Our travels have taken us to many amazing places and we have seen some interesting things along the way. Mississippi was no exception. LaFleur’s Bluff State Park was a very convenient place to stay while visiting the Jackson area.
Natural state of Mississippi.
The park’s location is close to everything yet has nature all around. A spot right on the water provided some wonderful views of wildlife. A near by nature trail through the park is an easy mile long hike to the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. If you are paying attention you might experience some natural science along the way. Alligators, herons, and some interesting insects are just a few of the things we observed on the trail.
If you visit this museum I am sure you will enjoy the dinosaur exhibit. There is a rare dinosaur bone on display, which was found in the state. It has a very interesting story to go along with it. The kids will enjoy the dinosaur simulator, where you experience life as a dinosaur. There was so much to learn about the Eco-systems of Mississippi and you will leave with a much better understanding of this state.
Learning new things is a big part of our adventure through America, but along the way we also get to see some some really cool stuff. In the museum we saw and learned about many of the invasive species that have been introduced in Mississippi. Of course, not all of the strange things are out of place there. One of the craziest things we saw there (and maybe anywhere so far) was the two headed snake! It was found on a farm in the state and later donated to the museum when it survived past a few weeks.
A capitol at Christmas.
Touring state capitols is a free way to learn about the history of a state. The parking isn’t always free, but in Jackson it was! It was during the Christmas season that we were visiting and the building was decorated beautifully for the holiday. We enjoyed our tour and learning many interesting facts about the building and the state. We even got a chance to meet Greg Haney, a member of the House of Representatives. He was so nice and took the time to speak with us abut our adventure and the wonderful state of Mississippi.
One of the best parts of this adventure has been the great people we get to meet along the way. Our tour guide was awesome and very informative. Greg Haney was the first House of Representatives member we have met and took the time to answer all the kids questions. It was a great experience and one we won’t soon forget.
This state capitol building in Jackson has some beautiful architecture.
We got to take a ride in an old Pullman elevator complete with it’s own operator. There was stained glass throughout the building. The dome had a small cupola that was stained glass and therefore is something you just have to see for yourself. Both the House and the Senate also had smaller stained glass domes. There were marble columns that were amazing throughout the entire building as well. After touring 35 of these we still enjoy them.
Every state we visit has a new experience for us. If you keep an open mind and a positive attitude, then anywhere you go will be a great experience. Take the time to meet new people and do new things. I hope that you get to visit the great state of Mississippi or maybe you already have. Leave us a comment about somewhere awesome you have been.