The Mississippi Gulf Coast isn’t large in terms of mileage but provides a large portion of the region’s seafood. Centered around Biloxi, there are also smaller towns like Ocean Springs, Bay St. Louis and Pass Christian that make up the greater coast.
People often forget just how this area was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina and others, which is still prevalent when driving through. It is also popular with gamblers because of legal casinos.
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What to Do
Walter Anderson Museum of Art– Artist Walter Anderson’s work is showcased here with paintings and murals of the animals and plants of the coast. There are also ceramics by Anderson’s brothers. 510 Washington Ave, Ocean Springs
Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum– Learn about the Gulf Coast’s significance when it comes to shipbuilding and seafood at this large waterfront museum. The collection includes a piece of a lighthouse that survived Katrina and an early oyster shucking machine. 115 East 1st Street, Biloxi
Beauvoir– The home of Jefferson Davis, Confederate president, sits on the main drag in Biloxi. Built in 1852, the antebellum mansion has a presidential library, Civil War museum, and tours, including ghost tours. Get discounted tickets here. 2244 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi
Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art– Named for a local ceramics artist, the museum was destroyed by Katrina but a new structure was designed by famed architect Frank Gehry. It has a permanent collection and rotating exhibits. 386 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi
Biloxi Lighthouse– Built in 1848, this lighthouse protected ships coming into the harbor. It was then damaged by hurricanes but was restored in 2010. Today, it sits alongside the visitor’s center and is open to tours. U.S. 90 at Porter Avenue, Biloxi
Biloxi Brewing Company– Just one of the local craft breweries, this one names its beers for elements of Gulf Coast life. Their tasting room is open for samples and sales. 186 Bohn Street, Biloxi
MGM Park– Home to Biloxi’s minor league baseball team, the Biloxi Shuckers are an affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. They also host baseball competitions and other events. 105 Caillavet Street, Biloxi
Tasty Tours of South Mississippi– Visit some of the area’s best restaurants with food tours of Ocean Springs and Gulfport. Both are walking tours and include large enough samples to leave you stuffed by the end!
Half-Day Fishing Charter– No experience is required to enjoy a half-day in the Gulf Coast in search of marine life. The captain knows the best fishing spots around.
Where to Eat
Charred: a steak & oyster bar– Oyster lovers can enjoy fresh shellfish straight from the gulf at this restaurant. Open for lunch and dinner, favorites include oysters on the half shell, aged filet, and burgers. The cocktail menu includes martinis and mojitos. 1019 Government Street A, Ocean Springs, (228) 447-3928
The Greenhouse on Porter– Set in a beautiful greenhouse, this cute cafe serves unique biscuits made fresh daily along with coffee and sandwiches. They also host monthly markets and events. 404 Porter Avenue, Ocean Springs, (228) 238-5680
Tato-Nut Donut Shop– Calling themselves the only “real” doughnuts, the sweets here are made with potato flour and icing that is a family recipe. The irregular pieces are turned into their own doughnuts called “Katrina Pieces.” 1114 Government St, Ocean Springs, (228) 872-2076
Edd’s Drive-In– This place looks right out of the 1950s and, in fact, has been around since then. The menu is made up of drive-in favorites like burgers, hot dogs, chili buns, and milkshakes. 3834 Market Street, Pascagoula, (228) 762-2177
The Blind Tiger Bay St. Louis– If you’re looking for the ultimate beach hangout for burgers and beer, look no further. The decor is reminiscent of the tropics, so embrace the vacation vibes. 119 North Beach Boulevard, Bay St Louis, (228) 216-2600
Taranto’s Crawfish– Grab fresh crawfish and seafood po boys with heaping portions at this humble Biloxi eatery. 12404 John Lee Road, Biloxi, (228) 392-0990
Where to Stay
The White House Hotel– The grand hotel is a 1800s landmark with ocean views and a rooftop terrace. It’s also home to Cora’s Restaurant, which serves coastal cuisine daily. 1230 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi
Margaritaville Resort Biloxi– The Jimmy Buffet property has a great location and rooftop pool overlooking the ocean. They also have a kid-friendly pool playground and family entertainment center. 195 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi
The Inn at Ocean Springs– This cozy spot is a small town boutique hotel with stunning rooms and a great location in town. Each room has different decor. 623 Washington Avenue, Ocean Springs
Gulf Hills Hotel & Conference Center– Also in Ocean Springs, the hotel has amenities like conference facilities and a championship golf course. 13701 Paso Road, Ocean Springs
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This post was produced with assistance by Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast and Travel South USA.