A small suburb of Jackson, Whitfield has the charm and beauty of a rural setting, while offering the opportunity and excitement of being close to a metropolitan area. There are ample opportunities for outdoor recreation at the Ross Barnett Reservoir and LeFleur’s Bluff State Park, both of which are located just minutes away. The metro area offers boating, sailing, fishing, golfing, camping, and hiking opportunities on a year-round basis. The Jackson International Airport is close to MSH and provides convenient access in and out of the city. The Jackson Mass Transit system does not serve the Whitfield area. For this reason, automobile ownership is highly recommended.
As the State Capital, Jackson is host to a wide variety of cultural and social events. Some of our annual festivals include the Mississippi State Fair, Celtic Fest, Greek Fest, Crossroads Film Festival, GospelFest, the Pepsi Pops Music Festival, the International Ballet Competition, the Red Beans and Rice Festival, Mississippi Blues Marathon, and the Dixie National Rodeo and Livestock Show. The area is home to the Russell C. Davis Planetarium, the Museum of Mississippi History, Museum of Natural Science, Mynelle Gardens, the Mississippi Museum of Art, the City Auditorium for the Performing Arts, New Stage Theater and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. There is a metropolitan zoo which hosts numerous family friendly events throughout the year.
The 10,000-seat Mississippi Coliseum sponsors everything from circus and ice shows to rock, country, and R&B concerts. Trustmark Park is in nearby Pearl, Mississippi, and hosts the Mississippi Braves baseball team (a minor league affiliate of the Atlanta Braves). Musical entertainment is abundant, with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, Mississippi Opera, three professional ballet companies, and several smaller venues for live music. The Brandon Amphitheater opened in the Spring of 2018 and hosts a variety of outdoor concerts.
The Metro Jackson area is also home to six universities and colleges, including the University of Mississippi Medical Center, a nationally acclaimed medical center/training hospital. In addition, Jackson is conveniently located just three hours from New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, three and a half hours from Memphis, and only one hour from antebellum homes, civil war historic sites, and casino entertainment in Vicksburg