With warm temperatures year-round and luxurious vacation rentals tucked in the woods, Mississippi is the perfect destination for your family. Get away for the weekend to attend the Victorian Festival in Canton or the Double Decker Arts Festival in Oxford. Tour the interactive museums in Jackson or relax on the beach in Gulfport for the weekend. When planning your itinerary, consider these Mississippi cities for your next weekend trip.

1. Canton

A vacation rental in Canton puts you in a central location for visits to the state’s festivals. Opt for a weekend getaway in December to attend the Victorian Festival or in July to see the Mississippi Hot Air Balloon Race. Crafters enjoy the Canton Flea Market Arts and Crafts Show in May and October of each year. Spend your weekend days touring the Multicultural Center and Museum or one of the movie museums where films such as “A Time to Kill” and “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” were filmed. The Country Club of Canton offers 18 holes of golf on the scenic course, while the Rich Grain Distilling Co. provides tours of the facility.

2. Jackson

Make Jackson your vacation destination for the weekend when you’re planning a trip with the kids. Jackson offers plenty of interactive attractions for families, such as the Mississippi Children’s Museum, the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, and the Jackson Zoo. Thrill the outdoor enthusiasts with a hike on the trails of LeFleur’s Bluff State Park or highlight your love for music by taking in a performance by the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. When you need some adult-only activities, take a tour of the Cathead Distillery or sample some local brews at Lucky Town Brewing Co.

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3. Gulfport

When fun in the sun is your main goal for a weekend getaway, then Gulfport delivers. Located on the Gulf of Mexico, this Mississippi city is known for its long beach and Ship Island. Take a dolphin tour on the Gulf with Ship Island Excursions or take a leisurely walk around Jones Park to see the waterfront promenade. The Mississippi Coast Model Railroad Museum is a popular attraction for adults. Children enjoy the interactive science displays at the Lynn Meadows Discover Center, which is equipped with an extensive indoor playground.

4. Biloxi

Warm climates draw tourists to the Biloxi area for fun in the sun and fishing excursions. Reel in mackerel, red snapper fish, and crevalle jack on the Bernard Bayou or Tchoutacabouffa River or venture from your cozy vacation rental to take a kayaking trip with Affordable Boat Adventures. One of Biloxi’s most popular attractions is the Biloxi Shrimping Trip, coming in a close second with parasailing adventures on the coast with Parasail Adventures. Indulge the history buffs in your group with trips to the Walter Anderson Museum of Art or let the kids burn off some energy at the Lynn Meadows Discovery center, complete with miniature golf courses and a family fun center.

5. Natchez

Located on the banks of the Mississippi River, Natchez is a quaint Mississippi city rich with history. Enjoy the warmer temperatures when you explore the gardens and trails of the Natchez National Historical Park during your weekend getaway. Take a drive on the Natchez Trace Parkway, which offers spectacular views of the city. Tour the three ceremonial mounds in the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians, and learn more about the native people of the region. A weekend in Natchez isn’t complete without a tour of the mansions in the area, such as the Longwood and the Melrose Estate.

6. Oxford

Known as the cultural Mecca of the South, Oxford is the ideal location for your next vacation destination. Time your weekend getaway in April to take part in the two-day Double Decker Arts Festival, featuring live music, Southern cuisine, and art displays. Don’t miss out on the attractions, such as the blooming flowers in the Square, the L.Q.C. Lamar House Museum, the Living Blues Magazine Blues Trail Marker, and the Civil Rights Monument.

7. Hattiesburg

Make Hattiesburg your weekend destination, and surround yourself with nature-themed attractions. Spend a day visiting the exotic animals at the Hattiesburg Zoo before relaxing with local brews on the patio of Southern Prohibition Brewing. See the best of Hattiesburg with a hike through Paul B. Johnson State Park, or get wet and wild at Pep’s Point Water Park. A vacation rental in Hattiesburg puts you in close proximity to historical museums, such as the African American Military History Museum and the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum, both featuring military exhibits and activities for families.

8. Corinth

Spend a weekend within Mississippi’s hill region, surrounded by the artistic community of Corinth. Take in a performance by the Corinth Symphony Orchestra on a Friday or Saturday evening, or view the work of local artists when touring the Corinth Artist Guild Gallery. The Corinth Coliseum hosts community theater events, and the Crossroads Museum offers an educational workshop on the railroads and the Civil War. Get a refreshing look at how Coca-Cola is bottled, and sample soda from the old-fashioned soda fountains at Corinth Coca-Cola Bottling Works.

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