Introduction to Petal, Mississippi
Petal, Mississippi is located 68 miles N of Gulfport, Mississippi (center to center) and is 107 miles NE of New Orleans, Louisiana. It is in Forrest county. The city is part of the Hattiesburg metro area. The population of Petal is 7,579.
Petal is the only US city that has this name. The first post office was established in 1903 and its first postmaster was Irving A. Polk. Petal was named after the daughter of the postmaster. The city is in Forrest County which was founded in 1906.
Petal and nearby Attractions
- Petal Plaza Shopping Center
- Optimist Park
- The Puttin' Place
- Paul B. Johnson State Park
Things To Do In Petal
Tourists are fond of shopping at the Petal Plaza Shopping Center. The Optimist Park as well as the Paul B. Johnson State Park offer several recreational facilities for the enjoyment of the visitors. The amusement park called Puttin' Place is the ideal destination for a visit with kids and family.
Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport is close to Petal.
Petal Higher Education
There are several higher education institutes near the city. Among them include the University of Southern Mississippi, Jones County Junior College, Pearl River Community College, and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.