Mississippi is the birthplace of Blues Music and has many historical sites to visit. The state was named after the Mississippi River. Farmland is abundant, but woodland covers over 50% of the state. The Gulf of Mexico is popular to enjoy the sand and sea. Read our travel guides below to learn more about what to do, where to go, and what to see in Mississippi.
First, a little history…
The first Europeans to reach Mississippi were Spanish explorers who claimed the land for Spain in the mid-16th century. After almost a hundred years, French explorers came and claimed the land for France. During that time, French establishments were formed in the region. In the 1790s, Mississippi became a U.S. territory, and later in 1817, it became the 20th U.S state.
Travel Guides for this State
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The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies
To learn more about the ocean’s creatures, you can visit the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies. It is a considerable research and rehabilitation center with one of the only dolphin rescue facilities on the gulf coast. In the Discovery Room, visitors can interact with marine life, including sharks, stingrays, and sea stars. In addition, there is a fossil digging activity for children where they can unearth a shark tooth and take it home with them.
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
The Museum of Natural Science offers an opportunity to learn about the natural world through various experiences and exhibits. It has a 100,000-gallon aquarium inside the museum, and you will find over 200 native species. There is also a huge greenhouse with a swamp habitat and an extensive fossil collection.
Elvis Presley Birthplace
The King of Rock and Roll ‘Elvis Presley’ was born in Mississippi. He was born into a two-room house in Tupelo. The home has been preserved the way it was during Presley’s childhood. Fans from all over the country come to pay their respects to the iconic singer who revolutionized the music world.
Stanton Hall is an Antebellum Classical Revival mansion built in the 1850s. The house was created by a wealthy Irish immigrant who was a planter and a cotton merchant. The mansion is one of the most luxurious antebellum mansions in the southeastern United States. Disney’s Haunted Mansion is fashioned after this home. Today is is maintained by the Pilgrimage Garden Club.
Mississippi Petrified Forest
Mississippi Petrified Forest showcases the remains of a massive forest that has turned stone with time. It is believed that the forest was formed 36 million years ago when trees were uprooted by a massive flood and were buried by silt and volcanic ash. In the early 20th century, people began to report having been cursed after taking a piece of wood from the forest. To this day, many people still believe that the forest is cursed.
Some other notable places:
Tupelo Automobile Museum
USS Cairo Museum at Vicksburg National Military Park
Natchez Trace Parkway
Grammy Museum Mississippi
Old Capitol Museum
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