National Parks / Natural World in Mississippi with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, The Magnolia State has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in Mississippi offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

The state of Mississippi itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • Natchez Trace Parkway

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    Tupelo

    The 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway commemorates an ancient trail that connected southern portions of the Mississippi River, through Alabama, to salt licks in today's central Tennessee. Today, ...

  • Mississippi Petrified Forest

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    Flora

    Journey back 36 million years into the fascinating Mississippi Petrified Forest, including an Earth Science Museum.

  • Dunns Falls

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    Enterprise

    Nestled in the pristine hills along the Chunky River, in South Lauderdale County Mississippi lies Dunn's Fall's Water park. Here, along a shallow stretch of the Chunky River, the bluffs of the ...

  • Buccaneer State Park

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    Waveland

    On the beach of the Gulf of Mexico about 50 miles from New Orleans, Buccaneer State Park is a great vacation with real coastal beauty and lots of fun things to do.

  • Clarkco State Park

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    Quitman

    A favorite recreation spot of the Mississippi locals since 1938, this state park gives families 815 amazing acres of rolling woodlands for their family day out!

  • Great River Road State Park

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    Rosedale

    Situated inside the Mississippi River levee and bordered by the majestic Mississippi river on its western edge, Great River Road State Park offers magnificent views of the \"Fathers of Waters\" from ...

  • Holmes County State Park

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    Durant

    Spend the day among the beautiful hardwood forests of Holmes County State Park, with an abundance of wildlife, and a host of fun outdoor activities!

  • Hugh White State Park

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    Grenada

    Located on scenic Grenada Lake, Hugh White State Park offers the finest outdoor recreation amenities available, all nestled in a setting unmatched in natural beauty. One of the many fun family places ...

  • John W Kyle State Park

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    Sardis

    John W. Kyle State Park offers a wide array of recreational opportunities in an area abundant in natural beauty. The historic campus of the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) is just 25 miles away, ...

  • Lake Lincoln State Park

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    Wesson

    Nestled in the shade of towering hardwood trees, Lake Lincoln State Park is the quintessence of serenity. Located in the northeast corner of Lincoln County, the park\'s close proximity to Interstate ...

  • Lake Lowndes State Park

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    Columbus

    Lake Lowndes offers complete recreational facilities for families. Located on beautiful 150 acre Lake Lowndes, the park offers unlimited opportunities for picnicking, fishing and camping, as well as ...

  • Legion State Park

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    Louisville

    Hidden in the red hills country of Mississippi, Legion State Park strikes the perfect balance of natural beauty and modern comfort with all man-made structures in the park designed to complement the ...

  • Leroy Percy State Park

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    Hollandale

    The oldest of Mississippi\'s state parks, Leroy Percy is characterized by artesian springs, cypress trees and ancient oaks dripping with Spanish moss. Leroy Percy is the only state park featuring a ...

  • Roosevelt State Park

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    Morton

    A beautiful state park where the family can spend the day with an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities in a picturesque setting, with camping, fun annual events, and hiking.

  • Paul B Johnson State Park

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    Hattiesburg

    Located in the heart of Mississippi\'s pine belt region, Paul B. Johnson is the gateway to a natural wonderland marked by majestic long-leaf and loblolly pines, delicate dogwoods and ancient oaks. ...

  • Shepard State Park

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    Gautier

    Shepard State Park is nestled in the heart of Singing River (Pascagoula River) country and has 395 acres abounding with trees and wild flowers, bike and nature trails, 28 developed campsites, 1 ...

  • Tishomingo State Park

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    Tishomingo

    Today\'s visitors to Tishomingo State Park discover the same timeless natural beauty that enchanted the Indians centuries ago. Tishomingo offers a unique landscape of massive rock formations and ...

  • Trace State Park

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    Belden

    Trace State Park offers a quiet, natural retreat located just minutes from the excitement of Tupelo, one of Mississippi\'s fastest growing cities. Trace State Park offers a variety of outdoor ...

  • Wall Doxey State Park

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    Holly Springs

    Offers cabins, camping, picnicking, hiking, fishing, disc golf, playgrounds, picnic facilities, a spring-fed lake with fishing and 2 fishing piers and lots of nature.

  • Percy Quin State Park

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    Mccomb

    Percy Quin is today a delightful blend of the old and new. Located just two and a half hours from New Orleans. The 1700 acre Percy Quin State Park, which includes a 700 acre lake and a championship ...

  • George P Cossa State Park

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    Oakland

    This park offers 83 campsites. Yocona Ridge offers 35 waterfront sites, a laundry room, a playground, and a bathhouse. Jones Creek campground offers 48 naturalized wooded camping areas, restrooms, ...

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  • Mississippi Museum of Art

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    Jackson

    The Museum's new location allows it, for the first time ever, to display some of the more than 4,000 works of art from its permanent collection.

  • Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

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    Jackson

    Mississippi is home to a uniqueand uniquely variednatural heritage. The remarkable Mississippi Museum of Natural Science assembles that heritage and places it on display for the education and ...

  • Museum of the Mississippi Delta

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    West Greenwood

    Formerly "Cottonlandia", this fascinating museum immerses the family in artifacts from Native Americans, regional military history and art.

  • Center for Marine Education

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    Gulfport

    isitors of all ages will be engaged in a fun, hands-on learning experience that will help them understand and appreciate the species that make our Gulf Coast waters unique.

  • Lynn Meadows Discovery Center

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    Gulfport

    The Lynn Meadows Discovery Center expands a child's world by encouraging shared learning experiences to enrich the minds and hearts of children and adults through interactive and entertaining ...

  • Maritime And Seafood Industries Museum

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    Bilox

    The Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum was established in 1986 to preserve and interpret the maritime history and heritage of Biloxi and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

  • Delta Blues Museum

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    Clarksdale

    Feel that soul and beat at the Delta Blues Museum, where families and kids can explore the history and heritage of the unique American musical art form of the blues.

  • Tunica County Museum

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    Tunica

    Take a trip from Tunica's past to present in the new Tunica County Museum. Experience what life was like before the casinos. Interesting fact filled fun tour.See how the Mississippi River has changed ...

  • Armed Forces Museum

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    Camp Shelby

    Fascinating exhibits in Mississippi's Armed Forces Museum which tell personal stories of the heroes and heroines that paid the price for freedom.

  • Vicksburg Battlefield Museum

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    Vicksburg

    People who have lived in Vicksburg all their lives have said they did not fully understand the Siege, the naval operations, or the impact on local citizens until they visited the Vicksburg ...

  • Tupelo Automobile Museum

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    Tupelo

    Featuring 120,000 square feet of automobile displays and open viewing restoration bays. Over 100 antique, classic and collectible automobiles, chronologically displayed, illustrate the progress of ...

  • NASA Infinity Science Center

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    Kiln

    An award winning NASA visitors center which offers exciting new exhibits and stage shows. Kids can test a space shuttle main engine, and land the space shuttle!

  • Mississippi Childrens Museum

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    Jackson

    A great, creative and educational museum for kids where they can learn through fun hands-on experiments and exhibits. Great family Mississippi fun!

  • Busted Wrench Garage Museum

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    Gulfport

    For the “Classic Car Enthusiast”, a visit to Busted Wrench Garage, Museum, & Gift Shop is an absolute MUST! Classic cars, motorcycles, and even boats displayed in a 6,000 square foot exhibit ...