Around Town Carousels
It is not unusual to spy ornately decorated horses in the cityscape of Meridian. These carousel horses are sprinkled throughout the city, strategically placed in highly visible locations and high-traffic areas. More than 50 in all have been completed, and each was crafted or decorated by a local artist. This public arts campaign also serves as a fundraiser for Hope Village for Children, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing essential services and support to neglected and abused kids. Notably, the city's Highland Park also has a carousel house in which the Carousel from the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair resides.
Mississippi has a number of old cities, by Meridian takes top marks for its historic downtown. Covering a 19-square-block area, the historic downtown district contains buildings that date from the 1870s to the late 1950s. A major highlight in the district is the 16-story Threefoot Building, Meridian's oldest and tallest skyscraper, completed in 1929. In addition to downtown, Meridian has eight other substantial historic districts spread throughout the center part of the city. These include business, municipal, and residential sites of historical importance, also representing nearly two centuries of Meridian history and architecture.
Outdoor urban living meets backwoods authenticity at Bonita Lakes city park on Meridian's southeast side. This is a 3,300-acre park in which admission is free, and visitors have an incredible selection of activities from which to choose. As its name implies, the park contains three, beautiful lakes, where fishing and boating are both popular. There is an extensive network of primitive nature trails in the park for hiking and horseback riding as well as a paved track for walkers and runners. The 18-hole Lakeview Golf Course is also among the park's big attractions.