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Jackson (Mississippi)

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Jackson is the capital of the state of Mississippi. In the 2010 census, the city reported a population of 173,514, with the metropolitan area's population at 576,382.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Jackson is served by Jackson-Evers International Airport, with direct flights to a handful of major cities by United Express (Chicago, Houston), Delta Air Lines (Atlanta), and American Eagle (Charlotte, Washington-National, Dallas).

By train[edit]

Amtrak - City of New Orleans offers service between Chicago and New Orleans with Jackson's Union Station as a passenger stop.

By bus[edit]

Greyhound offers buses from Union Station in downtown Jackson, 300 W. Capital St.

By car[edit]

Downtown Jackson is situated just northwest of the junction of Interstate 55 (running north and south) and Interstate 20 (running east and west). New Orleans, LA is about 190 miles south of Jackson; Memphis, TN is about 210 miles north; Dallas, TX is about 300 miles west; Atlanta, GA is about 320 miles east.

Get around[edit]

JATRAN [4], the city transit system, has buses from Union Station six days a week until shortly after 5PM each day. Pick up route schedules at the JATRAN office, open weekdays inside Union Station. The JATRAN is not considered safe or efficient transportation by locals.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Battlefield Park, 953 Porter Street
  • Children's Museum (coming soon)
  • Davis Planetarium
  • Eudora Welty House & Garden, 1109 Pinehurst Street (Tu-F 8.30-5, Sa 12.30-5)
  • Greenwood Cemetery (24/7)
  • International Museum of Muslim Cultures, 117 E. Pascagoula Street (M-F 10-5)
  • Jackson Convention Center
  • Jackson Zoological Park, 2918 W. Capitol Street, +1-601-352-2581
  • The Medgar Evers House, 2332 Margaret Walker Alexander Drive
  • Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum, 1150 Lakeland Drive (M-Sa 9-5)
  • Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, 222 North Street Suite 2205 (Tu-Sa 9-5, Su 1-5)
  • Mississippi Governor’s Mansion, 300 E. Capitol Street (Tu-F 9.30-11.30)
  • Mississippi Museum of Art, 201 E. Pascagoula Street (Tu-Th 11-7, F-Sa 10-5, Su 12-5)
  • Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, 2148 Riverside Drive, Phone: 601 354-7303, Fax: 601 354-7227 [5] (M-F 8-5, Sa 9-5, Su 1-5)
  • Mississippi State Capitol, 400 High Street (M-F 8-5)
  • Museum of Mississippi History, 222 North Street Suite 1206 (Tu-Sa 9-5, Su 1-5)
  • Mynelle Gardens
  • Old Capitol Museum, 100 State Street (Tu-Sa 9-5, Su 1-5)
  • Supreme Court Building
  • Telecom Center
  • War Memorial Museum

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Take a tour of Jackson with the John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation & Development. 1831 Robinson Street. or contact the Jackson Convention and Visitor's Bureau.
  • On the weekends you can always find live shows to attend. Jackson has a blossoming music scene, and various bars such as Martins, WC Dons, and Hal & Mal's often feature music ranging from Heavy Metal, to Indie Rock, to Blue Grass. The three aforementioned bars are all located in the same inlet off of State Street, and also just south of the Pearl Street exit from I55.
  • Mississippi Braves minor league (AA) baseball - Pearl, MS
  • Mississippi Brilla pro-soccer - Clinton, MS
  • Dixie National Livestock Show, Parade and Rodeo, Mississippi Coliseum and Fairgrounds, High Street. The Wild West Rodeo comes to Jackson each year with this exciting event.

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Antique Mall, 1217 Vine Street
  • Antique Market, 3009 N. State Street, +1-601-982-5456
  • Fondren District, North State Street from Woodrow Wilson to Meadowbrook Rd. Office: 3318 North State Street, +1-601-981-9606. Shopping, antiques, restaurants and more in this quaint neighborhood that is reinventing itself. [6]
  • Metrocenter Mall
  • Highland Village
  • Northpark Mall
  • Dogwood Festival Market
  • Dogwood Promenade
  • Renaissance at Colony Park
  • Galleria (coming soon)
  • Bloomfield Outlets (coming soon)
  • NeuMarket Outlets (coming soon)

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Aladdin's, on Lakeland West, right before you reach State Street. Authentic and delicious Mediterranean.
  • Hal & Mal’s Restaurant and Brew Bar, 200 Commerce St (M 11-2.30,Tu-Th 11-9,F 11-10.30,Sa 6-10.30)
  • Jerusalem Cafe. Down the road from Aladdin's, offers Lebanese cuisine and a hookah bar.
  • Little Tokyo, two locations in Jackson. One is along I-55 North (+1-601-982-3035 - 4800 I 55 N, Jackson), and the other is in Ridgeland near the Northpark Mall (+1-601-991-3800 - 876 Avery Blvd N, Ridgeland), [7]. This is not a sushi-buffet restaurant, but their food is VERY good. If you're want to save money go during lunch, and purchase one of their bento-box specials (about $6.00 - $7.00 USD).
  • Mama Hamil's [8]
  • Mayflower Cafe, 123 W Capitol St, (601) 355-4122, M-F 11-2.30, M-Sa 4.30-9.30. Located in Downtown Jackson. Absolutely fantastic seafood. Try the broiled redfish with lump crab meat on top. Other specialties are the scallops and the shrimp.
  • Nagoya's Sushi and Steakhouse. Exit I-55 at County Line Road. Continue west on County Line Road. You will turn left into a shopping center facing I-55. Nagoya is between Target and Home Depot. There is another location a brief distance north in Madison, MS.
  • Old Tavern on George Street, 416 George Street (M-F 11-9)
  • Pizza Shack. Located on State Street across from the Baptist Heath Center. Pizza Shack is Jackson's best pizza restaurant and offers a number of local favorites in addition to pizza. Priced very modestly and near the heart of the city, Pizza Shack is one of Jackson's best locally owned restaurants.
  • Sal and Mookies, [1]. Great NY pizza restaurant and ice-cream parlor. Also one of the city's best beer bars.  edit
  • Sophia's-Fairview Inn, Belhaven Neighborhood (Downtown Jackson), Casual Fine Dining, Southern Cuisine, Lunch, Dinner and Sunday Brunch (601) 948-3429

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Hal and Mal's, [9] Located near Pearl St. in downtown Jackson, Hal and Mals offers a wide selection of domestic, imported, and locally brewed beers along with burgers, po' boys, salads, and desserts. Hal and Mals is also the home of great live music acts and a weekly trivia night.
  • Fenian's Pub, an Irish style pub, Fenian's, located on Fortification and Jefferson in the historic Belhaven area of the city, is where the local college kids hang out and fill their glasses (Milsaps College and Belhaven University are located less than a mile away). Fenian's never charges a cover and usually has some form of live entertainment nightly, ranging from live bands to Irish music to 'Open Mic Night'. Fenian's also hosts a large selection of Scotch and is very reasonably priced.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Fairview Inn, 734 Fairview Street, +1-888-948-1908, [10]. 18 rooms including suites, private baths, phones, voice mail, TV and VCR's, sitting rooms, toiletries, and air conditioning. Some rooms have jacuzzis, fireplaces, plus many other amenities.
  • Inn & Suites - Downtown, 614 Monroe Street, +1-601-352-8282, [11].
  • Cabot Lodge Millsaps Jackson, 2365 North State Street, +1-608-948-8650, [12]. Nice hotel including all typical amenities, helpful staff, a complimentary freshly baked deluxe breakfast, and a complimentary (unlimited) cocktail hour.
  • Hilton Garden Inn Jackson Downtown, 235 West Capitol St, 601-353-5464, [2]. checkin: 4PM; checkout: 11AM. Eas for many years known as the King Edward Hotel and is a city landmark. Just two blocks away is the Jackson Convention Complex.  edit

Stay Safe[edit]

  • Areas of the city you may want to be aware of your surroundings are: south side of the city - Terry Road, Raymond Road, and McDowell Road. On the west side of the city - West Capital Street, some parts of Highway 80. On the northern area of the city - Baily Avenue, and parts of north-western part of the city: Woodrow Wilson Avenue and Northside Drive. Keep in mind that most of these areas are typically not visited by tourist, and they are mostly the older areas of the city that are in decline.
  • Keep in mind that a majority of the crimes in the city of Jackson are typically residential house burglaries, and typically are not against individuals or tourist. However does not mean you should not let your guard down, and leave your street smarts and your common sense at home. The Jackson police department [13] keeps weekly reports of where crimes occur across the city for public viewing.
  • Use the same precautions as you would in any large metropolitan city. Protect your vehicle by locking it up and activating the alarm system, and do not advertise yourself as being wealthy or as a tourist. If you are in an area of the city looks dilapidated, use common sense and promptly leave to more secure grounds.
  • If staying at the hotels nearby the fairgrounds or the coliseum in Jackson, keep your room door locked and bolted, and always keep your vehicle locked and in a lit area (if possible). Use precautions whenever someone expectantly knocks on your room door, and immediately contact the front office to validate the hotel staff is requesting access into your room. Visitors to the area hotels have been victims of robberies and assaults in the past.



Be aware, there are no official consulates in the state of Mississippi. An honorary consulate only represents the business interests of a nation, and cannot provide legal or emergency assistance to their fellow citizens.

  • Gm-flag.png Germany (Honorary), 1020 Highland Colony Pkwy, Ste 200, Ridgeland, +1 601 790-8281 (, fax: +1 601 790-8192), [3].  edit

Get out[edit]

Routes through Jackson
VicksburgClinton  W noframe E  PearlMeridian
MemphisGrenada  N noframe S  BrookhavenNew Orleans

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