The 9 Best Things to Do in Meridian, United States

July 24, 2017 Margarita Chappel

Almost entirely destroyed during the Civil War, Meridian was rebuilt between 1890 and 1930 in a boom known as "The Golden Age." This legacy still stands, leaving the city with not just one, but nine registered historic districts. Attractions include the carefully restored Highland Park Dentzel Carousel, dating back to 1909 and still offering rides for just fifty cents each, and the Hamasa Shrine Temple Theater, featuring a massive 778 pipe organ that is one of only two still in existence.
Restaurants in Meridian

1. MSU Riley Center

2200 5th St, Meridian, MS 39301-5809 +1 601-696-2200
Excellent
84%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
2%
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5 based on 69 reviews

MSU Riley Center

Reviewed By Warren G - Ocean Springs, United States

This place is a spectacular historic building that is absolutely gorgeous. They offer fabulous concerts and entertainment. Staff is so helpful and always so organized. This place conveys southern hospitality at every turn! Prices are always reasonable. If you ever have the chance to avail yourself of a concert here, take it! Allow time for dinner at Weidmanns beforehand and walk across the street to The Riley Center.

2. Bonita Lakes Park

418 Lake Dr, Meridian, MS 39301-4637 +1 601-483-4330
Excellent
64%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 77 reviews

Bonita Lakes Park

Reviewed By David M - New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Bonita Lakes Park has a nice walking trail around one of the lakes. It is about a mile from the Hilton Garden Inn. Very nice park.

39th Avenue, Highland Park, Meridian, MS 39302 +1 601-485-1904
Excellent
38%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
5%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 69 reviews

The Dentzel Carousel

Reviewed By Winnebago2010 - Boca Raton, Florida

Yes it is nice to see a completed carousel........it does look nice......but the building that houses the carousel needs some work also. Not being able to ride the carousel due to mechanical failure......we were allow to walk around and see the horses.

4. Saint Patrick Catholic Church

2601 Davis St, Meridian, MS 39301-5701 +1 601-693-1321
Excellent
100%
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5 based on 12 reviews

Saint Patrick Catholic Church

Reviewed By CoastalDog - Slidell, Louisiana

This particular church has been a part of Meridian since back in the late 1800s. We aren't Catholic, but attended a Christmas eve midnight mass here some time back. Very beautiful and meaningful worship service. Ornate and beautiful describes it.

The office maintains church member records and burial records. The office is a good resource for genealogy research in the Meridian area.

5. Mississippi Industrial Heritage Museum

1808 4th St, Meridian, MS 39301-5213 +1 601-693-9905
Excellent
67%
Good
33%
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

Mississippi Industrial Heritage Museum

Reviewed By OleManRiver - Oxford, Mississippi

This museum hghlights Meridian's history of "steam-feed" industries. The site is the old Soule Steam Feed Works, and the Miner Edger Works that operated here until the 1990's. Fascinating old steam machines and demonstrations of the steam-manufacturing process that provided many jobs in the city for decades.

6. Jimmy Rodgers Museum

1725 Jimmie Rogers Dr, Meridian, MS 39307-5522
Excellent
29%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
4%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 24 reviews

Jimmy Rodgers Museum

Reviewed By Pipkins D - Wiggins, Mississippi

Had been wanting to see this for a long time and finally made it. Brought my husband for his birthday. We thoroughly enjoyed it and the guide was wonderful. She knows the history and is very informative. We thought it was great. Read some reviews. He died 82 years ago. You can't expect to find anything new. We were very happy we came.

7. Red Porch Barn Antiques

2631 A St, Meridian, MS 39301-5756 +1 601-693-9838
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1 based on 1 reviews

Red Porch Barn Antiques

40 Vendors in 12,000 sq feet of a hundred year old building. Maybe the only building in the US with al suspended floor. Opened 10 AM to 5 PM, Wed thru Sat. Take 22nd Ave exit off of I20/59. Go toward town and turn left at A Street. Go 5 and 1/2 blocks and we are on the left.

Reviewed By delane r - Denver, North Carolina

Arrived on a Thursday, 12- noon. The front porch is empty; weeds and bushes have overgrown the walkway and porch. Front door is locked. The yard area inside the fencing is overgrown. So sad- we were looking forward to shopping here. The picture and description on this website was very inviting. I hope this review will save someone the trip.

8. Bonita Lakes Mall

1210 Bonita Lakes Cir, Meridian, MS 39301-6965 +1 601-693-3433
Excellent
0%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
39%
Poor
31%
Terrible
18%
Overall Ratings

2.5 based on 16 reviews

Bonita Lakes Mall

Bonita Lakes Mall is a regional shopping mall featuring more than 90 specialty shops, the Oasis Food Court, and a nine screen movie complex. Bonita Lakes Crossing offers additional options.

Reviewed By Ladye A - Saraland, Alabama

Staying in town for the night and decided to catch a movie, three people behind the counter only one working, the other two talking to each other. This theater needs a makeover, an update from the 70's. Teens had never seen chairs so small and unable to lean back. I did enjoy the level flooring and looking up at the screen. We enjoyed GhostBusters and the teens enjoyed being in a "theatre museum".

9. Merrehope House

905 Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Drive, MS 39301 +1 601-483-8439
Excellent
44%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
28%
Poor
0%
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4 based on 14 reviews

Merrehope House

Reviewed By Seasoned L - Sawyer, Michigan

We stopped here on our way through Mississippi, and were the only visitors on that rainy day. The woman who took us through and gave us the details of the mansion, and a mansion being restored behind the Merrihope Mansion, was absolutely chock full of interesting information, and knew every detail of the home.
It played some small part in the civil war, but mainly it's a beautiful example of the period architecture and history, in town, not on a plantation.
The entrance fee is a bit pricey, but we were happy we'd done it.

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