My Surprisingly Amazing Time In Jackson Mississippi! Plus Size Travel Guide to Jackson!

By Jeff Jenkins

Y'all have you been following my IG Post and Stories?

If you did then you would have found out that I really enjoyed myself in Jackson, Mississippi! To be honest I did not know what to expect before going, but when Visit Jackson asked if I wanted to come - I jumped at the opportunity. If you like museums and incredible food, then this is the place for you!

I have to note that Jackson has had a tattered past and they are working really hard to improve the image of their city. I also want to give a shoutout to Paul Wolf from Visit Jackson. Paul greeted us and served as our point of contact. He definitely gave us the 411 on the history of Jackson and casted a vision of what is to come. Paul was an awesome host and we can't thank him enough! I also want to note that Jackson has gone above and beyond to follow the CDC Guidelines and ensure visitor safety! Also check out Visit Jackson Safer Travel Page

So let's jump into the quick Plus Size Guide to Jackson and why this city should be on your radar! (If you're already sold, be sure to check out my 4 day itinerary below.)

There is a ton of easy walking!

Checking out all the museums, murals, and monuments requires a lot of walking. A Plus Size Pro: These excursions did not have a lot of steep hills and rough roads; making walking easy and enjoyable! However, a Plus Size Con: I wish there were electric scooters as an alternative to cars for destinations that were a little further than I was comfortable walking to.

Lots of Armless Chairs!

As a plus size person chairs with arms can be a challenge and uncomfortable. It was to my surprise that a lot of restaurants in Jackson actually had armless chairs! I don't think it was on purpose, but there were so many restaurants that had size inclusive seating (benches, armless chairs, stools) and I couldn't be more happy! I definitely think that cities and other restaurants could learn something from the restaurants in Jackson.

It's a Drivable City

I love going places where parking and driving conditions are great! Jackson was definitely one of those cities. If you don't want to walk you can totally rent a car or ride share (Uber/ Lyft) around! We did the latter. We spent about $200 on ride shares for the 4 days; it came out to just a little bit more than renting a car, but it's all good. One thing I loved about the ride shares is that our drivers were incredible and local residents. They gave us the scoop on Jackson and I don't know if I would have gotten that amazing experience anywhere else.

So Many Friendly People

Ok this really doesn't have much to do with being a plus size traveler, but my cameraperson and I could not stop talking about how friendly the people of Jackson were! They were very hospitable and kind. I would not feel right writing this blog without mentioning this!

Some of the best food on the Planet

This is not an exaggeration. The food was incredible! From barbecue to American style cuisine to seafood - Jackson had my palate doing a happy dance. Seriously! The food had a southern take (because we’re in Mississippi of course) and it was screaming comfort food galore.

I just want to thank all the wonderful people that I have met in Jackson. It was a great experience! And I truly hope that you keep Jackson in mind on your next road trip or weekend get away.

Sooo...what did we do for four days? Make sure you click on the places to see their IG!

Day 1

  1. The Pig & Pint - 3139 N State St, Jackson, MS 39216 - Fondren @thepigandpint 

  2. Mississippi State Capital  

  3. Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum – 1152 Lakeland Dr #4701, Jackson, MS 39216 @mssportsmuseum 

  4. Dinner Johnny T’s Bistro & Blues - 538 N Farish St, Jackson, MS 39202 @johnnytsbistroandblues 

Day 2

  1. Breakfast Elvie’s – 809 Manship St. - Belhaven @elviesrestaurant 

  2. Mississippi Museum of Art - 380 S Lamar St, Jackson, MS 39201 @msmsuemart 

  3. Lunch at The Iron Horse Grill 320 W Pearl St, Jackson, MS 39203 @tihgrill 

  4. Mississippi Civil Rights Museum & Museum of Mississippi History 222 North St, Jackson, MS 39201 @mscivilrightsmuseum @museumofmshistory 

  5. Dinner Rooster’s - 2906 N State St #104, Jackson, MS 39216 - Fondren @glennfoods 

  6. Hear some amazing Live Music at the Iron Horse Grill 320 W Pearl St, Jackson, MS 39203 - @tihgirll 

Day 3

  1. Breakfast Brent’s Drugs - 655 Duling Ave, Jackson, MS 39216 - Fondren  @brentsdrugs 

  2. Visit Jackson Zoo - 11:30am (open 11a until 4p)  2918 W Capitol St, Jackson, MS 39209 @jacksonzoo 

  3. Lunch at Saltine Restaurant - 2pm  622 Duling Ave, Jackson, MS 39216  @saltinerestaurant 

  4. Check out some amazing Public Art/ Murals  Self-guided – follow 

  5. Dinner Fine & Dandy 100 District Blvd E, Jackson, MS 39211   @eatdandy 

Day 4

  1. Breakfast Sugar’s Place – 9am 168 E Griffith St, Jackson, MS 39201 - downtown @sugarsplacems 

  2. Activity International Museum of Muslim Cultures – 10am  101 East Capitol Street - downtown  @immc_ms 

  3. Lunch at Barrelhouse Fondren @Barrelhousems

  4. Activity Mississippi Museum of Natural Science –  2148 Riverside Dr, Jackson, MS 39202 – LeFleur East @mssciencemuseum 

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