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Beat the heat with Mississippi’s best waterparks

Mississippi's best waterparks
Photo courtesy of Geyser Falls/website

Summers in Mississippi are extra southern sometimes, aren’t they?  Now that it’s July, the Mississippi heat is definitely here to stay…until at least October.

Luckily, there are plenty of places to cool off in the Magnolia State. Mississippi offers a variety of beautiful beaches, lakes, watering holes, and there are also several waterparks. Waterparks can be found throughout several of the state’s regions and are a fantastic option when it comes to beating the heat. Here’s a list of Mississippi waterparks that you should check out:

 

Geyser Falls, Choctaw

Featuring more than a dozen water slides, a pool, lake, cabanas, full-service restaurant, and tiki bar, it’s no wonder Geyser Falls has been named the “Mississippi’s #1 Family Attraction.” If you’re feeling adventurous during your visit, be sure to check out the Backsplash – a backward waterslide that’s sure to please your inner thrill-seeker.

Buccaneer Bay, Waveland

Part of Buccaneer State Park, this 4.5-acre water park overlooks the Gulf of Mexico and includes several slides, a wave pool, snack bar, and more! Enjoy the views!

Gulf Islands Water Park, Gulfport

Whether you’re looking to ride some slides or catch a few rays, Gulf Islands Water Park has got you covered. The island-themed park features a relaxing lazy river, cabanas, thrilling slides, and water rides, such as the Camille Cutter, a rafting adventure, and the Horn Island Blaster – the Gulf Coast’s only water rollercoaster.

The Aquatic Center at the Kroc Center, Biloxi

Located inside Biloxi’s Kroc Center, this indoor water park is a great place to spend a summer day – rain or shine. It’s perfect for all ages and all kinds of Mississippi weather. There is something for everyone here, including a water slide, splash pad, lazy river, and a pool.

Yogi on the Lake, Pelahatchie

This all-in-one water park, RV park, and campground is the perfect family destination. The Wet-n-Wild water park consists of Yogi’s Water Town, a swimming pool, splash playground, and a beach.

Grand Paradise Waterpark, Collins

Located in Collins, this water park sits on seven acres and is full of fun! The park features several slides that are perfect for adventure seekers. Slides such as “The SuperLOOP,” a speed slide with an 80-degree drop, and the “MultiBUMP Splash Drop,” which sends riders down a series of vertical drops, are sure to thrill!  For those not interested in thrill-seeking, don’t worry, there’s a nice, relaxing lazy river too.

Merit Waterpark, Mendenhall

Perfect for all those nature lovers out there, this 25-acre park is located four miles south of D’Lo on Rials Creek. There aren’t any waterslides here, but the park does feature a beautiful waterfall, an old-fashioned swimming hole, and a sand and rock creek-side beach. Rials Creek is spring-fed, meaning the water is nice and cold all year long.

Pep’s Point, Hattiesburg

This seasonal lakeside beach is located in The Hub City. Complete with waterslides, canoeing, mini-golf, and cabins to stay in, Pep’s Point is a perfect family getaway with tons of water fun!

Meridian East / Toomsuba KOA Journey, Toomsumba

Although not technically a waterpark, this serene campground provides quaint cabins for visitors and a giant WATERSLIDE in the middle of the woods. Campers come from near and far to enjoy the beauty of Toomsuba and take a ride down the waterslide while cooling off in the pool!

 

No matter where you go, you’re sure to cool off while having an enjoyable time at any of the above destinations! Enjoy!

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Written by Meredith Biesinger

Hey y'all! I am a professional educator, and writer, with a great love of southern culture. There's no place like Mississippi!

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