COASTAL

REGION

 

The Coastal region gets its name from miles of sandy beaches. Charter a boat and go deep sea fishing. Eat dinner in Hattiesburg and check out the nightlife. Head to Bay St. Louis, Pass Christian and Ocean Springs for brunch, shopping and art galleries. Biloxi and Gulfport have great shopping and gaming options. Children will love Lynn Meadows Discovery Center. And, hop on the ferry and check out the blue water at Ship Island.

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Bay St. Louis

Hancock County  |  City Population 8,209

 

Mississippi’s West Coast/Hancock County Tourism Development Bureau

1928 Depot Way • 228.463.9222 • 800.466.9048 • mswestcoast.org

 

100 Men Hall

303 Union St. • 228.342.2770 • 100mendbahall.org

c. 1922. Historic, renovated, 3,500-square-foot building with 13-foot ceilings and a tin roof served for decades as a vibrant center for the black community, specifically through music.

 

Alice Moseley Folk Art & Antique Museum

1928 Depot Way • 228.463.9222 • alicemoseley.com

Museum featuring over 50 original folk art paintings, antique furniture, pottery and art glass. Tue - Sat, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sun, 12 - 6 p.m. Free.

 

Angel Trees of Bay St. Louis

Beach Blvd. and Cedar Rest Cemetery Second St.

Nationally known chainsaw artist Dayle Lewis created four different Angel Trees in Bay St. Louis. The first Angel Tree was at Demontluzin and Beach Blvd. where three people and a dog rode out hurricane Katrina.

 

Bay st. louis mardi gras museum

Historic Train Depot, 1928 Depot Way • 228.463.9222 • 800.466.9048 • mswestcoast.org/activities

Bay St. Louis Mardi Gras Museum, located inside the Historic Train Depot, features over a dozen elaborate Mardi Gras costumes.
Mon - Fri, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sat, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free.

 

Hancock County Stephen Ambrose Literary Landmark

Hancock County Library • 312 Hwy. 90 • 228.467.5282 • 800.466.9048 • hancock.lib.ms.us

A National Literary Landmark honoring Stephen Ambrose, who used the facility for research on many of his books.
Sat, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Mon, Tue, Thu, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Wed and Fri, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

Historic Bay St. Louis City Hall

300 Second St. • 228.467.9092 • baystlouis-ms.gov

Classical Revival architecture with Roman and Greek influences. Originally contained a boardroom and offices on the upper floor and a city jail on the ground floor. Open year-round. Free.

 

Historic Bay St. Louis Depot

1928 Depot Way • 228.463.9222 • mswestcoast.org/activities

Beautiful Mission-style, two-story building surrounded by park-like grounds and visitor center.  Featured in the 1966 film This Property Is Condemned starring Robert Redford and Natalie Woods. Year-round. Free.

 

Historic Hancock County Courthouse

150 Main St. • 228.467.5265

This Greek Revival-style, two-story, columned structure is still in full use on weekdays.

Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

Kate Lobrano House

108 Cue St. • 228.467.4090 • hancockcountyhistoricalsociety.com

c. 1890s. Victorian cottage housing large collection of old Hancock County photography. Collection of ancient Indian artifacts. Houses the Hancock County Historical Society.

Mon - Fri, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., 1 - 3 p.m. Donations accepted.

 

Leo W. Seal, Jr. Bay Bridge Artwalk

Hwy. 90 and Beach Blvd. • 800.466.9048 • mswestcoast.org

Four-mile walking and biking path, the Bay Bridge Artwalk has won the National People's Choice award for best bridge. Path is marked by bronze bas relief plaques created from works of our most talented artists. Entrance pylons are works of art for photo opportunities.

 

Old Town Bay St. Louis

Beach St., Main St. and Second St. • baystlouisoldtown.com

Quaint bay-side old town's tree-lined streets offer specialty shops, art galleries, restaurants, cafes, lounges, ice cream parlors and coffee houses.

Visit historic sites, including buildings and murals,

or relax on shady benches.

 

Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church

228 S. Beach Blvd. • 228.467.6509 • olgchurch.net

Completely destroyed by fire in 1907 and reconstructed by 1926, this is the fifth oldest Catholic parish in Mississippi. This breath-taking church featuring stained glass, a high altar built of Italian Carrerra marble and ceiling illustrations overlooks the Gulf of Mexico.

 

Solar Boat Tours

238 Washington St. • 228.636.2529 • solarboattours.com

Tour travels from the bayou to the bay and back in about an hour on a solar boat skiff. Advanced online registration required. Two person limit. Seasonal, March to October.

 

St. Augustine Seminary & Grotto

199 Seminary Dr./Ulman Ave. • 228.467.6414

Church and seminary were moved from Greenville in 1920. Oldest Roman Catholic seminary in the United States to train and ordain African-Americans for the priesthood. Daily, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. By appointment. Donations accepted.

 

St. Rose de Lima Catholic Church

301 S. Necaise Ave. • 228.467.7357 • strosedelimabsl.org

c. 1926. Predominantly African-American Catholic church. Full multiracial gospel choir. Altar has an original mural, “Christ in the Oaks,” by Auseklis Ozols, depicting an African-American Christ figure. Call for times.

 

St. Stanislaus College

304 S. Beach Blvd. • 228.467.9057 • ststan.com

Brothers of the Sacred Heart have run this all-boys Catholic boarding school since 1954. On the water's edge under ancient oaks, it boasts notable alumni including Doc Blanchard, Army football player who was the Heisman, Maxwell and Sullivan trophy winner. Donations accepted.

 

“This Property Is Condemned”  Walking Tour

1928 Depot Way • 228.463.9222 • 800.466.9048 • mswestcoast.org/activities

1966 American drama film starring Robert Redford and Natalie Wood based on the Tennessee Williams play. Visitors can follow a map to five markers to see sights from the movie and what they are today. Maps at the Depot Visitor Center.

 

 

 

Biloxi

Harrison County  |  City Population 44,342

 

Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau

2350 Beach Blvd., Ste. A • 228.896.6699 • 888.467.4853

 

 

Beau Rivage resort & casino875 Beach Blvd. • 228.386.7444 • 888.567.6667 • beaurivage.comfacebook.com/beaurivageAAA Four Diamond 24-hour gaming facility with 1,740 rooms, table games, slot machines, table poker, premier entertainment, restaurants, golf, shopping promenade and three bars throughout.

 

Beauvoir, Jefferson Davis Home2244 Beach Blvd. • 228.388.4400 • visitbeauvoir.orgLast home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Museum, historic cemetery, Tomb of the Unknown Confederate Soldier, Presidential Library and gift shop.Open year-round. Daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission.

 

Big Play Family Fun Center

1836 Beach Blvd • 228.388.7529 • bigplayfamilyfuncenter.com

36 holes of mini golf, bumper cars, arcade, go-karts, a water balloon launching section, concession stand and more.

Seasonal, Mar - Oct, Sun - Thu, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Fri - Sat, 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. Admission.

 

Biloxi Boardwalk Marina Pontoon Rentals

200 Eighth St.• 228.432.2628 biloxiboardwalkmarina.com

The pontoon boats are great for a relaxing fishing day or exploring the beautiful waters of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Half, full, three and seven-day rental options. Call for details.

 

Biloxi City Cemetery

1166 Irish Hill Dr. • biloxi.ms.us/gallery/cemetery/

c. 1800s. Well known "residents" include George Ohr, The Mad Potter of Biloxi; Pleasant Reed, Lazaro Lopez and Brigadier General Joseph Robert Davis.

 

Biloxi Fire Museum

1046 Howard Ave. • 228.435.6119

Depicts the history of the Biloxi Fire Department in the original 1937 firehouse.

Year-round. Sat, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. or by appointment. Donations accepted.

 

Biloxi LighthouseHwy. 90 and Porter Ave. • 228.374.3105 • biloxi.ms.usBiloxi’s signature landmark and one of the most photographed sites. The climb is challenging.
Guided tours. Mon - Sat, 9 a.m., 9:15 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Admission.

 

Biloxi National Cemetery

400 Veterans Ave. • 228.388.6668 • cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/biloxi.asp

Established in March 1934. Historic markers include the Biloxi National Cemetery Monument and two granite markers by the main flagpole.

 

Biloxi Schooners

367 Beach Blvd., Schooner Pier Complex • 228.435.6320 • maritimemuseum.org

Sail the Mississippi Sound daily; two replica 65-foot, two-masted schooners, 49 passengers; 2.5-hour, half-day and full-day charters.

Schedule by phone. Admission.

 

Biloxi Shrimping TripBiloxi Small Craft Harbor • 228.392.8645 • biloxishrimpingtrip.comPride and heritage of Biloxi come alive aboard this unique educational cruise; kids welcome; see the spectacular world of sea life caught on a real shrimping expedition. Seasonal. Admission.

 

Biloxi Shuckers at MGM Park

105 Caillavet St. •228.233.3465 • biloxishuckers.com

Double-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers playing in the Southern League.

 

Biloxi Tour Train

Porter Ave. and Hwy. 90 at Biloxi Lighthouse • 228.374.8687 • biloxitourtrain.com

Dubbed the “Shrimp Train” by local folks, this small conveyance offers a 90-minute narrated tour through Biloxi’s Historical District. Seasonal; reservation required. Admission.

 

Biloxi Visitors Center

1050 Beach Blvd. • 228.374.3105 • 800.245.6943 • biloxi.ms.us

Rebuilt to replicate the original Dantzler House; offers visitor information, a multimedia museum, art exhibits and gift shop.
Daily, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

Dusti Bongé Art Exhibition

132 Rue Magnolia • 228.432.7660 • dustibonge.org

Works of one of the few female Abstract Expressionists in the 1950s. Tue - Sat, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free.

 

EcoGeno Bike Rentals

2394 Pass Rd. • 228.976.7771 • facebook.com/ecogeno

Rent a bike and explore the area. Fun for the entire family.

Mon - Fri, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sat - Sun, 11 a.m.- dark. Fees apply.

 

Escape at Margaritaville Resort Biloxi

195 Beach Blvd • 800-794-1582 • margaritavilleresortbiloxi.com

Adventure awaits you at Escape, a 55,000-sq.ft. family entertainment center. Features 48-ft. volcano rock wall, Sky Trail ropes course, Cloud Coaster, virtual sport simulators, boutique bowling, arcade, lazy river and more. Sun - Thu, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Fri - Sat, 10 a.m. - midnight.

 

Gallery 782 Co-Art

782 Water St. • 228.436.7782 • gallery782.org

Gallery features works of over 35 local artists housed in a historic building. Gift shop.

Mon - Sat, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 

HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO BILOXI777 Beach Blvd. • 228.374.7625  •  877.877.6256 • hardrockbiloxi.comfacebook.com/HardRockBiloxiThings are rockin’ at Hard Rock Biloxi. The resort offers 479 hotel rooms, over 1,500 slots and 56 table games. Hard Rock Biloxi has amenities including the Wet Spot pool, the Rock Spa and five restaurants for your dining satisfaction. Come see the show at Hard Rock Live-an 1,800 capacity entertainment venue where you can hear some of the country’s top musicians.

 

Hurricane Camille Memorial

Hwy. 90, on the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer’s Biloxi beachfront grounds This beautiful but somber memorial serves as a reminder of the 172 dead or missing on the Mississippi Coast due to the historic storm. Free.

 

Hurricane Katrina Memorial

Hwy. 90, Biloxi Town Green • biloxi.ms.us/katrina_and_Biloxi/Katrina_Memorial.html

Memorial dedicated to the Gulf Coast victims who perished in Hurricane Katrina. Free.

 

Hurricane Katrina Tree Sculptures

Scenic Hwy. 90 • biloxi.ms.us/sculptures

Along Hwy. 90 are amazing sculptures by award-winning artists Dayton Scoggins and Marlin Miller. Tree trunks transformed into sculpted works of art.

Drive-by. Free.

 

Mardi Gras Museum

119 Rue Magnolia • 228.435.6308 • facebook.com/biloximardigrasmuseum

Located in the restored historic Magnolia Hotel, the museum traces the three hundred year history of the celebration of Mardi Gras on the Gulf Coast.
Tue - Sat, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission.

 

Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum115 First St. • 228.435.6320 • maritimemuseum.orgHistorical museum with priceless photographs and artifacts of the maritime and seafood industry. Gift shop.Mon - Sat, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Sun, 12 - 4 p.m. Admission.

 

 

Mississippi Gulf Coast Beach Vendorsgulfcoast.org Fun water activities including jet skiing, parasailing, kayaks, aqua cycles,hydrocycles, umbrellas and beach chairs. Seasonal, Apr - Oct. Fees apply.

 

Mississippi Gulf Coast Boat Rides & Sunset Cruises

228.896.6699 • gulfcoast.org

Quiet sails, kayaking, canoeing, dinner and sunset cruises offer the perfect opportunity to spend time on the water and experience nature at her best.

Take your pick of sunrise, sunset or day trips.

 

Nauti-Toons Boat Rentals

119 Beach Blvd. • 228.234.6969 • nautitoons.com

Have fun on the water with pontoon rentals. Hit one of the nearby islands or beaches and spend the afternoon swimming and having a private picnic. Half and full-day.

 

Negrotto’s Gallery

2645 Executive Pl. • 228.388.8822 • negrottosgallery.com

Features works of over 80 prominent local, regional and international artists in a variety of mediums along with themed art exhibits and events.

Mon - Sat, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art386 Beach Blvd. • 228.374.5547 • georgeohr.orgFrank Gehry designed museum featuring George E. Ohr’s pottery and rotating exhibits of local and national artwork. Gift shop.Tue - Sun, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission. brellas and beach chairs. Seasonal, Apr - Oct. Fees apply.

 

PALACE CASINO RESORT158 Howard Ave. • 228.432.8888 • 800.725.2239 • palacecasinoresort.comPalace Casino Resort is the only smoke-free casino on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and the premier destination for luxurious accommodations, superior guest service and endless excitement. Nestled along the beautiful Gulf of Mexico and Biloxi’s Back Bay, the resort offers hotel rooms and suites with stunning views, award-winning restaurants, non-stop gaming, championship golf at The Preserve Golf Club and amazing amenities to complement your stay.

 

St. Michael’s Catholic Church

177 First St. • 228.435.5578 • stmichaelchurchbiloxi.com/history.php

Called the "Fisherman's Church" because of the scalloped shell roof. Annual sponsor of “Blessing of the Fleet,” which marks the beginning of the shrimping season. Regular Catholic masses offered. Tours Tue - Thu, 12 - 3 p.m. Free.

 

T&J Island Cruises

200 Eighth St. • 228.217.6147 • http://tjislandcruises.com

Half and full-day charters.

 

USS Biloxi Mast

679 Beach Blvd. • biloxi.ms.us

Located at the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor, mast from the USS Biloxi that saw service during World War II. See the superstructure, Purple Heart display, garden and other war-related markers.

 

 

 

Collins

Covington County  |  City Population 2,779

 

Covington County Chamber of Commerce

2350 Beach Blvd., Ste. A • 500 Komo St. • 601.765.6012 • covingtonchamber.com

 

Covington County Courthouse

101 S. Dogwood Ave. • 601.765.6012 • covingtonchamber.com

c. 1907. This beautiful old courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The county was established in 1819, making it one of the oldest

counties in the state.
Daily, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed Saturdays and major holidays. Free.

 

Full Flight Hunting Preserve

15 Watts Rd. • 601.765.6012 • fullflighthuntingpreserve.com

Quail hunting at its best. Contact for hunt details.

 

Gerald McRaney Birthplace Marker

Corner of Gerald McRaney St. and Elm St. • 601.765.6012 • covingtonchamber.com

Marker commemorates the life and contributions of actor Gerald McRaney, Collins’ native son. TV roles include Simon and Simon, Major Dad, Promised Land and Deadwood. Drive-by.

 

Grand Paradise Waterpark

50 Grandview Dr. • 601.765.8118 • grandparadisewaterpark.com

Grand Paradise Waterpark features seven acres of water excitement. Enjoy six high-in-the-sky thrilling slides, lazy river and aqua play center.

Seasonal. Please call.

 

Lake Mike Conner

66 Lake Dr. • 601.765.4024

Large lake with freshwater fishing, largemouth bass and catfish. RV camping, restrooms, picnic tables, pavilion and boat ramp.

 

Mitchell Farms

659 Leaf River Church Rd. • 601.765.8609, 601.765.8033 • mitchellfarms-ms.com

Educational tours promoting agriculture and farm life. Book your next event at the banquet barn. U-pick garden, Jun - Jul. Peanuts available Aug - Nov. Pumpkin Patch-Maze, late Sep - Nov.

 

Columbia

Marion County  |  City Population 6,523

 

Marion County Development Partnership

412 Courthouse Sq. • 601.736.6385 • mcdp.info

 

Artwistic Revolution Gallery

319 Second St. • facebook.com/artwisticrevolution

A unique cooperative art gallery of local artists. Some of the artwork showcased includes: sculpture, pottery, paintings, photography, digital media, pen and ink drawings.

Mon - Fri, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

The Hugh White Mansion

One Hugh White • 601.736.1763

Designed by noted architect C.H. Lindsley and furnished by Marshall Field, the Governor Hugh White Mansion is "probably Mississippi's finest residential essay in the Colonial Revival Style." Built in 1925.
By appointment only.

 

Lake Columbia & Lake Bill Waller

12 miles southeast of Columbia • 601.736.1861

Lake Bill Waller is a prime fishing lake. Designed for recreational use, Lake Columbia is equipped with pavilions, full camper hookups, picnic areas and water skiing.

 

Marion County Courthouse

250 Broad St. • 601.731.5972

Constructed in 1905 and located in the center of Columbia. Cornerstones of the courthouse and the first bricks at Columbia High School were laid on the same day.

 

Marion County Museum & Archives

200 Second St. • 601.731.3999

Located downtown in a historic depot, the museum consists of relics and photographs commemorating the history of Columbia, Marion County and the surrounding area. Open weekdays. Free.

 

marion county recreational railroad

150 Industrial Park Dr. • 601.408.7544

The recreational railroad is available for rides on the first Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. or by appointment for field trips, birthday parties and special events.

 

State HWY. 43 Scenic Motorcycle Byway

Picayune to Columbia

State Hwy. 43 from Picayune to Columbia is a 58-mile, winding, tree-lined motorcyclists’ dream ride. The byway begins curvy and becomes more curvy north of Hwy. 26.

 

Walter payton sculpture

1009 Broad St. • 601.731.3999

Life-size bronze sculpture of the legendary NFL player overlooks the Walter Payton Football Field on the Columbia High School campus. "Sweetness" sculpture created by Columbia artist Ben Watts.

 

 

 

D’Iberville

Harrison County  |  City Population 11,438

 

Adventure Locators, LLC

10740 D'Iberville Blvd. • 228.392.7830 • facebook.com/adventurelocators

Scuba lessons, kayaking, stand-up paddle-boards (SUP), kiteboarding, skydiving, equipment sales & rentals, training, service, adventure trips and cruises. Mon - Fri, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sat, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 

D'Iberville Town Clock

Central Ave. • 228.392.7966

Beautiful four-faced town clock stands tall upon a three-tiered granite base. Relax on the benches placed around this picturesque clock in downtown D’Iberville.

 

Whipasnapa Sightseeing Trips

3367 Bay Shore Dr. • 228.229.6978 • whipasnapacharters.com

Two-hour sightseeing cruise around Biloxi. Great for couples and families; bring your favorite beverage and your camera for beautiful picture taking. 1 - 6 passenger fishing trips available.

Year-round. Reservations required.

 

 

Diamondhead

Hancock County  |  City Population 8,500

 

 

 

 

Ellisville

Jones County  |  City Population 4,448

 

Deason Home

Corner of Deason St. and Anderson St. • 601.477.3314

c. 1840s. Oldest home in Jones County continuously occupied by the same family. The home was donated to the Tallahala Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Guided Tours. By appointment. Admission.

 

Space tag

204 W. Pine St. • 601.342.2596 • spacetag.us

The facility is a fun-filled family entertainment center with a laser tag arena, indoor go-kart track and bumper cars. The largest and only two level laser arena in the state. Tue, reservation only; Wed - Fri, 3 - 9 p.m.; Sat, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

 

 

Gautier

Jackson County  |  City Population 16,251

 

Eco-Tours of South Mississippi

Pickup at Gautier City Park or Moss Point Waterfront • 228.297.8687 • ecotoursofsouthmississippi.com

Tours of the cypress swamps and salt marshes of the lower Pascagoula River or the coastal barrier islands. Perfect for birders, naturalists, photographers and outdoor enthusiasts. Overnight adventures in a remote cabin. Kayak tours and motorboat cruises with seasoned guide. Open year-round. Reservation required.

 

Estarine Education & Leadership Development Center

2300 Highway 90 • 228-497-9602 • http://mgccc.edu

Interpretive walks on nature trails, informal classes on estuaries and wetlands in the educational greenhouse and boat tours along the backwaters of coast Mississippi. Reservations required.

 

Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge & Visitor Center

7200 Crane Ln. • 228.497.6322 • fws.gov/mississippisandhillcrane

The first national wildlife refuge established under the Endangered Species Act. Created for the protection of the endangered Mississippi sandhill cranes and their unique habitat. Visitor center.

Tue - Sat, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free.

 

nature’s playground sculpture

3200 Hwy. 90 • 228.497.8000 • gautierpride.org

42-ft.-high steel structure features wildlife native to the Gulf Coast region — an alligator, turtles, a great blue heron, fish and a crab. Commissioned by the city to be installed at the entrance to the city's Town Center revitalization. Always open.

 

Veterans Tribute Tower

Gautier City Hall, 3330 Hwy. 90 • 228.219.7644 •

The Tower stands as a lasting tribute to honor America's veterans, a salute to our present day veterans and to inspire the future of all veterans. Four clocks that chime hourly and a 250-lb. commemorative bell which was cast on site as part of a two-day event commemorating the occasion.

 

 

 

Gulfport

Harrison County  |  City Population 70,113

 

 

 

Busted Wrench Garage Museum & Gift Shop

2311 29th St. • 228.864.9082 • bustedwrench.com

For the classic car enthusiast. Classic cars, motorcycles and even boats displayed in a 6,000-sq. ft. three-dimensional exhibit hall.

Gift shop. Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free.

 

Center for Marine Education & Research

10801 Dolphin Ln. • 228.896.9182 • imms.org/visit_us.php

Hands-on museum, aquatic exhibits, fossil dig, dolphin show and Dolphin Interaction Program where guests get up-close and personal with the dolphins in water. Mon - Sat. Reservations required. Admission.

 

Chandeleur Brewing Company

2711 14th St. • 228.701.9985 • chandeleurbrew.com

Chandeleur Brewing Company handcrafts some of the most excellent ales on the Gulf Coast using only the finest, freshest malted barley, hops and local ingredients.

Tours available. Thu - Fri, 4 - 7 p.m.; Sat, 1 - 4 p.m.

 

Cyclist Choice

1927 25th Ave. • 228.864.0072 • cyclistchoice.net

Provides a variety of bikes to encourage cycling along the Gulf Coast. Trail maps available. Mon-Fri, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

Everything Kayak Rentals

15240 Creosote Rd. • 228.865.1000   • everythingkayak.com

Kayak rentals available year-round and for every level paddler. Paddle to the islands, "yak" fish or tour along the beachfront. Rentals delivered to launch location or to overnight accommodation during stay. Daily, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

 

Gulf Islands Waterpark

Off I-10 (exit Hwy. 49 N) • 228.328.1266 • soaknfun.com

Thrilling fun for the entire family. Enjoy more than 18 acres of water featuring wild rides, miles of slides and summer fun for all ages. May - Labor Day.

See website for hours. Admission.

 

Gulfport Dragway

17085 Racetrack Rd. • 228.863.4408 • gulfportdragway.com

Quarter-mile drag strip that features races on Wednesday nights. Gates open at 6 p.m., weather permitting. Family fun.

Open year-round. See website for hours.

 

Gulfport Galleria of Fine Art

1300 24th Ave\. • 228.868.0705 • gulfportgalleria.com

Located in the historic Carnegie Building, the art gallery features approximately 40 coastal artists. Exhibits include pottery, textile art, visual arts, photography, original jewelry designs, sculptures, stained glass and paintings. Mon - Fri, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

 

La Dolce Vita Cruises

2250 Jones Park Dr. • 228.207.0129 • ladolcevitacruises.com

Luxury yacht provides cruises for 1-6 passengers to enjoy the view of the water, dolphin and other marine life watching and sunsets. 2.5, 4 or 6-hour cruises.

 

 

Lynn Meadows Discovery Center246 Dolan Ave. • 228.897.6039 • lmdc.orgOne of the country’s top 50 children’s museums with many exhibits and hands-on fun.Mon - Sat, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sun, 12 - 5 p.m. Admission.

 

Making Memories Sailing

2250 Jones Park Dr. • 228.257.1776• makingmemoriessailing.com

Explore the Mississippi Sound. Enjoy the water, view the wildlife and experience the beautiful sunset. Up to six passengers. Year-round, weather permitting.

 

Mississippi Coast Model Railroad Museum

504 Pass Rd. • 228.284.5731 • mcmrcm.org

Home to three different model railroad train table layouts: HO, O and N. There are five running, elevated G scale trains for kids to come and enjoy. Tue - Sat, 12 - 5 p.m.

 

North Star Sailing Charters

2250 Jones Park Dr. • 228.617.8057 • northstarsailingcharters.com

Embark on a nautical day of fun on the Mississippi Sound. Cruises offered include day, sunset, moonlight and dinner. Half and full-day charters for up to 6 passengers. Year-round, weather permitting.

Set Sail Yacht Charters

2250 Jones Park Dr. • 228.596.1670 • setsailaway.com

Experience a true yachting experience aboard the 52-ft. Endurance. Cruises include sunset, afternoon or dolphin searching. Reservations required. Up to six passengers.

 

ship island excursionsGulfport Yacht Harbor • 228.864.1014 • msshipisland.comExplore Mississippi's barrier islands, part  of Gulf Islands National Seashore. Enchanting beaches with pristine Gulf waters, shelling, birding and frequent dolphin sightings.Tour Fort Massachusetts, c. 1858.Boats operate Mar - Oct. Look for us on Trip Advisor.

 

South MS Charters Sightseeing & Cruises

Gulfport Harbor, Pier 6 - Slip 24 & 25 • 228.860.9103

Bring the "crew” for an island adventure, sightseeing or camping trip. All ages welcome; food and drink welcome aboard. Call for details.

 

Wut SUP Standup Paddleboards & Rentals

13247 Seaway Rd., Unit E22 • 228.669.1802

Offers standup paddleboard rentals (SUP) on Gulfport Lake and other locations at affordable rates. The most popular SUP package: SUP board, board bag, leash,

fins and paddle customized for you.

 

 

Hattiesburg

Forrest County  |  City Population 48,012

 

Visit Hattiesburg

One Convention Center Plaza • 601.296.7475 • 866.442.8843 • visithattie.com

 

AFRICAN AMERICAN MILITARY HISTORY MUSEUM & HISTORIC USO CLUB305 E. Sixth St. • 601.450.1942 • hattiesburguso.comMore than 150 years of African-American military history are displayed in Hattiesburg’s historic USO Club, a landmark building. Hundreds of artifacts, photos and unique displays.Wed - Fri, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sat, 12 - 4 p.m.; by appointment, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Photo courtesy of VISITHATTIESBURG

 

 All-American Rose GardenUniversity of Southern Mississippi • 601.266.4491 • usm.eduLocated at the front of USM's campus, this garden features more than 750 award-winning All-American and Hybrid-T roses. Blooming season is late spring and throughout summer.

 

center for study of the life & work of william carey, D.D. (1761-1834)William Carey University • 498 Tuscan Ave. • 601.318.6738 • wmcarey.edu/carey/Known as The Carey Center in Donnell Hall, this museum holds rare, beautiful and significant items of historic value to Britain, India and the United States. Co-directed by Dr. Bennie Crockett and Dr. Myron Noonkester, the Center promotes the life and work of William Carey, a missionary, social reformer, linguist, botanist and educator.Mon - Fri, 1 - 5 p.m. during the academic year or by appointment.

 

the clarence dickinson  special collectionWilliam Carey University • 498 Tuscan Ave. • 601.318.6169 • wmcarey.eduHoused in Smith Rouse Library, the collection contains the art, piano, correspondence, diplomas, mementos, and more than 2,000 books and manuscripts belong to Clarence and Helen Dickinson. Dickinson, called the father of American church music, was a composer, arranger, director, educator, and concert organist who helped establish the American Guild of Organists.By appointment.

 

Hattiesburg Historic Neighborhood District

601.583.4329 • hattiesburghistoricneighborhood.com

Hattiesburg has one of the largest, most intact historic districts in southeast Mississippi, featuring architectural styles dated between 1884 and 1930. The neighborhood hosts several annual events.

 

freedom summer trailHattiesburg Visitors Center at I-59 and Hwy. 49 • 601.296.7475 • 866.442.8843 • visithattie.comFreedom Summer Trail is a compilation of 16 historic sites of Freedom Summer 1964 and the Civil Rights Movement in Hattiesburg. Printed guides are available at the Visitors Center.Mon - Sat, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

Hattiesburg Zoo107 S. 17th Ave. • 601.545.4576 • HattiesburgZoo.comThe Hattiesburg Zoo features more than 100 species, Asbury Discovery Center, SplashPad, Touch Africa Petting Zoo, train, carousel and much more. Tue - Sun, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 

High Ropes Adventure Course

107 S. 17th Ave. • 601.545.4576 • hattiesburgzoo.com

Located at the Hattiesburg Zoo, the High Ropes Adventure Course offers an active and adventurous experience challenging coordination, stealth and strategy. The entire family can enjoy this hands-on experience.

 

historic downtown hattiesburg601.583.4329 • downtownhattiesburg.comfacebook.com/DowntownHattiesburgHistoric Downtown Hattiesburg is a center for arts, culture and heritage. The downtown area includes the Saenger Theater and unique shopping and dining.Photo courtesy of VISITHATTIESBURG

 

HISTORIC SAENGER THEATERHistoric Downtown Hattiesburg • 601.584.4888• hattiesburgsaenger.comThe renovated Saenger Theater is an elegant, 1,000-seat movie palace that opened on Thanksgiving Day 1929 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Designed by famed New Orleans architect Emile Weile, the facility serves as a live entertainment venue, complete with an original Robert Morton pipe organ.Box Office, Mon - Fri, 12 - 5 p.m. Group tours must be arranged in advance; call 601.296.7478 to schedule. Photo courtesy of VISITHATTIESBURG

 

 LONGLEAF TRACEGateway at University of Southern Mississippi • 601.450.5247 • longleaftrace.orgThe Longleaf Trace is a 41-mile multi-purpose recreational Rails-to-Trails project,paralleled by a 23-mile equestrian trail.Mon - Thu, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Fri - Sat, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sun, 1 - 6 p.m. Photo courtesy of VISITHATTIESBURG

 

 

Lucile Parker Art Gallery at William carey university

512 Tuscan Ave. • 601.318.6192 • wmcarey.edu

The gallery houses over 500 works in four collections of oils, watercolors, pen and ink drawings, portraits and prints by Lucile Parker and other artists. Exhibits by outside artists are held throughout the academic year.

 

Mississippi Armed forces museumHwy. 49, South Gate, Bldg. 850 • 601.558.2757 • armedforcesmuseum.usThe Mississippi Armed Forces Museum is Mississippi's only state-operated museum dedicated exclusively to military history. In a 16,000-sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility, the museum houses over 15,000 artifacts, representing all branches of the military. Through unique exhibits and dioramas, visitors can "walk through time" and experience Mississippi military history.Tue - Sat, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

 

The Rock at Southern MissHwy. 49 near Hardy St. • 601.266.4491 • usm.eduTake a stroll down the Eagle Walk underthe M.M. Roberts Stadium, known as “The Rock,” where the names of great football legends, including Ray Guy and Brett Favre, can be seen. Special events and football games are held here throughout the year. Call for schedule of events and games.

 

Sarah Gillespie Museum of Art at William Carey University

498 Tuscan Ave. • 601.318.6107 • wmcarey.edu

The museum houses of over 600 works and is the most complete collection of art by Mississippians in the 20th century. The works record subject matter that concerns regional artists. Mon - Fri, 1 - 4 p.m.

 

The Spirit That Builds Mural

329 Hardy St. • 601.582.4461 • hattiesburg.org

Suspended in the Hattiesburg Library atrium, the mural serves as a visual saga of the history of Hattiesburg. The 167-ft. mural was painted by renowned artist William Baggett.

Mon - Thu, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Fri - Sat, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 

USM Museum of Art

University of Southern Mississippi • 601.266.4861 • usm.edu/visual-arts

Traveling shows and a permanent collection, including an exhibition of works by Mississippi artist Valerie Jaudon and the masters. Contemporary sculpture and photography.

 

 

Hurley

Jackson County  |  City Population 985

 

Seward Farms Maze

10836 Tanner Williams Rd. • 228.641.3936 • sewardfarms.com

Cornfield maze, hayride, cow train ride, corn cannons, play area, animal alley, fire pits, picnic area and Haunted Friday Nights in October. Saturdays, mid-Sep - Oct, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

 

 

Kiln

Hancock County  |  City Population 1,917

 

Brett Favre Mural on Dolly's Quick Stop

16593 Hwy. 603 • 228.255.5552

The mural, painted by several local artists, chronicles the football career of Brett Favre from high school to the NFL. Nearby is a Welcome to Kiln, the Home of Brett Favre football sign, perfect for pictures.

 

Crittenden Distillery LLC

19193 Hwy. 43 • 228.216.2363

Whiskey and bourbon distillery. Tours offered Thu-Sat. by appointment.

 

JOURDAN RIVER BLUEWAY

8100 Texas Flat Rd. • 228.467.1894

Explore this 8.5-mile river trail by canoe, kayak or paddleboard. The tranquil waters of the upper Jourdan River offer a haven for birds and wildlife through coastal floodplains and a riverine ecological system. Located at McLeod Park.

 

Kiln Moonshine Tours

The Kiln area. • 228.222.0445 •moonshinecruzintour.com

Tour Kiln, MS once called the Moonshine Capital of the Nation (1910). Learn how Kiln Moonshine Wilderness Families used big money from Chicago to develop Kiln into a national "epicenter" for moonshine distribution. Driving tour.

 

Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company

7030 Roscoe Turner Rd. • 228.467.2727 • lazymagnolia.com

Brewery tour and sampling. Family friendly. Kids get a special Mississippi-made treat.

Thu - Fri, 4 - 6 p.m.; Sat, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission for tour with sampling, tour free without sampling. Hourly tours available.

 

McLeod Water Park & Campground

8100 Texas Flat Rd. • 228.467.1894 • pearlriverbasin.com/parks.php

Located on the Jourdan River; laundry facilities, playground, boat ramp on property, nature trail and pavilion. Fishing, boating, canoeing and wildlife viewing. New splash pad and disc golf.

 

Southern Promiseland Farm

1212 Raygan Ln. • 228.255.4866 • southernpromiseland.com

Huge corn maze, pumpkin patch, hayride pulled by a tractor, play area, concession stand and hay maze for small adventurers. Seasonal, Sep - Nov.  Call for details.

 

 

Laurel

Jones County  |  City Population 18,540

 

Economic Development Authority of Jones County/Chamber of Commerce

153 Base Dr., Ste. 3 • 601.649.3031 • 800.392.9629 • jonescounty.com


Big Creek Water Park

Two Big Creek Water Park off Hwy. 84 • 601.763.8555 • 800.748.9403

Part of the Pat Harrison Waterway. Features a water park, activity area, cabins, camping sites, fishing, nature trail, picnic areas, RV dump station and laundry facility.

 

Landrum’s Country Homestead & Village

1356 Hwy. 15 S • 601.649.2546 • landrums.com

The Living History Museum comes to life with over 70 buildings and displays nestled in a beautifully landscaped setting covering over 10 acres of pecan trees, streams and Southern foliage. Mon - Sat, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

Laurel’s Historic District

Second Ave. through Seventh Ave. • 601.428.0574

Laurel's Historic District is the most intact collection of early 20th century architecture in Mississippi. Walking/driving tour of historic structures. District encompasses over 360 buildings. National Register of Historic Places.

 

lauren rogers museum of art

565 N. Fifth Ave. at Seventh St. • 601.649.6374 • LRMA.org

The state’s first art museum. With more than 2,000 items in its collection and more than 10,000- sq. ft. of galleries and exhibition areas, Lauren Rogers is the area’s leading art museum.

Tue - Sat, 10 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.; Sun, 1 - 4 p.m. Free.

 

Veterans Memorial Museum

920 Hillcrest Dr. • 601.428.4008 • veteransmemorialmuseum.org

Museum and library houses artifacts to commemorate our military history. Includes books, newspapers and documents from all war eras. Over 100 movies

 

Leakesville

Greene County  |  City Population 997

 

Greene County Museum

400 Main St., Fourth Floor • 601.394.4343

1939 courthouse and jail features artifacts from homes, farms, schools and log river rafting. Prehistoric Indian artifacts and living-history demonstrations. Mississippi Landmark.

Mon - Tue, Thu, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.;

Wed and Fri, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

 

Turkey Fork Recreation Area

601.428.0594

Camping, swimming, picnicking, fishing and boating opportunities. In the Sand Hill community, this 240-acre lake serves as a focal point of Greene County.

 

Long Beach

Harrison County  |  City Population 15,300

 

Cam-Lo Cruises

Long Beach Harbor • 228.669.7040 • gulfcoast.org

Boat rides, sightseeing or any other special requests you may have. Call for reservations. Year-round. Maximum six passengers.

 

Friendship Oak

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Campus, 730 E. Beach Blvd. • 228.865.4500 • usm.edu/gulfcoast/friendship_oak

Magnificent 500-plus year-old live oak tree and one of the most photographed attractions on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

 

Long Beach WWII Battleship Guns

720 Cleveland Ave.  • 228.863.1556

World War II battleship guns located at the Long Beach Harbor.

 

Wolf River Canoe & KayaK

21640 Tucker Rd. • 228.452.7666 • wolfrivercanoes.com

Famous for its white sand beaches and winding waterways, the Wolf River is perfect for canoers and kayakers alike. Whether you want to swim, picnic, camp, fish, or just relax and enjoy nature, a canoe trip from Wolf River Canoes is for you. Rentals available.

 

Lucedale

George County  |  City Population 2,948

 

Greater George County Economic Development Foundation/Chamber of Commerce

116 Beaver Dam Rd. • 601.947.2755

 

Lucedale City Park & War Memorial

507 Oak St. • 601.947.3261 • cityoflucedale.com/recreation.html

Playground, basketball courts, walking tracks, amphitheater, war memorial and more. Facilities, pavilions and grills available. Open to public.

 

Lucedale Greenway Depot Creek

Depot St. • 601.947.2755 • ltmcp.org/properties/george-county/lucedale-depot-creek/

28.9 acres of scenic green space and recreational activities including walking the boardwalk, fishing,hiking, bird-watching and educational pursuits.

 

Palestine Gardens “A Replica of the Holy Land”

201 Palestine Gardens Rd. 601.947.8422 • palestinegardens.org

Where the land of the Bible comes alive. A scale model of the Holy Land with guided tours reliving the Old and New Testament stories. Open daily. Free.

 

 

Morgantown

Marion County  |  City Population Under 100

 

Marion County Development Partnership

412 Courthouse Sq., Columbia • 601.736.6385 • mcdp.info



Moss Point

Jackson County  |  City Population 14,583

 

Escatawpa River Observatory Birding & Wildlife Viewing Area

I-10, Mississippi Welcome Center • 228.475.3384 • http://mscoastbirdingtrail.audubon.org/escatawpa-river-observatory.html

Wet pine savanna, mixed woodlands; excellent place for beginning birding and wildlife viewing.

Mon - Sun, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

6005 Bayou Heron Rd. • 228.475.7047 • grandbaynerr.org

25,000 acres of coastal wet pine savanna and estuarine habitats. Interpretative area, trails, boating and fishing. Mon - Fri, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Closed holidays. Free.

 

Gulf Coast Gator Ranch & Airboat swampTours

10300 Hwy. 90 • 228.475.6026 • 866.954.2867 • airboatswamptoursofmississippi.com

Some of the most beautiful swamplands in South Mississippi. See gators up close and personal. Board a high-speed airboat and take a journey in the wilderness. Group and senior discounts. Open daily. Winter, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Summer, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

 

McCoy’s River & Marsh Tours, Inc.

Pascagoula River Audubon Center, 7001 Frank Griffen Rd. • 228.219.4583 • http://pascagoulariver.audubon.org/visit/mccoys-swamp-river-tours

Interpreted boat tours of the Pascagoula River. Travel through marshes and swamps and view a multitude of wildlife including birds and alligators. Two-hour day or night tours available. Boat accommodates up to 20.

Tue and Thu, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Sat, 10 a.m. Pre-registration required. Call to reserve seating.

 

Moss Point Memorial Monument

Downtown on the Escatawpa River

Features flags representing all branches of the military, located on the Escatawpa River.

Open 24 hours. Free.

 

Pascagoula River Audubon Center

5107 Arthur Street • 228.475.0825 • pascagoulariver.audubon.org

A gateway to the Pascagoula River, one of the last free-flowing rivers in the country. Learn about the river's habitats and the diverse assemblage of organisms that inhabit or visit the river basin.

Tue - Sat, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 

Pelican landing to waterfront park Birding & Wildlife Viewing Area

Hwy. 613 • 228.475.0300 • cityofmosspoint.org

Watchable wildlife viewing. Semipalmated plover, long-billed dowitcher, Wilson's snipe winter on exposed mud flats,

 

Red Creek Adventures,  Inc.

19205 Park Ridge Drive N • 228-217-5651 • http://redcreekadventures.com

Canoe Red Creek, rent a cabin, or zip line through the trees. Open year-round, reservations required.

 

Mount Olive

Covington County  |  City Population 882

 

Basket Cottage

300 S. Main St. • 601.765.6012

Handcrafted baskets, dyed from local pecan or black walnut shells. Recane rocker-chair seats. Gift shop. Member, Craftsmen's Guild of Mississippi.

Thurs. & Fri.  10a.m.-5p.m.

Sat.  10a.m.-3p.m.. Free.

 

Dry Creek Water Park

Three Dry Creek Park Dr. • 601.797.4619 • phwd.net

28 campsites on a 150-acre lake with fishing, canoeing, boathouse, grills and pavilion. Mon - Sun. Camping 24 hours. Picnic and play areas from 6 a.m. - dark.

 

Powell Drug Store

519 S. Main St. • 601.797.3355

c. 1900. Discover this unique, historic pharmacy. Groups welcome. Open year-round. Gift shop. Free.

 

Salters Farms

1876 Hwy. 532 • 601.797.3896

54-acre blueberry farm offers "u-pick" and commercial production.  U-pick May-June.  Farm tours by appointment. During season Mon-Sat  8a.m.-5p.m.

 


Ocean Springs

Jackson County  |  City Population 17,400

 

Ccean Springs Chamber of Commerce

1000 Washington Ave. • 228.875.4424 • oceanspringschamber.com

 

Bridge Mural

Front Beach • 228.875.4424

Walk by this large four-panel mosaic piece designed and installed by artist Elizabeth Veglia. Artwork by Pat Odom, Chris Stebly, Ching Walters and Susie Ranager.

 

Bridge Walk

Biloxi Bay Bridge • 228.875.4424

“Walk on water” over Ocean Springs and Biloxi bridge.

 

Crooked Feather

Bienville Blvd. • 228.875.4424

5’ x 11’ cypress log carved as the famous Indian head by sculptor Thomas King, 1999. Original sculpture by Peter Totch, 1976.

 

Crooked Letter Brewing Company Tours

1805 Government St. • 228.238.1414 • crookedletterbrewing.com

Take a tour of the facility (open for all ages) which includes tastings of Crooked Letter beers for ages 21 or older, and receive a sample mug for a keepsake. Admission.

 

Fort Maurepas Park & Splash Pad

Front Beach • 228.875.8665

Large outdoor play area with replica of wooden ship and Splash Park for children.

 

G.I. Museum

5796 Ritcher Rd. • 228.872.1943 • gimuseum.com

Over 30 mannequins in various uniforms. Weapons of the time. Emphasis on WWII, with 1943 Jeep and home-front items. First and third Sunday of each month. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Donations accepted.

 

Gulf Islands National Seashore & visitors Center

3500 Park Rd. • 228.875.9057 • nps.gov/guis

National park with nature trails, campground, picnic areas and fishing pier. Interpretive center for barrier islands. Islands accessible by private boat. Year-round, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Closed Christmas Day. Free.

 

Live Oaks Bicycle Route

1000 Washington Ave. • 228.875.4424

15.5-mile scenic route beginning at the old Louisville and Nashville Train Depot.

 

Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center for Arts & Education

1600 Government St. • 228.818.2878

1927 schoolhouse turned cultural center with WPA murals, Duckett Art Gallery, music studio, Culinary Arts Cafe and city history museum.

Tue - Fri, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sat, 12 - 4 p.m.

 

Mississippi Vietnam Veterans Memorial

3730 Bienville Blvd., Hwy. 90 E • 228.875.4236

Large veterans’ memorial with etchings of more than 650 Mississippi heroes. Free.

 

Old Fort Bayou Blueway

228.875.4424 • ltmcp.org

Visit a variety of habitats by canoe on the Old Fort Bayou Blueway. Call for reservations.

 

Public Art Project  of Ocean Springs (PAPOS) pieces

228.875.4424

Art on display at Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center, Little Children’s Park, library, L&N Depot Plaza and Keys Municipal Park.

 

Paddles Up Surf Shop

1018 Government St. • 850.687.3023 • paddlesupms.com

Rental paddles, accessories and more.

Tue - Sat, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

 

Shearwater Pottery

102 Shearwater Dr. • 228.875.7320 • shearwaterpottery.com

Thrown glazed ware in the style of 1928 founder Peter Anderson is continued today by his descendants. Mon - Sat, 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Sun, 1 - 5:30 p.m. Free.

 

Walter Anderson Museum of Art Inc.

510 Washington Ave. • 228.872.3164 • walterandersonmuseum.org

Dedicated to the celebration of the works by Walter Anderson. Gift shop. Open year-round. Closed major holidays.

Mon - Sat, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Sun, 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. Admission. Under four free.

 

 

Pascagoula

Jackson County  |  City Population 23,719

 

Jackson County Chamber of Commerce

720 Krevs Ave. • 228.762.3391 • jcchamber.com

 

Arts on the Avenue

618 Delmas Ave. • 228.938.6789

Community art center hosted by the City of Pascagoula. Local artist gallery and art classes include pottery, drawing, photography, acrylics, watercolors, children’s art and more.

 

Downtown Pascagoula Shopping Area

Delmas Ave. • cityofpascagoula.com

View the historic firehouse, the city hall jail at Scranton's and shop for unique antiques and gifts.

 

Historic Pascagoula Bike Trail

228.938.6614 • cityofpascagoula.com/biking

Come take a family outing or a peaceful break alone. People of all ages and abilities can enjoy a unique combination of cycling, nature, history and coastal culture. Daily, dawn to dusk.

 

Jolly McCarty Historic Depot/Singing River Art Gallery

504 Yon St. • 228.938.6752

Gallery showcases the works of local artists. Paintings, pottery, originals and more for viewing and sale. Located inside this historic train depot.

Tue - Thu, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

Magnolia Birding Pier

Southern end of Magnolia St. at Dupont Ave. • cityofpascagoula.com

View brown pelicans, herons and egrets.

 

Mississippi Maritime Museum

P.O. Box 243 • 228.235.9236

The Mississippi Maritime Museum is a non-profit corporation with the goal of saving the USS Ticonderoga as a naval and maritime museum, learning center and attraction for future generations. Opening Spring 2015.

 

Pascagoula River Blueway

Begins at Magnolia Birding Pier • cityofpascagoula.com

Six-hour trail offers tours of Krebs Lake and the river’s edge with an optional western route where more advanced paddlers can explore the marshes along the open channel. Open year-round.

 

Round Island Lighthouse

228.938.6639 • roundislandlighthouse.org

c. 1859. The Round Island Lighthouse once stood off the coast of Pascagoula. Toppled by Hurricane Georges in 1998. The base was moved to mainland in 2010 and restored to its original condition. Now in the heart of downtown, it can proudly be called a gateway into the city. Many lives were saved during numerous hurricanes because of this lighthouse. Drive-by.

 

Scranton Nature Center & Museum

3928 Nathan Hale Dr. • 228.938.6612

Unique exhibits, wildlife, minerals/fossils and live animals. Location also offers a pavilion and playground.

Tue - Sun, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission.

 

Scranton Shrimp Boat Museum

Pascagoula River Park • 228.762.3391 • cityofpascagoula.com

Enter the world of Coastal Mississippi. Explore a 70-ft. shrimp boat: wheelhouse, galley, shrimping ted, net display, bunkroom, wetlands diorama and three 180-gal. aquariums.

 

 

Pass Christian

Harrison County  |  City Population 4,920

 

Dawn’s Angel Cruises & kayaking trip

Pass Christian Harbor • 228.313.6633• 850.221.9009 • facebook.com/dawns.charters

Enjoy lunch, dinner cruises or dock side dining. Sit in the harbor enjoying a delightful meal, a spectacular view of the sunset or watch for dolphins on cruises. Guided and self kayak trips available.

Reservations required.

 

Gun Ho Indoor Shooting Range

323 E. North St. • 228.452.9991 • gunhorange.com

55,000-sq. ft. full-service indoor shooting range open to novice or experienced visitors. Gun rental available. Fees apply. Rules must be followed.

Open daily. Year-round.

 

Pass Christian Scenic Drive Historic District

Scenic Dr. and surrounding streets • 228.452.7254 • passhistory.org/preservation/historic-district

Self-guided walking and driving tour down this historic street with elegant mansions dating back to the 19th century.

 

Pass Christian War Memorial Park

Hwy. 90 and Flietas Ave.• 228.452.3310 • park.passchristian.net

The park includes monuments, plaques, playgrounds, a recreational track, gazebo and a number of unique tree sculptures.

Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 

 

Perkinston

Stone County  |  City Population 6,791

Tuxachanei Trail

Hwy 49

The De Soto National Forest is home to the 14-mile out-and-back trail featuring longleaf pines, bottomland, hardwood, creek land, birds and wildlife.

 

Petal

Forrest County  |  City Population 10,266

 

Hinton Park

Main St. • 601.583.3386

State-of-the-art outdoor recreational facility. The park offers a playground.

 

Petal River Park

786 Hwy. 11 • 601.583.3306

Mountain biking and hiking trails. Open daily, dawn to dusk. Free.

 

 

Picayune

Pearl River County  |  City Population 11,759

 

Brick by Brick Memorial

203 Goodyear Blvd. • 601.798.9770 • picayune.ms.us/visit-us/attractions

View this remarkable veterans’ monument, a tribute to all American veterans.

 

Company A, 890th Engineering Battalion Monument

1300 Hwy. 11 S • 601.798.6271 • picayune.ms.us/visit-us/attractions

Monument honoring soldiers from Picayune and Lumberton who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

 

Crosby Arboretum, Mississippi State University

370 Ridge Rd. • 601.799.2311 • crosbyarboretum.msstate.edu

104-acre native plant center dedicated to educating the public about the Pearl River Drainage Basin ecosystem. The arboretum has won top awards for landscape and architecture.

Wed - Sun, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission.

 

Intermodal Transportation & Tourism Center

200 Hwy. 11 S, Railroad Park • 601.799.3070 • picayune.ms.us

Located in the heart of Picayune, the train depot is served by the Crescent passenger train, offering full Amtrak service to the Picayune area.

Mon - Fri, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. By appointment.

 

Lower Pearl River Valley Transportation Museum

601.799.0606 • picayune.ms.us/visit-us/attractions

Depicts the history of transportation, from the era of the railroad to the space shuttle, and how it influenced Picayune and Pearl River County.

 

Margaret Reed Crosby Memorial Library

900 Goodyear Blvd. • 601.798.5081 • pearlriver.lib.ms.us/crosby.htm

Mississippi and genealogical collections. Memorial room with antiques from Crosby’s home, Crosbyhurst. Artwork by Pearl River County and Mississippi artists. Monthly exhibits.

Mon and Thu, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Tue and Fri, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

Paul’s Pastry

One Sycamore Rd., Ste. A • 601.798.7457 • 800.669.5180 • paulspastry.com

Can’t make it to New Orleans for Mardi Gras? Let the “Biggest Little Bakery in South Mississippi” bring Mardi Gras to you with “Party in a Box.”  Tours available.

Tue - Wed, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Thu - Sat, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

 

Picayune City Hall

203 Goodyear Blvd. • 601.798.9770 • picayune.ms.us

Picayune’s classic city hall building is a prominent landmark. Built during 1938-39 and designed by Wilfred S. Lockyer, an architect and professional musician. Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

Picayune On Stage

322 W. Canal St. • 601.749.5551 • picayuneonstage.com

Established in 1980 at the Canal St. Theater. Friday and Saturday shows at 8 p.m. Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Dinner theater shows start at 6:30 p.m. Call for reservations.

 

Pontoon Bridge Battalion Memorial

Corner of Goodyear Blvd. and Rester St. • 601.798.6271

Veterans monument tribute to all American veterans. Located in front of City Hall.

 

Shay Engine

Shay Park next to the Chamber of Commerce • 201 Hwy. 11 N

View the recently restored wood-burning, gear-drive Shay train locomotive from the early 20th century.

 

St. Barnabas Anglican Church

612 Sixth Ave. • 601.749.4663 • stbarny.org

c. 1928. The first Episcopal church is the oldest church building still used in Picayune. It has served as a bookstore and private residence.
Tours by appointment only. Mon - Sat, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

 

 

Poplarville

Pearl River County  |  City Population 2,782

 

Poplarville Area Chamber of Commerce

101 N. Main St. • 601.795.0578 • poplarville.org

 

155th Brigade Combat Team Bravo Company Memorial

200 S. Main St. • 601.403.2300

A tribute to the 126 Poplarville and Bay St. Louis residents who served in Iraq.

 

Blue Tara Organic Blueberry P-Y-O

I-59 Exit 19, Millard, west two miles, right at Langnecker Rd. • 601.403.8272 • pickaberry.com

Enjoy this “pick ’em yourself” experience at one of the state’s largest blueberry farms. First certified organic farm in Mississippi. Dawn to dusk.

 

Pearl River Community College Museum

101 Hwy. 11 N • 601.403.1316 • prcc.edu/community/museum

Showcases the history of Mississippi’s oldest community or junior college and the nation’s first junior college to offer a military curriculum.

By appointment.

 

 

 

Prentiss

Jefferson Davis County  |  City Population 1,053

 

Golden pine raceway

103 Golden Pine Rd. • 601.506.8669 • goldenpineraceway.com

A premier, national caliber motorcross track on 91 acres. Fall, winter and spring events.

 

Holloway Polk House

6162 Hwy. 84 E • 601.792.4311

The oldest continuously inhabited settlement in Jefferson Davis County. African-Americans purchased the land in the early 1900s and maintained a thriving self-contained community. By appointment.

Open Nov - Apr.

 

Johnny curley’s 4k stables

17 Annie Ave., Bassfield • 601.408.8804

Campground with water, power and sewer. Inside horse stables. Two blocks from Longleaf Trace and equestrian trail.

 

Longleaf Trace & Parks

Prentiss • 601.450.5247 • longleaftrace.org

A 41-mile biking and hiking trail stretching between Prentiss and Hattiesburg in South-Central Mississippi.

Trail: dawn to dusk; Bike shop: Daylight savings,

Mon - Sat, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sun 1 - 4 p.m.; Otherwise Mon - Sat, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sun, 1 - 5 p.m

 

Mt. Zion Church & Cemetery

247 Mt. Zion Rd. • 601.792.4938

The second-oldest church and African-American cemetery in Jefferson Davis County. Guide available.
By appointment or Sat, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Sun, 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

 

Prentiss Institute, Rosenwald Building & Museum

292 J.E. Johnson Rd. • 769.232.1566

c. 1926. Recognized as a historic landmark by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

By appointment.

 

Spring Hill Missionary Baptist Church & Cemetery

Spring Hill Rd. • 601.792.4055

Oldest Baptist church and African-American cemetery in Jefferson Davis County.

 

 

Purvis

Lamar County  |  City Population 2,531

 

Lamar County Historical Museum

110 Shelby Speights Dr. • 601.794.2000

The most notable building is the old train depot. An old law office and a building that houses farm implements are also on this site. By appointment.

 

Little Black Creek Water Park

2159 Little Black Creek Rd., Lumberton • 601.794.2957 • lbccampground.com

For a day of fun, the park has picnic areas, barbecue grills and a 600-acre lake stocked with catfish, white perch, bream and bass. Accommodations include campsites, cabins and bungalows.

 

 

Sandy Hook

Marion County  |  City Population 920

 

Marion County Development Partnership

412 Courthouse Sq., Columbia • 601.736.6385 • mcdp.info

 

 

Saucier

Harrison County  |  City Population 1,342

 

Biloxi River Paintball

23320 River Ridge Dr. • 228.806.3448 • biloxiriverpaintball.com

45-acre "battleground" offers: Airbase, Village, Fuel Depot, Ammo Depot and several bridges, roads and trails throughout.

Sat 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Appointment for 12 or more. Fees apply.

 

DeSoto National Forest

P.O. Box 248 • 601.528.6160 • fs.usda.gov/mississippi

Bethel ATV/Bicycle Trails, Airey Lake & POW Lake Area Recreation, Tuxachanie Hiking Trail, Big Foot Horse Trail and camping. Fees may apply. Open year-round.

 

 

 

Seminary

Covington County  |  City Population 351

 

Cranford’s Drug Store

121 W. Main St. • 601.722.3291

c. 1927. Renovated store on Main Street offers retail items, pharmacy, gifts and soda fountain.

Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sat, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

 

Ka Pottery

506 Shirley Sanford Rd. • 601.722.4948 • kapotterystudio.com

Claudia Cartee offers a studio filled with incredible art. Claudia’s pottery is entirely handmade, both wheel thrown and hand built. Cartee is a member of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi. By appointment only.

 

Okatoma Outdoor Post

550 Walter Lott Rd. • 601.722.4297 • 888.652.8662 • okatoma.com

Canoe and kayak rentals, RV hookups, country store, primitive camping and cabins. Mar - Oct.

 

Seminary Canoe Rental

152 SCR Ln. and Old Hwy. 49 • 601.722.4301seminarycanoerental.com

Canoe and kayak rentals, cabins, RV and primative camping. Daily, 6:30 a.m. - 8 p.m..

 

 



Waveland

Hancock County  |  City Population 3,330

 

Buccaneer Bay Water Park

1150 S. Beach Blvd. • 228.467.3822 • mdwfp.com

Water park featuring Pirate's Plank, Pirate's Plunge, Lil' Smuggler's Cove, wave pool, surf pond and Sea Dog Galley. Seasonal.

 

Heritage Trail Possum Walk

I-10, Exit 2 (Infinity Science Center) • 228.533.9025 • gulfcoasttrails.org

Seven-mile Possum Walk Trail showcasing Birds of Logtown, Logtown Cemetery, Logtown, Ecology of the Pearl River, Dummyline Railroad, Bayou Bogue Homa Tribal Nation and The Pine Plantations. Open year-round.

 

 Infinity Science CenterOne Discovery Cir. • 228.533.9025 • visitinfinity.comState-of-the-art Science Center and NASA Visitor Center with 3-D immersive theatre that transports you to outer space, ocean depths and earth's complex systems–all in eight minutes.

 

Scenic Byways

Beach Blvd. - Hancock County • 228.467.9048 • gulfcoastscenicbyways.com

A paradise for nature lovers. Beautiful coastline that makes up Beach Blvd. Byway and 30 miles through NASA's Byway to Space draw upon resources and heritage of this eco-tourism asset. Historic landmarks, trails, birding, hiking, fishing, parks and more.

 

Walking & Biking Tour

Coleman Ave. Pier

A flat, approximately three-mile path which runs directly along the beach from Washington Street Pier in Bay St. Louis to Coleman Ave. Pier. Open year-round.

 

War & Peace – The T.F. Monti Private Model Collection

117B Hwy. 90 • 228.216.7409 • tfmonti.com

4,000 model ships, autos, aircraft and pieces of military armor. Exceptional private collection.

Open year-round. By appointment. Free.

 

 

Waynesboro

Wayne County  |  City Population 5,669

 

Maynor Creek Water Park

1351 Reservoir Rd. • 601.735.4365 • phwd.net

Maynor Creek boasts a 450-acre lake surrounded by 1,050 acres of pine and hardwood forests. Fall and winter are best times for wildlife viewing. Mon - Thu,

Sat and Sun, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Fri, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

 

 

Wiggins

Stone County  |  City Population 4,661

 

Stone County Economic Development Partnership

115 Hatten Ave. E • 601.928.5418 • stonecounty.com

 

Dizzy Dean GraveSite

Bond Cemetery, Murray Ave. • dizzydean.com

Final resting place of major league baseball’s Jerome H. “Dizzy” Dean, all-star pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals and sports broadcaster.

“It ain’t braggin’ if you can do it!” Dawn to dusk.

 

Eagle Statue

323 E. Cavers Ave. • 601.928.5266 • stonecounty.com

“Katrina Tree” carver Marlin Miller of Fort Walton Beach, Florida brings the pecan tree at the Stone County Courthouse back to life.

 

G & M Goat Farm

1509 New Hope Rd. • 601.928.4020 • msgoatlady.com

Mississippi’s only certified goat farm. Retail shop on the farm with goat cheeses and skin-care products for sale. Call in advance to schedule.

No Wed or Sat tours. Admission.

 

Historic Courthouse

323 E. Cavers Ave. • 601.928.5266 • stonecounty.com

The Stone County Courthouse was completed in March 1918 for a cost of $29,515.18. Restored in 2003. Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free.

 

The Old Firehouse Museum:

117 First St. N • oldfirehousewiggins.org

Exhibits include historical artifacts about the city of Wiggins and Stone County. Local life is captured in photographs, news clippings and other memorabilia. Wed – Thu, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. By appointment.

 

Telling Trees Murals

Blaylock Park • 601.928.4344 • stonecounty.com

Murals tell stories of people, of places and of time. They tell tales of Stone County and celebrate history through the arts. Stone County is the “Mural County

of Mississippi.” Drive-by.

 

Tuxachanie National Recreation Trail

DeSoto National Forest, • Hwy. 49 at McHenry • 601.528.6160 • fs.fed.us/r8/mississippi/desoto

The 23-mile hiking trail traverses longleaf pine- covered ridges, pitcher plant savannas and flooded tupelo/bald cypress swamps. Remains of the railroad built by Irish immigrants in the 1900s can be seen.

 

FOR A COMPLETE LISTING OF CASINOS, GOLF COURSES, STATE PARKS, RV PARKS/CAMPGROUNDS, HOTELS/MOTELS AND BED & BREAKFASTS & UNIQUE LODGING PLEASE REFER TO THEIR RESPECTIVE CHARTS IN THE GUIDE.

 

 

 

 

 

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