If you’ve never been to Mississippi, it’s high time you check the place out. This wonderfully southern state is one of the most welcoming places you could visit, and the state’s many attractions make it a ton of fun as well. Some of our favorite attractions? The many Mississippi amusement parks, of course!
Yep, there are a number of great amusement parks in Mississippi, and every single one is worth visiting. Not sure where to begin? Read on to learn more!
Mississippi Amusement Parks
Being a southern state, it should come as no surprise that most of the Mississippi amusement parks out there come in the form of water parks. That said, there are a couple of other options added to the mix.
Check out our favorite park picks below!
- Geyser Falls
- The Salvation Army – Kroc Center MS Gulf Coast
- Pep’s Point Water Park
- UpDown Trampoline Park
- Gulf Islands Water Park
- Splash of Fun Waterpark
- Grand Paradise Waterpark
- Buccaneer Bay Waterpark
Of course, you’ll need a little more information before visiting any of these Mississippi amusement parks. That’s where the rest of this article comes into play. Below, we’ve provided info on each park so you can plan an epic vacation you’ll remember for years to come.
We’ll start with Geyser Falls in Philadephia, MS. This awesome water park is considered by many to Mississippi’s #1 family attraction. It’s the perfect place to cool off in the summer, and we’re convinced your whole family will have a blast cooling off in the park’s many water attractions.
Start by enjoying the refreshing mist of Geyser Flats as you enter the park. Next, hop into the lazy river for a lovely float around the park. From there, you can brave the park’s twelve (!) different water slides, including the freefall body slide trio known as Mt. Everwet, and the first ever backwards water coaster, Backsplash. Finally, you should definitely finish your day off in the giant waves of Thunder Lake.
Heading to Geyser Falls with little one in tow? Make sure to visit Lil’ Squirts Hollow for them. Meanwhile, those with slightly older kids should check out the Creak Leaky Water Factory water play structure.
RV Camping Near Geyser Falls
Obviously, you will need a place to rest before and after your visit to Geyser Falls. For this, we highly recommend bringing an RV. Doing so allows you to park near the water park and have all the comforts of home close at hand.
Frog Level RV Park — Our favorite place to camp when visiting Geyser Falls is Frog Level RV Park. This is a simple but well-kept campground with level cement pads and full-hookup sites. Best of all, the rates are unbeatable.
Planning Your Trip to Geyser Falls
Be sure to check the park’s hours, as they do change throughout the year and the park is closed in the cold months.
Admission to this park is between $32.99 and $44.99, depending on what day you visit and whether you purchase online. Cheaper tickets are available for members of the military, first responders, teachers, and others, so be sure to ask about possible discounts.
Food is available onsite, and most outside food and drink will not be allowed (with exceptions made for those with dietary restrictions).
The Salvation Army – Kroc Center MS Gulf Coast
Those wanting to have some water fun while the weather is less than ideal will love the Kroc Center MS Gulf Coast in Biloxi. This center is run by the Salvation Army and is home to a wide variety of art, music, fitness, and athletic programs, including an awesome indoor aquatic center.
This swimming spot features a zero-depth entry pool that is perfect for little swimmers. Kids love the Jumbo Shrimp Slide as well as the splash pad area and other spray features. Those looking for some exercise will appreciate the lap pool, and the recreation pool is perfect for family playtime. The star of the show? The large family water slide!
RV Camping Near The Salvation Army – Kroc Center MS Gulf Coast
Need to find a place to stay during your visit to the Kroc Center MS Gulf Coast? Camping is definitely the way to go! Take your home-on-wheels and travel in complete comfort no matter where you land.
Majestic Oaks RV Resort — Of course, landing in the right place can definitely make your RV camping experience more enjoyable. And in our opinion, Majestic Oaks RV Resort is exactly the right place to go for a relaxing vacation. Full hookups, clean facilities, and a friendly staff all ensure this is the case.
Planning Your Trip to The Salvation Army – Kroc Center MS Gulf Coast
Members of the Salvation Army use the aquatic center for free. That said, non-members can purchase a two-hour pass for $10 per person. Swimmers aged 2 and under enter for free, but must wear a swim diaper.
No food is available in the pool area and outside food and drink are not allowed, so you will want to eat before you arrive. It’s also worth noting that pool toys must be approved by a lifeguard.
Pep’s Point Water Park
Another fantastic water park option in Mississippi is Pep’s Point Water Park in Hattiesburg. This one is really unique because it’s actually a natural water park. This means that instead of the usual pools full of water, you’ll be swimming, sliding, and jumping into a lake.
Water activities in this park include swimming, floating bounce pillows, and water slides, as well as paddle boats, kayaks, and canoes for those who prefer to experience the lake by floating on top of the water.
In addition to water-based fun, you’ll also find opportunities to play in the sandy beach area, play basketball and volleyball, and enjoy an awesome mini golf course.
RV Camping Near Pep’s Point Water Park
One of the very best things about visiting this lake water park is that you can actually camp onsite. This means you can get up in the morning, put on your swimsuit, and be in the water before the hot weather even has a chance to hit. Obviously, this is the best lodging option!
Pep’s Point Water Park Campground — Camping at Pep’s Point is incredibly affordable. Not only that, each site also includes water, electric, and sewer hookups, meaning you’ll be camping in comfort. Best of all, those who stay in the park’s campground also receive a discount on water park admission!
Planning Your Trip to Pep’s Point Water Park
Admission to Pep’s Point Water Park is a very affordable $15 for adults and $10 for those under 36” tall. Babies are admitted free of charge.
There is a concession stand at the park where you can expect to find all the typical snack stand options. That said, we recommend packing a picnic lunch and enjoying it at one of the picnic tables provided.
UpDown Trampoline Park
Sometimes you just aren’t in the mood for a water park. Other times, the weather isn’t cooperating with your water park plans. In both cases, UpDown Trampoline Park in Hattiesburg is an excellent option. Kids and adults love bouncing around at this indoor amusement park, and we know you will too!
Obviously, the main attractions at this Mississippi amusement park are the trampolines. There’s a whole room full of them, and some are even at an angle, making it possible to literally bounce off the walls. Want to challenge yourself as you jump? Be sure to visit the trampoline dodgeball court or the trampoline basketball dunk court.
That said, the trampolines are far from the only thing to do in UpDown. Visitors can also enjoy laser tag, jousting in a foam-filled pit, bouncing on inflatables, navigating a ninja warrior course, swinging on a trapeze, and playing in the arcade. It would be really difficult to get bored in this place!
RV Camping Near UpDown Trampoline Park
Need a place to stay after you enjoy your day of bouncing? You could stay in the aforementioned Pep’s Point Campground and double your fun by enjoying the water park there. However, there are other options if you prefer not to do that.
Shady Cove RV Park — One of our favorite RV campgrounds in the Hattiesburg area is Shady Cove RV Park. This lovely park provides guests with clean, shaded, full-hookup sites. There is a beautiful pond onsite, and the overall vibe of the place is laid-back and relaxing.
Planning Your Trip to UpDown Trampoline Park
Wondering what you need to know before you go? Well, let’s talk about admission.
- One hour of jumping and enjoying all other attractions (except laser tag) is just $11.95.
- Those with kids aged 6 and under can visit during “toddler hour” and pay only $5.99. During this time, only small children and their grownups are allowed to jump, making this a safer experience overall.
- Finally, there is laser tag. A single game of laser tag is just $3.99—a real steal if you ask us!
Reservations are not required, but are recommended, especially on the weekends and during holiday breaks. All jumpers must purchase UpDown socks in order to participate. Outside food is not allowed, but a concession stand is available.
Splash of Fun Water Park
Also known at Flint Creek Water Park, Splash of Fun Water Park is another place that uses a natural water source to create a super fun time for families. This one is located in Flint Creek Park in Wiggins, and it’s totally worth the drive to go check it out!
The biggest and most well-known attraction at this park is the white slide, which uses water from the lake to push riders and their tubes through twists and turns and into the lake proper. There are a number of other water slides in this park as well, and a chlorinated pool is available for those who prefer a pool swimming experience.
Other activities within the park include mini golf, boating, fishing, jet ski rentals, and more!
RV Camping Near Splash of Fun Water Park
Another thing we love about Splash of Fun? You can actually camp right by the water park fun. You see, there is a campground right onsite, making it easy to fully immerse yourself (get it?) in the good times offered by this amusement spot.
Flint Creek Campground — The campground in this park is first-come, first-serve. Both primitive and full-hookup sites are available, and the prices are unbeatable. Campers love the easy access to the lake, and most people in the campground are there to enjoy water activities.
Planning Your Trip to Splash of Fun Water Park
Admission to Splash of Fun Water Park is just $12! Those under 4 years of age enter for free, and on Wednesdays the price of admission is reduced to only $10.
Hours vary from day to day, and it is important to note that this park is not open every day of the week. Therefore, you will want to check the hours before you plan your trip.
Grand Paradise Waterpark
Located just 30 minutes north of Hattiesburg in the town of Collins, Grand Paradise Waterpark truly is like a little slice of paradise. The park is large enough to offer tons of fun, but still small enough that you won’t feel overwhelmed as you explore all it has to offer. In our opinion, it is the perfect size.
Things to do in this park include an intense slide with a vertical drop that is aptly named Free Fall, a speed slide referred to as Aqua Twist, and a number of other thrilling slide options. Young visitors love The Water Fort water play structure and the tiniest visitors will appreciate Waddleland Splashpad.
Need a place to relax? Paradise River is the spot for you. Here, you can float in peace and leave your worries behind.
RV Camping Near Grand Paradise Waterpark
When it comes to lodging options, we will always recommend RV camping. After all, what could be better than returning to your own home-on-wheels after a long day of theme park fun and relaxing in your own space?
Lake Mike Conner — Wondering where to park your rig once you get it down to Collins? Lake Mike Conner is a good pick! This state-run park features 15 campsites with electric and water hookups. A dump station is also available. The lake that the park is named for is beautiful, and also happens to be the perfect place to do some fishing.
Planning Your Trip to Grand Paradise Waterpark
A single day pass to Grand Paradise Waterpark is $32 for those 48” and taller, $28 for those between 42” and 48”, and free for anyone under 42”. Military members pay only $22, and seniors aged 60 and over can enter for $21. There are also two-day pass options, as well as specials that apply on certain days of the week.
No outside food or drink is allowed in this park. There is an eatery onsite with several food options. Parking is free and rental lockers are available.
Gulf Islands Waterpark
Want a waterpark with a lot to explore? Gulf Islands Waterpark in Gulfport is absolutely enormous. In fact, it’s the largest water park on the coast, and it is full to the brim with fun things to do. We can’t imagine anyone feeling bored during a visit to this place, and we promise your whole family will spend their day smiling from ear to ear while here.
Attractions at Gulf Islands Waterpark include a number of slides such as the Camille Cutter (a family raft slide that everyone can enjoy together), and the Riptide Racer (a mat slide that allows you to race your friends). Considering it’s the Gulf Coast’s only watercoaster, Horn Island Blaster is another must-do.
Have small swimmers with you? They’re sure to love Lil’ Pelican’s Bay for water play, and slightly older children will appreciate the Ship Island Wreck water slide. Finally, be sure to finish your day in the wave pool and lazy river.
RV Camping Near Gulf Islands Waterpark
Gulfport is the ideal RV camping destination. You’ll get to fully appreciate the beach air while enjoying traditional camping activities. Best of all, you’ll be able to park your RV near Gulf Islands Waterpark!
Baywood Campground — Not sure where you should park your rig while you play? We recommend Baywood Campground. This RV park has full hookups and level sites. While it is a simple park, the location, price, and staff make it well worth a visit.
Planning Your Trip to Gulf Islands Waterpark
Gate prices for day tickets are $44.99 for anyone 42” or taller, and $29.99 for those under this height. That said, you can save 40% by buying your tickets online! You’ll also want to sign your waiver online before you arrive in order to skip the line at the park gate.
Outside food and drink are not allowed in Gulf Islands Waterpark. However, there are eateries inside of the park.
Buccaneer Bay Waterpark
Last but not least, we must mention Buccaneer Bay Waterpark in Waveland. This one is run by the state park department, but don’t let that fool you. The park is actually a full-fledged waterpark with all the slides and attractions you’d expect from such a place, so go in with your suit on and ready to have some fun!
Some of the most popular things to do in Buccaneer Bay Waterpark include the Pirate’s Plank enclosed waterslide, Pirate’s Plunge body slide, and the huge Pirate’s Lagoon Wave Pool. Sun seekers love Treasure Island, a 10,000-square-foot sun deck and lounge area. Meanwhile, young splashers enjoy Lil’ Smuggler’s Cover, a water playground with dump buckets and plenty of splashing fun.
This summer, the folks at Buccaneer Bay added to the fun found in the park by opening a brand new section. Splash Island is a 5,000-square-foot pool that includes three new slides, giant dump buckets, and lots of interactive water features.
RV Camping Near Buccaneer Bay Waterpark
Buccaneer Bay is yet another awesome water park that has a campground attached. This is excellent news for us RVers because it means we can stay right by the action while still enjoying all the comforts of our home-on-wheels. It doesn’t get much better than that!
Buccaneer Bay Campground — Sites in the Buccaneer Bay Campground are full-hookup premium spots. Bathhouses are available for those who prefer to use campground facilities, and the campsites are near the water park as well as a disc golf course, a nature trail, an activity pool, and more!
Planning Your Trip to Buccaneer Bay Waterpark
Day passes to Buccaneer Bay are $13 for those under 48” tall and $19 for all others. Season passes are available for both individuals and families. There is also an observer rate of $6 for those who prefer not to swim.
Feeling hungry? Outside food is not allowed, but you can head over to Sea Dog Galley to grab some grub. Pizza, burgers, grilled chicken, and a whole lot more can be found in this onsite eatery.
Obviously, you won’t have any problems finding Mississippi amusement parks. That said, you might want to check out some parks that aren’t listed here. If that’s the case, try searching “amusement parks near me” to see what you can find once you settle into your campground.
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