Kid-friendly fun on the Mississippi Gulf Coast
Located in Gulfport (next door to Biloxi), the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center is a kid paradise with 15,000 square feet of indoor exhibit space, six acres of outdoor play space, and more. The Super Colossal Climbing Structure in the center of the space allows children, and brave adults, to move from floor to floor. Bear Camp Bayou is just for little ones four years old and younger. Kids can play house, put on puppet shows, build with big blocks, or nestle in the giant nest as parents relax. Outdoor exhibits include Tree House Village, Bear Creek, and Solar Sunflowers.
A traditional sternwheel paddleboat, the Betsy Ann is docked next door to the Margaritaville Resort and offers dinner, sunset, eco-tour, and historical cruises through the local waterways giving guests a close-up view of the beautiful Coastal landscape.
Who doesn’t love a waterpark? Gulf Islands features wild rides, miles of slides, and fun for all ages. There are a number of attractions just for families with young children:
• Lil’ Pelican’s Bay features water cannons, giant squirt guns, and two open flume body slides totaling over 140 feet long. A huge bucket of water fills and tips throughout the day, and the shallow 200-square-foot wading area is perfect for small pelicans and parents.
• The Ship Island Wreck is great for kids 2 years old and older as they navigate unexpected twists and turns to a fun splash down.
• The Lazy Pearl River is the perfect place to grab a tube and kick back. Longer than three football fields, the lazy river lets guests float around the park with ease. Adults should accompany children under 10.
• Spray St. Louis provides tot-sized fun for children and parents with waterfalls, wading pools, and misters. It’s the best way to cool off on a hot day.
• The Waveland Wave Pool offers over 12,000 square feet of fun. There’s room to swim, ride the waves in an inner tube, or simply sit on the shore and lap it all up. Adults should accompany children under 10.