Flights to Jackson
Located in the west-central part of the state, Jackson is the capital of Mississippi. The city was named after Andrew Jackson, the seventh American President.
International flights to Jackson are served by the Jackson-Evers International Airport (airport code: JAN). Flights to Jackson from South Africa will be indirect with one or two stops. One stop flights to Jackson from South Africa are offered by Delta Air Lines, who fly via Atlanta. Other airlines such as United Airlines, Air France, British Airways, and American Airlines offer travellers flights to Jackson from South Africa via two connections.
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The Tourist Attractions in Jackson:
Being the capital of Mississippi Jackson features a number of state museums that are interesting to visit, along with some of the city’s historical attractions.
Mississippi Museum of Art
The Mississippi Museum of Art has a collection of paintings, photographs and other artwork from mostly American artists. Collections from prominent Mississippi artists are also featured, including photography of Jackson-native Eudora Welty. The museum is on South Lamar Street, in downtown Jackson.
Jackson Zoological Park
Jackson Zoo has almost 800 animals in its collection, including species native to Africa, Asia and the Americas. Plants and animals from around Mississippi are also included in the zoo’s population in the Wilderness Mississippi exhibit. The Jackson Zoo is the only accredited facility in the entire state. The zoo is open throughout the year, only closing for Christmas Day.
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
The MMNS shows off all aspects of the living world in Mississippi. Displays of forests and swamps can teach visitors about many species of animals native to Mississippi, including deer, snapping turtles and more. Extinct animals are included too. Not all the exhibits are indoors either. There are 2 miles (3km) of outdoor trails through wooded and wetland areas where nature can be seen in the wild.
Regular multi-media sky shows are a fun way to learn about astronomy inside the giant dome. They also have laser light concerts and occasionally show larger-than-life movies. The Planetarium is open 7 days a week, though it is closed on all national holidays.
Old State Capital Building
This historic building was Capital Building between 1839 and 1903. It was abandoned for several years and then used as an office building, until restoration began in 1960. The Museum of Mississippi History used to be situated in this building but that has moved to its own location, one block north of the Old State Capital. Today, it’s more simply a showcase for its own political history.
You can stroll through 7 acres of flower gardens, along pathways and past ponds. Birds and other local wildlife are commonly seen, and it’s a popular spot for photographers. The Gardens are closed most major holidays, and have reduced hours during the winter months.
When Should You Visit?:
The weather in Jackson is typically hot and humid in the summers, with fairly mild winters that sometimes have snow. Thunderstorms are quite common in Jackson, and tornadoes are not uncommon. July and August are the hottest months of summer, reaching temperatures of around 33C (91F). June and September are also very warm, with temperatures also over 30C (86F). November and April are cooler, without being too cold for sightseeing.