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Vicksburg Things to Do

  • View the Vicksburg Murals

    While driving along the Blue Scenic Drive we came upon the Vicksburg Murals. According to the story at the City's web site a group of citizens at the turn of this century toured the Paduch, Kentucky river murals and were so impressed they came back and advocated for a similar project in Vicksburg. The project was approved by the Vicksburg City...

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  • Blue Scenic Drive Tour

    Vicksburg has done a great job making it easy to see some of the City's sights. Two color coded scenic drives have been laid out with wayfaring signs. This page talks about the Blue Scenic Drive also known as the Blue Shield. Starting at the Vicksburg National Military Park entrance the drive goes through the city murals, the Old Court House, many...

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  • Red Scenic Drive Tour

    The City of Vicksburg has made it easy to see all of the major attractions in town. Two color coded tours; blue and red leave different parts of town and direct visitors to major sites throughout Vicksburg. The Red Scenic Tour takes off from the Mississippi Welcome Center along the Mississippi River. From the parking lot well marked signs direct...

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  • Stop by the Cedar Grove B & B

    One of the prettiest places in town with a great view is the Cedar Grove Bed and Breakfast. It is definitely worth a drive by and a stop. The views from the house looking down on the river are spectacular. While the owner has done a great job keeping up the house some of the homes on the street have deteriorated as the town has changed. There are...

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  • Vicksburg Military Park: Pg.4 USS Cairo

    Coming to the Vicksburg Military Park for the first time I did not expect to see a full restoration of a Civil War ironclad ship. The experience was definitely worthwhile and congrats to the National Park Service (NPS) for doing such a nice job on the restoration.The sheer size of the restored USS Cairo is overwhelming. The many cannons and the...

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  • Military Park Drive: Part 2

    There is a very pretty sixteen mile drive that takes you around the sites of the Siege of Vicksburg. The National Park Service has identified fifteen stops including battle field positions,, forts, a home, a cemetery, and an amazing recreation of a Civil War boat. Stops that pertain to Union monuments are coded with blue letters and ones pertaining...

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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

  • gambling

    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 Shopping

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    by TooTallFinn24 Updated May 31, 2014

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    Driving by on Highway 61 this place comes up on you quickly. Is it a fruit stand, museum or what? I just had to stop the car to take a quick look around even if we planned on driving to Jackson, Ms. for dinner.

    Walking in and out of the Tomato Place i concluded that it is an old time road side stand that has grown into an eatery and store. The place despite it being a weekend afternoon had a large number of people eating outside and walking through the store. Talk was that the BLT and catfish were too die for. It appeared that the place was frequented by a combination of locals and tourists.

    Inside the store there is a wide assortment of products for sale including feodora hats, e;egant birdhouses, cookbooks,jams, figs, t-shirts and my favorite the Mississippi pepper sauce. Saw a reasonable amount of produce available but given that is was early April I am sure the store is packed with lots of great produce come summer and fall.

    What to buy: Great produce and a nice authentic meal. My selection was the Mississippi Pepper Sauce which is an excellent collection of tomatoes, hot peppers and onions. Goes great on a sandwich or even with fish or other meat. Sells for around $12.

    What to pay: Prices are very reasonable. The most expensive item appeared to be the Feodora hats. Cook books were reasonably priced. Jars of the fantastic Mississippi Pepper Sauce were either $ 10 or $12. Produce appeared very reasonable. Looking at the food menu the selection of items such as the BLT and catfish were also reasonably priced.Grea

    Tomato Store:  A Vicksburg Tradition Pepper Sauce courtesy of The Tomato Store

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Vicksburg Local Customs

  • Riverfest: Great Music and Arts

    if you are in Vicksburg the last week of April then attending Riverfest should be high on your list. For the last twenty seven years Vicksburg has hosted a knock out part of live music at the river. The event, which is also referred to as the River Fest Music and Arts Festival is held to celebrate the City's past and give recognition to old and new...

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  • 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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    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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