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Outside the Business school buildings in downtown Meridian
Close up of menu and coffee at Weidmann's Meridian


Meridian is home to Mississippi’s oldest restaurant, Weidmann’s, and numerous other local favorites. From diners and delis to cupcakes and beignets, Meridian has something tasty for everyone.


The Dentzel Carousel lit up in downtown Meridian

The Dentzel Carousel

The Dentzel Carousel is a true gem in the city of Meridian. It is the only remaining two-row stationary Dentzel menagerie in the world. The carousel has been in operation since 1909, and you can still take a ride on this whimsical historic landmark for just 50 cents.


Outside bed and breakfast hotel in Meridian, MS


Meridian offers everything from full-service hotels to economy hotels and even bed and breakfasts, so you can relax after a full day of exploring the MSU Meridian campus and the city.


One of the brightly multi colored carousel horses around Meridian, MS


There’s always something fun to do for everyone in Meridian! You can visit everything from the local general store to museums and theaters to the raceway. Be on the lookout for the “Around Town Carousels Abound” outdoor public arts project; it’s a fun way to celebrate the Dentzel Carousel all around town.

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Close up of man playing guitar out door in Meridian

Music Legacy

The Father of Country Music, Jimmie Rodgers, and many other talented musicians have called Meridian home, and the city continues to thrive with outstanding local musicians. Tour the history or check out a live show next time you visit Meridian!


Close up of sign for Jimmy Rogers and the blues

Historical Tours

Take a tour of one of the Historic Trails in Meridian and experience a different time and place full of hope and some heartbreak. The Civil Rights Trail, the Civil War Trail, and the Musical Legacy Trail all show the strength, courage, and resiliency of the city through its history.


Ballet performance in Meridian MS

Art & Culture

Meridian has a diverse year-round schedule of phenomenal art and cultural events from spring symphony performances, summer concerts, fall nights at the theater, and the ballet at Christmas, you’re in store for a treat anytime of the year.


MSU golfer at MSU golf course


Play a round of golf or a match at the tennis courts, catch a game at one of Meridian’s numerous sporting complexes, or even hit the shooting range and keep your active life moving.


View of picnic table on the lake shore at Bonita Lakes Meridian

Outdoor Recreation

Bonita Lakes is the perfect place to enjoy the great outdoors! It is a 3,300-acre park that features nature trails, a jogging and walking track, biking, horseback riding trails, a pavilion, picnic facilities, boat ramps, concessions and fishing.


View of the stage and seating of the Riley Center

The Riley Center

The MSU Riley Center for Education and Performing Arts is a state-of-the-art facility with a rich heritage. The fully renovated building was originally constructed in 1889, but it reopened its doors in 2006 and now hosts a variety of cultural, artistic, and educational experiences.


Three women posing in downtown Meridian next to shopping areas


You can shop cute boutiques for fun finds or hit the mall for your favorite stores without ever leaving Meridian. You can also find home décor, flower and gift shops alongside rare coin, sportsman, and music stores.