Museum of Natural Sciences, Jo’s Diner
One of Jackson’s most fascinating museums is the Mississippi Museum of Natural Sciences. Located in LeFleur’s Bluff State Park, just off Lakeland Drive, the museum houses collections that currently consist of over 880,000 specimens, representing the largest single reference of vertebrate animals and water mussels. sweet from Mississippi.
After seeing magnificent specimens of fossils, including the Zygorhiza, Mosasaurus and a giant sloth, continue your journey into the past by stopping Jo’s dinner at Flowood. At this bustling restaurant on Lakeland Drive, 1950s music, memorabilia, blue specials, and other culinary delights await those who enjoy a trip down memory lane and delicious food.
But first, a little more about one of our state’s best-designed museums, filled with natural wonders that will pique the curiosity of all age groups.
Highlights include 200 living species in a 100,000 gallon aquarium and 73,000 square feet of permanent and temporary exhibits of Mississippi fossils, deer, waterfowl, and endangered species. Must-see features include a spectacular display of blossoming white-tailed deer and waterfowl, a huge greenhouse aptly called The Swamp, a preschool discovery room with a giant treehouse, and accessible biological archives. by scientists around the world.
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The museum hosts rotating exhibits throughout the year that attract museum visitors of all ages. The current exhibition, “Wild weather“, is on display until December 31. This haunting interactive exhibit illustrates severe weather as a powerful and unpredictable force.
For those who wish to combine an outdoor experience with the wonders found indoors, a range of nature trails winding through forested cliffs, riverbeds, lakes and scenic swamps provide ample opportunities for walks in the countryside. nature, photography and study of living things in their natural landscape. .
Fried pickle donuts and more at Jo’s Diner
Lakeland Drive is full of above average restaurants, so it’s hard to pick just one. However, when looking for a hearty meal at a reasonable price, Jo’s Diner, 241 Ridge Way, a local business, can meet both of these requirements. 50s nostalgia aside, this is a fun place filled with upbeat music and a lively atmosphere that will brighten up your day.
Jo’s days start early with an impressive array of breakfast items including donuts, pancakes, chicken and waffles and more variations of Egg Benedict than I expected.
If lunch or dinner is your meal of choice, Jo’s has something for everyone. Believe me when I say, the menu extends far beyond 50s food.
The entrees ($ 8 to $ 14) focus on seafood and vegetables and include crayfish rolls, sweet and spicy shrimp, fried green tomatoes, and fried pickles.
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Generous sandwiches and burgers ($ 10- $ 12.50) include the Philly Cheese Steak, Shrimp Po’boy, Avocado BLT, Bacon Cheeseburger, Pulled Pork and Chicken Sandwich and, in a nod to the 1950s, a cake fondant.
Jo’s offers some surprisingly creative starters for a restaurant with “diner” in its name. Try the Chicken or Salmon Alfredo ($ 9 / $ 13), Seafood Pasta ($ 16), Kidney Beans and Rice ($ 11), Crabcake with Crawfish and Shrimp Alfredo ($ 16) and a 10-ounce rib eye ($ 18) with sides for a satisfying meal.
The specialties on the Blue Plate ($ 10 range) rotate and include delicacies like a burger or country steak with sauce and vegetables, catfish with sides, and pork steak, to name a few. -a.
Fancy a salad? Jo’s has you covered with large bowls of Caesar, Chef, Blackened Chicken, and Chicken Pecan Salads ($ 4 to $ 13).
Kara Kimbrough is a freelance Mississippi food and travel writer. Contact her at [email protected].
If you are going to
- Or: 2148 Riverside Drive, Jackson
- Admission: $ 6; $ 4 for 3-18 year olds; Free for children under 3 years ; 5 $ 60 and more
- Hours: 8 am-5pm Monday to Friday; 9 am-5pm Saturday; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday.
- Call: 601-576-6000
- Or: 241 Ridge Road, Flowood
- Hours: 7 am-5pm Monday to Saturday; 7 am-2pm, Sunday.
- Call: 601-988-9000