Vicksburg, Mississippi is filled with all the history and hospitality you would expect from a southern state. Sometimes called ‘the Key to the South,’ Vicksburg is located right on the Mississippi River just west of Jackson. Below you’ll find 5 great reasons to consider taking your next assignment in the heartland!
Here are some of the top things our travelers have said you can’t miss during your visit
- McRaven House: For those unafraid of possibly interacting with the afterlife, you don’t want to miss a chance to tour the McRaven House. This house was built in three different time periods (and picking up a spirit in almost each one), acting as a way to see a snapshot different time periods in different sections of the house. Guests can choose from a history tour, a haunted tour or a combination of the two! Don’t miss your opportunity to see the “Time Capsule of the South.”
- Catfish Row Children’s Art Park: The Catfish Row Children’s Art Park is the perfect place for families to experience art hands on! Play areas and a splash fountain are available for children to enjoy, while adults can take in the beautiful murals and gardens. The unique exhibits and opportunities for adorable photos add extra enjoyment to this step into the history of the Mississippi River.
- Vicksburg National Military Park: Because Vicksburg played a huge role in the Civil War, Vicksburg National Military Park is a can’t-miss for history buffs. The USS Cairo Gunboat and Museum is located within the park, as well as Vicksburg National Cemetery, 15 historic bridges and 141 cannons and carriages. If you’re looking for some exercise, consider hiking the 12.5 miles with great views of historic sites!
Hungry? Where to eat in Vicksburg, MS
The Tomato Place is a place that celebrates handmade food. The restaurant itself is reminiscent of a classic fruit stand and prides itself of having the same personality, quality, and flavor of these old time stands.
Locally grown fruits and vegetables, fresh squeezed lemonade, and homemade jams are all key to The Tomato Place experience, along with full breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. Sit back and enjoy a handcrafted meal!
“The fried green tomato BLT is an ecstatic experience. We also grabbed a quart bag of boiled peanuts for the road. This is a wonderful place, well worth the five minute detour from I-20 at the Mississippi River bridge.” ~Connor J.
“Very tasty authentic food, comfy space, excellent service, & a much needed relaxed pace for today’s busy world.” ~Matt K.
“This place is out of this world!!!! A little hole in the wall that we didn’t even know was a restaurant ’till we stopped… definitely finish your meal with the homemade bread pudding… outstanding!” ~Marybeth D.
The first standalone donut shop in Mississippi in 1959, Divine Donuts is the perfect place to go whether it’s before work, during lunch, or at the end of the night! Handcrafted sweet treats are a staple at this shop, and you won’t be disappointed with any of the choices. From classic glazed to the gummy bear donut, you’ll be able to visit again and again while trying something new each time.
“I absolutely LOVE Divine Donuts! It’s by far my favorite place to get hot, fresh donuts. I like Divine Donuts better than Krispy Kreme!” ~Kristin C.
“Super sweet lady served our family at Divine Donuts today. The smell inside the shop is intoxicating if you are a donut lover like we are. There is seating inside for you to sit a spell and enjoy your sweet treat with a cold milk or other beverages that they have for sale. Worth a stop to satisfy your donut cravings!” ~Mary G.
“Great little Donut shop! Very delicious, baked fresh daily. They have jelly filled, twists, apple fritters, chocolate and vanilla covered Rocky road walnut donuts, and more.” ~Jenny G.
What other travelers are saying about Vicksburg, MS
Although known for the nearby important battle in the Civil War, Vicksburg has grown into a thriving modern city packed to the brim with things to enjoy. The history of the city makes the modern exploration that much sweeter when you stop to think about where the city has been and how it has grown.
“I really enjoyed all of the restaurants that looked like nothing special, but had the BEST food. I was always pleasantly surprised with anywhere I would go to eat. Was never disappointed.”
“Vicksburg is definitely a city filled with long-standing buildings, and they take pride in their contribution to society as a whole. I liked the close-knit community, and I felt like I truly belonged. I couldn’t say that about all of my assignments, but I definitely felt that way here.”