Hattiesburg Travel Guide

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Hattiesburg Things to Do

  • Historic Walking Tour

    The historic district of Hattiesburg is not very large. If you stop by the Visitor's Center and get both a walking map and a driving map, you can easily see the historic buildings in the matter of an afternoon.The downtown area is approximately:2nd Ave on the west to Edwards St on the east.Katie Ave on the south to 6th St on the north.My...

  • Mississippi Armed Forces Museum

    I have visited museums in lots of different corners of the globe. I have many military in my family and throughout all of my travels, have definitely secured an appreciation for service men, their commitments and sacrifices.The Mississippi Armed Forces Museum has very rich and detailed displays and artifacts from every American military involvement...

  • African American Military History Museum

    African Americans have been a constant contributing factor in the US military. However, just like other simultaneous events in history, their service has seen a near constant battle for not just the American nation, but also for their own equality and opportunities.The USO Club was opened in 1942 as a off-base home for African American soldiers. It...


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Hattiesburg Restaurants

  • Good Chain Restaurant

    Another chain restaurant I like is Cracker Barrel. The food and the service is consistently good and this one was no exception. Worth a stop for good food and good value. Hours are 6 AM to 10 PM Sunday through Thursday and 6 AM to 11 PM Friday and Saturday. Great meatloaf!

  • Good Americanized Italian Food

    $19 as of March 2013. I like the food in Olive Garden; but it is a bit Americanized from regular Italian food. This was a fairly typical Olive Garden but my waiter, Richard, was better than average. Hours are 11 AM to 10 PM Sunday through Thursday and 11 AM to 11 PM Friday and Saturday. I had some good Parmesan Crusted Tilapia and even better...

  • Old Town Hattiesburg Favorite

    I don't know what all the fuss is about price. We had a delightful meal and Charlotte took great care of us. We brought our 24 year old daughter and our 16 year old son, so there wasn't much drinking. I had a cocktail and a beer and my wife had a glass of wine. The total meal with the two kids' pasta dishes was under $130 with the tip! I'm sure...

  • Tasty soup hits the spot

    Very friendly waitstaff, nice, cozy atmosphere, everything is fresh and tasty--baked goods, sandwiches, unusual soups. You can tell that everything has been made with care. My friend who lives in Hattiesburg goes to this cafe regularly, and it was the perfect place to spend a rainy afternoon.

  • Great southern dishes and seafood

    Crescent City Grill is a good place to fill your bellies and not empty your wallets. Having a rather gluttonous meal and ordering several sides, we still managed to be about $25 per person (including drinks).The interior of the restaurant is classy, but not formal. Jeans and t-shirts are fine, but there were some people still dressed a little more...

  • Great Waitstaff and the Best Pad Woon...

    Fantastic service and unforgettable Thai food. (I eat Thai food constantly, so I'm a good judge of it.) One thing to note is that the name of the restaurant occasionally changes (it used to be called Jutama's), so just look for 910 Timothy Lane. The waitress recommended the pad woon sen, and it was the best pad woon sen I've ever had. The portion...

  • Great Authenic Southern Cooking!!!

    Nanny's has been serving up some of grandma's favorite dishes along with a side of good ole' Southern charm for over 20 years! It is family owned and operated. Barbara "Nanny" Walters is 85 years old and still serves, smiles, and cracks jokes with familiar customers. They are open for lunch Mon-Fri. I started eating at Nanny's in college because it...

  • Leatha's

    don't know how they do it, but this place makes plywood charming! The place is made almost entirely of plywood or wooden panel board with a few folk art paintings and big things to see. Those big things would be the family that works there. They are all HUGE and sweet as hell. Our waitress wore a mumu. She took orders on a table of 10 and didn't...

  • Eat like a highway paver

    On weekdays the Lake Serene Grocery out Hwy 98 serves a hot plate lunch for about $5. I've had the chipped beef over rice and the fried catfish. Comes with choice of boiled or fried vegetable and corn bread. Honestly, this is a dining experience. First, the food tastes just like it was made by your own 350 lb aunt. Second, you get to eat it at long...


Hattiesburg Nightlife

  • Good everyday kind of hangout

    Located just of of Hardy, the main street, you may pass this place when driving by thinking that its just a residence. That's because it used to be. The entrance is up the front porch, the tables are what used to be the main living areas, and I can only imagine that the dart boards are where the dining room used to be.It is a very casual and...

  • A place to chill downtown

    B & E's Wine Bar, or more commonly just called Wine Bar, is on the quiet streets of downtown Hattiesburg.Early in the evening, it is most likely frequented by some of the locals having a bit of a happy hour after work. However, some of the younger crowd will start to come out ~10pm. Many people use this as a starting point before going to the...

  • Clubs!!! Just one more hidden Spot!

    ooooh~! this is a fun place! It had three MASSIVE dance floors, a stage (with bikini contests in the summer... but they are trashy! dont do it!) A huge patio, two bars, karaoke 24/7, pool tables... you name it. It is usually got tons of people, but rarely packed out, so you can dance but have many other couples on the floor too! Tons of singles go...

  • A Ropin' Good Time

    An option for those interested in country line dancing is Ropers, located at 6428 U.S. Hwy. 49. At Roper's, a DJ plays primarily country music with some occasional hip-hop and line dances such as Strokin' and the Electric Slide. Ropers recently began having karaoke on Tuesdays, which is also ladies’ night (free cover, free drinks: a good time,...

  • Live Music in The 'Burg

    Ditto on the tip about The Thirsty Hippo. Great venue. (Dave--ya got it right on the nose)Mugshots is another live music venue. More frat-oriented, but they are very supportive of the live music scene in Hattiesburg. Open Mic Night on Wednesdays is generally a good bet-bands, this is a good way to break into the scene here.Youngish crowd on the...

  • The Thirsty Hippo

    One of the cool places to visit here is The Thirsty Hippo owned and run by Eric Eaves. Its a local bar in beautiful downtown Hattiesburg that gives you the feel that you've just stepped into New Orleans. It has an wonderful courtyard in the back that has a fish pond and giant oak trees towering over the entire area. You have to experience 'The...


Hattiesburg Shopping

  • Turtle Creek Mall: The mainstream mall

    by mimsie715 Written Jul 12, 2005

    One of Hattiesburg's most popular shopping sites is Turtle Creek Mall. The mall offers fashion, fun and food for everyone with 6 department stores (Sears, McRae's Center Court, Dillard's , McRae's, JCPenney, and
    Goody's), over 90 shops and restaurants, and a United Artists Theater with 9 screens. Turtle Creek Mall has it all!

    It's your basic mall which can suit any of your shopping needs. (See their website for a complete store directory.)

    What to pay: Prices vary depending on the store.

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Hattiesburg Warnings and Dangers

  • Order some Gumbo, get a Burger, Fries...

    by loumarvin Written May 16, 2006

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    When at Wards and jonesin' for Gumbo be sure that you are well understood. Last time I was there I ordered a Quart of Gumbo only to be served a Quarter Combo (Q-lb cheese burger, fries and a large coke).

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Hattiesburg Off The Beaten Path

  • Relax in nature's beauty

    by mimsie715 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Located in the heart of Mississippi's pine belt region, Paul B. Johnson State Park is the gateway to a natural wonderland marked by majestic long-leaf and loblolly pines, delicate dogwoods, and ancient oaks. The deep forests surrounding Paul B. Johnson provide a picturesque setting for a variety of outdoor activities. The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is just a 20-minute drive to the north, making Paul B. Johnson State Park the perfect place to spend a football weekend.

    Bring your RV or just a tent to spend an evening or two in Paul B's safe and enjoyable camping areas. Take the family swimming on the beach, rent canoes or go boating with a significant other, or enjoy a game of frisbee golf with a group of friends. Whatever you do, you will be gaurenteed a fabulous outing in this state park.

    Boating on the lake
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Hattiesburg Favorites

  • Freedom Summer, 1964

    As was common in the south in the early 1960's, racial civil rights issues were being pushed to the forefront.Hattiesburg was the site of the first inter-racial protest that resulted in zero arrests. Starting in January 1964 and lasting several months, hundreds and even thousands of people participated in these pickets. Despite having the planned...

  • The Hub

    Hattiesburg is sometimes called 'The Hub'.Due to its location, and the development of the early railroad lines, and later the highway grids, it can easily be seen as a central crossroads, or Hub, of the regional cities.Hattiesburg is nearly equal distant between Jackson MS, Meridian MS, Mobile AL, Gulfport MS, New Orleans LA and Natchez MS.The...

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