3959 E. Clay Street
Vicksburg, MS 39180
Phone: (601) 634-8438
Fax: (601) 630-0415
Just 17 miles northwest of Jackson, visitors find one of nature's most stunning peculiarities. Registered as a National Natural Landmark in 1966, the Petrified Forest features a 1.5-mile walking trail that takes visitors through this frozen woodland. Along the way, trail guides tell how this phenomenon came into existence. After viewing the trees, guests can stop by the museum to learn more, have a basket lunch in the picnic area or stroll through the gift shop. Open daily 9a onwards.
One of Jackson's two public 18-hole courses, the Sonny Guy Golf Course offers pleasant fairways and well-maintained greens to golfers of all skill levels. The course features a pro shop, a club with a small restaurant, and personal instruction from Harold Burt, the club pro. Greens fees for 18 holes cost $6 on weekdays and $8 on weekends. Nine hole rounds will cost you $5 during the week and $8 on weekends.
Not far from downtown Jackson, this zoo was founded more than 85 years ago. From modest origins, the park has expanded over the years to include animals from all over the globe, including a new lorikeet exhibit. In addition to housing the region's most impressive collection of primates and big cats, the park's Discovery Zoo has been recognized by the New York Times Travel Guide as one of the top children's zoos in the Southeast.
Mississippi Off Road Adventures is a beautiful destination for some outdoor exploration and excitement in Jackson. This park is made up of more than 700 acres of trails, open to hiking, biking, horses and anything non-motorized. Pets are also welcome on these grounds so you can make it an affair that's fun for the entire family - including Fido.
Renovated in 2004, The Martin Epps Track and Field Facility is right in the campus of Jackson State University. Originally called Jackson State University Track and Field, it was named after legendary Track and field coach, Martin Epps. It is a world class facility that caters to the track and field needs of the university. The facility has hosted many sports meets and is used regularly by the student athletes.
One nice thing about golf in the South is that it remains a viable sporting option year-round. This golf course is open to the public all year long, and provides a challenging nine-hole round at very reasonable rates. Club pro Walter Jenkins, Jr. will be happy to go over the finer points of your game or simply browse the fine merchandise in the pro shop or stop by the club for a 19th hole cocktail. Open daily 8a onwards.
Established in 2012, Rampage Extreme Park is a private skate park where the entire family can have a fun time. From novices to experts, everyone can practise their flips, grinds and slides at their rails, ramps and tramps. Ensuring a safe environment, it is one of the best places for skateboarding enthusiasts in the city. The park also hosts concerts occasionally.
The name is a little bit deceiving, as this full-scale entertainment Mecca is home to much more than just great golf. A driving range, comprehensive pro shop, and challenging miniature golf course are present, but many patrons come for the thrill of the quarter-mile go-cart track, or the fast-paced excitement of the variable-speed baseball and softball batting cages. If golf is the only thing on your mind, however, you can always opt for a bit of professional golf instruction, available from the pro for pretty reasonable rates.
For 50 years, this vibrant operation has produced theatrical events for Mississippi's young ones as well as for kids of all ages. A strictly volunteer organization, this non-profit collection of amateur enthusiasts and theater professionals is a fine example of a community coming together to provide a valuable service to the public. For each year's production, volunteers select the cast, gather props, design costumes and promote the event, which is seen by more than 10,000 children every winter.
This sprawling state park is located just outside of Jackson and incorporates over 500 acres of woodlands. In addition to several miles of hiking and nature trails, the park features a public nine-hole golf course with a clubhouse and driving range, meeting rooms, a swimming pool, picnic areas, playgrounds and tennis courts. Boat rentals are available on the park's lake, and fishing is permitted in season. For real outdoorsmen, campsites are provided for both recreational vehicles and tents. The engaging, educational Mississippi Museum of Natural Science is located nearby.
Since its founding in 1967, this professional theater company has brought the magic of puppetry to the Jackson area. Although the focus is on children's entertainment, this art form can be appreciated by people of all ages. In fact, some of the productions are geared more toward adults than kids. The company's touring ensemble plays regular performances throughout Mississippi and the Southeast, bringing art, education and entertainment to the delight of crowds everywhere.
Whether you are looking for a long-term commitment or a quick convenient workout, Fitness Lady is a good choice. Offering the full range of exercise options, from aerobics, weights, and fitness machines to yoga, power-punch and all the cutting-edge programs, this all-women's gym provides more options than a typical fit-minded person will ever need. Located close to downtown in the Promenade Shopping Center, you will not have to travel far for your fitness experience. Call for details on one-time or short-term memberships.