Mississippi State Fair, Jackson Family Attractions

State Fair at Mississippi Fairgrounds Complex, Jackson; Jackson CVB

Jackson Family Attractions

Russell C. Davis Planetarium
DESCRIPTION: Ranks as the largest in the Southeast and includes the Ronald E. McNair Space Theater; houses a wraparound screen that displays star shows, laser shows, exhibits on space transportation, filming in space, deep-sky wonders and Mega-HD films; a life-sized oil painting of Dr. Ronald E. McNair, graces the lobby; the lobby also contains a gift counter. Shows are daily, except major holidays.
DAYS & HOURS: Noon Mon-Fri, 2p Mon–Sat, 4p Sat
ADMISSION: Under $10
ADDRESS: 201 East Pascagoula Street, Jackson, MS MAP
PHONE: 601-960-1550
WEBSITE: http://thedavisplanetarium.com

Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum
DESCRIPTION: Mississippi’s two most important industries are traced inside this 40,000 square foot venue. A farm restoration and crossroads town offer living historical examples of life in rural Mississippi during the 1920s. Souvenirs are available in the General Store. There is a free annual pumpkin picking as well.
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Sat 9a-5p, Tours last 1.5 hours
ADMISSION: Under $10
ADDRESS: 1150 Lakeland Drive, Jackson, MS MAP
PHONE: 601-713-3365
WEBSITE: https://www.msagmuseum.org/

Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
DESCRIPTION: Mississippi has always been a naturally beautiful state. No where is that more evident than its educational museum exhibits of the surrounding outdoor environment. Exhibits begin with a white-tailed deer exhibit and continue to fossils found in the region. 20 large aquarium homes to over 200 species of native fishes, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates tells an ecological story of rivers, streams, lakes, marshes and the Mississippi Sound. One must see exhibit is “The Swamp” which is a 1,700 square foot greenhouse with a 20,000 gallon aquarium home to alligators, turtles and fish surrounded by a lush native-plant garden. The museum is located in a 300-acre natural park.
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 8a-5p, Sat 9a- 5p, Sun 1p-5p
ADMISSION: Under $10
ADDRESS: 2148 Riverside Drive, Le Fleur’s Bluff State Park, Jackson, MS MAP
PHONE: 601-354-7303
WEBSITE: http://www.mdwfp.com

Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum
DESCRIPTION: An array of interactive Sports exhibits for the whole family; access archival footage, statistical data, biographical info and more than 500 interviews with famous Mississippi athletes like Jerry Rice, Brett Favre, Ralph Boston and the Negro Leagues star, Cool Papa Bell.
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Sat 10a-4p
ADMISSION: Under $10
ADDRESS: 1152 Lakeland Drive, Jackson, MS MAP
PHONE: 601-982-8264
WEBSITE: http://www.msfame.com

Jackson Golf World
DESCRIPTION: In the world of family golfing, this venue has it all. Miniature golf park features: golf driving range, miniature golf, 1/4 mile go-cart track, baseball/softball range, professional golf instruction and a pro shop.
DAYS & HOURS: 10a-9p daily
ADMISSION: varies by activity
ADDRESS: 5124 North State Street, Jackson, MS MAP
PHONE: 601-981-8889

Jackson Zoological Park
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1919, the zoo has a fine collection of animals with more than 300 animals representing more than 130 species; the latest addition is the Coral Reef exhibit housing 3 separate tanks of species. The touch-tank offers children the chance to actually touch marine life. Discovery Zoo aims to educate children through its entertaining and imaginative hands-on exhibits, such as Turtle Crawl, Ant World, and Create an Animal; if you have toddlers, you must ride the fully restored vintage carousel ($2 per person).
DAYS & HOURS: March 15-Oct 1 Mon-Sun 9a-6p; Oct 1-Mar 14, Mon-Sun 9a-5p
ADMISSION: Adults $5, Seniors $4.50, Age 12-3 $3, Age 2 and under enter Free
ADDRESS: 2918 West Capitol Street, Livingston Park, MS MAP
PHONE: 601-352-2581
WEBSITE: http://www.jacksonzoo.com

Mississippi Fairgrounds Complex
DESCRIPTION: Located near downtown at High Street and Pearl Street, it is the site for the Mississippi State Fair in October and big name entertainers throughout the year. The facilities of the fairgrounds complex can be used for almost any specific function or event; composed of the Mississippi Coliseum, Mississippi Trademart and two Agriculture and Industry Buildings and the Multi-Purpose Arena, a 2,500-seat equestrian building with livestock show arena.
ADDRESS: 1207 Mississippi Street, Jackson, MS MAP
PHONE: 601-961-4000
WEBSITE: https://www.mdac.ms.gov/

LeFleurs Bluff State Park
DESCRIPTION: Open year round and admission is charged. Enjoy over 500 acres that offer 9-hole Public Golf, a clubhouse, driving range, meeting rooms, swimming pool, picnic areas, playground, tennis, boating/boat rentals, fishing, camping and nature trails.
ADDRESS: 2140 Riverside Drive, Jackson, MS MAP
PHONE: 601-987-3985

Puppet Arts Theatre
DESCRIPTION: A professional puppet theater company organized in 1967; performances combine art, education and entertainment; the theater tours Mississippi and the Southeast. The theatre also hosts special performances during Black History Month.
DAYS & HOURS: varies depending on show
ADMISSION: Children $5; Adults $6
ADDRESS: 1927 Springridge Drive, Jackson, MS MAP
PHONE: 601-956-3414
WEBSITE: http://www.mspuppetry.com

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