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10 Places To Explore In Jackson

From food to music, art and recreation, Jackson, Missississippi has a lot to offer! When you are looking to get off campus, here are ten places to check out around Millsaps College.

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1. Deep South Pops

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You may have noticed Deep South Pops on your visit to the Admission office at Millsaps College - it's right across the street! After playing a little Frogger with North State Street, you'll be rewarded with delicious pops, ice cream and other treats. Pop flavors change daily and only cost $3 plus tax. Deep South Pops is a great place to relax after class with several rooms, including sofas and a bar top with convenient plugs (for that all day study session). Follow them in Instagram at @deepsouthpops!

2. Eudora Welty House

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Author Eudora Welty was and continues to be one of Jackson's sweethearts. A writer, photographer and Pulitzer Prize winner, Eudora Welty lived at 1119 Pinehurst Street for nearly 80 years (until her death in 2001) and did all her writing in an upstairs bedroom. It was built by her parents in 1925. The house was first declared a Mississippi Landmark in 2001, added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002, and declared a National Historic Landmark in 2004. Tours of the Eudora Welty House are given Tuesday - Friday, four times a day at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. and 9 and 11 a.m. the second Saturday of each month. The house is within walking distance from Millsaps in Belhaven. While you are there, pick a book from the Little Free Library out front!

3. Fondren

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Just across the street to the north of campus is the arts and entertainment district known as Fondren. Proclaimed as "Jackson's Hippest Neighborhood," Fondren is home to boutiques, art galleries, a popular music venue and (most importantly for our stomachs) Jackson's thriving restaurant scene.

* Student favorites include Millsaps alum Jeff Good's Sal and Mookie's New York Pizza and Ice Cream Joint for Italian fare, Rooster's for fried chicken and burgers, Babalu Tapas and Tacos for small plates and Latin fare, Pig & Pint for competition-style BBQ, the critically acclaimed Saltine Oyster Bar for seafood and Monday Ramen Nights, and Brent's for a throwback diner experience. Other favorites including Aladdin, Surin, Walker's, Campbell's Bakery, and La Brioche Patisserie.

* For vegetarians, Rainbow Co-op has options galore, including their own restaurant, High Noon Cafe, open Monday through Friday for lunch.

* Two coffee shops, Cups and Sneaky Beans, are enclaves for our students. Keep your student ID handy for discounts!

* Get familiar with Ardenland and the shows at Duling Hall. A wide variety of acts grace the stage each month. Recent acts including Carolina Chocolate Drops, Johnnyswim, Flaming Lips, Allen Stone and Moon Taxi.

* Don't miss Fondren's First Thursday, held the first Thursday of every month (except for January and February). A huge neighborhood street party, FFT hosts vendors, games and music while restaurants and shops stay open late. Follow them to keep up with each month's offerings.

* Learn more about the area at finditinfondren.com.

4. Midtown

By the end of your senior year at Millsaps, more than likely you will be very familiar with our neighbors across the street in Midtown. Millsaps College has a distinct relationship with the neighborhood and many of our community engaged learning courses take place in Midtown. The neighborhood is also home to many artists and entrepreneurs, like Phillip Rollins at Offbeat. Part art gallery, part comic book store, part music venue, Offbeat offers unique finds not seen elsewhere in the city. Walk down the street to Good Samaritan Center's NUTS (Neat Used Things for Sale) shop, full of second hand items - perfect for those costume party duds. Also, keep an eye out for events such as MIDFEST and Holiday Studio Art Tours, where artists and businesses open up their shops for tours and shopping. It would also not be a Millsaps experience without a visit to CS's, home of one of the best burgers in town and Mrs. Inez. Many Millsapians have graced the halls of CS's over the years and it's a top spot for alumni to visit on trips back to Jackson.

Learn more about our Millsaps connections in Midtown here.

5. Mississippi Museum of Art

Mississippi Museum of Art

Nestled between Thalia Mara Hall and the Jackson Convention Complex, the Mississippi Museum of Art is the state's largest art museum. An avid art lover? Tour the permanent collection for free or pay admission for their latest exhibit (don't forget your student ID for a discount!). If art isn't your thing, MMA has events for all tastes throughout the month, including their wildly popular Third Thursday event where the museum embraces the local creative community with pop up exhibits, live music, games, movies on the green and a special menu by their chef Nick Wallace. Learn more about the museum online or follow them on Instagram (@msmuseumart) for upcoming events.

6. Old Capitol Museum

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While you are downtown, don't miss the Old Capitol Museum and learn more about Jackson's history as the capital of Mississippi. Damaged during Hurricane Katrina, the Old Capitol has been restored to its original grandeur and reopened by the state as a museum focusing on the distinguished history of the building and the events that have taken place in it. Interactive multimedia exhibits explore the roles of the legislature, governor, and high court, as well as the importance of historic preservation to the state, the activities that took place in the building after the New Capitol was constructed in 1903, and much more. Best of all, admission is free!

7. The Reservoir

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Sometimes you just need a little time by the water. Take the interstate up to the Natchez Trace and stop off at the Overlook (pictured above). A large hill with great views of the Rez, the Overlook is a popular spot for frisbee or time in the sun. There are several other parks and stop off points along the Reservoir if you head east, including Lakeshore Park, Old Trace Park and Pelahatchie Shore Park (here at Pelahatchie Bay, you can even rent kayaks by the hour). From the Overlook you can also walk or bike the Ridgeland Multi-Use Trails, a network of trails that run parallel and near the Natchez Trace (info and map).

8. Mississippi Braves Game at Trustmark Park

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If you're rooting for the home team in Jackson (or the suburb of Pearl, to be exact), you're rooting for the Mississippi Braves. From April to September of each year, catch the Braves at home at Trustmark Park.

9. LeFleur's Bluff State Park/LeFleur Museum District

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Just down Riverside Drive from campus, LeFleur's Bluff State Park has parks, trails, disc golf, boat slips for kayaking, a golf course and is home to two museums - the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science and the Mississippi Children's Museum. Across Lakeland Drive visit the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum or, if you're hungry for mudbugs, chow down on crawfish at the Crawdad Hole. This area is branded as the LeFleur Museum District.

10. Shopping

Renaissance at Colony Park

OK, fine, we couldn't choose because there is great shopping to be had around campus. When you save up those pennies, here are a few places to go:

* Banner Hall: The closest to campus, fulfill your inner bookworm at Lemuria Books - Jackson's well known indie bookstore. Known around the country, many authors flock to Lemuria for book signings, including John Grisham, David Sedaris, and more.

* Highland Village: Across I-55 from Banner Hall, Highland Village is home to Jackson's outdoor gear favorite Buffalo Peak, Whole Foods, Lululemon, Kate Spade, Beagle Bagel Cafe (famous for their chicken salad), and Bravo!

* Renaissance at Colony Park: J.Crew, Anthropologie, White House Black Market, William Sonoma, Sephora, Barnes and Noble, Panera Bread, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Fresh Market - just a few of the tenants at Renaissance at Colony Park. Most importantly, this is where the Apple Store is located when your Mac gives you the blue screen of death.

* The Outlets of Mississippi: Get ready for deals! Shops include Nike, Michael Kors, Banana Republic, J.Crew, Gap, Forever 21, Under Armour and more.

11. BONUS

Looking for ways to get connected in Jackson?

Here are a few accounts to follow (Facebook/Twitter/Instagram) to stay in the know:

* Millsaps College: @millsapscollege

* Eat Jackson: @eatjxn

* Visit Jackson: @visitjacksonms

* Visit Mississippi: @visitms

* Find It In Fondren: @finditinfondren

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