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No upscale shopping centers or modern malls, very high crime rate, lack of culture, poor night life, close-minded soceity, lack of a TRUE international airport (it's just a regional airport).
It's just enough to not suck
An outdoor courtyard in the War Memorial Building honors Mississippi's war veterans. The carved sarcophagus in the center is a replica of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington, DC.If you're going to the Old Capitol Museum, swing by this memorial - it's next door.more
The Mississippi Museum of Art is a feast for the eyes - both indoors and outdoors. The main art exhibits are inside the building, and you can also walk through the beautiful art gardens outside. I especially enjoyed seeing the works of Mississippi artists and photographers that depicted their state during the 1940s, 50s, and 60s.The museum also...more
This beautifully restored 1839 building was once the Mississippi State Capitol. Although that function has now been transferred to the New Capitol Building, the Old Capitol is now a very engaging museum. The exhibits are geared towards children (and adults with short attention spans!), so they are eye-catching and hands-on. There are recordings to...more
This property, still known locally by its old name - The King Edward Hotel, is a beautiful, historic...more
For past 2 years have been traveling to Jackson about 2 times a month. Usually stay at this or the...more
This is the only Hilton in Jackson (yeah there's several Hampton Inn's, and a couple of mutant...more
Who knew that you could get good tacos and tapas in Mississippi? You'll need a car to get from downtown to Babalu, located in Jackson's Fondren neighborhood, but I can promise you a lively evening. Housed in a former school, Babalu is a warm, noisy gathering place where you can have a glass of Spanish wine, Mexican beer, or sangria. The executive...more
The Palette Cafe at the Mississippi Museum of Art is a good place to grab some lunch. Order at the counter - they will give you a number to put on the table and will bring your food to you. We sat at a table outside in the shade and had a lovely, unhurried meal. My chicken salad with pecans was very good, and almost more than I could eat.Open 10-2....more
one draw back to downtown jackson is it's total lack of bars and nightlife. i assume there are some bars in the suburbs but since i was not familiar with the area i elected to stay in the downtown area after dark. near the old state capitol i did find a good replica irish pub named fenians. they had good pub fare and a good beer selection. if you...more
Nice pub in the downtown district of Jackson. On St. Patrick's Day, it is ALWAYS packed to the rafters with drunken college kids. Keep in mind that parking during major events (i.e. St. Patrick's Day Parade, live music events, ect.) can be a pain. The pub does have its own microbrew, so if you want to try something other than the usual watered-down...more
JATRAN is Jackson and Hines Country public transport. The system is limited in reach within metro Jackson, so don't expect it to reach Richland, Ridgeland, or Clinton. A ticket costs a dollar and transfers are possible. There are fewer buses during Saturday than during the weekdays, and the system is closed on Sundays. The link below provides the...more
Across from the King Edward Hotel, now under restoration, is the newly configured Greyhound, Amtrak, and JATRAN bus terminal. This terminal is architecturally interesting because the Amtrack train tracks go over the Greyhound boarding area. Old grey steel beams support the tracks, which serve as a boarding zone on a second story. Entrance to...more
The spirit of the Art Deco interior has been more or less preserved by the architectural firm that owns and occupies the building. The interior space has a main floor for ticketing and passenger waiting, but on a second floor mezzanine area was additional space for seated waiting and restrooms. The women's room has a tub, but I couldn't see this...more
At 101 E. Capitol Street near the Elite Restaurant is an interesting men clothier where one can buy suits in garish colors.
At the fairgrounds, which are just down the hill behind the old capitol building, Jackson hosts an annual festival of music and crawdad eating that is very popular among the young folk living in the area. I didn't have time to go, but I did spend a few minutes talking to the teenagers there. The music was mostly heavy metal and blues, I think. A link to a myspace.com page with sample music is provided below. Prices are shown on the photo of the ticket.
I'm not sure why, but it's a local custom in Jackson to get horrible service nearly everywhere. Go to a restaurant and you'll be lucky to get your order; actually, you'll be lucky to get anything. Go to a gas station and you might here the attendant utter a single word. Visit a Walmart and there is a decent chance that three functional illiterates...more
There are a few areas of the city you may want to consider avoiding, or be aware of your surroundings. Amongst the major streets you should be aware of your surrounds are: Ellis Ave, Robinson Rd., Hwy 80, McDowell Rd., and Hanging Moss Rd. Use common sense in and around these areas, as these areas are not the worst places in Jackson, but you do...more
In the Jackson Mall (Metrocenter), there are several shops and mom-and-pop stores that sell fake designer handbags (Gucci, Louis Vuitton, ECT - and poor fakes at that). Don't make the mistake of thinking that you are purchasing a real Louis Vuitton handbag with a "Made in Mexico" tag on it (BTW...Louis Vuitton is ONLY made in three countries, Spain, France, and in the US).
Unique Suggestions: Don't condone this behavior, but if you are determined to purchase one of these handbags knowing it's a fake, then I tell you not to pay more than $5 for it, and besides, it's illegal for the storeowner to sell fake merchandise.
Fun Alternatives: I would not recommend purchasing the fakes, as it only raises the prices on the legitimate goods for everyone else.
the natchez trace is a 444 mile long scenic highway that runs through mississippi, alabama, and tennessee. the trace was originally a native american trading route. there are two entrances to the trace near jackson one on I-20 just west of town and one on I-55. if you are not in a hurry this is a very interersting and pleasant way to go to natchez...more
The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame is a great place to go for the sports enthusiast.
To start off, there's a nice little video that gives a brief introduction to some of the sports greats that are in the museum. Additionally, the video is a rundown of MS sports legends like Walter Payton, Jerry Rice, Archie Manning, and Dizzy Dean. The content is great, but the screen and video medium itself is a little worn down.
After the video, the actual museum has a ton of exhibits to see. One can test their skills by throwing a football, kicking a soccer ball, or pitching to a batter in a "test your skills" area. It's great for the kids.
There are videos of all time greats, talking about their accomplishments, thoughts on sports, and thoughts on life. Some of the greatest moments in Mississippi sports history are also a finger-tip away on the computerized monitors. The depth to which the interviews go is fascinating, making video watching an all day possibility.
Other than the aforementioned, it's the typical sports museum. Old uniforms, cards, hats, memorabilia, championship rings, pictures and graphics line the walls. Bring plenty of film.
Jackson is the name and location described in a song that is widely familiar to the American music audience for having been sung by a variety of performers. Curious about this, I looked this up in Wikipedia and found the following:
"Jackson" is a song written by Jerry Leiber and Billy Edd Wheeler about a married couple who find that the "fire" has gone out of their relationship. The song relates the desire of the husband and wife to travel to a city named Jackson (state is not specified), where they each look forward to a new life free of the unhappy relationship.