Visit Ridgeland: Inside + Out

For those who have preconceived notions about sleepy little southern towns in America, nestled along the shores of the Barnett Reservoir (locally known as “The Rez”) and just off the Natchez Trace Parkway is the vibrant small city of Ridgeland, Mississippi. Ridgeland is bringing a fresh urban feel to the soul of southern living. Inside + Out!


As home to more than 150 restaurants, exceptional shopping experiences and an abundance of outdoor activities, Ridgeland offers unforgettable experiences for young and old while also taking all steps necessary to ensure health guidelines are followed for the safety of visitors and locals alike.

A traveler’s oasis, a foodie’s dream, a magnet for some of the nation’s top chefs—stars in the culinary constellation—Ridgeland makes every meal a memorable, mouthwatering experience. As a dining destination, the city earns top marks from critics, and as a place where diners find the ambience as irresistible as the food, Ridgeland shines as brightly whether it’s a sunny lunch by the Rez, or a four-star meal under the stars. By design, this is a city that melds an easy-going outdoor lifestyle with modern, up-to-the-moment amenities, mixing the two as smoothly as your favorite cocktail.

What better way to work up an appetite than by engaging in a shopping spree. You’ll discover some of the finest shopping in Mississippi in Ridgeland. The Ridgeland Retail Trail offers a wealth of independently owned boutiques, galleries, recreational and antique shops from one end of the city to the other. There’s also high-end name brand retailers you won’t find anywhere else in the state.

And it’s no secret that Mississippi is known as a hub of arts, culture and creativity … Ridgeland certainly lives up to that reputation. Fine art? Quirky sculpture? One-of-a-kind crafts? We’ve got it. Whether you’re strolling through an arts festival or perusing the works of more than 400 Mississippi artisans and craftsmen at the Bill Waller Craft Center, you’ll find works of art at your fingertips in Ridgeland.

From plein air to fresh air, Ridgeland offers it all. The beautiful Natchez Trace Parkway is a favorite for runners, cyclists and bikers. There’s the 14.76-mile Multi-Use Trail, 10 miles of mountain bike trails and the Magnolia Ridge BMX Track. Water lovers will delight in the 33,000-acre Barnett Reservoir for boating, fishing, sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding and bird watching. Pontoon boats and commercial tour boats are available for fun on the Rez.

Discerning travelers will discover an unexpected melding of nature and style in this city located just outside the state capital. How you to choose to explore – by bike or boat, in shops or on trails, through touch or taste, inside or out – is entirely up to you, we look forward to welcoming you soon!

There’s no better time to visit Ridgeland than in October, especially during the 12th annual Renaissance Euro Fest, a classic European auto and motorcycle show. Make plans to attend this event Saturday, October 10, 2020, at the Renaissance at Colony Park.

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