The Gulf Coast Region of Mississippi is filled with fabulous beaches, fascinating museums, energetic casinos, and vibrant coastal cities, like Biloxi, Gulfport, and Ocean Springs—all located just north of the Gulf Islands National Seashore.
Nature lovers will enjoy a day at the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge, or the Pascagoula River Audubon Center, for wildlife viewing, nature trails, and even swamp tours. Families traveling with children are encouraged to stop by the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, visit the dolphins at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies, or hear the roar of the engines at the Gulfport Dragway.
If you’re looking to enjoy the gulf coast’s vibrant beaches and cool waters, look no further than Ship Island. The island is just a short boat ride from Biloxi, and is home to miles of white, sandy beaches and sunshine, as well as the 1800s military base, Fort Massachusetts.
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Just as gulf mariners have for the last 150 years, look for the Biloxi Lighthouse during your Biloxi vacay. A Mississippi Landmark, the lighthouse is beloved by MS residents, and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in southern Mississippi.
Just down the road, the Beauvoir estate is a must-see for visiting history buffs. Explore the estate and be sure to check out the adjacent Jefferson Davis Presidential Library for even more intriguing Biloxi history.
Hosted each year in September at Point Cadet Plaza, the Biloxi Seafood Festival is a two-day event celebrating Biloxi and the Mississippi Gulf Coast's seafood heritage. You will not want to miss the Gumbo Championship held on the day two.
The Annual St. Patrick's Day Festival & Parade is a don’t miss celebration on the Gulf Coast. You will enjoy bagpipes, great Irish music, arts and crafts vendors, authentic Irish dancers, food and beverages, games, and fun activities for the children.
Located in Biloxi, the Maritime Seafood Industry Museum commemorates Biloxi’s seafood and fishing industry through a variety of interpretive exhibits. Although it was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina, it was rebuilt in 2014 and has been in full operation since. While you will there, check Glenn L. Swetman and Mike Sekul schooners at the Schooner Pier Complex.
While visiting coastal Mississippi, take some time to visit the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art to see original works of art by George E. Ohr. This beautiful campus was designed by architect Frank Gehry and includes exhibits from craftsman Pleasant Reed, as well.
Coastal Mississippi is a popular destination for travelers looking for aquatic adventures and outdoor recreation. Found just inland of the Mississippi Sound, Waveland is a charming city where you will find Buccaneer State Park. Along with the Buccaneer Bay Waterpark, the park offers a playground for the kids, a two-mile long hiking and walking trail, and plenty of areas for bird watching. Be sure to check out Jackson's Ridge Dick Golf course, an 18-hole course yielding almost perfect views of the Gulf of Mexico.
For the ultimate thrill, head up in a plane and experience the fun and elation of complete freefall skydiving over the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Skydiving is one of the most amazing experiences of life. The rush is extreme, and the euphoria is indescribable.
Cool off in the summer time at the Buccaneer Bay Waterpark. This 4.5-acre park features a wave pool, two water slides, and a kiddie pool.
Located just off of Interstate 10, the Gulfport Premium Outlets are a top choice for retail among shoppers. The outdoor mall is home to more than 70 stores and outlets, including Banana Republic and Polo Ralph Lauren. Open seven days a week, the outlets also feature an outdoor food court with a diverse lineup of dining options, including PJ’s Coffee, Asian Jump, and Fresh Villa Italian Kitchen. Other amenities include a kids’ play area and VIP Shopper Club.
Mississippi may not feature a big-league team, but that certainly doesn’t stop Biloxi sports fans from enjoying America’s pastime. Take in a ballgame at MGM Park this summer, home of the Biloxi Shuckers, Double-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. Seating over 6,000, the stadium features a great mix of intimate fan experience, with big-league accommodations and comfort.