Ridgeland, Mississippi is a sporty city with an active vibe. You'll find yourself up with the sun and ready to explore the surprising array of outdoor and indoor activities. The city has been named Mississippi's Healthiest Hometown and is recognized as a Bike-Friendly Community by the League of American Cyclists. Locals and visitors alike can be found on the Natchez Trace Parkway, the 14.75-mile Chisa Foka Multi-Use Trail, the 10-mile mountain bike trail and the Magnolia Ridge BMX track. Ridgeland is Mississippi's premier cycling destination for serious athletes and casual peddlers alike. Bike rentals are available.
Water lovers will delight in the 33,000-acre Barnett Reservoir, known locally as The Rez. The lake is a great destination for sailing, boating skiing, kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing, picnicking and bird watching. Boat rentals are available as well as two commercial tour boats to enjoy time on the water.
Ridgeland offers some of the finest shopping in the state. The renowned Bill Waller Craft Center features treasures from over 400 artisans and is conveniently located off the Natchez Trace Parkway making it accessible by bike. A wealth of independently owned boutiques, galleries, spas, recreational and antique shops are located from one end of the city to the other. Stroll the streets of the Old Word-style Renaissance at Colony Park, The Township at Colony Park, Trace Station, Northpark Mall, and Olde Towne Ridgeland/Jackson Street District and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air.
With over 150 restaurants, Ridgeland is bursting with flavor with many eateries offering patio dining making the most of Mississippi's awesome weather. Some of the South's top chefs have set up their kitchens in this little pocket of luxury. World-renowned chefs John Folse and Rick Tramonto craft a truly unique menu and fine dining experience at Seafood R'evolution. Folse and Tramonto's award-winning cuisine pays homage to Mississippi's Gulf Coast seafood heritage as well as that of the rich Mississippi Delta. James Beard Award semi-finalist for Best Chef of the South, Derek Emerson serves up his take on fresh local and regional ingredients at Local 463 Urban Kitchen. One could go on and on about the mouth-watering steaks found at Tico's Steakhouse, Doe's Eat Place, Ely's Kathryn's, MMShapley's, and Koestler Prime. Dine on the shores of The Rez at Cock of the Walk or Pelican Cove Grill, the lively local hangout for music on the covered deck and views of the boats at Main Harbor Marina.
Don't miss award-winning events in Ridgeland like Art, Wine & Wheels Weekend on April 5-6, 2020, which includes the Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival, Sante South Wine Festival, Run Now Wine Later 5K, and Cheers and Gears Bike Ride. There's the Township Jazz Festival on April 11, 2020. And for two weekends of affordable family fun don't miss KidFest! Ridgeland on April 18 & 19 and 25 & 26, 2020. There's the Summer Great American Balloon Glow and Independence Celebration on the Rez. And October brings the popular Renaissance Euro Fest European Auto and Motorcycle Show.
How you choose to explore Ridgeland - by bike or boat, in shops or on trails, through touch or taste, inside or out - well that's entirely up to you. Visit our facebook page or www.visitridgeland.com for upcoming events and announcements.Located on the historic Natchez Trace Parkway in central Mississippi, Ridgeland, Mississippi is where you and your family will experience a small city with a youthful vibe and all kinds of fun things to do...Inside + Out.