Buccaneer State Park is one of the most popular and beautiful state parks along the Gulf Coast of Mississippi and a great place to go camping, swimming, and hiking. In fact, one of the most attractive aspects of this park are the variety and number of campsites for both RV campers and tent campers. Some of them let you sleep only yards from the seashore!
One of the main reasons why Buccaneer State Park is so popular, however, is the Buccaneer Bay Waterpark, a large park full of wave pools, sun chairs, and water slides that's open during the summer for around $17 or so dollars for adults. The waterpark has a snack bar and a grill so you can have something to eat and spend the entire day cooling off and splashing around.
Finally, though much of the shoreline vegetation was devastated by Hurricane Katrina, there are still some nature trails that take you through cypress and magnolia groves. Oh, and the park couldn't be cheaper! The daily rate is less than one dollar and a bit more if you want to enter with your car! It's a great place to spend a summer day with your family cooling off, cooking out, and enjoy the beautiful Gulf Coast.
The John C. Stennis Space Center is the largest NASA-run rocket testing area in the United States and it's located on the border of Louisiana and Mississippi. The testing grounds are still in use, but they've recently opened the INFINITY Science Center so the public can come and learn more about the space program, rockets, and have a look at the facilities.
One of the coolest parts of the visit is the Omega Flight Simulator, a massive, moving simulator with a huge HD screen that makes you feel like you'r rocketing through the atmosphere. Apparently, one astronaut said that it was a fairly true representation of what it feels like to ride a spaceship. If you're looking for something a bit more educational, you have the Science Express, an area that details the history of moderns scientific exploration and the NASA Space Program.
Outside the museum, you can see some real rocket engines and capsules from various missions. The admission to the INFINITY center is $10 for adults and $6 for children 4 to 17. If you're looking to d something a bit different in southern Mississippi, the Stennis Space Center is definitely the place!