Hattiesburg, Mississippi also known as the Hub City, located in Southern Mississippi — an hour from the coast and just a few hours from the jazzy city of New Orleans. There are loads of fun and unique opportunities for every age group to engage in.
T-Bones Records & Café
There is no other coffee shop like T-Bones. It is a multifaceted shop that functions as a café while the other half of the building sells vinyl records and books. The atmosphere is perfect for catching up with an old friend, trying to focus on an assignment or simply relaxing. Recently, they added on an outside patio as well. On Sundays, T-Bones has a Jazz Brunch, serving crawfish etouffee, blueberry breakfast cake, and a biscuit and gravy casserole. Sit down with your delicious, homemade food and listen to a local jazz band.
Southern Canvas is creative fun for everyone. This painting company gives the opportunity for all age groups to bring out their creative side. Babies, young children, teenagers, children and their parent, or the entire family can join in on creating a masterpiece that will be a keepsake in your home forever. There are also adult classes that allow you to get your group of friends together or bring your significant other to eat and drink all while creating a painting. Southern Canvas also offers specialty classes for children with special needs creating an environment with soft lighting and calming music.
The Hattiesburg Zoo is home to approximately 100 different species of animals that come from across the globe. This 12-acre zoo has activities such as an African petting zoo, a splash pad, gift shop, picnic area, and a ropes course. A unique addition to the Hattiesburg Zoo is their sloth experience where you’re able to interact with a sloth all while learning interesting information about it.
Keg and Barrel
This place is a local hit! Built in the late 1800’s, this century home is now a brewpub, Keg and Barrel. It still contains the original woodwork with a wrap-around porch and a newly renovated back patio area with string lights and games to play with family and friends. Keg and Barrel won “Best of the Pine Belt” six years in a row, and it was also ranked “One of the Greatest American Beer Bars in 2016”. A few of the menu favorites are their fish and chips, BLT served with a southern twist adding a fried green tomato, and in-house smoked turkey sandwich with their homemade blueberry mayo. The Keg and Barrel also wouldn’t be a true Southern restaurant without amazing chicken and waffles. Their idea behind the restaurant was to “combine a unique pub flair with traditional southern foods.”
Located Downtown Hattiesburg this flea market is the perfect weekend excursion. The Lucky Rabbit is open the first Thursday through Sunday of every month. Shopkeepers have their own booths and each is filled with collectibles and antiques of furniture, signs, jewelry, books, games, homemade soap, cards, and much more! There is something here for everyone. After shopping, walk out front for food vendors, drinks, and snow cones.
If you are looking to get outdoors and go for a run, bike, horseback ride, rollerblade, or walk your dog Long Leaf Trace is the perfect trail to do it. This 41-mile long trail begins in Hattiesburg and runs to Prentiss. For 1.3 Miles, Longleaf Trace runs along Jeff Davis Lake. The trail leads to a day full of adventures.