Affectionately known as the "Hub City," Hattiesburg is a city with roots as deep as its oaks and aculture steeped in history. Here, you'll find a story of homegrown memories, vibrant and crafty experiences and a city full of familiar faces and detours. Revel in an afternoon of browsing an upmarket shopping center or unearthing treasures at a local record shop, art gallery or antique store. Split a carrot with a two-toed sloth at the zoo, duck through the battle trenches of military museums, or bike more than 40 miles of reclaimed railroad passing beneath your feet. Bask in the artistry, history, food, and the town.
MEET JACKIE LEE
Jackie Lee is the editor-in-chief for Dime Entertainment Magazine in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, a publication made by millennials, for millennials. Jackie is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and has returned to the Hub City to be involved with the Downtown Association, Main Street Association, real estate, and ultimately, her publication. Dime fancies itself to be the "Southern cure-all for boredom, and a bold answer to the music lover's prayer," covering local artists, restaurants, bars, and fun entertainment options for young Mississippians. To see where Jackie goes to have fun, take a look at her Hattiesburg itinerary below.
The Thirsty Hippo is a music venue with a laidback vibe, featuring a restaurant and bar located in a 1930's downtown warehouse.
Priding itself as the local watering hole for craft beer enthusiasts, this old-style public house delivers on atmosphere with American pub-style food and unique live entertainment.
TOWN SQUARE PARK
Located in historic downtown, Town Square Park hosts many events for family and friends to enjoy. Partake in the semi-annual Live at 5 music event or the Farmer's Market.
EXPLORE OCEAN SPRINGS
With more than 200 independent shops, galleries, restaurants and nightlife, the Ocean Springs community captures the small town charm with its walkability, white sand beaches, and year-round activity.
MEET COREY CHRISTY
Corey Christy is marketing director for the Walter Anderson Museum of Art, musician for the band Blackwater Brass, and full-time thrill-seeker. Growing up in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, Corey remembers it as more of a seafood town. Now, after returning as an adult, sees it as more of a cultural destination. The Walter Anderson Museum of Art pays homage to Walter Inglis Anderson, whose depictions of the plants, animals, and people of the Gulf Coast have placed him among the foremost of American painters of the Twentieth Century. Alongside promoting the arts, Corey's music career has seen success in Ocean Springs' booming downtown area and the Gulf Coast's many music venues. To see where Corey hangs out in his free time, check out his Ocean Springs itinerary below.
GREENHOUSE ON PORTER
Located on the quiet west end of Porter Avenue, the Green House on Porter is more than just a coffee, biscuit, beer and art shop. The Green House on Porter is a place to gather and exchange ideas with old friends and new friends alike.
MURKY WATERS BLUES & BBQ
Serving up fresh, homemade wings and barbecue is just the beginning. Murky Waters plays host to some of the South's most renowned blues musicians.
Paddles Up Paddleboard Rentals and Sales is Mississippi's premier stand up paddleboard outfitter offering expertise and experience in everything stand up paddle. They offer lessons, rentals, classes, guided tours, and retail in stand up paddleboards and accessories.