Cool Off, Explore Jackson

Let’s face it: summers in Mississippi can be – swampy. We’ve compiled a list of spots to help you cool off and stay dry.

The Capri Theatre
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Capri Theatre

State-of-the-art projection and audio technology, 178 reclining seats, a 40-foot screen for movies, and a stage for live entertainment: that's Jackson's only movie theater - The Capri! Another standout feature? The Capri is a dine-in theatre, featuring an exclusive, full-service food and cocktail menu, accessible via QR code, directly from your seat.

Bonus: Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny is playing starting June 30!

Mississippi Museum of Art

Mississippi’s largest art museum has over 4,000 works, including the world’s most extensive collection by and relating to Mississippians and their diverse heritage. Many pieces can be seen in the permanent collection, New Symphony of Time. If you venture outside, the Art Garden offers a splash pad for little ones to get a break from the heat, too.

Explore the past and present at the Mississippi Civil Rights and Mississippi History Museums downtown.

Two Mississippi Museums

At the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, experience eight distinct galleries that guide you from the struggle for freedom through the Jim Crow South and beyond to the present moment. At the Museum of Mississippi History, deep time and more recent moments combine through exhibits spanning thousands of years.

Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum

Named one of the Top 10 “Most Amazing Baseball Museums in America” by ESPN, the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum contains various sports-related, interactive exhibits featuring famous Mississippi athletes like Jerry Rice, Archie Manning, Ralph Boston and Dizzy Dean.

The Mississippi Children's Museum Splash Pad

Mississippi Children’s Museum

A fun, 40,000-square-foot learning lab with educational and interactive exhibits focusing on literacy, health and nutrition, cultural arts, science and technology, engineering and mathematics, and Mississippi history. Galleries engage young learners through touch, movement and good old-fashioned fun. Their splash pad out front is a nice cool-down, too, included with museum admission.

Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

Located in the LeFleur’s Bluff Education and Tourism Complex, the Museum of Natural Science overlooks a 300-acre natural preserve. Inside, though, roam the 73,000 square feet of exhibition space as well as a 100,000-gallon aquarium. The museum offers multiple ways to learn about the unique natural heritage of both Mississippi and the greater South.

Paul Wolf


Paul Wolf