17 ThingS To Do in the Summer of 17

Bill Seratt

May 12

Here are a few suggestions for making the most of your summer visit to Vicksburg.  This is just a starting point.  Once you arrive you will be amazed at all there is see and do!

1.  Take the kids to explore the playground and splash fountain at Catfish Row Children’s Art Park.  The park is located on Levee Street at the downtown waterfront.  There’s a good chance that you will see one of the passenger paddle wheelers that make regular stops in our historic downtown on their voyages up and down the Mighty Mississippi.

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2.  Summer camp programs in Vicksburg offer children the excitement of outdoor adventure and making new friends.  There are programs available for children of all ages.  From archery to art camps there is a program that is perfect for your child. Click our blog on summer camps for details.

3.  Immerse yourself in the history of Vicksburg in our museums.  Five museums in our Downtown Historic district detail the culture and heritage of life on the Mississippi.  The Old Depot Museum, the Jesse Brent Lower Mississippi River Museum, the Biedenharn Museum of Coca Cola® Memorabilia, Yesterday’s Children Antique Toy and Doll Museum, and the Old Court House Museum are all located within walking distance of one another.

4.  Check out the classic films offered at the historic Strand Theatre this summer.  The films offered at the 83-year old theater range from Talking Heads to La Boehme.  The Westside Theatre Foundation offers several live plays at the Strand during the year.  

5.  For a special treat be sure to stop by the Coca Cola® Museum and enjoy the decadence of a Coke Float made with Mississippi’s own Luvell Ice Cream.  Yum!

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6.  The Vicksburg Farmer’s Market is open every Saturday morning and Wednesday afternoon until the end of July.  Garden-fresh vegetables, homemade jellies and relishes, organic dairy products (be sure to try the chocolate milk!), fresh flowers and plants and much, much more.    

7.  Get up close and personal with Old Man River on canoe or kayak cruise with the Quapaw Canoe Company.  Paddlers will experience towering bluffs, endless forests, expansive sandbars and the beautiful Mississippi River.  

8.  Have an elegant night of dinner and dancing at the 4th Annual Ritz on River on July 13th at the Vicksburg Convention Center.  The Downtown Band from Nashville, TN, an award winning high energy 10-piece dance driven band will be the entertainment as we celebrate the Golden Age of Glitz at the Roaring 20th Anniversary of the Vicksburg Convention Center.  

9.  Boo the villain and cheer the heroine at a performance of Gold in the Hills.  Now in its 81st season Gold in the Hills holds the distinction of being the Guinness Book of World Records longest running play.  The Vicksburg Theatre Guild presents this production at the Parkside Playhouse.

10.  Book a National Park Service Licensed Guide to give you a tour of the magnificent Vicksburg National Military Park.  Learn about the defining battle of America’s defining war while viewing one of the nation’s premier collections of outdoor art.  Check out the calendar for special presentations and programs.  

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11.  Enjoy a sunset over the Mississippi River at one of our scenic overlooks or from the roof of 10 South Rooftop Bar and Grill.

12.  Be a part of the 60th anniversary of the Miss Mississippi Pageant as the state’s most beautiful and talented young ladies vie for the coveted title and scholarships.  Rumor has it that this year’s celebration will have over 25 former Miss Mississippis in attendance.  The pageant will be held at the Vicksburg Convention Center June 21st – 24th with evening preliminaries Wednesday through Friday and the crowning ceremony on Saturday.  All evening events begin at 8:00 p.m.  

13.  Make the journey into the history of America’s music and get your groove on visiting Vicksburg’s five Mississippi Blues Trail Markers.  Experience live blues performances at the clubs throughout the city.  Be sure to catch the Tuesday night blues show at LD’s Kitchen.

14.  Become part of the life-sized art at the Vicksburg Riverfront Murals.  The 32 murals are the work of muralist Robert and Dafford and local artist Martha Ferris.  Each mural details a significant part of the city’s history.   

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15.  Check out a fresh homemade smoothie and the best BLT that you will ever eat at the Tomato Place on U.S. Highway 61 South.  Pick up some homemade red pepper relish and pickles. 

16.  Hit the streets on a guided walking tour of Vicksburg’s historic districts.  Perhaps you are up for an evening tour of haunted Vicksburg.

17.  Have the perfect “Girls Getaway” at one of our luxurious bed and breakfast inns.  Pamper yourself at one of the relaxing day spas.  Do a little retail therapy at our downtown boutiques, the Outlets at Vicksburg and Vicksburg Mall.  It all runs on river time and no one is watching the clock!

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