15 Best Things to Do in Natchez, MS

15 Best Things to Do in Natchez, MS

Located in Mississippi, Natchez might be considered among the quaint vacation destinations.

The main attraction of this small city is its buildings. The first and last things you will see are tons and tons of marvelous lavish households that dot the city. Yes, all of them, having been built in the Antebellum period, have a tinge of royalty in their structure.

The town is historic and pedestrian-friendly too. So, what are you even waiting for? Come on, let us take a look at the top 15 things to do in Natchez.

Visit the Auburn Museum & Historic Home

Auburn Museum & Historic Home in Natchez
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Being a National Historic Landmark, the Auburn Museum and Historic Home is one of Natchez’s top tourist attractions. Natchez is a place of history.

No matter where you look, you will be greeted with the sight of beautiful buildings and historical stories. Most of the buildings have been built in the antebellum era. So, the designs can be pretty attractive, alluring, and similar.

The two floors of the home are incredibly well planned, with the wings being equidistant. There is also an entrance in front of the house built in the Greek style of architecture. There are still a lot of antique pieces of furniture that decorate the house.

Visit the Stanton Hall

Stanton Hall
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Popularly known as the ‘Belfast House’ of Natchez, Stanton Hall is something that you should not miss out on during your vacation. There are very few houses built in the antebellum-style in the U.S that are as large as this one.

The lavish structure speaks significantly of the good times it has seen. It served as a prestigious all-girls school back in the 1900s. But it was eventually shut down, and now you can see the restored property.

Opt for an inside tour, and see how well the house has been maintained till date. After you are done with the tour, do not forget to grab a bite at the well-renowned Carriage House Restaurant.

Magnolia House is another astounding example of such lavish architecture. We shall talk about that one in a bit.

Learn more about the culture of Natchez at Natchez National Historical Park

Natchez National Historic Park is one of the most incredible places to get to know the city’s culture.

Dive back into the history of the town to get to know it better. Fort Rosalie, the Melrose Estate, and the William Johnson House make for the park’s main constituents.

We recommend spending at least a morning here in the park as there is a lot to learn, see, and enjoy.

The three complexes come from different periods. Fort Rosalie was a French product, the William Johnson house belonged to a barber of the African-American community and the Melrose Estate was owned by a successful lawyer and planter.

Relax at the Natchez Trace Parkway

Natchez Trace Parkway
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Natchez’s ancient route which ran from Natchez to Nashville, also known as "the Old Natchez Trace", is one of the top attractions in the city. The trail goes on for almost 444 miles. The Natchez Trace Parkway grew along this path.

The road was used in the 1800s, and it was one of the most crowded and busy roads of that time. There are many historical spots along and around the road. Do not miss out on the Emerald Mound while you are here.

Check out the Emerald Mound

Emerald Mound
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When you are in the Natchez Trace Parkway, do not miss out on the Emerald Mound. Emerald Mound is one of the top sites in Natchez Trace Parkway.

This is believed to be one of the most ancient places of tourist attraction in Natchez. Some people think that this is not merely a mound and that the earliest settlers of Natchez built it for ceremonial purposes.

Having made its name among the National Historic Landmarks, the Emerald Mound should not be missed at any cost. Some people believe that this mound dates back to as early as 1250 AD, while others believe that it was probably built in the 1600s.

Marvel at the red-brick Longwood house

Longwood house
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Nicknamed "Nutt's Folly", Longwood is another popular building of Natchez. Constructed back in the second half of the 19th century, this house is one of Natchez’s very best. You won't get the chance see such a lavish red brick house like this one very often.

A lot of interior design and decoration could never be completed as the construction of the house collided with the beginning of the Civil War.

There are even some rumors that the house owner still haunts some parts of the house as he still regrets that the house remained unfinished. He pays a visit to the floors that could not be completed due to the war.

Take a peek at Rosalie Mansion

Rosalie Mansion
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Nicknamed "Our Lady on the Bluff," Rosalie Mansion is at a beautiful location. If you want some astounding views of the lovely Mississippi river, we recommend you to pay a visit to this stunning historic mansion.

Not only is the estate dyed in a red hue owing to its red bricks, but it also has eye-catching embellishments.

Built back in the 1800s, the house has seen a lot of history, and it has lived through a lot to tell some of the best stories. Presently, the building houses a museum.

The mansion is registered under the National Register of Historic Places in Natchez. The quaint green grounds around the mansion are great for leisurely walks.

Fulfill some of your cravings at Biscuits & Blues

Biscuits & Blues is one of the prettiest places to satisfy your cravings. New places mean new food. You must check out the best of a place when you are on vacation. The same applies in the case of Natchez. There are a lot of lovely places to try out in Natchez, but we want to introduce you to something cute with an excellent menu.

You can call Biscuits & Blues a diner, but the owners like to call it a tavern.  Some of the best comfort food like fried chicken, waffles, pancakes, and other homemade goodies are served here. You can also sip on a lot of local drinks along with your food.

Sip on some refined liquor at Charboneau Distillery

If you are a ‘Rum’ person- we have got you covered. After having a hearty meal, you might not feel like going back to the hotel at once. If you want a place to walk around for a bit- downtown Natchez is the best option.

You might even want to indulge in some late-night drinking sessions. In such a case, we have a wonderful micro-brewery lined up just for you.

The Charboneau Distillery has been here for a long time. The family who runs it knows how to maintain their quality and serve guests the best they can. One of the best parts about this brewery is that they keep the Mississippi river’s traditions alive in their abode.

Go on a Natchez History Tour

As we mentioned before, Natchez is a city which is very attached and closely associated to its history. If you are a history buff and want to look at how wonderful Natchez’s stories can be, you could always take on a history tour.

The tour usually lasts for an entire day. You get a fantastic group led by an expert, who walks around and tells you all the tales of the city.

Apart from history tours that are offered by many guides, you could also book a cycle tour. This is one of the most popular ways to explore Natchez. Rent a bicycle and cycle to all the main spots of the city. Stop by to have a light brunch, and do not forget to take your coffee with you.

With the Mississippi River around, there are plenty of kayaking options too. You can even sign up for a kayaking trip to enjoy the limitless beauty of the water.

Visit the campus of the Historic Jefferson College

Jefferson College
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Unfortunately, the Historic Jefferson College is not functional anymore. So, you would not get to see any students running around or classes going on.

But, it plays a vital role in the history of the city. This is one of the oldest colleges in the States. The college was founded as early as 1811 and it officially shut its doors in 1964.

But if you are going to visit now, you will still be entertained. The campus now houses a museum as well as a park.

You can still find some of the old buildings that served as different departments or wings in the college. There are also a lot of nature trails where you can go trekking.

Make a trip to Port Gibson

Windsor ruins in Port Gibson
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Port Gibson is one of the most beautiful yet quaint locations close to Natchez. The shopping and the eating scenes here are worth being explored.

You can get your hands on lots of good food and different cuisines in this small city. A lot of luxurious restaurants along with affordable diners are located here.

The city is sparsely populated. The beauty is evident in its beautiful roads and gorgeous architecture. The houses are designed beautifully with a hint of ancient architectural patterns in them.

When you are in town, Windsor Mansion is a must visit or at least what’s left of it and snap some beautiful pictures for your socials. Having its name enlisted in the National Register of Historic Places, Port Gibson is a place that should not be missed.

Spend a morning at Grand Village of Natchez

It is now time to go back in time. Yes! We mean it. It is time to turn back some pages in the history book and look at 1200 AD Natchez!

The Grand Village of Natchez is an exciting tourist and historical spot that takes you back to some of the city’s most remarkable historical tales.

The spot extends across 128.1 acres, offering some of the best attractions. These are the earliest settlements in the city. The indigenous people, who belonged to the Plaquemine culture, lived here till the 18th century. Learn more about the culture and the tribe from the spot itself.

Drink your morning coffee at Steampunk Coffee Roasters

Are you someone who has a habit of drinking some warm coffee first thing every morning? Don’t worry, you are going to find a lot of caffeine addicts like yourself here.

For the purpose, we will recommend a lovely cafe that will truly get in your good books from the very first time you pay a visit.

Steampunk Coffee Roasters uses some of the best freshly brewed black coffee to wake you up from your morning slumber completely. Even if you are a cappuccino or a latte person, do not worry because they are pretty well known for their different varieties.

See the Greek architectural style at Magnolia Hall

Magnolia Hall
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The Magnolia Hall mansion is something that you must see while you are on a vacation in Natchez. This is one of the most beautiful architectural structures that have been revived in the town. Built in an era that had not known the Civil War yet, Magnolia Hall is an exquisite piece of art.

Thomas Henderson, a wealthy businessman, dreamt about this house, and his dreams became reality in 1858. Such a grand villa right in the heart of downtown Natchez is indeed an indication of how wealthy this certain gentleman was.

The interior will give you an idea about his extraordinary and rich taste as well. The building still has some art pieces, antiques, and mannequins that once adorned the entire house. Such beauty is scarce.

This, unfortunately, brings us to the end of our wonderful trip. We hope we made it a good one! We will be back with another beautiful destination. Till then, stay tuned.