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Jackson is a great place to travel with your family. One of the city's best kept secrets is the Natural Science Museum, located in LeFleur's Bluff Park. The museum offers an overview of wildlife found in Mississippi, both past and present. The facility includes dioramas depicting various animals and plants found in the different areas of Mississippi, large aquariums of different types of fish, lots of turtles and snakes, and a few alligators. The park also includes picnic tables and a large playground, use of which is included in the price of admission. ( A Children's Museum is also planned for the near future.) The Jackson Zoo is also a popular choice with its includes elephants, zebras, monkeys, tigers, hippos, rhinos, bears, alligators, birds, snakes, a beautiful carousel, and a pint-sized train. The Mississippi Agriculture Museum features an old-time small town, historical exhibits, and farm animals, and the nearby Mississippi Sports Museum is a big hit with sports enthusiasts of all sizes. If baseball is your thing, don't forget the Mississippi Braves play regularly in the spring & summer at Trustmark Park, just outside the city limits in Pearl, and the newly opened Bass Pro Shops is right across the street. The newly re-located Farmers Market is a great stop for fresh fruits and veggies as well as lunch , a Jackson tradition for years past. Go bowling at Laurel Lanes, over to Brandon to Hilltop Painted Acres for a true western experience, come in February for the Dixie National Rodeo , largest rodeo this side of the Mississippi including the country's top rodeo cowboys. Take a ride up the scenic Natchez Trace complete with indian artifact stops. Go to the beautiful old Belhaven neighborhood and have lunch at Kiefer's Greek Restaurant and visit Fairview House and author Eudora Weltys house 4 blocks away. Dont miss the Cok of the Walk catfish restaurant overlooking the waters of the Ross Barnett reservoir , they flip your cornbread 6 feet in the air before serving it to you! Go to Fondren / Woodland Hills area for antiques , sidewalk open air lunch at Que Sera and you'll be 2 blocks from the University of Mississippi Medical Center , the hospital and learning center where the world's first heart transplant took place. While in the Fondren area visit Rainbow Whole Foods Co-op . home of organic produce , scented oils and herbs for every need and ailment and have a totally organic vegetarian lunch. Highland Village is a true shopping experience with a lovely courtyard complete with fountains , upscale shops and restaurants like Julep (worlds #1 rated fried chicken and fried green tomatoes) and Bravo Italian Restaurant , home of the best chocolate torte you'll ever put in your mouth. If you love books , dont miss Lemuria Bookstore and lunch down stairs at Broad Street Bakery. Check the calender for these events: Internationall Ballet Competion, Dixie National Rodeo , State Fair , The Canton Flea Market , 4th of July Balloon Glow , Red Beans and Rice Fest , German Fest , Crawfish Fests , Fallen Fireman Fishing Tournament , hugely popular Mistletoe Marketplace , Christmas brings Carols by Candlelight , Belhaven Singing Christmas Tree , Christmas lisghts in Canton with animation and horse and buggy rides (site of John Grisham movies). Mynelle Gardens for botanical lovers and the Petrified Forest in Flora. Casinos are 45 minutes away in Vicksburg on the beautiful Mississippi River and the antebellum homes and B&B's of Natchez , Ms. is also an hour south with casinos and a yearly pilgrimmage. Whatever you do in Jackson , you will have a wonderful experience simply because of the fabulous people and their hospitality. Many have come to visit and never went back home !