Cache in on Hub City Fun
Presented by VisitHATTIESBURG, the Hattiesburg GeoTour (GT4BF) is Mississippi’s first and only official GeoTour tour and one of only a handful within driving distance. Globally, the Hattiesburg GeoTour is one of 106 active GeoTours worldwide. That’s impressive!
A premier city in the Gulf South, Hattiesburg blends culture, art, food and history, to create a modern Southern destination. Known as the birthplace of rock ‘n roll and the site of one of the most significant social movements in U.S. history, Hattiesburg’s roots run deep. Today, the city is an emerging civil rights destination, preserving and telling history through attractions like the 1964 Freedom Summer Trail and East Sixth Street Museum District. A creative community adds flair through nearly 200 locally-owned restaurants, craft breweries, vibrant public art and boutique shops. Other attractions include the Hattiesburg Zoo, Mississippi Armed Forces Museum, the 44-mile Longleaf Trace cycling trail, 52-miles of recreational blueways, and the nationally-acclaimed junk joint The Lucky Rabbit.
- Hattiesburg is home to nearly 200 locally-owned restaurants that will impress any foodie.
- Hattiesburg was named a top 11 art destination in the world by Travel and Leisure magazine, alongside cities such as Paris, Berlin, and New York City (Jan. 2022).
- Hattiesburg is a year-round outdoor destination, and some of our outdoor recreation includes cycling, hiking, golfing, playing disc golf, and kayaking/canoeing.
- Hattiesburg is home to two universities – The University of Southern Mississippi (Golden Eagles) and William Carey University (Crusaders).
- Hattiesburg is known as the Hub City because of its central location between New Orleans, LA; Jackson, MS; and Mobile, AL, and many other major southern US destinations.
- Home to Mississippi’s tiniest museum, the Hattiesburg Pocket Museum, Hattiesburg understands that good things sometimes come in small packages. Geocachers can search out this “secret” alley in downtown Hattiesburg to see its miniature marvels, tiny treasures, 3D art installations, the Pocket Theater, Pocket Gallery, and more.
- The award-winning Hattiesburg Zoo is a can’t miss for geocaching families of all ages! Enjoy viewing and interacting with more than 100 species of animals, such as a family of sloths, a mom-daughter giraffe duo, a massive tiger, hopping wallabies, and more. Visiting during the summer? Bring a swimsuit to enjoy the free splash pad or, in 2023, swim up to the brand new Serengeti Springs water park.
- You can’t visit Hattiesburg without stopping by The Lucky Rabbit, a 15,000 square foot store filled with unique finds, nostalgic treasures, and great photo opportunities with ever changing seasonal displays perfect for locals and visitors alike.
- Hattiesburg is a town rich in history and in culture. When in the Hub City, visit the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby to learn about Mississippi’s contributions to the U.S. military or the African American Military History Museum to learn more about this group’s service.
- Military history is not all Hattiesburg is known for though. The city served as the mecca for freedom schools in the state during the summer of 1964, developing the most schools for African American adults and children to learn basic skills like writing, reading, and math. Learn about Hattiesburg’s role in the Civil Rights Movement by taking the 16-stop 1964 Freedom Summer driving and audio tour.
- Suds in the Bucket List
- S’more Than A Feeling
- No Donuts Here
- Tanks A Lot!
- Never Forget
With 40 hides across Hattiesburg’s attractions, public art, green spaces, and local favorites, geocachers will be able to explore the HBURG in no time! Geocachers, who complete and submit their passport with at least 35 hides, will receive a custom Hattiesburg GeoTour geocoin.
What are you waiting for? Download the Hattiesburg GeoTour passport now to begin your Hub City adventure!
Keywords: GeoTour, Geocaching, Hattiesburg, Things To Do, Outdoor Recreation, Scavenger Hunt, Mississippi, Family Fun