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More than 200 species swim through the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, and that's just the facility's aquatic residents. Beyond the aquarium network sprawls an abundance of plant and animal life both indoors and out. A trip through the museum campus reveals Mississippi's diverse ecosystems, as well as their relationship to humans. Size: the 73,000-square-foot complex overlooks 300 acres, including an open-air amphitheater and 2.5 miles of nature trails Eye Catcher: The Swamp, a 1,700-square-foot greenhouse with a 20,000-gallon aquarium for alligators, turtles, and other animals Permanent Mainstay: Stories in Stone, a display showcasing meat-eating dinosaurs, trilobites, and other fossils from Mississippi's distant past Don't Miss: the outdoor Overlook, where visitors can observe every layer of the forest, including the one filled with caramel Special Programs: fish-feeding demonstrations, monthly naturalist lectures, and story time for kids ages 3–5 Hands-On Experiments: a Kids Corner and Discovery Room with kid-friendly interactive activities From the Press: Mississippi Magazine calls this the best museum in the state
2148 Riverside Dr.
Jackson,
MS
US
The leading receiver in NFL history, the leading passer in NFL history, and the patriarch of football's first family all have something in common—a few things, actually. Not only do Jerry Rice, Brett Favre, and Archie Manning all hail from the Magnolia State, but all three are also inductees in its Sports Hall of Fame. They share the honor with nearly 300 other legends, including winners of Olympic gold medals and World Series games. Visitors can learn about these athletes through exhibits and touchscreen kiosks, or they can head to play areas to have a chance to complete a game winning pass, strike out a batter with the game on the line, make a game winning shot, or kick a game winning goal.
1152 Lakeland Dr
Jackson,
MS
US
While meandering past more than 250 exhibitors, guests of the Kentuck Festival of the Arts can peruse artful wares during the weekend-long exploration of visual arts, music, and food. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, the festival welcomes visitors to amble under a canopy of trees and feast eyes on artisans' endeavors in blacksmithing, split-oak basketry, pottery, colorful found-object sculpture, and accounting. Live music flutters about the festival from eight bands across two stages, delighting ears with surging gospel choirs and twangy country singers. Taste buds, too, bask in artistic attention, salivating over Cajun fare or saucy ribs, or mistaking a still-life gyro for its edible muse.
503 Main Avenue
Northport,
AL
US
The Viking Classic is an important milestone in the world of golf, with the winner receiving $648,000 as well as FedExCup points. Golf aficionados can redeem their tickets on any day in the competition, from Thursday's first round to the tournament-deciding match on Sunday. A Scottish-style course blasted from the cold, unforgiving earth by the piercing thoughts of Jack Nicklaus, Annandale welcomes golf balls and their professional owners with rolling hills, elevated bentgrass greens, and pampas grass. Last year's winner was Bill Haas, and past champions have included vaunted pros such as Luke Donald, currently ranked number one in the world in golf.
80 Annandale Pkwy
Madison,
MS
US
Inside the brightly-lit confines of Fat Cat Art Cafe, shelves brim with bare-bisque pieces in the form of plates, mugs, and bowls. Visitors wield non-toxic, lead-free glazes and paints, embellishing items with designs such as flowers, abstract squiggles, or a squirrel's handprint before accommodating staff members fire the pieces, readying them for everyday use. Not just a paint-your-own pottery studio, Fat Cat Art Cafe offers specialty sessions such as Clay Day, where participants learn to make their own pottery pieces, and summer camps, where campers delve into daylong or weeklong projects such as creating a mosaic plaque, building flower pots out of clay coils, and making clay jars to store one?s nosehairs.
5352 Hwy. 25
Flowood,
MS
US
What began as a small art association?originally assembled to organize an exhibit of local art?eventually blossomed into a full-scale museum as its art collection grew. Today, works by world-renowned artists share space with masterpieces by Mississippians in a museum committed to making the visual arts more accessible for the community at large.? The Building: After decades in its original location, the museum was moved to a new space in 2007. A transparent door and entryway enables outsiders to see the visitors inside the space, a play on the museum's mantra to make it a "museum without walls." Permanent Mainstay: The Mississippi Story celebrates art by Mississippians and includes photos by Eudora Welty, works by William Hollingsworth, and a collection of quilts. Don't Miss: 19th-century portraits includes works by British artists Thomas Lawrence and Thomas Sully; works by master artists Picasso, Mir?, Chagall, and Rembrandt; as well as a collection of pre-Columbian artifacts. In the Open Air: Outside the museum, take a stroll through The Art Garden, more than an acre of green space peppered with outdoor art installations and a performance stage. Past Exhibits: Spacious Skies featured 14 painted or drawn landscapes culled from the permanent collections of such artists as John Sloan, Will Henry Rivers, Elaine Galen, as well as the museum's first painting, William P. Silva's The Shower. Pro Tip: At the monthly workshop Look and Learn with Hoot, kids develop the skills for art literacy through an art activity and story time. Special Programs: Almost 30 affiliate museums throughout the state regularly feature artwork from the museum's permanent collection.
201 East Pascagoula Street
Jackson,
MS
US
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