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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.


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!



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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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.


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.



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.



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.


City Parks

Starkville boasts hundreds of acres of community parks and campgrounds that include playgrounds, athletic facilities, a dog park, swimming pools, a splash-pad, pavilions, fishing piers, camping sites, and much more.


Outdoor Recreation

Starkville has hiking, hunting, fishing, camping, and wildlife viewing right in its backyard! You can watch cattle egrets nesting at the Noxubee Wildlife Refuge or spend the weekend camping at the Oktibbeha County Lake just minutes from campus.



There’s more to sports in Starkville than just fierce SEC competition! Starkville is home to the 100-acre Mississippi Horse Park and Agricenter, six premier golf courses, a variety of team sports, and numerous bicycle routes and trails.

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