A great family fun holiday is exactly what you’ll find in Natchez. From touring antebellum mansions, exciting festivals and events, luxury shopping and spas, biking, fishing and other outdoor activities, Natchez offers an adventure for every member of your family!
Anyone who has young children knows that time is of the essence – and when you want to bring your kids along on vacation, scheduling events throughout the day can often be stressful. At times, you may even feel forced to choose between activities so your little ones stick to their bedtimes and don’t get too tired with miles of walking. We have put together an example itinerary of some family-friendly things to do in Mississippi to help make planning your stay a little easier.
Traveling with family can sometimes be difficult, and traveling with children can be downright exhausting, so for your first day in Natchez we recommend taking it easy. Take a stroll along the bluff and catch a sunset before heading to one of our delicious restaurants for dinner. Then, it’s off to bed, you’ve got a busy day ahead of you.
1. Mornings are hard for some people, but luckily most hotels and B&B’s in the area try and help make mornings a little easier by serving a full southern-style breakfast. No cooking and no cleaning…sounds great to us!
2. After breakfast, we recommend beginning your Natchez experience at the Natchez Visitor Center. Here you will be greeted by a warm and knowledgeable staff, dedicated to help you make the most of your visit. Be sure to watch the 20 minute video, The Natchez Story, and enjoy learning the overall history of how this enchanting city came to be.
3. After the movie, take a few minutes to refill your coffee, and enjoy our interactive, paneled exhibit depicting the development of the area. Step behind the life-size paddle wheel, feel real cotton, and play the interactive game that allows you to take a journey down the Mississippi River. Then venture over to the ticket counters and purchase antebellum home, carriage ride, and even step on guide tickets all under one roof.
4. Tickets in hand, head out to tour a few of the perfectly preserved antebellum mansions that have drawn thousands of visitors to Natchez over the years. Guides, dressed in full hoop skirts during both Spring and Fall Pilgrimage, will lead you through these houses that are open year-round and tell the tales of the families that once drank mint juleps from their porches.
5. Taking in all that history sure can leave you hungry! Take the short drive to Mammy’s Cupboard for a delicious lunch, and mouthwatering desserts. Mammy’s is a roadside restaurant build in the shape of a Mammy archetype. You literally dine under her skirt! Mammy’s also makes for a fun and quirky photo stop.
6. Put your carriage tour tickets to use and take the 45 minute narrated, horse-drawn carriage tour of the historic district while your lunch settles. Our convenient, family-friendly guided carriage tours allow you to see the sights with your kids without the fuss or hassle of driving in traffic, finding parking or navigating through an unfamiliar area. Instead, relax & enjoy the sights with your entire family in a horse-drawn carriage. If you happen to have elderly members in your party, our carriage tours are also a great option for those who need to take breaks in between our daily tours.
7. On your way back to your hotel, be sure and pop into any of our fabulous local restaurants for a relaxing diner. Additionally, if you have questions about kid-friendly restaurants, our helpful tour guides can make suggestions for dining alternatives that are suitable for your whole family. At the Visitors Center, our goal is to ensure friendly & knowledgeable customer care along with the best tour guide services.
1. After enjoying a wonderful breakfast, take the short drive out to The Grand Village of the Natchez Indians and stroll the hallowed ground of the home of the city’s original inhabitants. There are ceremonial mounds at the site, along with a replica of an Indian dwelling, and a museum complete with artifacts that have been recovered on and around the site over the years. It’s one of many unique and historically rich things to do in Mississippi.
2. Head back downtown to grab some lunch at The Pig Out Inn. Tender ribs, chicken, and pork all smoked on a grill just outside the back door await your taste buds. When the weather is just too delightful to dine indoors, grab your lunch to go and follow the alley to the bluff, grab a picnic table and enjoy your meal while viewing the mighty Mississippi River.
3. After a delicious lunch, head to the First Presbyterian Church where you’ll find Natchez in Historic Photographs. The Stratton Chapel, located in the rear of the church, is home to a collection of over 500 photographs depicting life along the river, the merchants and commerce that thrived in Natchez even beyond the war, and the families and their children who shaped this historic city.
4. Walk on over to The William Johnson House, located on State Street, to learn about the life of William Johnson, a young prominent citizen in the free black community of Natchez. Johnson kept very detailed journals describing life in Natchez in the 1800s. His home is now run by the National Park Service as a museum detailing Johnson’s life.
5. There are some great restaurants on the outskirts of downtown so you can venture out and dine at one of them, or just pick another downtown restaurant to experience something a little different from the previous night. It’s a win-win either way!