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Old 01-02-2011, 09:01 PM
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So, anyone want to share their favorite family activities in Mississippi? Preferably within 2-3 hours of Tupelo? We're looking forward to exploring the area. We are especially interested in activities for young children (toddler/preschool), so even though there may be some fascinating civil war museums or elvis attractions, I'm really seeking the toddler-friendly ideas.
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Old 01-02-2011, 09:12 PM
Location: NE Mississippi
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Dunno for toddlers.........But the Oren Dunn Museum in Tupelo is worth a walk through, and the toddler might enjoy the lake and park right next to it.

Old Cars? Got a good museum right in Tupelo.

Presley's birthplace, of course.

You a history buff? Meriwether Lewis (Lewis & Clark Expedition) killed himself not far from Tupelo. It's up on the Natchez Trace, which is always a real pleasant drive

Be sure to eat at Vanelli's.....locally owned. Good food.
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Old 01-02-2011, 11:05 PM
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Within 2 to 3 hours from Tupelo, there are several state parks that make for a nice place to walk around and picnic (including JP Coleman State Park at Pickwick Lake and Tishimingo State park). You have college towns, Oxford and Starkville, which means basketball and baseball games this time of year and probably some musical performances etc. Oxford's town square is exquisite and a great place to take the family for lunch and a stroll around the square and also around the Ole Miss campus. Starkville has the Mississippi Horse Park which might have activities for children. Starkville also has some walkable areas to stroll and eat and has a fabulous Barnes and Noble on the campus of Mississippi State.

DeSoto County just south of Memphis has a hockey team, MS River Kings, which is designed for families. Three hours to the south in Jackson there are quite a few activities. The Mississippi Children's Museum I believe just opened. Next door in the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science which is also great for children. They are situated in LeFleurs Bluff State park in Jackson which makes for a nice outing. There's also the Jackson Zoo.

The Barnett Reservoir outside Jackson has some nice parks and restaurants by the water. The brand-new Renaissance shopping center in Ridgeland is designed like a main street (in France) and makes for a great place to stroll, shop, and eat. Also in Ridgeland is the Mississippi Craft Center, off the Natchez Trace, which displays local artists work (e.g. lots of pottery, glass work etc) and is interesting to walk around in. There's also Lemuria Bookstore in Jackson, which is an amazing locally-owned bookstore with a fabulous children's section. Jackson also has a baseball team, MS Braves, designed for families that starts in the late spring.
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Old 01-03-2011, 09:05 AM
Location: Mississippi
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The Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo is pretty neat. It's on Coley Road out by the Airport.

Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo - Tupelo, Mississippi - Home of TUKOTA The WHITE BUFFALO
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Old 01-03-2011, 12:22 PM
Location: Jackson, MS
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The new Mississippi Children's Museum recently opened in Jackson. It's a 40,000 square foot facility located adjacent to Lefleur's Bluff State Park near I-55 and Lakeland Drive.

Mississippi Children's Museum
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Old 01-05-2011, 12:52 PM
Location: Hickory Flat, MS 38633
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For charity I could always setup something like this again:




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