1. Start your journey at the Natchez Visitor Center. With helpful staffers, free brochures, maps, informative displays, and even refreshments, 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 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 gorgeous antebellum 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. Spend some quality time in the Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture, where you'll view a stunning collection of folk art, antebellum clothing and furnishings, vintage photographs and contemporary paintings by nationally renowned African American artists.
9. Take a free tour of the grounds at one of Natchez's most elegant antebellum homes, Melrose. Exploring the property's timeless elegance is one of many things to do in Natchez that will take you back in time.
10. Stroll through the lovely campus of the learning institution named for Thomas Jefferson. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it's the site of the first institution of higher learning in Mississippi. Tour a restored dormitory, kitchen buildings and the indoor elements - or take a hike on the adjacent nature trail.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. There's 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.
14. 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. The site of the Forks of the Road Slave Auction is commemorated with a historic marker.
15. Known as "The Barber of Natchez," William Johnson began his life as a slave, and once freed, opened a barber shop and began teaching the trade to free black men. Until his death over a land dispute in 1851, he kept a diary that today serves as an important resource in the study of his time and the life of freed blacks. His restored home on State Street in downtown Natchez offers a glimpse into his life.
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. The Grand Village of the Natchez Indians, also known as the Fatherland Site, is the site of a prehistoric indigenous village and earthwork mounds originally constructed by members of the Plaquemine culture and later added to by the Natchez tribe. Today, visitors can explore a museum, a reconstructed Natchez Indian House, and ceremonial mounds.
20. Emerald Mound was built and used by ancestors of the Natchez Indians as a ceremonial center. Hiking to the top will earn you an amazing view.
Windsor Ruins are the remains of what was once the largest antebellum Greek Revival mansion in Mississippi. It was utilized during the Civil War, and sadly destroyed by fire in 1890 from an abandoned lit cigar, but the ruins remain as a Natchez Trace landmark.