12 Most Instagrammable Places to Take Pictures in Jackson, Mississippi

"Jackson is an incredibly beautiful and charming city, and you can’t come to town without snapping a pic or two," says culture and travel enthusiast Stephanie Craig. Here, Craig - History Fan Girl - identifies a list of "Instagrammable" spots in the City With Soul.

A woman in a red dress stands under a brightly colored metal sculpture.
Stephanie Craig at the MS Museum of Art Art Garden. Image: Stephanie Craig

Whether this is your first time to visit Mississippi or you’re a long-time resident, the natural beauty of the capital city of the Magnolia State can be overwhelming. There’s so much to see here, which means there are tons of great Jackson photo spots to choose from.

The Alamo Theatre.

Alamo Theatre

This landmark historic theater has been open since 1942. The Alamo Theatre was originally a movie theater for Black Americans to use during the Jim Crow era of the South.

It is now a film and live music venue.

The outside of the theater has been lovingly maintained, and the building is a stunning example of contemporary cinema architecture.

Susie Cranston's Birdhouse Garden in Fondren.

Birdhouse Gardens

This Jackson hidden gem is located in the Fondren neighborhood. The Birdhouse Gardens are a private residence whose lawn is decorated with dozens of unique wooden birdhouses!

It might be strange to think that one of the best places for photography in Jackson is the yard of a private home, but they are listed on the Public Art Map.

A young girl drinks a red soda while sitting on a bar stool.
Brent's Drugs

Brent’s Drugs

This isn’t just one of the most popular photography locations in Jackson, it’s actually one of the most popular cinematography places as well! It was even one of the filming locations for the movie "The Help."

This iconic Jackson restaurant. Brent‘s Drugs. is decked out inside like a mid-century pharmacy-meets-diner. The interior colors are vibrant, the fonts are original, and the ambiance cannot be matched.

Keep in mind that if you want to do a full photoshoot here (as in more than just a selfie or quick pic), you’ll need to be mindful of the other patrons.

This is one of the great places to take family pictures in Jackson since everyone is happier when ice cream (and mimosas) can be the treat when the pics are done.

Eudora Welty House and Gardens

Eudora Welty House and Garden

One of my favorite pretty places in Jackson, the Eudora Welty House and Garden features beautiful beds of roses and lilies and a Tudor-style historic home. It’s an almost pastoral escape inside of the city.

While you can’t take pictures inside, you can take tons of pictures of the house and gardens. This is another great place for a family picture in Jackson.

Address: 1109 Pinehurst St, Jackson, MS 39202

Fondren Corner. Image: Sophie McNeil Wolf

Fondren Corner

The iconic Fondren Corner is one of the most beautiful places in Jackson. The typography is striking, and your photos will look different depending on the angle you choose. Play with lenses, poses, angles, and locations to get your own take on this famous Jackson Instagram spot.

There are also tons of colorful murals and fun buildings in Fondren, so once you’re here, branch out and see what other great takes you can find!

a brightly colored bar with black stools
Hal & Mal's

Hal & Mal’s

At Hal & Mal’s, the food is great and so is the music, but photography lovers will find the neon lights and decor to be too tempting not to snap. This might be one of my favorite indoor photoshoot locations in Jackson that we visited.

I have candids of a couple on a romantic date, pics of the amazing bar, the interesting murals, and about two dozen pics of my toddler trying to dance with other patrons and lay down on the floor. #momlife

Address: 200 Commerce St, Jackson, MS 39201

JXN Icons Mural. Image: Tate Nations

The JXN Icons Mural

Located across the street from the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, the JXN Icons mural contains portraits of four famous Jacksonians: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Eudora Welty, Civil Rights icon Medgar Evers, prima ballerina Thalia Mara, and rapper and activist David Banner.

The mural is by artist Reshonda Perryman and was funded by Visit Jackson.

Address: Across the street from the front entrance of 222 North St #2205, Jackson, MS 39201

Lemuria Books at Banner Hall

Lemuria Books

One of Jackson’s best hidden gems, Lemuria Books can easily be touted as one of the most beautiful bookstores in the US. From its wooden shelves that go all the way up to the ceiling to its velvety couches that you want to sink right into, this is a great place to read and relax.

This is one of the best places to take photos in Jackson if you’re looking for a beautiful (yet wonderfully nerdy) photoshoot idea. Just make sure to get permission if you’ll be doing more than a quick snap.

A colorful garden with a gold metal sculpture.
The Art Garden at The Mississippi Museum of Art
Credit: Drew Dempsey

Mississippi Museum of Art Art Garden

This beautiful sculpture garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art is free and open daily. Full of beautiful works of art, including a colorful rainbow arch, the Art Garden is one of the most colorful places to photograph in Jackson!

Address: 380 S Lamar St, Jackson, MS 39201

An Art Deco building in blue with a blue sky in the background.
The former Greyhound Bus Station in Downtown Jackson
Credit: Drew Dempsey

Greyhound Station

One of the most iconic spots in Jackson, you’ve definitely seen Jackson pics of this bright blue Art Deco masterpiece. Of course, the history of the old Greyhound Station is incredibly powerful and moving since this was where many Freedom Riders were arrested after arriving in the city.

Make sure to only take and use photographs of the station in a manner that is respectful to the history of the building. Don’t just use it as a generic Jackson scenic spot since it’s instantly recognizable.

Address: 219 N. Lamar St., Jackson, Mississippi

blue and gold sign that says "Sun and Sand Motor Hotel."
The Sun & Sand sign. Image: Sarah Warnock/Clarion Ledger

Sun-n-Sand Motor Hotel Sign

This mid-century retro sign is a Jackson landmark. The Sun-N-Sand Motor Hotel might be gone, but the sign is still standing (and newly refurbished) in all its Jacksonian glory.

Address: 455 North Lamar Street

Welcome to JXN mural

Welcome to Jackson Mural

One of the most popular places to take pictures in Jackson is the giant Welcome to Jackson Mural. The mural was painted by Scott Allen/ A Plus Signs & Creative. Funded by Downtown Jackson Partners, the mural was on of the first large-scale public art pieces in the city.

Address: 200 S President St, Jackson, MS 39201

Special thanks to Stephanie Craig. You can see her full list and photos here.

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