6 Things to Do in Laurel & Jones County in 2024!

Welcome to Laurel and Jones County, Mississippi – a hidden gem waiting to be explored in 2024!

Shop Eat and Play in Laurel Mississippi

 

1. Pop in the new Visitor’s Center

To kick off your adventure, stop by the brand-new Laurel-Jones County Visitor’s Center! Nestled in the heart of Laurel, the center serves as a welcoming gateway for tourists, showcasing the rich history and vibrant culture of Laurel and Jones County. The friendly staff at the Visitor’s Center will offer valuable insights, help plan your itinerary, and discover hidden gems within the community. 

2. Roam around Historic Downtown 

Historic Downtown Laurel, MS, is a charming area that preserves the city’s legacy. Downtown exudes a timeless appeal lined with beautifully restored buildings dating back to the early 20th century. Explore a variety of unique shops, cozy cafes, Mural Tours, and cultural attractions, immersing in the Southern charm and character that define Laurel’s historic heart. 

3. Tour Museums and Art galleries

Laurel and Jones County has a diverse cultural scene with several museums and art galleries. The Lauren Rogers Museum of Art is Mississippi’s oldest art museum, featuring an impressive collection spanning various periods and cultures. An art gallery for all tastes, The Caron Gallery South showcases approximately 50 Mississippi artists with numerous styles and mediums. And you must add the Black History Museum & Arts to your list of must-dos – a museum to educate individuals on the history and contributions of African-Americans locally and nationally. 

4. Discover Southern Cuisine 

Although you are busy exploring the town, you must stop and grab a bite to eat! From savory barbecue joints serving up slow-cooked delights to quaint diners offering classic comfort food, Laurel and Jones County’s culinary landscape is a flavorful journey met with Southern hospitality. Whether you indulge in delicious fried chicken from Pearl’s Diner or mouthwatering BBQ at Hog Heaven, you will be treated to an authentic taste of the South!  

5. Visit Home Town Classics

Many of you know about the beloved Ben and Erin Napier, but did you know they own businesses in Laurel? Laurel Mercantile Co. is the only place to find their signature collection, Ben’s homemade reclaimed furniture, and American-made heirloom wares and goods. The Scotsman General Store is sure to take you back in time to find some great vintage finds – and if you stop by on the right day, you might see Ben and his team filming! And last but certainly not least, The Scent Library – where you can find Erin’s dreamy and amazingly smelling candle line.

6. Explore Ellisville 

Stroll along the quaint streets of Ellisville to discover historic architecture, including the iconic Amos Deason Home, Jones County Courthouse, and Jones College. You can even stay at The Edlin House, which was featured on HGTV Home Town!  

Laurel and Jones County, Mississippi, offer a range of attractions and activities for visitors to enjoy. We can’t wait to see you in 2024!

For even more information about what to do, see, and eat in Laurel and Jones County, Mississippi, be sure to check out our blog and follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Pinterest!  

Instagram-Worthy: Where to Snap a Photo in Laurel & Jones County

The saying goes, ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’ and when you visit Laurel & Jones County, that couldn’t be truer. You might come for that perfect shot, but find yourself staying for that familiar feeling we like to call ‘home.’ With its historic charm, small-town feel and the great outdoors, you’ll be sure to snap the perfect photo just about anywhere you turn in Laurel and Jones County, Mississippi, but where are those spots that are completely Instagram-worthy? Here are a few of our favorites.

 

Where to take a photo in Laurel MS

 

As Seen on TV

There’s nothing quite like visiting a spot you’ve seen on the small screen – especially here in Laurel and Jones County! Pair our locals’ hometown pride with the renaissance happening thanks to HGTV’s Home Town, and our beauty is definitely something worth snapping a photo of! If something looks familiar to you, it’s likely what you’ve seen on TV!

For example, you might have come across the iconic blue truck that sits outside of Laurel Mercantile Co. Since its opening in 1901, the building has served many purposes for this small town and now you can catch it as the backdrop for so many photographs as people come to visit Ben & Erin Napier’s store.

If you were searching for something nostalgic, you’ve come to the right place.  Inside you will find the LMCo. original collection, vintage décor, and that perfect take home gift to have memories for a lifetime. Don’t miss the life size Ben & Erin cut outs inside the store!

After you grab a pic and souvenir for friends back home (plus one or two for yourself), you can head over to the Scotsman’s General Store & Woodshop and watch the team hard at work creating one-of-a-kind pieces for locals and visitors alike. If you are lucky you might even see Ben Napier working on his next big thing for Home Town. Now that is a moment you definitely want to catch on camera!

 

Where to Snap a Photo in Laurel MS

 

Murals, Murals, & More Murals

For true Jones County fans, our murals are instantly recognizable, so they definitely couldn’t be left off the photo op list. From Ellisville to Downtown Laurel and beyond, iconic murals abound!

This one is located on Commerce Street and might be one of the town’s most popular to date. The vibrant colors and creative design will surely make your photo pop! A timeless mural backdrop never makes for a bad photo.

Check out these other murals around Jones County:

  • Welcome to Historic Downtown Laurel – Located on Central Avenue
  • Laurel Looks Good on You – Located on North Sixth Avenue
  • Be Kind – Located on North Sixth Avenue
  • Greetings from Laurel – Located on Central Avenue
  • Loyal as a Book – Located at the Laurel Library
  • Everything is Gonna Be Okay – Located in Ellisville
  • I Believe in Laurel – Located in Maker’s Alley
  • The City Beautiful – Located on the corner of Oak and Front Street
  • Welcome to Laurel Mississippi The City Beautiful (purple) – Located

 

Where to Take a Photo in Laurel MS

 

In the Great Outdoors

Looking for something a little more “natural?” Head towards downtown and visit our beautiful Trustmark Art Park. Because who doesn’t love a little greenspace? With green grass all year round, there’s never a bad time for a phot op! It’s the ideal spot for a day with the kids or to just bask in the beautiful sunlight. You’ll have the perfect lighting right at your fingertips.

Ready for something more off-the-beaten-path? Look no further than the Desoto National Forest.  With over 300,000 acres belonging to this beautiful park, the Desoto National Forest is the largest district in Mississippi. With activities such as biking, hiking, and bird watching, there are plenty of ways to keep busy and more than enough opportunities for a photo op.

 

Laurel and Jones County are just getting started and luckily for visitors, the appeal keeps on growing. So next time you’re visiting our neck of the woods, remember to snap a photo and be sure to use #VisitLaurelJonesCounty to share with us!

 

Looking for even more must-see spots in Jones County? Check out these historic landmarks or this bucket list-worthy guide!