For families, singles, and retirees, the Starkville community and adjacent Mississippi State University offer an abundance of places to see, events to attend, and activities to enjoy. The opportunities cover a multitude of interests from SEC sporting events, participatory sports, outdoor recreation, tours, rodeos, historical sites and buildings, and festivals to concerts, art galleries, and museums – and, of course, a wide range of shopping and dining options. Well-maintained city and county parks provide convenient venues for many activities.


Arepas Coffee & Bar is a lively restaurant in the heart of Starkville on Main Street. Using the best ingredients and giving customers a great atmosphere, Arepas Coffee & Bar offers an authentic atmosphere and authentic Venezuelan cuisine to all.

Restaurant Tyler is located on Main Street. Chef Ty is a supporter of the ‘eat local’ movement and uses only the freshest and most local ingredients from around the Golden Triangle; whether it is local farm raised pigs for in-house smoked bacon, or Vardaman Sweet Potatoes.

Locals and visitors alike come for the friendly atmosphere and the mouth-watering Southern meals just like grandma made. The Starkville Café has been serving meals on Main Street since 1945. Their home style food makes makes this a spot where the regulars come to enjoy classic meals.


Located near the campus of Mississippi State University, this classical oasis offers quiet spot to sit and read while enjoying a complimentary breakfast, while reading book in the home’s relaxing parlor. Guests will find all the modern amenities in a luxurious room with antique furnishings, or in a plush and cozy outdoor cabin.

There is a wide array of opportunities for Starkville visitors to find a home away from home on this memorable property. Guests will find a relaxing experience in the well-polished Magnolia Tree B&B, featuring comfortably furnished suites and a welcoming common area. Or, they can enjoy an easy-going Caribbean vibe in The Pool House at 4300, a separate unit with a private patio and a front porch looking out over the full-size swimming pool and inviting lounging area.


Home of the Mississippi State University Bulldogs, Starkville is host to thousands of loyal fans. Fans and family can enjoy special events and activities planned in conjunction with sports weekends, along with convenient areas for tailgating and shuttle service provided by the university.

For anything from children’s clothing stores, boutiques, interior design, and specialty stores there is something for everyone in the downtown Starkville area.  In the spring and summer months, shop at the Starkville Community Market where you can buy local produce and arts and crafts.

Starkville is a hub for the performing arts. An award-winning theater company, the Starkville Community Theatre presents a full schedule of four productions each season in the intimate Playhouse. Members hold a children’s workshop and production in June.

The American Civil War general and 18th President of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant is well known to history for his command of the Union Army in the Vicksburg campaign. Today his legacy lives on at the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library located in Starkville at Mississippi State University.