With a Son playing Travel Ball and the Money and Time Investment involved we do our very best to try and kill two birds with one stone when it comes to the travel. Game play usually dominates the majority of the time, but we often manage to get a few sights, sounds and eats in along the way. This trip began on a Friday morning. I put this little itinerary together but a lot of it depended on us being able to get on the road by 4:00AM. Kelly in her very own little way let me know that this was most assuredly not gonna happen on her hard earned day off,. LOL. And that was perfectly fine with me. I often try to plan trips out and have a schedule in mind before leaving. But ultimately, Memories are what we’re looking for not Stress! We got on the road around 8:30AM leaving from Birmingham, Alabama. With the pitstops and all of the other steps that go along with a car carrying 3 kids and 2 adults the trip took about 3.5 hours. It was an enjoyable drive. There’s something about riding through the South. Some of the most beautiful land this country has to offer can be found in the South.
We arrived well before check in time, so we made the Mississippi Children’s Museum our first stop. The museum was definitely a highlight of the trip. The mix of games and attractions were on point. From anatomy, to music, to farming to imagination the museum covered it all. It was a perfect way to let the kids unwind after being cooped up in a car for a few hours. I was hooked after the LIFE SIZED Scrabble Board.
Money Saver: Entrance costs for the museum also cover entrance into the LeFleur’s Bluff State Park
After leaving the museum we headed downtown for lunch. We decided to grab Subway and bring it back to LeFleur’s Bluff State Park. This was definitely one of my favorite parts of the trip. It’s amazing the memories that can be made from the simplest of places and things.
There’s nothing like picking the perfect Hotel and that’s exactly what Kelly did! after leaving the park we decided to head for Check-In. From start to finish this was one of our most enjoyable stays. The Embassy Suites Hilton – North Ridgeland is doing it right. I was impressed with the property. I was also impressed by the customer service and the staff. There was a huge youth basketball tournament and an even bigger youth soccer tournament in town and the Hotel staff handled it like a walk in the park. This hotel has it all: Beautiful Lobby, Full Service Bar, Restaurant with Room Service, complementary breakfast, indoor swimming pool and more. We found the location to be perfect for getting around to the different venues for the tournament. We checked in and did the first thing any self-respecting family would do upon check-in. We headed for the pool. Then followed it up with a great dinner in the Lobby Area. The NCAA Basketball tournament made for an awesome atmosphere and a great way to end the 1st night.
Day 2: The thought of an Itinerary was out the window because it was all Ball Play. We even crashed out in the car for an hour nap at one venue. But David got the opportunity to improve and it really was a lot of good Basketball and that was the ultimate goal and reason for this trip.
After a full day of basketball and an empty belly, I was really excited about checking out a BBQ spot that I scoped out. Although we were unable to enjoy the Dine In experience this time, I am definitely glad I stopped by for Take Out. Pig & Pint was definitely a highlight for me. I grabbed a pulled pork sandwich and some wings for good measure and I ended the day in food heaven. You know the relaxation didn’t last long because little Izzy was determined to get back to the pool. As ashamed as I am to say it, I will. I have never been so grateful for a well timed Thunder Storm with plenty of lightning because it made the pool a “no go” and she was quite alright with it.
The next day we woke up and enjoyed a wonderful Breakfast at the hotel. Did a final round of sightseeing and headed back to home base. It wasn’t a long trip but it was a fun trip. The kids got to see something New. We got a chance to relax and enjoy each other’s company a bit and we found a place that we definitely want to visit again.
On The Way Out
Sunday morning we took a ride to the Ross Barnett Reservoir . This is definitely a place I would like to visit again during the Summer months. We also stopped by the beautiful Winner’s Circle Park. This was one of those weekends where you’re wearing shorts on Saturday and by Sunday morning it’s in the 40s. So our outdoor adventures didn’t last very long Sunday morning.
All in All, our quick trip to Mississippi was a blast! I can’t wait to get back! There’s plenty of opportunity for pleasure and there appears to be plenty of opportunity for business as well. Maybe I’ll speak more on the business side in the future.
If you plan on visiting Jackson, there’s plenty more to do that we didn’t experience on this trip. For more Info check out this Blog post by The Crazy Tourist.