Our visit to Vicksburg Mississippi was a very educational experience. Not only did we have a great time visiting the historic Civil War battle site, we also stopped in the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. The nearby playground and mural wall were very cool too.
The Mississippi River is more than just a huge waterway.
Not only is the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium a great hands on place to take kids, it is also completely free! For a budget minded family that loves to learn it is a wonderful place to go. The volunteer that greeted us was friendly and knowledgeable, which made for a pleasant experience.
Starting with the short, but educational video, then working our way through the displays really increased our knowledge of the Mississippi River. It’s role in trading and commerce has played a huge part in this country from even before it was colonized. This river is still being used today, much more than I had realized.
Probably the coolest thing at this museum though, would have to be that out back there is an old riverboat to tour. It is completely self guided and you get to see the entire boat. This boat was built in the sixties and used up until the nineties as a sort of floating office space. One of our favorite parts was the kitchen where we got to see how the food was prepared and what they would eat while on the boat.
Enjoy the Mississippi River through art and play.
After exploring the museum take a short walk to check out the nearby mural wall. It has many different murals, each depicting a piece of Vicksburg’s history. It was definitely a cool thing see after we had been to the battle site and the museum because we knew what many of the murals were about. The painting of the Ironclad’s was especially of interest after having walked on the USS Cairo, the only remaining ship of it’s kind.
Across the street from the mural wall is a playground. It is a neat little playground because they have a boat related theme to it all. The kids had fun playing captain and the fact that you can see the river from the playground made it much better for their imaginations. A bonus for the parents was benches (also with river views) and the free WiFi.
Vicksburg is a small town with a big history. It was a great place to visit with kids. The historic site, the free National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, and outdoor area right on the river made it a very nice experience. Another cool place that we did not have time to check out is the place where they first started bottling Coca Cola. It is located right near the playground on their main street.