HattiesburgHattiesburg is a city in Forrest County, in the Gulf Coast region of Mississippi. It is best known for being the home of the University of Southern Mississippi.
Laurel-Hattiesburg Regional AirportServed by American Airlines with connections to Dallas, TX and Meridian, MS.
The closest full service airports are in Gulfport (GPT) about 1 hour 20 mins on US-49, Jackson (JAN) about 1-1/2 hours on US-49, Mobile (MOB) about 2 hours on US-98, and New Orleans (MSY) about 1 hour 45 mins on I-59.
By carHattiesburg is at the midpoint of Interstate 59 that connects New Orleans and Meridian. Other major highways include US Route 49 to Jackson and Gulfport and US Route 98 to Mobile, Alabama.
By trainAmtrak serves Hattiesburg daily with the Crescent between New York City and New Orleans. is at 308 Newman St, located just south-west of downtown.
By busHub City Transit provides four fixed bus routes in the downtown area around the Amtrak station. Buses run every hour between 6:00 AM and 6:30 PM. The fare is 50 cents for adults, 25 cents for senior citizens and children 5 years to high school age. Route 1 travels between the Amtrak station and the hotels near I-59 and Hardy St. This bus stops at the University of Southern Mississippi and many restaurants along Hardy Street.
- Hattiesburg is the home of the University of Southern Mississippi with a vibrant campus that is home to approximately 16,000 students. The university offers doctoral programs and has extensive research programs, as well as offering undergraduate degree programs. William Carey University has approximately 4,000 undergraduate students in a leafy campus just down Highway 49 from USM. Both universities offer sporting events and campus tours upon request.
- Hattiesburg ZooCorner of Hardy St. and 17th Ave. +1 601 545-4576. Small entrance fee. A small zoo that is home to llamas, monkeys, tigers and prairie dogs. A miniature railroad circles the zoo.
de Grummond Children's Literature CollectionUniversity of Southern Mississippi campus. A collection of children's books and original art from over 1000 authors and artists.
Longleaf Trace39 miles of trail from Hattiesburg to Prentiss on a converted railroad bed. It is a multi-purpose trail used by walkers, joggers, bikes, and horses.
- Golf Hattiesburg is home to some of the finest golf courses of the South, and most of them are public. The Hattiesburg Country Club generally has the best facilities for short-term visitors.
address: 550 Walter Lott Rd Seminary, MSKayak or Canoe on Mississippi's only real white water rapids for a half-day, full-day, or overnight trip. The conditions are generally safe for even the most novice boater but ask the operators if concerned. Primitive camping along the river is also available. Canoe $40, Single kayak $30, Double Kayak $50 - all prices per day with pickup and dropoff. Significant group discounts start with 6 boats or more. Drinking on the river is prohibited along most stretches, so ask around before putting in.
phone: +1 601 271-6003address: 6374 US Highway 9898W. Some of the best BBQ and steaks in Hattiesburg. Dining here is an "experience" - the restaurant is in a ramshackle house and the waitstaff serves you in their nightgowns. Moderate prices.
Crescent City Grilladdress: 3810 Hardy StModerate prices. Delicious New Orleans-inspired dishes in an upscale/casual atmosphere. Everything is delicious, from salads and seafood to appetizers and desserts. Award-winning wine list. Executive chef Robert St. John has published cookbooks and offers up cutting edge Southern delights.
Jutamas Thai Restaurantphone: +1 601 584-8583address: 910 Timothy LnM-F lunch/dinner, Sa dinner, closed Sunday. Thai restaurant. Wonderful food. Excellent curries and soups. Try the Khai Jeaw (traditional Thai omelet), the Phad Thai, and the Tom Yum Goong. Moderate prices. Locally owned.
address: 2300 Hardy StreetAnd 122 Sheffield Loop. Large sandwiches, huge stuffed potatoes, salads and tasty desserts, including Kentucky pie. Best iced tea around in a friendly, casual atmosphere.
- Donanelle's 49 South donanelles.com Steaks,Ribs,and Yellow-Fin Tuna.Great Atmosphere.
phone: +1 601-271-2299address: 204 N 40th AveVoted best burger in Mississippi.
phone: +1 601 450-1263address: 128 East Front StreetGreat locally owned pizzeria. Great food in historic downtown Hattiesburg. Try the Spataro pizza.
phone: +1 601-582-7148address: 1315 Hardy StSmall pub with a laid back atmosphere, reasonably priced pub food, and broad beer selection. Both indoor and outdoor seating available.
phone: +1 601-264-0672address: 3801 Hardy StAttached to the Crescent City Grill, this is a local favorite for students from USM and others. The name describes the atmosphere with a little sports bar thrown in for good measure. Patio seating available as well.
Thirsty Hippophone: +1 601-583-9188address: 309 Mcleod StSmall bar downtown with a wide variety of live music and a nice courtyard in the back.