Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, GULFPORT, MS
The only interactive children's museum in Mississippi, this center caused a sensation when it opened its doors in 1998. No kid under 12 should miss this hands-on facility, which includes interactive exhibits on everything from health and history to art, careers, trees, tornadoes, the shipping industry and much more. Experience the 1890s in the History Attic, climb the Super Colossal Climbing Structure, defy gravity on the gravity cycle, and make a video of yourself reading the days news. Something to pique every child's interest.