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  • Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum
    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.
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    1152 Lakeland Dr
    Jackson, MS US
  • Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
    As the Jackson Convention and Visitor?s Bureau?s reigning Travel Attraction of The Year, as well as the subject of accolades from the Jackson Free Press and Parents & Kids Magazine, the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science delights and enlightens attendees of all ages. A family membership grants two adults all the benefits of joining, including one year of free admission and a 10% discount at the museum gift shop. Parents may extend their membership to include any number of offspring under the age of 18; grandparents, aunts and uncles, and other guardians may include up to four children; lonely puppet-makers may not include any wooden wards they?ve wished to life.
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    2148 Riverside Dr.
    Jackson, MS US
  • Cottonlandia Museum
    Dedicated to preserving Mississippi?s heritage, Cottonlandia Museum educates visitors with an array of interdisciplinary displays and collections. Cottonlandia?s permanent exhibits and rooms include the Mississippi Art Collection, an anthology of Mississippi-made art, most of it purchased from the winners of the biannual Cottonlandia Fine Arts Competition, and the Archaeology Room, home to a large assortment of Native American beads and a 12,000 year-old mastodon skeleton that they used to hang sabertooth fur coats. Meanwhile, the Malmaison Room presents photographs and furniture salvaged from the home of county namesake Greenwood Leflore, the last chief of the Choctaw tribe before their removal to Oklahoma, and the Swamp Room lets guests absorb the sights and sounds of the wetlands without brewing their own bog water out of bullfrog tears.
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    1608 Highway 82 W
    Greenwood, MS US
  • B.B. King Museum
    Blues is one of the few music genres considered to be wholly American, and its roots are firmly planted in the rich soil of the Mississippi Delta. Here, too, is where legendary musician B.B. King came of age. Indianola's B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center celebrates not only King's prolific career, but also the significance of the Mississippi Delta to music then and now. Interactive exhibits take visitors through the guitarist's life in chronological order, starting with his boyhood in the Delta and culminating with the highlights of his decades-long career. The Building: The 20,000-square-foot museum was built on the site of an old cotton gin where B.B. King once worked. Valuable Relic: Tucked in the section about B.B.'s pre-celebrity life is the Panoram, an early video jukebox on which he first saw the big bands he became so enamored with. From His Early Career: In the exhibit on what was known as the Chitlin Circuit, you'll find the leather-bound notebook in which King stashed his song charts, meticulously cross-referenced by songwriter. Other Mementos: Memorabilia from King's life spans the decades, including a quilt from his boyhood home, his draft card, and various iterations of his guitar, Lucille. Hidden Gem: The museum also includes items from other artists of his era, such as Janis Joplin's handwritten lyrics. Hands-On Exhibit: Under video instruction from B.B. King himself, visitors strum tunes on guitars. From the Press: "The ... facility is likely the most elaborate museum in the U.S. about a single living musician, but Mr. King's stature justifies the investment." ? Wall Street Journal
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    400 Second Street
    Indianola, MS US
  • Lakeport Plantation
    During harvest season, fields of white cotton still surround the Lakeport Plantation estate. Delicate white railings run the perimeter of the balcony out front, harkening back to the antebellum south in 1859, when the home was built. Inside and out, the house looks much like it did back then, exterior colors restored, original faux rosewood graining on doors, original crown molding, acid-etched-glass windows, and even a surviving 150-year-old floorcloth. Guests can soak up more insight to the period via the salvaged historical artifacts and descriptive panels placed throughout the space. This period home, restored by Arkansas State University, goes beyond showing how finely the master of the house lived, though. Visitors will also be able to explore the darker side of plantation life, learning about the relationship between the family who lived in the big house and the slaves, and later, tenant farmers who worked the land.
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    601 Highway 142
    Lake Village, AR US
  • Viking Classic
    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.
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    80 Annandale Pkwy
    Madison, MS US

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