There's a little something for everyone in Meridian. Marvel at 19th and 20th century architecture, relax in beautiful Highland Park, discover the story behind famed American country music sensation, Jimmie Rodgers, or spend the day surrounded by the great outdoors at Bonita Lakes Park. Nearby, there are a host of art organizations, Civil War cemeteries, casinos and museums just waiting to be discovered. As a military town, Meridian enjoys easy access to the Naval Air Station Meridian.
Jimmie Rodgers Museum
Get to know the "Father of Country Music." Jimmie Rodgers, the Meridian-born American country legend, was known for his epic yodeling and rhythmic hits like "The Singing Brakeman and "The Blue Yodeler."; Fans can come face to face with an original Jimmie Rodgers guitar, as well as records, memorials and other memorabilia.
Bonita Lakes Park
Outdoor adventure seekers will discover a 3,300-acre natural wonder. Bonita Lakes Park features three lakes, plus the Long Creek Reservoir and Lakeview Golf Course. Pack your rod and reel and enjoy a day of fishing or boating, or for more thrills, horseback ride, bike, or enjoy scenic strolls and morning jogs on ten miles of trails that range in difficulty and terrain. The park also features on-site food stalls for light snacks and refreshing drinks, paddle boat rentals and plenty of picnic tables.
Naval Air Station Meridian
Eleven miles northeast of Meridian is a military airport and training facility that spans 8,000 acres. The Naval Air Station Meridian has provided aviation and military training since it was built in 1961. Today, the base features eight Major Commands including the Marine Aviation Training Support Group, Naval Technical Training Center and the Naval Operational Support Center (NOSC). The Air Operations Department employs 230 military and civilian personnel.