Top Things to Do in Mississippi: Casinos and Nature for All

Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

Heading to Mississippi soon and looking for activities that don’t disappoint? put together a list of attractions based on internet searches.

We used Semrush to collect data on which sites in the Magnolia State had the most search volume, then compiled those sites into this list. Here is the top 10:

Top Things To Do In Mississippi

Rank Attractions Search Volume
1 Horseshoe Casino 33.1K
2 Longwood 18.1K
T3 Biloxi Beach 12.1K
T3 Natchez Trace Parkway 12.1K
T5 Vicksburg National Military Park 4.4K
T5 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi 4.4K
T7 Lynn Meadows Discovery Center 2.4K
T7 Beau Rivage Casino 2.4K
9 Beauvoir 1.9K
10 Mississippi Civil Rights Museum 1.6K

Mississippi Casino Atop List Of Sites

According to our research, the Horseshoe Casino is the top place to be in Mississippi.

There is no Mississippi sports betting outside of the state’s riverboat casinos. But customers who are physically at those facilities can place sports wagers there.

The Horseshoe Casino is in Tunica, in the far northwest corner of the state, a stone’s throw from the Arkansas border. It’s also only about 30 miles southwest of Memphis, making it a popular destination for a large metropolitan area. The Horseshoe had a search interest volume of more than 33,000.

According to the Mississippi Gaming Commission, the Horseshoe Casino has 63,000 square feet of gaming space, 920 slot machines, 71 table games and more than 500 hotel rooms. It is one of more than two dozen casinos in the state, mostly riverboat casinos.

Other Top Mississippi Attractions

Coming in second on our list of Mississippi attractions is Longwood, a historic mansion in Natchez, in the southwest portion of the state. According to the Visit Mississippi website, Longwood (which had just over 18,000 searches) is the biggest octagonal house in the nation and is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Like most of the casinos in the state, it’s also close to the Mississippi River, in this case near the Louisiana border.

There is a tie for the third most-searched site in the Magnolia State, between Natchez Trace Parkway and Biloxi Beach, each drawing more than 12,000 queries.

The Parkway’s visitor center is in Tupelo, a town better known as the birthplace of Elvis Presley. But the entire parkway trail stretches more than 400 miles, starting in its namesake Mississippi city and ending in Nashville, Tennessee.

Biloxi Beach is on the Gulf of Mexico, not far from either Louisiana or Alabama. Of course, after you shake the sand out of your shoes, Biloxi is also famed for its casinos; there are nearly a dozen in town with a few others scattered nearby.

As far as nature goes, the state offers plenty of that beyond the Natchez Trace Parkway; check out our list of most eco-friendly states to see where Mississippi ranks.


Jim Tomlin
Jim Tomlin
Contributing Editor

Jim Tomlin has 30-plus years of experience writing and editing stories about sports, gambling and the intersection of those two industries. He has worked at the Tampa Bay Times, FanRag, Saturday Down South and Saturday Tradition and now lends his expertise to, among other sites.