CITIES & TOWNS
In the Pinebelt, outdoor adventure matters! There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors, including the Pinebelt Blueways, but there’s more adventure around every corner. But there’s more to explore than just a great recreational trail when visiting the Pinebelt Blueways. While you’re here for the Blueways, venture off the water to get way more than you bargained for, including other outdoor recreation opportunities like the Longleaf Trace or golf courses and live music, arts and, of course, delicious, local cuisine.
We know what family time means to our visitors and that who you’re with is as important as what you’re doing! Bounce around at trampoline park or find your wild side at the Hattiesburg Zoo. With two movie theaters and a host of other family-friendly activities, your crew will easily find something to do!
Create your own adventure. While you’re in the area exploring the Pinebelt Blueways, connect with Hattiesburg’s live music scene or impressive variety of local eateries. Taste the selections created in the barrels of a downtown brewery or discover this university town’s art scene, military museums and beautiful outdoors. Ordinary will not do when visiting Mississippi’s Hub City, so sit back and relax a while – you’ve earned it. When loading up your kayak or canoe to paddle the Pinebelt Blueways, a stop in Hattiesburg has a little something to offer everyone.
Jones County used to be one of the best kept secrets in South Mississippi. However, all that has changed with the popularity of HGTV’s hit television series “Home Town.” Now, millions across the country have seen how Laurel’s historic downtown is undergoing a modern renaissance, and thousands have come in person to see first-hand what’s happening in Laurel. As one of The South’s newest destination towns, Laurel offers visitors eclectic shopping and diverse dining options. Whether visiting this hometown for a few hours or a few days, there are plenty of things to see and do.
Located in the historic district is the nationally renowned Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, home to more than 2,000 items in its permanent collection. The rich diversity of LRMA’s collection features European and American art, an extensive assortment of Native American baskets, British Georgian silver, and Japanese woodblock prints. In addition to its permanent collection, LRMA always has one or more temporary exhibits on view throughout the year.
For people looking to discover a little of the pioneer spirit of South Mississippi, Jones County offers a couple of unique places that fit the bill. Located a few miles east of Laurel, Landrum’s Country Homestead and Village is a re-creation of a late 1800s settlement situated on 10 acres filled with pecan trees, streams, and southern foliage. More than 50 authentic structures and displays have found a home at Landrum’s and are just waiting to be discovered by you. While there, remember to enjoy some of Landrum’s delicious homemade ice cream. It sure hits the spot on a warm South Mississippi day.
Laurel used to be one of the best kept secrets in South Mississippi. However, all that has changed with the popularity of HGTV’s hit series “Home Town” hosted by locals Erin & Ben Napier. Now, people from across the country are flocking to see how Laurel’s historic downtown is undergoing a modern renaissance. Downtown Laurel serves as the backdrop for eclectic shopping, dining, parks and art, in addition to many festivals and events held throughout the year. Whether visiting our hometown for a few hours or a few days, there are plenty of things to see and do.