7 Things to See and Do in Vicksburg, Mississippi
Vicksburg, Mississippi is one of the jewels in the Magnolia State. Here, you will find an incredible Civil War history, beautiful riverfront attractions, decadent food, and an adorable downtown. Casinos are plentiful for those wishing to try their hand at Lady Luck. Here are 7 things to see and do in Vicksburg, Mississippi that will enhance your visit.
#1 Dine at a Popular Rooftop Restaurant
Capture the best photo-ops of the Vicksburg riverfront from the 10th floor rooftop restaurant at 10 South Rooftop Bar & Grill, one of downtown Vicksburg’s hotspots. Not only is the food delicious, but 10 South offers exceptional views of the historic city of Vicksburg, the Mississippi River, Yazoo Diversion Canal, and Centennial Lake.
Need a suggestion from the menu? That “Famous” Fried Chicken Sandwich gets my vote. Topped with spicy Pepper jack cheese, candied bacon (**eyes rolling back in head), and maple-chili glaze, you can’t go wrong. Pair your sandwich with a side of Mac & Cheese or Brussels sprouts. Yum!
#2 Drive Through a Historical Park
With Vicksburg’s involvement in the Civil War, it is no surprise that the Vicksburg National Military Park is the biggest draw to the area. The perfectly manicured 16-mile loop for the self-guided driving tour takes you through hundreds of monuments and historic markers. The scenery is spectacular!
Originally a military battlefield, the city of Vicksburg was a turning point in the American Civil War; the battle that changed the course of the war. I’m a Ulysses S. Grant fan so climbing the hill to get photos of the statue was a must. The views from this plateau are amazing. Before leaving the park, be sure to stop and see the USS Cairo Museum, one of the first ironclad warships built for the Civil War.
#3 See Cool Murals
Another one the most popular things to see and do in Vicksburg is to check out the scenic Riverfront Murals. Stroll alongside the murals to see the intricate details of these visual stories, each hand-painted and depicting Vicksburg’s vibrant history. This area used to be a busy and prosperous wharf in the 1800s.
Catfish Row Art Park is across the street from the murals and offers kids a place of their own with children’s art, a fun water fountain, and playground equipment.
#4 Brush Up Your Southern Education
The Old Courthouse Museum, a National Historic Landmark since 1968, was originally a symbol of Confederate resistance during the Siege of Vicksburg. Today, it is the most historic structure in Vicksburg. The 1858 hillside museum (Old Warren County Courthouse) is in a beautiful antebellum building, chock full of great artifacts such as silver, china, antique furniture, and Jefferson Davis’ inauguration tie. William McKinley, Ulysses S. Grant, Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt were all guests there.
#5 Press Your Luck
Vicksburg is a gambler’s paradise with four local casinos to choose from: Riverwalk, Waterview, Lady Luck, and Ameristar. From blackjack to poker, video slots to roulette, you’ll have a blast at each and every one. The Riverwalk Casino & Hotel is my favorite.
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#6 Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth
Take time to enjoy one of the homemade goodies from Walnut Hills, a historical house (circa 1880) that serves as a fine Southern restaurant since 1980. Lunch offerings include a round-table option (Southern Plantation Cuisine) with Miss Herdcine’s fried chicken and homemade biscuits.
I stop in for the magnificent desserts. Walnut Hills has an amazing layered Caramel Cake, but the Strawberry Cake is my ultimate weakness. These Southern staples are drool-worthy, as well as Instagram-Worthy and there are about a dozen varieties to choose from.
#7 Shop Local
Shopping in Vicksburg is a delight with a few well-stocked boutiques in downtown, namely on Washington Street. We love the speciality foods at Green Door Market, home accents at Sassafras, and collectibles and packaged foods from Cinnamon Tree. Go to Peterson’s for beautiful baby gifts and Dragonfly for top brand-name t-shirts.
You cannot miss going to Lorelei Books, a fabulous independent bookstore that has one of the greatest selections of unique cookbooks that I’ve seen.
Vicksburg: A Town To Get Acquainted With
I always look forward to a day trip including these things to see and do in Vicksburg, or else. Whether your trip brings you here for a few hours or a few days, you’ll love the Southern hospitality found in this charming city.
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