and diverse touring exhibitions of local and international artists at this light-filled downtown museum.

Mississippi State Capitol
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Mississippi State Capitol

4/5(229 reviews)

Admire the stunning beaux-arts architecture of this capitol building, take a tour through its stately interior or view a legislative session from a senate gallery.

Top things to do in Jackson

3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of Mississippi
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3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of Mississippi

$10
Per adult
Jackson Scavenger Hunt: Pretty Mississippi
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Jackson Scavenger Hunt: Pretty Mississippi

$20
Per adult
Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of Mississippi
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Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of Mississippi

$10
Per adult
Wacky Walks Scavenger Hunt Adventure of Mississippi
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Wacky Walks Scavenger Hunt Adventure of Mississippi

$10
Per adult
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Mississippi
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Mississippi

$20
Per adult
Skip the Line: GRAMMY Museum Mississippi General Admission Ticket
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Skip the Line: GRAMMY Museum Mississippi General Admission Ticket

$14
Per adult

Reviews of Jackson

3.6

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
105
5 - Excellent 15.328467153284672%
4 - Good
295
4 - Good 43.065693430656935%
3 - Okay
214
3 - Okay 31.240875912408757%
2 - Disappointing
44
2 - Disappointing 6.423357664233577%
1 - Terrible
27
1 - Terrible 3.9416058394160585%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 25, 2020

Would like to visit in future visits

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 18, 2020

Amtrak station close to hotels.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Mar 17, 2020

I love to visit Jackson normally....but this trip was really subpar.

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveler

Mar 14, 2020

I hope the lady working the front desk gets a firm talking to about customer service and how to talk to a customer. I also would like to see updated furniture and a clean facility!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 3, 2020

The next time I visit Jackson I will be sure to make a trip to the capital. The architecture is amazing and it has so much history.

4/5 - Good

D

Mar 2, 2020

It is definitely a small town, but if you are a big museum buff they have many options! People were friendly.

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