The Best Ways to Beat the Heat in Laurel and Jones County

Things are heating up here in Laurel and Jones County, so we’re sharing all our favorite ways to keep your summer cool!

From indulging in frozen sweet treats, to strolling through local favorite stores to exploring the indoor attractions you won’t want to miss, there’s no better place to beat the heat.

Signature Shopping

Fill your bags with all the latest finds in Laurel and Jones County. Start your day by browsing neighborhood businesses like the Laurel Mercantile. Here, shoppers can select unique home decor and staple household pieces perfect for any aesthetic. While perusing the carefully crafted goods in the air conditioning, be sure to pick out a soft t-shirt to wear around town!

Next, check out Guild and Gentry–the one stop shop for him! Choose from a wide variety of men’s apparel, handmade goods and even book an appointment with one of their expert barbers to shape up your summer hair style. Leave feeling fresh and clean!

It wouldn’t be a successful trip to Laurel and Jones County without stopping in at Hand + Made. Head over to pick up a craft kit that is perfect for an evening indoors and out of the sun. Perhaps explore their many personalized gift options or book a DIY reservation for you and your friends. Before you go, snag a refreshing lemonade to chill your taste buds and enjoy while you shop!

Treat Your Taste Buds 

Keep beating the heat with a creamy cone from Bennie and Mae’s. Treat yourself to a scoop or two of Blueberry Cheesecake, shake it up with a decadent chocolate malt and share a banana split with your best friends! Besides, nothing cools down a scorcher quite like a sugary scoop covered in terrific toppings from one of our many ice cream parlors in Laurel and Jones County.

For our visitors in search of something to sip, perhaps try Lee’s Coffee and Tea for a refreshing iced coffee or a tall glass of sweet iced tea. As we all know, that Mississippi sun is no joke, so while you’re here, dine on sandwiches and salads to keep your energy up. 

Play All Day

Once you’ve cleaned your plate and had your fill, check out some of our awesome places to learn and play! Step inside the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art for eye catching exhibitions and carefully curated collections of artwork. What’s more? You can even bring your inner artist to life when you participate in activities such as ceramic and watercolor workshops! 

If you’re in search of more learning opportunities, the Veterans Memorial Museum allows each guest to travel back in time and remember the heroes who fought so bravely for our freedom. This kid-friendly activity is an excellent educational experience that all ages can enjoy.

When you’re ready to kick back and relax in the AC, catch a movie at Southwest Movie Theater at Sawmill Square! With flicks the whole family will love and enough popcorn to go around, we can guarantee a movie is always a delightful way to take a break from the sun.

Sometimes, mom and dad deserve a little time to let loose, too! For parents, the Bok Homa Casino is the perfect place to play indoors. Enjoy endless fun and dine at the Red Creek Restaurant located on site. 

No matter how you choose to spend your summer, we’re just thrilled you’ve chosen to spend it with us! For more summer fun, check out all the best ways to play in Laurel and Jones County.