Vicksburg Travel Guide

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Vicksburg Highlights

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     The park is the anchor for the history of this city 

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     Some tourist traps in the area, such as riverboat gambling 

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     Vicksburg is an excellent stop on a roadtrip. 

Vicksburg Things to Do

  • Balfour House: WIP 4/17/14

    Balfour House is one of a group of homes close together on the Vicksburg Scenic Drive. It was built in 1935 and designed in a combination Greek Revival and Federalist Styles and features dark red bricks. The house was the home of Emma Balfour who was a well known commentator on the Vicksburg Siege and Civil War. On December 24, 1962 during a...

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  • Visit the Vicksburg National Military...

    In May and June of 1863, Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's armies converged on Vicksburg, encircling the city and entrapping a Confederate army under Confederate Gen. John Pemberton. On July 4, Vicksburg surrendered after prolonged siege operations. This was the culmination of one of the most brilliant military campaigns of the war. With the loss of...

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  • Vicksburg Depot Museum

    The Vicksburg railroad depot played a crucial role both before and after the Siege of Vicksburg being a major conduit for troop movement. Today it houses a visitor's center and museum

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  • Historic Homes drive

    Road signs lead the way through a scenic drive of Civil war era mansions of Vickburg. Many of these mansions are open for guide tours inside as well.

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  • Old Courthouse Museum

    Built in 1858, this was where the Confederate president Jefferson Davis got his start, The courthouse served as confederate headquarters during the siege. Today it's a museum with a wide range of historical items.

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  • USS Cairo Museum

    During the siege of Vicksburg Confederate forces sank one of the Union Ironside ships, the USS Cario. In 1965 the ship was recovered from the bottom of the Yazoo river restored and placed in the Vicksburg NMP for display.

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  • Vicksburg National Military park

    This preserves the key sites of one of the pivotal battles of the US Civil war, the Siege of Vicksburg. Suffering from defeat after defeat in the east, the union forces in the west under Ulysses Grant were able to take control of the Mississippi River in this battle, opening up the waterway for northern agricultural goods and denying it to the...

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  • Coca Cola bottled here first

    The Biedenharn Candy Company in historic downtown Vicksburg also houses the Museum of Coca Cola History and Memorabilia (not to be confused with the Coca Cola museum in Atlanta, Georgia).Coca Cola was 1st bottled here in 1894 and shipped to rural areas of Mississippi and it created a new sensation that had captured the world.The museum has a HUGE...

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  • Lower Mississippi River Museum

    This free museum is run by the US Army Corp of Engineers and highlites the natural system and history of the Mississippi River. The highlite is the M/V Mississippi, a boat that served as the working headquarters of the Mississippi River Commision until 1993.

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Vicksburg Restaurants

  • Great Southern Food and Ambience

    The restaurant is in an old 1800's house. The food is local southern fare with fresh vegetables and home made desserts. The staff are very helpful and friendly. And the ambience is quaint and charming. We absolutely loved the pimento cheese fritters. Michael thoroughly enjoyed his fried chicken, which they are famous for. And I was in heaven...

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  • italian

    borello's is a very good italian restaurant located in downtown vickburg. they serve typical italian fare as well as steak and seafood. a nice place to lunch or dinner in downtown vicksburg.

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  • great coffee!

    The Chocolate Derby in downtown Vicksburg is a great place to hang and have some coffee. It is located on Washington between Clay and Crawford. They have pasteries and cakes and espresso, lattes, voodoo ice, all sorts of specialty coffees. Atmostphere is great. espresso - I like a mean coffee!

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Vicksburg Nightlife

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    the horizon casino is one of three casinos on the mississippi river in downtown vicksburg. they offer las vegas style gambling as well as restaurants and bars. casual.

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  • Gambling, Good Eats, Live Entertainment!...

    The Ameristar Casino riverboat is Vicksburg's biggest casino. Lots and lots of slot machines, blackjack, craps, roulette, and live poker games. A couple of eating options, pretty decent for the $$, and a nice nightclub. THE spot to be at night in Vicksburg! Casual to Trendy

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  • Gambling, Good Eats, Live Entertainment!...

    The Ameristar Casino riverboat is Vicksburg's biggest casino. Lots and lots of slot machines, blackjack, craps, roulette, and live poker games. A couple of eating options, pretty decent for the $$, and a nice nightclub. THE spot to be at night in Vicksburg! Casual to Trendy

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Vicksburg Transportation

  • Getting There

    By Road : Vicksburg is 35 miles west of Jackson on I-20 on the banks of the Mississippi River near Louisiana state border. Tennessee is 220 miles to the north and New Orleans, Louisiana is 210 miles to the south. We drove up via Natchez (70 miles south).By Air : Jackson International Airport is 50 miles east of Vicksburg at I-20. Vicksburg’s...

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  • There's an airport in Jackson,...

    There's an airport in Jackson, about an hour away, and a small airport in Mound. So, it would be best to drive there or fly into Jackson and rent a car.The best way to get around the city is by car. There are shuttles that go through town to take folks to the casinos but that's about it.

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Vicksburg Local Customs

  • Climate

    Vicksburg has mild winters with lows below 32F. Summer is usually hot and humid with day high temps exceeding 90F. Humidity ranges from 70 – 100% and sudden and severe thunderstorms are common.

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  • Civil War Living History

    In May, Confederate and Union soldiers camp on the grounds of historic McRaven Tour Home. Period demonstrations in textiles, cooking, fashions, music, and skirmishes. McRaven Tour Home.

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Vicksburg Warnings and Dangers

  • Avoid Marcus Bottom (aka - "rock...

    Tourist visiting Vicksburg wishing to see either the casinos or the Civil War Park would be wise to totally avoid Marcus Bottom (some people call it "rock bottom"). Marcus Bottom is north bound on Halls Ferry Rd and Bowmar Ave. There is NOTHING of tourist interest in that area (only a KFC and a Wendy's). It's not so bad where you cannot drive...

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  • Mind the Mounds!

    Watch your step, because that little dirt mound that you stepped on could possibly be an ant hill. But that's not an ordinary ant hill, that's most likely a FIRE ANT hill! And if you don't move quickly, you'll soon find out why they are called FIRE ANTS!

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Vicksburg Tourist Traps

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    Riverboat Casino

    by sswagner Written Jan 20, 2005

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    Gambling is legal here as long as it actually takes place on the Mississippi River itself. thus, floating casinos have been built in the city to cater to those who like to gamble. I suppose it may be a diversion in case of a rainy day. Sadly enough, many people will think that this is all there is to Vicksburg and may never get to know the city. The casinos are conveniently located off of I-20 and are among the first thing you see when exiting off of the highway.

    Unique Suggestions: Don't lose all of your money!

    Fun Alternatives: See the historic sites in Vicksburg during your stay.

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Vicksburg What to Pack

  • by LaneBerg Written May 2, 2006

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you come durring the summer months, and have not visited this part of the country before, nothing can prepare you for the intense humidity. Super-light fabrics are a must if you plan on being outside much - Most people like to walk around the river front murals, gardens of tour homes and the military park at least. Even if it is only 90 degrees, it WILL feel like you are in an oven. Long pants are HUGE no-no. (( However, spring and fall can have huge differences in temperature from day to day. - bring a wind-breaker and be sure to check weather.com before any trip))

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Vicksburg Off The Beaten Path

  • plantations

    pictured is a plantation house south of downtown vicksburg. see the attached web site for a listing of many of mississippi's historic plantaions and homes.

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  • Soldier's Rest C.S.A. Cemetery

    Soldier's Rest C.S.A. CemeteryBegun May 15, 1866 by Ladie's Confederate Cemetery Association of Vicksburg. Remains of over 1600 soldiers who died in Vicksburg campaign and siege were re-interred here.

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  • The Shirley House, Vicksburg National...

    In ruins when the Park was first established in 1899; it was restored in 1902, it still remains a hollow shell waiting to be restored again today. Built in the late 1830's by Nicholas Gray and named the "Wexford Lodge" in honor of his native county in Ireland. During the Civil War it was home to Judge James and Adeline Shirley where it got its...

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Vicksburg Favorites

  • Watch the Mississippi River go by.

    Find one of the parks overlooking the river and spend some time watching the water and the boat traffic.

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  • Historic Homes

    There are a lot of nice old houses in the heart of the old town. Many of them, such as the Belle of the Bends have been converted into bed and breakfast establishments. Every one of these homes seems to have an interesting story behind them. many of them are available for touring. There is usually a nominal fee. Perhaps you might hear a ghost story...

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  • Start at the Visitors Centre

    The first place to visit is the Vicksburg Visitor Centre. Not only for the brochures and information, complimentary soda or coffee (or perhaps the comfort stop) but also because the centre sits on the bluff right between the two bridges spanning the Mississippi. This photo was taken out the back of the Visitor's centre - see what I mean.Washington...

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