Visitors to the City of Vicksburg can experience the American South's traditions and legacy in the Port of Vicksburg. The pace is slow, but there are many things to see and do in the Port of Vicksburg. Historic Washington Street offers restaurants and antique shops. This small city offers beautiful architecture and a great environment for long leisurely strolls.
The Port of Vicksburg has a humid subtropical climate with hot humid summers and mild winters. Temperatures range from an average high of 28°C (82°F) in July and August to an average low of about 9°C (48°F) in December and January. Rainfall is heaviest in January and March, when over six inches can fall, and lowest in August when about three inches of rain comes to the Port of Vicksburg. Humidity levels range from a high of almost 95% in August to a low of about 85% from December through March.
The Vicksburg National Military Park in the Port of Vicksburg boasts a remarkable collection of monuments aside a 26-kilometer (16-mile) tour route. The Vicksburg National Military Park memorializes the American Civil War and its critical turning point, the Siege of Vicksburg. It also exhibits the salvaged gunboat USS Cairo. An auto tour of the park takes at about four hours. The park is open from 8am to 5pm from October through March and from 8am until 7pm from April through September. The USS Cairo exhibit and museum is open from 8:30am to 5pm October through March and from 9:30am until 6pm from April through September. The $8 entrance fee for vehicles taking the self-guided tour of the park is valid for seven days.
The Biedenharn Museum of Coca-Cola® Memorabilia is located in the Port of Vicksburg 1890 building where the world-famous soda was first bottled. In addition to memorabilia, the museum exhibits include a reproduction of the bottling works, a 1900 soda fountain, and a restored 1890 candy store. Visitors can get fountain Cokes, dipped ice cream, ice-cream floats at the museum and can select from over one hundred Coca-Cola® items in the museum gift shop. Admission to this Port of Vicksburg museum is $3.50 for adults, $2.50 for children under 12, and children under six get in free. The museum is open every day except Christmas, New Year's, Easter, and Thanksgiving from 9am to 5pm Monday through Saturday and from 1:30 to 4:30pm on Sunday.
The Port of Vicksburg's Old Court House Museum - Eva W. Davis Memorial is the most historic building in the city. Built by slaves in 1858, famous Americans have visited the building including Ulysses S. Grant, Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, William McKinley, John Breckinridge, and Jefferson Davis. Among the many objects housed at the museum are a Confederate flag that was never surrendered; Jefferson Davis' inaugural tie; many wonderful portraits, silver, and china; antiques; antebellum clothing and toys; early pioneer and native artifacts; and a Teddy Bear given by Teddy Roosevelt to a local child. Open from Monday through Saturday from 8:30am to 4:30pm and on Sunday from 1:30 to 4:30pm, admissions are $5 for adults, $4.50 for seniors, and $3.00 for students.
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