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23 Things To Do With Kids in Mississippi

Full of natural beauty, from the Gulf Coast to the Mississippi River Delta, and exciting towns, the Magnolia State is packed full of kid-friendly activities.

Plan your Mississippi itinerary with these 23 varied suggestions:


1. Go fishing and hiking at Trace State Park near Tupelo. Don't miss the picnicking facilities or the kids' playground.

2. Go watersliding at Collins's Grand Paradise Waterpark, open to the public from May to September.

3. Rush to the Columbus Speedway, known as the "Baddest Bullring of the South." The speedway thrills families with street stock, open wheel, and mini stock races.

Mississippi Kids Activities

Biloxi Beach

5. Don't forget to visit Columbus's other speedway, the Magnolia Motor Speedway, home of the Possum Town Grand Prix and the Lucas Oil Series races.

4. Take up a little bit of recreation at Lake Lowndes State Park, located near Columbus. Challenge your kids to a basketball, ping pong, or tennis face-off at the park's visitors center.

5. Hit up the beach and plan for a picnic at Shepard State Park, a short drive away from Biloxi.

6. Experience the wealth of outdoor activities at Hugh White State Park and Grenada Lake, located just north of Greenwood.

7. Enjoy a day full of snorkeling and swimming at the Gulf Islands National Seashore and its emerald waters off the coast of Biloxi.

8. If you're headed to Gulfport, explore hands-on learning exhibits and experiences for kids at the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center.

Mississippi Kids Activities

Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

9. Choose from 40 different picnic sites, a nature trail, football fields, softball fields, and more at Wall Doxey State Park near Ripley.

10. Join the CelticFest Mississippi in Jackson and let the kids explore the delicious food and children's area.

11. Stop by Jackson and visit the five exhibits and galleries of the Mississippi Children's Museum.

12. Visit the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science and its vast collection of 870,000 specimens, located near Flowood.

13. Treat your kids to exhibitions featuring their favorite sports heroes at Jackson's Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.

14. Stop by J.P. Coleman State Park on the Tennessee River near Ripley. Enjoy river swimming, miniature golf, picnics, and a dip into the local swimming pool.

15. Go go-kart racing at Causeyville Raceway located near Meridian.

16. See the Mississippi State University Bulldogs athletic teams in action, located near Columbus.

Mississippi Kids Activities

Causeyville Raceway

17. Get a glimpse of alligators, migratory birds, old growth swamps, and more with a river tour of the Pascagoula River in Moss Point.

18. Play a round of disc golf at George P. Cossar State Park, found a short drive north of Greenwood.

19. Bring the kids to see the birthplace of the legendary Elvis Presley in Tupelo.

20. Explore the special Kid's Garage exhibition of the Tupelo Automobile Museum.

21. Witness parades, carnivals, live music, and delicious food at the Tupelo Elvis Festival in the early summer.

22. Catch an Ole Miss Rebels football game at the University of Mississippi near Tupelo.

23. Home of Buccaneer Bay Waterpark, Buccaneer State Park near Gulfport also greets families with walking trails, disc golf, and a kids' playground.

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Best Western Hotels Along the Way:

1

Best Western Oak Manor

886 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi MS 39530-4136
Phone: +1 228-435-4331  |  Fax: (228) 374-7631  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

2

Best Western Plus Cypress Creek

7921 Lamar Poole Road, Biloxi MS 39532-8724
Phone: +1 228-875-7111  |  Fax: (228) 875-7186  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

3

Best Western Executive Suites

303 Shoney Drive, Columbus MS 39705-1763
Phone: +1 662-329-2255  |  Fax: (662) 327-9952  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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Best Western Plus Flowood Inn & Suites

1004 Top Street, Flowood MS 39232-9579
Phone: +1 601-420-4944  |  Fax: (601) 420-4943  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

5

Best Western Seaway Inn

9475 Highway 49, Gulfport MS 39503-4227
Phone: +1 228-864-0050  |  Fax: (228) 864-0739  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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Best Western Plus Jackson Downtown-Coliseum

725 Larson Street, Jackson MS 39202-3437
Phone: +1 601-969-6555  |  Fax: (601) 353-7468  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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Best Western Flagship Inn

4830 Amoco Drive, Moss Point MS 39563-9572
Phone: +1 228-475-5000  |  Fax: (228) 475-0601  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

8

Best Western Plus Tupelo Inn & Suites

3158 N Gloster Street, Tupelo MS 38804
Phone: +1 662-847-0300  |  Fax: (662) 847-0301  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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