Every parent knows that when you're planning a trip, you have to plan around the littles. Whether you're just stopping in or staying with us for a day or two, these great spots in Laurel are just the thing to let them stretch their legs, run off some energy, or even make a Laurel memento of their own.
Mason Park & Playground
7th Avenue · Laurel, MS
Laurel's biggest park and playground is always hopping and jumping as kids of all ages enjoy this diverse and colorful wooden playground. Need space to run and play, find a picnic table, or take a walk under the pine trees - this is the perfect spot. During the holiday season, visit Mason Park for an incredible light display, or come see us the first weekend of May for the annual "Day in the Park" event!
5th Avenue · Laurel, MS
Tours are free for the whole family, and if you plan well you can catch a great event such as Free Family Art Days, or the Heritage Arts Festival, held each year during Laurel Main Street's Loblolly Festival.
Gardiner Park & Playground
4th Avenue · Laurel, MSAnother great spot within walking distance of Downtown Laurel is Gardiner Park. This large park features a walking track, a large flat area that is great for throwing a ball or frisbee, and a "just right" playground with swing set. Take a walk down 5th Avenue from Downtown, take a right at 7th Street at the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art and the park is one block down to your left!
Laurel Little Theatre & Pinehurst Park
5th Avenue · Laurel, MS
The Arabian, or Laurel Little Theatre, is the pride and joy of Laurel's performing arts community. LLT featurs a variety of productions throughout the year, so be sure to schedule your visit to take in the talents of local adults and children alike. Next door, you'll find Pinehurst Park - where you can toss a penny in the fountain and wish to come back to Laurel again!
Laurel-Jones County Library
Commerce Street, Laurel, MSThe Laurel-Jones County Library is a peaceful, air-conditioned retreat for the whole family. Come during the summertime to enjoy the Summer Reading Program, or on Tuesdays and Thursdays for Children's Storytime!
I grew up coming to this library all summer long, checking out Berenstain Bears, Amelia Bedelia and Goosebumps, getting chocolate Moon Pies from the second floor vending machine, and finding a quiet corner away from the kid section to savor them. Today we got to read one of my favorite books to the summer kids at my library. ❤️ #bookwormforlife
The Laurel Sportsplex & Splashpad
Hwy 84 WBring your swimsuit and cool off during the hot Mississippi summers at the Laurel Sportsplex & Splashpad. Entry is totally free and there is a great playground available for dry play.
Laurel Main Street's "Touch A Truck" Event
Downtown LaurelIf you're planning a Springtime trip - you don't want to miss the annual Touch A Truck event! This fabulous event is designed for kids of all ages to play on, ride on and "touch" trucks and other hard-working vehicles. Visit Laurel Main Street's website for more info here!
BEHIND THE SCENES OF VISIT DOWNTOWN LAUREL
Every day we see folks like you traveling through Laurel – stopping to eat, shop or play here in our very own “City Beautiful.” You stop us on the street to ask for directions or for tips on the best places to go, and the “can’t miss” spots for fans of Home Town.
Because of you, we decided to put together a guide to help you on your way – created by folks born and raised right here in Laurel, Mississippi, to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the awesome experiences our town has to offer. Have a question or want more details? Follow us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter – or send us an email!