Your Guide To Visiting Ridgeland, Mississippi
Ridgeland is a beautiful city in Mississippi’s Jackson metro area. It is easily accessible from either I-55 or the Natchez Trace. Whether you enjoy shopping, eating good food, spending time outside, or listening to live music, there is something for everyone in Ridgeland. Here is your guide to visiting Ridgeland, Mississippi.
Where To Stay
While visiting Ridgeland, we recommend staying at the Ridgeland TownePlace Suites. This extended stay hotel helps you balance work and life with comfort and flexibility. The location is perfect; you are immersed in the Township area, surrounded by impeccable restaurants and locally owned stores. Rooms are spacious and include a kitchen. There is even a gorgeous fire pit area outside. Best of all, the Ridgeland TownePlace Suites offers free breakfast and internet.
Tip: The Ridgeland Towneplace Suites is pet-friendly.
What To Do
Shop ‘Til You Drop
Ridgeland is Mississippi’s premier shopping area. With several outdoor shopping complexes, local boutiques, and even a craft center, Ridgeland has everything you are looking for!
The Renaissance at Colony Park is home to high-end shopping and the only Apple store in the state of Mississippi. In the Jackson Street District/Olde Towne Ridgeland, you will find stores like Ella James Bridal, Kinkade’s Fine Clothing, Posh Bump Maternity, and Smitten Gift Boutique. The Antique Mall of the South, The Book Shelf, and Trendy Treasures Consignment are in the Highway 51/Lake Harbour area, while the J Olive Company, Diva Dog, and Cowboy’s Kitchens are at the Township at Highland Colony. Pick up a handmade gift from the Mississippi Craft Center, where more than 400 local artists have their work for sale.
Tip: The Rusty Chandelier is open the first Thursday to Sunday of the month. Here, you will find items from antiques to boutique clothing.
Spend Some Time Outdoors
Ridgeland is home to a 33,000-acre lake, the Ross Barnett Reservoir. Enjoy kayaking or fishing on the Reservoir or opt to rent a boat, bird watch, or camp on the 105 miles of shoreline.
Make use of the city’s 14-mile Recreational Trail. Whether you want to walk, bike, or run, spend some time enjoying the outdoors. You can download a map of the trail here.
Enjoy Some “Me” Time
Treat yourself to a makeover at Amy Head Cosmetics or enjoy an afternoon of relaxation at the Drench Day Spa. Of all the things on our guide to visiting Ridgeland, Mississippi Amy Head Cosmetics is our favorite activity.
Read about our experience at Drench Day Spa.
Check Out Ridgeland’s Nightlife
Many restaurants in the area have live music of the evening, but we suggest heading to Pelican Cove or Shucker’s Oyster Bar, both on the Reservoir. If you enjoy singing karaoke, McB’s is the place for you.
Where To Eat
Now, it’s time for the best part of our guide to visiting Ridgeland, Mississippi: the city’s food. There is no shortage of great restaurants in Ridgeland! From Seafood to Greek, Mexican to Southern, Ridgeland has a little bit of everything in both fine dining and casual settings.
Must Order: Crawfish and Shrimp Dip
Krilakis makes fantastic Greek food using fresh ingredients, unique seasoning, and homemade sauces.
Tip: Bring your own wine.
With 400 bottles of wine and “gilded” age cocktails, Seafood R’evolution is not your average restaurant. Be sure to check out the “fish-on-a-plate” program and the most beautiful floor in town.
Must Order: Red Velvet Cornbread
Local 463 Urban Kitchen serves Southern comfort food with big city twists using fresh, regional ingredients.
Tip: Blue Plate specials are served during lunch Monday through Friday.
Township’s Sombra Mexican Kitchen is an upscale Mexican restaurant focusing on the fresh, flavorful tastes that are at the core of Sombra’s authentic food and drink.
Tip: Early Bird Menu specials are available from 4-6 PM.
Must Order: A margarita. Sombra uses fresh-squeezed lime juice and organic agave nectar.
Another Broken Egg Cafe serves Southern Inspired breakfast, brunch, and lunch. The menu features twists on classic dishes made with fresh ingredients.
Tip: The patio is pet-friendly.
For 25 years, Fratesi’s has been serving the area Italian favorites in a cozy, intimate setting.
Must Order: Seafood Lasagna
M7 Coffee House specializes in hand-brewed coffees and homemade snacks.
For more on Ridgeland dining, read our 6 Awesome Places To Eat In Ridgeland, Mississippi article.
When To Visit
The Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival is held the first Saturday and Sunday of April. 2018’s dates are April 7th to 8th. The festival showcases some of America’s finest artists and allows you to mingle with them. Don’t miss this fun-filled weekend!
View Ridgeland’s event calendar here.
Your Guide To Visiting Ridgeland, Mississippi
Come experience Mississippi’s best shopping and dining destination! Whether you are visiting Ridgeland on a day trip or for a long weekend, with your family or girlfriends, there is plenty to see and do in Ridgeland, Mississippi.
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Taylor Pittman Hardy wrote this article.
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Sombra Mexican Kitchen
During my visit, room, activities, and food were taken care of by the Ridgeland CVB.
As always, opinions and reviews and unbiased and completely mine.