Mississippi’s rural country roads, sprawling cotton fields, plentiful museums and colorful local cuisine options make the Southern state a vacation option for families traveling with kids. Children learn about Civil War battle sites, nibble at fried catfish and drop quarters into roadside juke joints to listen to Elvis Presley tunes before visiting the King’s Tupelo hometown. Mississippi’s attractions might abound, but most hotels trend toward adults-only bed-and-breakfasts or romantic plantation visits. You won’t find Mississippi hotels offering over-the-top kids attractions like water slides or circus acts; most offer basic child-friendly amenities.
Jackson features sports and cultural activities for families. Catch a Jackson Bandits hockey game, tour the Jackson Zoological Park, spend an afternoon at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame or watch blacksmithing demonstrations at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum – all located within quick driving distance from the kid-friendly Hampton Inn Jackson-North Hotel. Kids splash in the outdoor pool, and the hotel offers cribs and high chairs for younger children. Enjoy free breakfast or snag a prepacked breakfast bag for the family en route to museums on a busy morning. Later, visit nearby family-friendly restaurants including Olive Garden, Red Lobster and Outback Steakhouse.
Southaven’s location makes the city a convenient gateway for nearby Memphis attractions including Graceland, the Snowden Grove baseball and softball park, the 120-acre Latimer Lakes Park, the Memphis Zoo and National Civil Rights Museum, located at the site of Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1968 assassination. Families also book riverboat charters along the Mississippi River. Kids eat free at the Holiday Inn Memphis Southaven, which has an indoor pool and on-site restaurant. Rooms come with flat-screen TVs, DVD players, microwaves and fridges.
Biloxi offers plenty of kid-friendly entertainment, including fishing along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, kayaking on the bayou, sailing down the Mississippi River or visiting the city’s numerous museums, including a children’s museum. After the wholesome fun, older kids celebrating birthdays get special treatment at the Hard Rock Hotel, which offers birthday cakes, birthday cards, balloons and party favors. The hotel permits animal guests weighing 25 lbs. or less.
Families staying in Vicksburg have convenient access to the area’s numerous historical and cultural attractions. Stroll along the Mississippi River, tour the Vicksburg National Military Park or Gray and Blue Naval Museum and grab a cold one at the Biedenharn Museum of Coca-Cola. Children 12 and under stay free with parents at the Best Western Vicksburg. The AAA-rated three-diamond hotel offers free breakfast, a heated indoor pool, rollaway beds, and in-room microwaves and refrigerators.
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