A short drive from New Orleans, a block off the beaches of Gulfport, is Lynn Meadows Discovery Center. Nestled inside this old school building is a world of imagination waiting to be discovered by children of all ages. I was given tickets to visit Lynn Meadows a few weeks ago and am here to tell you why I think it’s worth the drive from the Northshore or New Orleans. Admission to Lynn Meadows was compensated however, all opinions are my own!
Tickets to Lynn Meadows are $10 person, but they do offer discounts for Senior citizens and military members ($2 off). They also offer a reduced rate at the end of the day (after 3PM), and the last Friday of the month admission is FREE from 3-8PM. They are open 10AM-5PM every day but Sunday. On Sundays they are open Noon-5PM.
Lynn Meadows offers a world of discovery and imagination for children. From an art room, pretending to work the docks and boats of the Gulf Coast, to a train station with a train that actually has “coal” to shovel downstairs, to this awesome climbing structure as a fun way to get upstairs.
The upstairs portion of the building has a lot more to discover and more ways to use your imagination. There is a mini Winn Dixie, an old time Mississippi Gulf Coast hotel, a plane and an area where kids can pretend they are in Mexico. I think my favorite part of the upstairs is the area that shows the kids about different disabilities including wheelchair basketball. My oldest made the comment about how hard it was to maneuver the chair and shoot the ball at the same time.
Just when you think you’re done and you’ve discovered the whole center, there is a new world outside to discover. From a bayou cafe, to tree houses, a cabin with a babbling brook, a wooden train, and play houses. There is so much to do and discovery outside!
My kids love Lynn Meadows! They ask to go every time we are on the Mississippi Gulf Coast! If you’re in the area and looking for something to do, or looking for a place to get away, Lynn Meadows is totally worth the drive.
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