1. Start your journey at the Natchez Visitor Center. With helpful staffers, free brochures, maps, informative displays, our Visitor Center is all about providing you with Natchez information and hospitality.
2. Say hello to Old Man River. Unlike many cities along the Mississippi River, Natchez has kept its river banks unspoiled and unpolluted by industry. There are many pleasant, shaded areas around town, including Bluff Park, where you can gaze across the wide expanse of water, watch the tugboats and other river traffic and view our local wildlife. It's one of the most peaceful things to do in Natchez.
3. Set out at your own pace and enjoy the fresh breezes, the scenic views, historic markers, and the sights and sounds of the riverside. Tour our historic downtown on foot and visit our historic homes. Wind your way around Natchez’s downtown walking trails, highlighting historic sites along the way.
4. Cruise in high style throughout the most charming downtown you've ever seen, with our quaint shops, magnificent churches, and shady Victorian neighborhoods. These classic tours offer a unique look at historic homes and landmarks.
5. Reflect and enjoy the beautiful architecture and stained glass in the many historic churches and synagogues across Natchez.
6. Visit our downtown Mississippi art galleries and enjoy the works of local and regional painters, sculptors, photographers and potters - some are nationally renowned.
7. Embark on a journey back in time by viewing our collection of Natchez in Historic Photographs at Stratton Chapel of the First Presbyterian Church.
8. From boutiques to antiques and more, be sure to visit our local shops downtown to take home a unique treasure you are sure to love.
9. Satisfy your taste buds at our locally owned restaurants. Whether you have a craving for sushi, traditional Mediterranean cuisine or down home Southern cooking, Natchez offers them all. Be sure to grab your cocktail to go and enjoy downtown Natchez’s “Go Cup District,” with a wide but walkable area stretching through the downtown streets, along the river, and Under the Hill.
10. You'll find that Natchez is peppered with informative Mississippi Blues Trail markers, and we've upheld this rich tradition in our live music venues.
11. Sip a beverage on the porch of an old Mississippi River tavern as you watch the sun set. Long ago Silver Street was a famous hangout for riverboat captains, gamblers, painted ladies, and even pirates. Under-the-Hill Saloon, the oldest bar in town, still sparkles with congeniality and fun.
12. The days of slavery marked a sad and troubling time in our nation's history, and Natchez has honored those who unwillingly lived their lives in service to wealthy landowners. This site of memory at the Forks of the Road Slave Auction is commemorated with a historic marker and is a National Park Site.
13. At this family-run winery, they harvest American grapes with a European name - Muscadine grapes. The grapes are grown in the vineyard right outside the back door, and visitors can take a 20-minute tour and sample the products. The local favorite is a rose variety dubbed Miss Scarlet.
15. The boating and recreation opportunities in Natchez and the surrounding area are excellent on several local lakes and waterways. Enjoying the river is one of the best things to do in Mississippi. Check out a few of our locals to help to navigate the Mighty Mississippi and its tributaries.
16. More outdoor activities include golf and tennis at Duncan Park, a bubbling fountain at Memorial Park, a gazebo, fountain, and walking trails overlooking the river at Bluff Park and much more to explore.
17. Stretching 444 miles in length from Natchez to Nashville, Tennessee, the Natchez Trace was a path used by traders and riverboat employees to travel back to their homes in Middle America. There are countless historic and notable sites along the Natchez Trace Parkway and breathtaking natural scenery at every turn.
18. Stop by our newest addition, the Proud to Take a Stand monument, marking the site of one of the significant events of the Civil Rights movement in Natchez.