Jackson, Mississippi is a fantastic city with many fun activities for children to do, but the question is, can you enjoy the city on a tight budget? With the sun out, you can enjoy all kinds of free outdoor adventures that are family-friendly. Here is a guide outlining some of the fun things you and your kids can do in Jackson for free during the summer.

One great place you can take your children in the summer for free is the Old Capitol Museum located at 100 South State Street (601-576-6920). There you and your family can learn about the history of Mississippi through interesting displays and memorabilia. Explore topics such as the Civil War, the Cotton Culture and the Civil Rights Movement. The building itself, the Old Capitol, is a beautiful example of nineteenth century Greek Revival and is the oldest building in Jackson. Visiting this museum will make for a fun and educational day for your children and they will be sure to have a great time!

Another free museum in Jackson is the Manship House Museum, the estate of Charles Henry Manship, who was a painter and architect who worked on various projects such as the Old Capitol. The house is a great example of Gothic-Revival architecture, and the home boasts many of Manship’s paintings and craftwork. It will be interesting to your children to see a Mississippi home from the nineteenth century. Some of the furniture are original pieces from the Manship house, while others were chosen to represent the the style and time. This museum is located at 823 North Jefferson Street and for more information you can call 601-353-9339.

To get outside and enjoy nature, you can take your family to LeFleur’s Bluff State Park (2140 Riverdale Drive, 601-987-3932). Here, you can enjoy the beautiful trails where you can observe nature. Plan to bring along a packed lunch to enjoy a relaxing picnic at one of the picnic tables. In the hot summer months, your kids will especially like swimming in the pool to cool off and for younger children there are playgrounds available as well. There is also a nice lake where you can enjoy fishing and campgrounds set up for overnight adventures. With all of these fun things to do, LeFleur’s Bluff State Park is a great place to get outside and enjoy the fresh air with your family.

As you can see, there are plenty of things to do in Jackson, Mississippi in the summertime for free. Have a nice summer!