10 Things To Do In Mississippi For Families This Summer
Have you started planning for the summer?
Thinking of things to do with the kids while they are home from school? Need options to get outside? Places to go with AC? We’ve got you covered!
Fret not- you don’t have be a super creative Pinterest Parent to keep the kids entertained. There are PLENTY of things to do right here in Mississippi! We are going to give you our top 10 picks and links to each for more info. Read on for more!
107 S 17th Avenue Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Who DOESN’T love the zoo? Our favorite? The Sloth Experience!! You can help prepare the sloth’s food, feed them, and hang out with one up close and personal! How cool is that? The Hattiesburg Zoo is a great place for a day trip when the kids are out of school. There are lots of other awesome things to do in Hattiesburg as well!
Mississippi Coast Model Railroad Museum:
504 Pass Road Gulfport, MS 39507
Have a kid that loves Legos? Jurassic Park? Trains? You can have fun with all three at this Museum! The Museum is the home of the largest LEGO(R) railroad display in Mississippi, multiple scale model train layouts, elevated and ground level G scale trains, interactive layouts for kids to operate and enjoy, outdoor garden displays, and multiple riding trains! There are also many fun, themed outdoor railroad displays to enjoy like Jurassic Park and Futurama! Lots of other awesome things to do in Gulfport- make a weekend trip out of it!
Mississippi Petrified Forest:
124 Forest Park Road Flora, MS 39071
Do your kids like fossils? Dinosaurs? The Petrified Forest is definitely the place to go! This forest was designated a national landmark in 1965, but it dates back 36 MILLION YEARS! How cool is that? There is lots of shade in the forest as well, making it a good place to check out to get outside on a hot Mississippi Summer Day!
Mississippi Children’s Museum:
2145 Museum Boulevard Jackson, MS 39202
Have littles that are a tad too small to appreciate the adult museums? Want to get out of the Mississippi Heat and spend some time in the Air Conditioning? The Mississippi Children’s Museum is your place! From their website: “Opened in December 2010, this 40,000 square foot museum houses five galleries of educational, interactive exhibits and enriching weekly programs that focus on literacy; health and nutrition; the cultural arts; science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM); and Mississippi heritage. In 2014, MCM opened a sixth, outdoor, 13,000 square foot gallery, the Literacy Garden, which combines experiential artworks with unique landscape architecture that encourages early language and reading skills development.”
The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies, Ocean Marine Park:
10801 Dolphin Lane Gulfport, MS 39503
Love Dolphins? What about other marine life? Are your kids curious about what wildlife lives in the Ocean? Get up close and personal with some beautiful mammals of the sea as well as birds and reptiles at the Ocean Marine Park.
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science:
2148 Riverside Drive Jackson, MS 39202
The largest museum in the State of Mississippi is right here in Jackson! The museum is in LeFleur’s Bluff State Park and features aquariums, habitat exhibits, and nature trails specializing in the flora and fauna of Mississippi. The museum also houses the state's systematic collections, containing more than a million specimens of fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, mammals, invertebrates, plants, and fossils. What an awesome educational day for the kids and adults alike!
Elvis Presley Birthplace:
306 Elvis Presley Drive Tupelo, MS 38801
Are you or your kids Elvis Fans? Are you a fan of Home Birth? Well guess who was born at home right here in Mississippi? Elvis Presley was! Check out the home Elvis was born in, The Fountain of Life, and Elvis’ Childhood Church. Tupelo is an awesome town to explore!
Ship Island in Biloxi:
1040 23rd Avenue Gulfport, MS 39501
Ship Island is a Protected National Park on the Mississippi Coast. Once you take the ferry (about an hour trip- check out the dolphins on the way!) to the Island, you can spend the day on the beach enjoying the water and the waves! Whether your family likes Fishing, Snorkeling, Sunbathing, or you would just like to have a nice beach picnic- Ship Island is a fun excursion for the whole crew!
Lynn Meadows Discovery Center:
246 Dolan Avenue Gulfport, MS 39507
From The Discovery Center: “Located in a 1915 schoolhouse, under the large live oaks, just blocks from the beach in Gulfport, MS, Lynn Meadows Discovery Center is a special place for children and their grown-ups. Inside, 15,000 square feet of hands-on exhibits encourage fun, learning and creativity. Discover different cultures at Celebrate the World We Share, board the train at Dolan Avenue Depot, and create a mini masterpiece at our art studio, Art Knows Anything Goes. Outside, oak-covered acres provide more space to let the imagination run wild. Play house in the trees, tap a tune in the outdoor musical garden, and explore the tiny town of Kids Street. Lynn Meadows Discovery Center is honored to be a recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Services, which recognizes exceptional contributions to the community.”
Mississippi Braves Baseball at Trustmark Park:
1 Braves Boulevard Pearl, MS 39208 https://www.milb.com/mississippi
Trustmark Park is the home of the Mississippi Braves, Class AA affiliate of the Atlanta Braves and is located in Pearl, Mississippi. If your family likes sports, check out a minor league baseball game here! Minor League Games can be an absolute blast- cheaper than Major League, but just as fun! Lots of snacks and tickets are usually available even last minute. Great place to take the kids in Central Mississippi.