Central Mississippi Tourist Attractions in Jackson and Beyond

Museums, Historic Sites, and So Much More

The vibrant history of Ridgeland and the region are on full display at the many Jackson, Mississippi tourist attractions near our hotel. In addition to the insightful historic sites and museums, the Jackson/Ridgeland area is home to some of the most beautiful and scenic spots in the South. Explore Central Mississippi with a visit to one of these Jackson attractions during your stay at Cabot Lodge North Jackson, a Red Lion Hotel in the heart of The Hospitality State.

Natchez Trace Parkway

Walk in the footsteps of the earliest frontiersman on the Natchez Trace Parkway, a 444-mile long road beginning in Natchez, MS and winding through to Nashville, TN. Once a foot passageway and trade route for Native Americans and frontiersman, the Natchez Trace Parkway is a scenic and well-preserved look back, with several points of interest on the Jackson-area stretch including the historic settlement of Pigeon Roost and the West Florida Boundary in Ridgeland, MS. Take a drive through history when you stay at our hotel just minutes from a Natchez Trace Parkway entry point.

Ross Barnett Reservoir & Recreation

Located along the Natchez Trace Parkway in the heart of Ridgeland, MS, the Barnett Reservoir is a stunning recreational and outdoor adventure attraction known locally as “The Rez.” Visitors to the reservoir’s 33,000 acres can participate in fishing competitions, boat for leisure, partake in watersports on the Pearl River, or picnic and birdwatch for a relaxed activity to take in the sights. Access The Rez and its many recreation options via the Natchez Trace Parkway, minutes from Cabot Lodge – Red Lion Jackson North, for a truly memorable experience.

Mississippi Petrified Forest

Explore the region’s history up close at the Mississippi Petrified Forest. Walk along the picturesque nature trails, watch wildlife in native forest habitats, see the magic of fluorescent minerals in a light display, and find real-life hidden gems at the forest’s Gem Fluming station. The forest is also home to campgrounds and picnic areas, as well as an Earth Science Museum where relics of the past can be seen on display.

Mississippi Museum of Art

Varied exhibitions, a beautiful outdoor garden display, and an impressive permanent collection make the Mississippi Museum of Art a must-see during your stay in Ridgeland, MS. Located in downtown Jackson and just minutes from our hotel, MMA is home to modern and classic collections of art, as well as photography exhibitions and unique installments, making the museum one of Jackson’s most popular tourist attractions.