South Jackson has several hidden culinary gems and historical sites in the capital city, including Buddy Butts Park, a nature and hiking park with well-maintained, well-marked trails for hikers and mountain bikers.
Originally a German POW camp during WWII, prisoners and other enlisted men were part of the 1940s labor force that built the 200-acres Mississippi River Basin Model Waterways Experiment Station, a large-scale hydraulic model of the entire Mississippi River basin completed in 1966. Although the historic design is no longer in operation, it is still viewable to the public and those interested in the state's diverse topography.
Battlefield Park is another recreational area that's ADA-accessible and features basketball and tennis courts, a playground, and picnic tables.
The Walter Payton Center is Jackson State University's state-of-the-art health and fitness facility. Open over 350 days a year and 118 hours a week with 9,000 square feet of activity space, the variety of recreational programs spans all ages and abilities. Members can enjoy the outdoor patio after a workout, or schedule a message with an in-house massage therapist.
Founded in 1988, Country Fisherman is a spacious and inviting establishment that serves up home-style seafood and Southern fare, complete with a weekend buffet and all-you-can-eat salad and desserts. Crechale's Cafe has been serving up some of Jackson's best steaks and seafood since 1956 in its old-fashioned, family-run brick-and-mortar.
Satisfy cravings at The Angry Rooster, where classic American favorites meet Mexican flair for a unique menu that consists of everything from chicken nachos to fresh Shrimp Street Tacos. At Jerk City Grille, Chef Wendell Brewster cooks up Jamaican-inspired dishes that are as authentic as they are delicious. Be sure to try his famous Jerk Chicken Eggrolls, blended with cabbage and a special spice blend before being fried to a golden brown. For locals and visitors alike, Premier Sausage House provides just as much comfort from its vintage, Americana surroundings as it does from its in-house smoked sausage links, slabs of ribs, and classic burgers.