By Sarah Jaudon


Welcome to Naval Air Station Meridian! This base is approximately 15 miles northeast of the city of Meridian in Lauderdale County. Whether you have just received your Permanent Change of Station Travel Orders (PCS), are in the process of moving, or are already settled into your new home, you may be wondering where the locals go for fun. Well, wonder no more! We have a list of the top things to do in Meridian, MS, near base. Know what you’re looking for? Click the numbers to jump right to where you want to go: (1-8) Community Recreation (9) Pools (10) Gyms (11) Movie Theater (12) Bowling (13-17) Nearby Attractions (18-21) Museums

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21 Things To Do in Meridian, MS, Near NAS Meridian

NAS Meridian Community Recreation

1. Community Recreation Complex

388 Allen Road Meridian, MS 39309


: 1 (601) 679-2526 The Community Recreation Complex has an array of options for your outdoor recreation needs. They offer everything from party rentals to fishing gear. Stop in to apply for your hunting or fishing license. Don’t forget to explore their hiking trails or play a round of disc golf while you’re there. Check their website for a detailed list of items and pricing of all rental equipment.

2. MWR Meridian, MS

255 Rosenbaum Ave Meridian, MS 39309


: 1 (601) 679-2608 MWR Meridian, MS, is a customer-driven organization dedicated to improving the entertainment, recreation, and fitness opportunities of military members, their families, retirees, civilians, and other authorized patrons. You can contact them by calling the NAS Meridian MWR phone number listed above.

3. Highland Park Meridian, MS

1720 Jimmie Rodgers Memorial Drive Meridian, MS 39309


: 1 (601) 485-1802 Highland Park Meridian, MS, is a beautiful backdrop for birthdays, parties, or your next event. You can rent picnic pavilions while your guests play tennis, basketball, softball, or baseball. Pick a spot next to the playground to watch the kids or one with easy access to the restrooms. Stop by Highland Park Meridian, MS, to reserve your next outdoor party.

Bailey, MS

4. Bulldog Beach Volleyball Complex

9404 Hwy 493 Bailey, MS 39320


: 1 (850) 428-2228 Bulldog Beach is a beautiful stretch of sand and beach located in Bailey, MI. Bulldog Beach attracts volleyball players from all over the world, and at one time, it was claimed to be the best place to play in all of Mississippi. Watch or play with the best volleyball players at Bulldog Beach.

5. Eagle Point Stables

435 Mud Road Meridian, MS 39309


: 1 (601) 679-2609 Eagle Point Stables is a vast 45-acre pasture for horses to train and board. These stables have everything a horse could ever need. Take your horse through the gorgeous trails of Eagle Point. The stables are open for authorized patrons only.

6. Navy MWR Esports

255 Rosenbaum Ave Meridian, MS 39309


: 1 (601) 679-2608 Navy MWR Esports is a unique and innovative way to engage soldiers. Esports is a competitive gaming initiative that is designed to entertain and bring a different kind of recreation opportunity to the Navy community. You can watch or compete with the best of the best in the Esports domain. Contact the MWR for more details or sign up online.

7. Liberty Center

362 Fletcher Road Meridian, MS 39309


: 1 (601) 679-3760 The Liberty Center is a great place for single soldiers to relax and blow off some steam. Here, you can play video games with your friends, challenge them to a game of basketball, or watch a movie on the comfy massage chairs. They even offer a study room for those that need a quiet space to work.

8. Trap & Skeet

Mud Road Meridian, MS 39309


: 1 601-679-2526 Trap & Skeet is a shooting range where users can practice using their own clays, guns, and ammo. All weapons need to be inspected and registered with security at the front gate and safely stored in their vehicle when entering the facility.

NAS Meridian Pools

9. Aquatics Center

Allen Road Bldg 369 Meridian, MS 39309


: 1 (601) 679-2379 The Aquatics Center has plenty of room to practice your backstroke with their 25-meter lap pool. This pool is located inside the Fitness Center Complex and offers lockers, showers, and a gazebo for larger groups and parties. Check their website for swimming hours. NAS Meridian Gym

NAS Meridian Gym

10. Sonny Montgomery Fitness Center

369 Allen Road Meridian, MS 39309


: 1 (601) 679-2379 Sonny Montgomery Fitness Center is your go-to place for achieving your fitness goals. This fitness center offers a variety of weight and cardio machines, along with free fitness classes and private coaching. Stop by the fitness center for more information on class times and gym hours.

NAS Meridian Movie Theater

11. McCain Rec Center Movie Theater

313 Allen Road Meridian, MS 39309


: 1 (601) 679-2651 The McCain Recreation Center offers a theater where scheduled movies are shown daily. Movies are subject to change, so be sure to call the number above for movie times and information.

NAS Meridian Bowling Alley

12. McCain Bowling Center

313 Allen Road Meridian, MS 39309


: 1 (817) 782-6122 Bowling isn’t the only thing available at the McCain Recreation Center. This bowling alley has an arcade filled with the classics, an indoor golf arena, and a place to dine and shop. Stop in for more information or contact the recreation center at the number provided. Nearby Attractions

Nearby Attractions

13. NAS Meridian ITT Office

388 Allen Road Meridian, MS 39309


: 1 (601) 679-2526 The NAS Meridian ITT Office has everything you need, from tickets for local concert venues and theme parks to help with planning your next big vacation. For your discounted ticket prices, stop by the NAS Meridian ITT office located inside the Community Recreation building or call the number above for more information.

14. Queen City Fair

1030 MS-19 Meridian, MS 39301


: 1 (601) 934-4867 The Queen City Fair is an amusement park in Meridian, Mississippi. Play classic midway games, ride the carousel, or take on the big rides for the thrill-seekers in your group. The Queen City Fair is an event the locals wait all year for.

Hattiesburg, MS

15. Hattiesburg Zoo

107 South 17th Avenue Hattiesburg, MS 39401


: 1 (601) 545-4576 At the Hattiesburg Zoo, you will get an education on the animals that live there and how you can do your part to help conserve their habitats in the wild. They also offer train rides, mining expeditions, a splash pad, and carousel rides. Check out their website, where you can view sloths from a live webcam.

Pearl, MS

16. Mississippi Braves Baseball

1 Braves Way Pearl, MS 39208


: 1 (601) 932-8788 The Mississippi Braves are the minor league baseball team located in Pearl, MS. This team is an affiliate of the ever-popular Atlanta Braves. Take the family out for a ball game and enjoy America's favorite pastime with the Mississippi Braves.

Gulfport, MS

17. Mississippi Aquarium

2100 E. Beach Boulevard Gulfport, MS 39501


: 1 (228) 241-1300 If you ever find yourself near Gulfport, the Mississippi Aquarium is a must-see. This aquarium is a unique experience due to its close proximity to the coast. The dolphin and penguin encounters are something special, and so are their one-of-a-kind diving expeditions. Check their website for ticket prices and hours. NAS Meridian Museums

NAS Meridian Museums

Meridian, MS

18. The Max Meridian, MS (Arts & Entertainment Center)

2155 Front St. Meridian, MS 39301


: 1 (601) 581-1550 The Max Meridian, MS, Arts & Entertainment Center is a newer museum located in downtown Meridian, Mississippi, right on the waterfront. Explore the art galleries, rent a music studio, or take an art class at this innovative entertainment center. The Max Meridian welcomes artists of all caliber to stretch themselves creatively. Tickets and tours are available to purchase online.

19. Jimmie Rodgers Museum

1200 22nd Ave. Meridian, MS 39301


: 1 (601) 938-7427 The Jimmie Rodgers Museum is an intimate museum with historical artifacts and instruments from legendary musician Jimmie Rodgers. Stop in today to experience the true soul and history of blues music.

20. Merrehope

905 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. Meridian, MS 39301


: 1 (601) 483-8439 Merrehope is a 26-room gorgeous Victorian-styled mansion nestled in Meridian, MS. This mansion doubles as a museum and is great for weddings, parties, or your next big event. Stop into Merrehope to get a taste of old Victorian opulence.

21. Meridian Museum of Art (MMA)

628 25th Avenue Meridian, MS 39301


: 1 (601) 693-1501 At the Meridian Museum of Art (MMA), you will step into the world of art. Not only will you be able to view some of the finest art collections in Mississippi, but you will also be able to support local artists or even take an art class of your own. Check the website for new exhibitions, classes, and museum hours.


Go to Visit Mississippi for more great ideas of things to do in Meridian, MS, near base and all of the surrounding areas. This community is surrounded by rich history and culture. Spending time exploring the amenities on and off base can make for fun adventures and even greater memories.



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