30 Things To Do in Natchez, Mississippi
It’s no secret that we love to travel. Often, we find ourselves questioning whether we want to visit a new country or a new state here in the US.
There is so much to see here in our home country! We have quickly realized that there’s TONS to see here in our home state of Mississippi as well!
I think most people tend to take their home state/country/region for granted. For whatever reason, we just don’t see the “specialness” of what is right in front of us. I guess because we see it as “normal” or “everyday.”
However, we are now exploring our home state with open eyes and open minds, and we are having a blast!
Our most recent adventure in Mississippi was a long weekend visit to the historic town of Natchez, which is right on the Mississippi River.
Natchez was the first settlement (European) in Mississippi, and the first permanent one along the great Mississippi River. Most of the beautiful mansions were spared during the Civil War. Before the Europeans, the area was inhabited by the Natchez Indians.
Once we began researching this region and realizing how much history existed in one area, we knew we were about to be on an amazing educational trip. The history, the homes, and the experiences did not disappoint, and we were pleasantly surprised by some of the nicest, most amazing people that we met while we were exploring.
You will find links to our more in-depth posts through the list, so click them to find out more!
30 Things To Do in Natchez, Mississippi:
- Enjoy driving/biking/motorcycling the historic Natchez Trace.
- Learn about the Native Americans that once inhabited Natchez at the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians.
- Pay respects at the Forks of the Road, which was the 2nd largest slave trade/auction site.
- Visit the Natchez National Historical Park.
- Climb to the top of America’s 2nd largest Native American ceremonial mound, Emerald Mound.
- Pick some cotton and learn about plantation life at Frogmore Cotton Plantation in nearby Ferriday, Louisiana.
- Great balls of fire! Visit the Jerry Lee Lewis Museum in nearby Ferriday, Louisiana. Tell his sister, Frankie Jean, that we say hello!
- Tour some of the beautiful, massive, extravagant antebellum homes of Natchez. We can recommend Stanton Hall, Rosalie, and Longwood.
- Watch the sunset over the Mississippi River.
- Get knocked naked at Fat Mama’s Tamales with a “Knock You Naked” Margarita! We also loved the tamales and the “Fire and Ice” pickles!
- Do some piggin’ out on some amazing barbecue at the Pig Out Inn. Don’t miss the homemade pies for dessert!
- Get some home cookin’ AND some southern hospitality as you eat “under the skirt” at Mammy’s Cupboard.
- Take a photo of the “Lucky 13 House.”
- Tour the unfinished octagonal house known as Longwood.
- Take a walk through the Natchez City Cemetery to see some of the most beautiful and unusual burial sites in the world. Drive by the cemetery at night to see if the “Turning Angel” watches as you drive by.
- Get breakfast at The Donut Shop. This place smells like Heaven!
- Visit the oldest building still standing in Natchez- King’s Tavern– and have a drink while discussing the resident ghost’s shenanigans.
- Take a tour of the Charboneau Rum Distillery and enjoy some of this new award winning rum!
- Stand in awe next to the towering columns at the Windsor Ruins in nearby Port Gibson. If you have time, find the iron staircase from Windsor that was relocated to Alcorn State University’s campus.
- Visit the historic inn known as Mount Locust to see what one of the first bed and breakfasts was like!
- Visit the Under the Hill Saloon right on the Mississippi River.
- Stop by the Old Country Store in nearby Lorman, Mississippi for some great country cookin’! Don’t miss the pleasure of meeting the owner, Mr. D, himself.
- Find the ghost town of Rodney, Mississippi. Explore at your own risk. These buildings are amazing, so please take only photos and leave only footprints.
- Stop by Jughead’s for some delicious catfish and some of the best homemade sauces and dressings!
- Take a carriage ride through Natchez.
- Have a spooky experience…
- Marvel at the completeness of the antebellum home known as Rosalie. It contains most of its original furniture!
- If you’re a Gone With the Wind fan, you’ll surely want to get a photo of the front door of the home known as Linden. This door was the inspiration for the front door to Tara in the film.
- Stop by the Natchez Visitor Center for discounted home tours, lots of information, and a great gift shop.
- Eat a biscuit (Natchez is the “Biscuit Capital of the World”!)
What do you most want to experience in Natchez? Have you completed any of these bucket list items? Is there anything we missed? Let us know in the comments below!
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Jennifer is the founder of Just Chasing Rabbits travel blog. She lives in Mississippi with husband/travel companion, Mark, and doggie-daughter, Gizmo. After obtaining a BA degree in studio art and working in the field of photography for years, Jenni has combined her love of travel and photography to form this blog. Mark and Jenni share their experiences in hopes of inspiring others to have wonderful adventures and see the world.
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