A vibrant community on the mighty Mississippi River, Greenville is a surprising place full of unexpected museums, live music, delicious food, outdoor activities, legal gaming, and plenty of history. It’s the sort of place you never forget once you visit — before you’re even home you’ll be planning another trip back for some Delta Blues.
To get a feel for the area, start with a drive out through the Mississippi Delta to experience the flat land and farm country before contrasting it with a visit to the stunning Greenville Cypress Preserve, with 16 gorgeous acres of trees to explore.
Music lovers can get a taste of the Blues by exploring Greenville’s stops on the Mississippi Blues Trail, including Freedom Village, home of the first Mississippi Delta Blues Festival, among others.
To get more of a feel for the local history, stop by the Greenville History Museum, in the beautifully restored Miller Building, and then hop into the 1927 Flood Museum to learn about the catastrophic flood that changed the Greenville area forever.
Of course, no trip to the south is complete with chowing down on some delicious food — and Greenville is no exception. At Doe’s Eat Place, open since 1941, folks flock to the family-owned restaurant for broiled shrimp, juicy steaks, and hot tamales, which are one of the most popular foods in the area. In fact, you can find all the best tamales, including Doe’s, on the Mississippi Delta Hot Tamale Trail, along with others like Hot Tamale Heaven.
A more upscale restaurant, Downtown Grille serves southern favorites like deviled eggs and stuffed catfish, while local favorite Sherman’s at South Main offers an eclectic combination of steak, pasta, and southern classics like fried catfish, shrimp and grits, and fried dill pickles.
This Mississippi Delta is also home to a handful of casinos where you can bet your bucks for a little fun. Harlow’s Casino Resort and Spa offers slot machines, video poker, and table games, plus a hotel and a handful of restaurants. And at Trop, part of Ceasars, classic card games and plenty of slot machines will draw you in for some Vegas-style fun down south.
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