The following is one in a series of blogs prepared by the Convention & Visitors Bureaus of the 14 cities that are home to the universities of the Southeastern Conference. These blogs are presented to enhance fans' enjoyment of the rich history and culture of SEC cities across the 11-state footprint of the Conference.
Bulldog Nation knows that Starkville is Mississippi's College Town! But it is also a history town. An arts and music town. A shopping and dining town. An outdoor adventure town. Come to town for a great SEC football game. Stay for the Starkville experience.
The perfect place to begin your day is the Mississippi State University Welcome Center. Make sure you are on time, because the lobby features a display of more than 400 clocks and watches dating back to the 1700s. Mitchell Memorial Library, located on the Drill Field in the heart of MSU's campus, offers a variety of free museums for history buffs! From the Charles H. Templeton Sr. Music Museum to the John Grisham Room to the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library, you could spend your entire trip exploring the many historical and varied collections.
After you've visited the plethora of campus museums, you'll want to take in Starkville's growing public art scene. From murals to sculptures to vibrantly painted planters and utility boxes, art can be found around almost any corner. Pro tip! Historic Downtown Starkville offers the largest concentration of murals and you'll often hear street musicians playing on game day weekends.
No trip to Starkville is complete without a visit to the Cotton District and game day is no exception! This walkable neighborhood is the perfect location to enjoy pregame food and libations at a variety of locally-owned restaurants and bars. Since the neighborhood is mere steps from Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field, you'll be joined by Bulldog fans and visitors alike. Before you head to the game, be sure to check out Starkville's unique boutiques. Whether you are searching for MSU gear, hand-made local art, or a cowbell - Starkville's must-have game day accessory - you'll find it here.
Once you've experienced the game day atmosphere at Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field - the second oldest on-campus stadium in the nation - you'll be ready to rejuvenate in nature. The Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge is the perfect place to hike, bike, canoe, kayak or bird watch. Or, head back to campus and enjoy a picnic as you plan your next trip to Mississippi's College Town!