Are you visiting the Mississippi Gulf Coast for the first time? Below is a list of “Insider Tips” for things to see and do in Bay St. Louis, Biloxi, Gulfport, Long Beach & Ocean Springs, Mississippi.
When I have a visitor from out of town, I take them to the beach and to the Katrina Memorial at the Biloxi Town Green. When the high water mark from Hurricane Katrina was pointed out to me, the magnitude of destruction became a little easier to comprehend.
Looking for a quiet place to escape and unwind? Check out one of the many casino resort spas. Most offer great deals if you book in advance.
Don’t miss Lynn Meadows Discovery Center if you have kids traveling with you. It was the state’s first children museum and makes its home inside an old school house. There’s always a great coupon for a discount too: http://www.gulfcoast.org/coupons/
If you are looking for typical Mississippi Gulf Coast cuisine, I recommend Mary Mahoney’s Old French House in Biloxi. It was established in 1964 and housed in a building that was constructed in the 1700’s. Delicious seafood. On June 21, 1984, the Presidential Platter was served by Mrs. Mary Mahoney on the White House Lawn for President Reagan and guests. The restaurant has been featured in the John Grisham novel “The Runaway Jury” and in the John Grisham novel “The Partner.” The best item on the menu at Mary Mahoney’s Old French House is the Half Lobster Imperial.
I loved the beignets at McElroy’s on the Bayou in Ocean Springs and I thought I’d died and gone to heaven when I tried the apple walnut pancakes topped with brie cheese at Harbor View Restaurant in Long Beach. Dinner at Lookout Steakhouse in Gulfport Downtown District is also a treat. Save room for the chocolate bomb – sinfully delicious.
Looking for inexpensive yet amazing food on the Mississippi Gulf Coast? Visit The Shed BBQ and Blues Joint in Ocean Springs.Great live music on the weekends. Not only do you get to have fabulous BBQ, you get to have quite an experience!
Just inside of Bay St. Louis, with a great beach view, is 200 North Beach…”Comfortable, casual Southern dining at sensible prices!”
Go to Triplett Day Drug Company for a great breakfast treat or coffee. They serve delicious, warm beignets in a unique diner style setting!
For an expensive, yet quality meal, go to thirty-two at IP Casino Resort Spa in Biloxi. Seafood, steaks, fabulous wine selection – and my favorite: Crab Bisque. Yum! Steak lovers will want to visit Mignon’s in the Palace Casino and if you want to experience authentic Southern food – think fried oysters, cheese grits, red royal shrimp (when in season) and fried green tomatoes – try the Half Shell Oyster House in Biloxi.
The 24/7 Grille at the Hard Rock Casino in Biloxi is the best place for late night dining. From omelets and bagels to burgers and seafood, 24/7 Grille has a classic, casual diner atmosphere.
Seeing a lot of military members while on vacation? The Mississippi Gulf Coast is home to many military installations, including the 81st Training Wing at Keesler Air Force Base, home to the Hurricane Hunters.
When you come to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, get your picture taken at the top of the Biloxi Lighthouse. The Lighthouse is open for tours Monday – Saturday at 9:00, 9:15, and 9:30 am.
The Ship Island Excursions offer great views of Ship Island, the Gulfport coastline, and the sunset.
On the Mississippi Gulf Coast, nature lovers have the chance to bird watch, hike, or bike through many trails. In this sub-tropical climate, outdoor activities are a year-round option for the Gulf Coast vacationers. Whether you take an eco-tour to view the wildlife or rent a kayak and paddle on one of the rivers and bayous, you are certain to unwind while experiencing nature at its most pristine. You might even spy an alligator.
Looking for a little exercise? Walk along the 62 miles of coastline for a scenic view, complete with the Gulf breeze or head to DeSoto National Forest for twenty-one miles of trail for the horseback rider or hiker.
If you are a museum lover, Biloxi’s best museum is the Frank Gehry-designed Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, located next to the Biloxi Yacht Club on Highway 90.
For a night of dancing, go to Coast Nightclub inside Beau Rivage Resort & Casino. The “Beau” as it is called by locals is typical Southern scene with its giant magnolia trees in the lobby.
The Sun Herald newspaper will keep you posted on what’s happening on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
You can tell a lot about the Mississippi Gulf Coast from visiting in the spring and enjoying the Mississippi Coast Coliseum’s Crawfish Festival.
In the winter, horse lovers should attend the Gulf Coast Winter Classics – professional equestrian competitions at the Harrison County Fairgrounds.
In the spring you should attend Mardi Gras on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Lots of parades, family friendly. This was my first time to the Gulf Coast and I had the good fortune to ride on a float at the Gulf Coast Carnival Association Parade. What an experience! I have never thrown so many beads in my life!
In the summer you should attend the Mississippi Gulf Coast Music, Arts, Crafts, & Seafood Festival aka “Party at the Point” in Biloxi.
Did you know that the Mississippi Gulf Coast hosts the annual Cruisin’ the Coast car show? Visit in October to see all sorts of classic cars.
Insider Tip: See how many chainsaw sculptures you can spot on the Gulf Coast. Check out the often over-looked Biloxi Tour Train
The best way to see the Mississippi Gulf Coast is to walk on the beach during the sunset.
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