September 15, 2023 3 min read

The Magnolia State isn't just suitable for land-lovers, as its diverse waterways also promise thrilling aquatic adventures.

With that in mind, let’s look at some great activities to try and locations to visit, as well as other places and experiences to seek out during your trip.

The Thrill of Mississippi Water Sports

If you want to dive into the excitement of water activities in Mississippi, then your first option is to try your hand at kayaking down the Wolf River or sailing on Pickwick Lake.

Of course if adrenaline is what you seek, you can experience white-water rafting at Bear Creek in Tishomingo State Park, or perhaps head off on a relaxed paddleboarding session on Old Man River, using the latest gear.

Underwater Adventures in Magnolia State

For those that can't get enough of the deep blue, Mississippi's underwater playgrounds are waiting to be discovered.

Scuba enthusiasts can embark on an unforgettable journey at Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, which is known for its vibrant reefs and rich marine life.

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For a touch of history beneath the waves, venture out to Vicksburg where you'll find intriguing shipwreck sites from various eras, making it a treasure trove for any underwater archaeologist or history buff.

Over near Ocean Springs, nature lovers will appreciate Gulf Islands National Seashore with peaceful seascapes teeming with local wildlife. Preserved landscapes and sparkling waters provide pristine diving conditions that compete with some Caribbean destinations. You could even bring your surfboard!

Mississippi's coast makes water experiences more than just fun, as they're also educational and deeply enriching adventures perfect for all ages.

River Cruising: A Mississippi Delight

The experience of cruising down the iconic Mississippi River on a traditional paddle-wheeler, reminiscent of Mark Twain's tales, is an enchanting highlight for any visitor. Starting in vibrant Memphis and ending in festive New Orleans, river cruises open windows to Southern traditions, lifestyle and music tapestry.

Introduce yourself to life by the river as you journey through historic towns like Vicksburg with its robust Civil War history, or Natchez brimming with antebellum mansions. Stop off at Baton Rouge and explore Louisiana’s capital city, known for a contrasting blend of contemporary and colonial-era influences.

Music in Mississippi: Sounds of the South

Did you know that Mississippi is known as the Birthplace of America's Music? From Blues to Country, this southern state has been influential in shaping the world's music scene. Without leaving its boundaries, you can immerse yourself in Mississippi's melodies.

Start your musical journey at Delta Blues Museum located in Clarksdale or pay a visit to Elvis Presley Birthplace & Museum in Tupelo for some Rock 'n' Roll history. Follow it up with a stop at BB King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center at Indianola that encapsulates rich blues traditions.

Don't forget about live music performances. Stop by Ground Zero Blues Club where local talent keeps tradition alive amidst soul-touching sounds.

By exploring bustling festivals like Jazz Fest on Natchez Street or just taking serene walks down Beale Street listening to street musicians perform, where you'll discover how deeply rhythmic roots run through every corner of Mississippi.

Mississippi Cuisine: An Unforgettable Food Journey for Everyone

Your visit to Mississippi isn’t complete without indulging in the state's culinary delights! Begin at Ocean Springs’ Phoenicia Gourmet for a sumptuous seafood fest, or head to Jackson to find all sorts of venues offering Southern fare with an innovative twist.

For mouth-watering BBQ, make your way to Leatha’s Bar-B-Que Inn in Hattiesburg where smoky flavors are incorporated into every bite. If Cajun food is your pick, then Tay’s BBQ at Moss Point won't disappoint you with their spicy crawfish boil.

Devote some time exploring local farmers’ markets such as Oxford City Market or Hernando Farmers Market. These vibrant venues offer not just fresh locally-grown produce, but also a delightful insight into local life and culture. Ending the day with Mississippi mud pie from Greenwood's famous Crystal Grill could very well be the sweetest part of this delicious journey.

Final Thoughts

In the end, Mississippi proves to be more than just a state, and reveals itself as an all-encompassing experience, offering everything from thrilling water sports and tranquil river cruises to delightful culinary journeys and resonating musical escapades. So hurry up and pack your bags now, because Mississippi is waiting to weave unforgettable memories with you.

Author - Fred Felton
Fred Felton          

Content Creator / Editor

Fred Felton is a copywriter, editor and social media specialist based in Durban, South Africa. He has over 20 years of experience in creating high end content. He has worked with some of the biggest brands in the world. Currently Fred specialises in the adventure watersports space, focussing on surf, kayak and rafting. He is also a keynote speaker and has presented talks and workshops in South Africa.

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