Called the "City with Soul," Jackson Mississippi has many musicians prominent in blues, gospel, jazz and more. Kick back, sit back, and have a good time watching a ballet or orchestral performance, delight in an evening in one of the theaters, or visit one of their art galleries. You’ll find out that jazz and blues heritage is not the only sought-after thing in Jackson.
Opened last October 2013, Bree’s Bark Park is run by Community Animal Rescue and Adoption Inc. or CARA. It was named after Bree, a dog adopted by Gigi and Kevin Carter who contributed to the construction of the park. The park has a splash pool and play equipment for your pup. Separate areas for small and large dogs are available, and water stations. There’s a shaded area with log benches, grassy area with concrete walking paths and a commemorative brick paver walkway. To maintain cleanliness, there are poop stations with bags that you can use. Make sure to register your dog on your first visit.
Dog Day Afternoons happens every Sunday in the Mississippi Museum of Arts from noon to 5 pm from May to September. Grab the chance to take your pup for a day in their Art Garden for some fresh air and sunshine. Make sure not to enter building premises with your dog for they are only allowed on-leash in the garden. There’s no shortage of fun, Fido and family friend activities that are fighting for your attention within the City with Soul.
Brees Bark Park is a dog park located in Presidential Hills, and is 1.68 acres of off-leash fun for your pup. The park is divided into two areas for both large and small breeds. The small park offers play equipment, while the large breed area boasts a splash pool to keep your big pup cool on those hot days. There is plenty of shade for both dogs and people and benches for you to relax while your pup has fun. All dogs must be spayed or neutered, up to date on vaccinations, and there is a $33 quarterly charge before you are allowed into the park.
Lefleur’s Bluff State Park is the perfect park to take your pup. There are plenty of trails for you and your dog to explore, as well as the Pearl River. If you want to create a great adventure for your dog, then check out the campgrounds and enjoy some camping time with your pup. After exploring the park, head over to Walker’s Drive-In or Pig and Pints, both which specialize in barbecue dishes and have several craft beers. The best thing is that they welcome your dog out on their patio with you as you enjoy some great food and beer.
Residents of this large neighborhood in the southern area of Jackson have three parks to choose from! When there’s not a game going on, head over to Sykes Park on Sykes Rd and let your pup run off some energy across the three ball fields. There is lighting and some fencing around the fields, but be sure to keep your pup leashed! Across the street is a park that goes by many names, including Woods Park, Leavell Woods Park, and even Meadow Park. While housing four basefield fields, this park also includes picnic areas, a playground, and public restrooms. For a bit of history, go north to Flowers Park. This is yet another park full of baseball fields, but here you are unlikely to meet any crowds. While the fields are in good condition, the park has not been used for games in a long time, so steer clear of the concessions and other buildings, and be sure to bring a snack and some water!
Roosevelt State Park is on the outskirts of Jackson near the edge of the Bienville National Forest, and is a great vacationing spot for you and fido. Your dog must be kept on a 6-foot leash when he is not in your camper, but there are a variety of different outdoor activities that you both can enjoy while at the park. This amazing park offers hiking, scenic overlooks, and forested landscapes, all while enjoying the great outdoors and camping. Check out this great state park for some Instagram worthy photos and some quality time with your furry pal. And don’t worry- there are hot showers nearby for the both of you.