Hancock CountyCity Population 8,209
Mississippi’s West Coast/Hancock County Tourism Development Bureau
Alice Moseley Folk Art & Antique Museum
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
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
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.
Bodega Adventure Rentals & Sales
Explore Bay St. Louis by bike or golf cart. Take advantage of the bay of Saint Louis on a stand up paddle boar or kayak.
18-hole indoor black light mini golf, birthday party room packages and more. Wed – Thu, 3 – 9 p.m.; Fri, 3 – 11 p.m.; Sat, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sun, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Hancock County Stephen Ambrose Literary Landmark
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
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
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
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
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 ArtwalkHwy. 90 and Beach Blvd.
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
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
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.
St. Augustine Seminary & Grotto
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
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
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
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.
Harrison CountyCity Population 44,342
Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau
Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
AAA 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 Home
Last 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 Entertainment Center
36 holes of mini golf, bumper cars, arcade, go-karts, water balloon launching, concession stand, bowling alley, arcade, restaurant and lounge.
Betsy Ann Riverboat
Offering historic/ecology tours, as well as sunset or dinner cruises aboard a paddleboat on Back Bay Biloxi and the Mississippi Sound. Private charters available.
Biloxi Boardwalk Marina Pontoon Rentals
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 Brewing Company
Brewery tours and craft beer tastings. Sat, 12 – 6 p.m. Tasting admission for those 21 years and over. No reservation required (excluding large groups).
Biloxi City 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
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’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
Established in March 1934. Historic markers include the Biloxi National Cemetery Monument and two granite markers by the main flagpole.
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 Trip
Pride 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
Double-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers playing in the Southern League.
Biloxi Tour Train
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
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.
Deer Island Coastal Preserve
Located right off the coast of Biloxi, Deer Island is home to ten types of endangered species. This island is the perfect place to boat, canoe and paddle board for a secluded getaway.
Dusti Bongé Art Exhibition
Works of one of the few female Abstract Expressionists in the 1950s. Tue - Sat, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free.
Escape at Margaritaville Resort Biloxi
Features 48-ft. volcano rock climbing wall, Sky Trail and Sky Tykes ropes course, Cloud Coaster, multi-game golf simulator, boutique bowling and arcade. Sun - Thu, 9 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Fri - Sat, 9 a.m. - 1 a.m.
Escape This Biloxi
Attempt to escape one of the rooms in 60 minutes by putting together clues in the room and completing the objective. Thu – Sun, 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Finishline Performance Karting
High performance racing-style karts, a NASCAR-style go-kart track featuring a main 3/4-mile regulation track and a 1,120-foot junior track. Open year-round, hours change seasonally.
Gallery 782 Co-Art
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
Things 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 Tree 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
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.
Mardi Gras Museum
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 Museum
Historical 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 Vendors
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
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
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.
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 Art
Frank 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 charged.
Palace Casino Resort
Palace 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.
Ship Island Excursions- Biloxi
Located in Biloxi beside Margaritaville Resort. Explore the barrier island, enchanting beaches, pristine Gulf waters, shelling, birding, dolphin sightings and historic Fort Massachusetts (1858). Seasonal Mar-Oct.
St. Michael’s Catholic Church
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.
USS Biloxi Mast
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.
Covington CountyCity Population 2,779
Covington County Chamber of Commerce
Covington County Courthouse
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
Quail hunting at its best. Contact for hunt details.
Gerald Mcraney Birthplace Marker
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
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
Large lake with freshwater fishing, largemouth bass and catfish. RV camping, restrooms, picnic tables, pavilion and boat ramp.
Circa 1930. Unique country store and “mini-mall” serving up coffee, ice cream and old fashion hoop cheese.
Marion CountyCity Population 6,523
Marion County Development Partnership
Artwistic Revolution Gallery
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Harrison CountyCity Population 11,438
Adventure Locators, LLC
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.
Biloxi Bay Kayak Rentals
Located east of the Scarlet Pearl Casino and provides drop-off and pick-up when you rent a Back Bay Kayak. Open year-round during daylight hours, weather permitting.
D'iberville Town Clock
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.
Hint Hunter Escape Puzzle/Rooms
A fun, interactive escape room offering fun for couples, groups, families and teams. Can you use the clues to escape? Thu – Sun, 1 – 11 p.m.
Lava Links Golf Club
Features two 18-hole miniature golf courses, an erupting volcano surrounded by lush gardens, waterfalls, footbridges and music. Mon – Thu, 12 – 8 p.m.; Fri, 12 – 10 p.m.; Sat, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sun, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Mullet Hop Trampoline Park
Featuring wall-to-wall trampoline activities. A large open trampoline court, trampoline dodge ball arena, slam dunk basketball and foam pits. Sun – Thu, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Fri – Sat, 10 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Whipasnapa Sightseeing Trips
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.
Jones CountyCity Population 4,448
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.
The Eula Bass Lewis Gallery
Located in the Visual Arts Department of Jones County Junior College. The gallery features monthly artists. Open during the school year and closed during summer months.
Historic Hotel Alice
Established in 1902, Hotel Alice is the centerpiece landmark of downtown Ellisville. It held a role in the motion picture, The Free State of Jones.
Jackson CountyCity Population 16,251
Eco-Tours Of South Mississippi
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
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
Hiking, photography, and education are a few of the wildlife-oriented activities available. Hike a 3/4 mile nature trail adjacent to the Visitor Center. Tues-Sat 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission.
Nature’s Playground Sculpture
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
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.
Harrison CountyCity Population 70,113
Altitude Trampoline Park
A 43,000 square foot facility featuring a variety of activities, including trampolines, tumble tracks, dodge ball courts and foam pits. Mon. - Thu. 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Fri. 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Banana's Mini Golf & Arcade
Features 18 holes of mini golf in a tropical landscape with many water features and a state-of-the-art arcade. Fri, 2 – 10 p.m.; Sat, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sun, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Ocean Adventures Marine Park
Join us for up-close experiences with dolphins, sea lions, sharks, rays, and birds! We make learning fun for the whole family! Open daily, hours change seasonally. Admission charged.
Chandeleur Brewing Company
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.
Everything Kayak Rentals
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.
A funky destination backing up to restaurants and bars located around the alley. Featuring original, local art and culture where artists have been invited to create murals and panels, and the shutter program.
Gulf Islands Waterpark
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.
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
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.
Hero's Laser Tag
Laser tag fun for all ages featuring three types of laser guns offering a 90-minute, multi-mission type of gaming experience. Thu – Fri, 5 – 9 p.m.; Sat, 12 – 11 p.m.
Lynn Meadows Discovery Center
One 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
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
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
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
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 Excursions
Explore 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.
Wut Sup Standup Paddleboards & Rentals
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.
Zip'n Fun Adventure Park
Experience a squirrel’s eye view of nature by making your way through a 50 game, tree-to-tree obstacle course. Adult and children's courses available. Allow two to three hours per visit to complete the course.
Forrest CountyCity Population 48,012
African American Military History Museum & Historic Uso Club
More 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.
All-American Rose Garden
Located 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.
Hattiesburg Historic Neighborhood District
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 Trail
Freedom 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.
The 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.
Historic Downtown Hattiesburg
Historic Downtown Hattiesburg is a center for arts, culture and heritage. The downtown area includes the Saenger Theater and unique shopping and dining.
Historic Saenger Theater
The 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.
The 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.
Lucile Parker Art Gallery At William Carey University
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 Museum
The 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 Miss
Take a stroll down the Eagle Walk under the 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
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.
USM Museum Of Art
Traveling shows and a permanent collection, including an exhibition of works by Mississippi artist Valerie Jaudon and the masters. Contemporary sculpture and photography.
The Spirit That Builds Mural
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.
Hancock CountyCity Population 1,917
Brett Favre Mural On Dolly's Quick Stop
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
Whiskey and bourbon distillery. Tours offered Thu-Sat. by appointment.
Jourdan River Blueway
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.
Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
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
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.
South Mississippi Off Road & RV Park
ATV and UTV off-road trails, fishing, swimming and other fun activities.
Jones CountyCity Population 18,540
Economic Development Authority of Jones County/Chamber of Commerce
Big Creek Water Park
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
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
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
Mississippi's first museum opened in 1923 and features American and European art, Native American baskets, Japanese Ukiyo-e prints, British Georgian silver and traveling exhibitions.
Veterans Memorial Museum
Museum and library houses artifacts to commemorate our military history. Includes books, newspapers and documents from all war eras. Over 100 movies
Greene CountyCity Population 997
Greene County Museum
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
Camping, swimming, picnicking, fishing and boating opportunities. In the Sand Hill community, this 240-acre lake serves as a focal point of Greene County.
Harrison CountyCity Population 15,300
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
World War II battleship guns located at the Long Beach Harbor.
Wolf River Canoe & Kayak
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.
George CountyCity Population 2,948
Greater George County Economic Development Foundation/Chamber of Commerce
Lucedale City Park & War Memorial
Playground, basketball courts, walking tracks, amphitheater, war memorial and more. Facilities, pavilions and grills available. Open to public.
Lucedale Greenway Depot Creek
28.9 acres of scenic green space and recreational activities including walking the boardwalk, fishing,hiking, bird-watching and educational pursuits.
Jackson CountyCity Population 14,583
Escatawpa River Observatory Birding & Wildlife Viewing Area
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
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 Swamp Tours
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.
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
Features flags representing all branches of the military, located on the Escatawpa River. Open 24 hours. Free.
Pascagoula River Audubon Center
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
Covington CountyCity Population 882
The Basket Cottage
Shop handcrafted and hand-dyed baskets, chair seats, jellies and jams, and more. Member of the Craftsmen Guild of Mississippi.
Powell Drug Store
c. 1900. Discover this unique, historic pharmacy. Groups welcome. Open year-round. Gift shop. Free.
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.
Jackson CountyCity Population 17,400
Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce
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.
“Walk on water” over Ocean Springs and Biloxi bridge.
Take a walk back in history and explore an historic house designed by Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright in 1890. Public tours Fri – Sat, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Offering guided tours on Airwheels thru Historic downtown or a breathtaking ride along the longest man-made beach overlooking the MS Sound. Open Tue - Sat, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
5’ x 11’ cypress log carved as the famous Indian head by sculptor Thomas King, 1999. Original sculpture by Peter Totch, 1976.
Crooked Letter Brewery
Full bar and grill serving food, Crooked Letter brews, cocktails and wine. Sun - Thu, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Fri - Sat, 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.
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
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.
Islander Outfitters Tours & Travel
Choose from 1-hour walking tour, 2-hour bicycling tour, 2-hour shuttle bus sightseeing tour, or 3-hour paddling tour. Featuring abundant wildlife with birding opportunities and the possibility of bottlenose dolphins.
Live Oaks Bicycle Route
15.5-mile scenic route beginning at the old Louisville and Nashville Train Depot.
Locked Up Ocean Springs
Choose which room to escape (Saw Inspired, Sherlock Murder Mystery and Forgotten Souls). You have 60 minutes to solve the clues and puzzles to get out of the room. Call ahead to book your room.
Marine Education Center
Interactive exhibits, self-guided nature tours, a 208 feet long-almost 5 feet wide pedestrian suspension bridge made of galvanized steel or use the dock to launch kayaks. Mon – Fri, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Mary C. O’keefe Cultural Center For Arts & Education
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
Large veterans’ memorial with etchings of more than 650 Mississippi heroes. Free.
Old Fort Bayou Blueway
Visit a variety of habitats by canoe on the Old Fort Bayou Blueway. Call for reservations.
Public Art Project Of Ocean Springs (Papos) Pieces
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
Rental paddles, accessories and more. Tue - Sat, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
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.
Jackson CountyCity Population 23,719
Jackson County Chamber of Commerce
Arts On The Avenue
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
View the historic firehouse, the city hall jail at Scranton's and shop for unique antiques and gifts.
Historic Pascagoula Bike Trail
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.
LaPointe Krebs Museum
Learn the rich history of the LaPointe Krebs House and of the diverse people who have inhabited this site and our surrounding area throughout history.
Magnolia Birding Pier
View brown pelicans, herons and egrets.
Pascagoula Boating Adventures
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
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.
Harrison CountyCity Population 4,920
Gun Ho Indoor Shooting Range
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
Self-guided walking and driving tour down this historic street with elegant mansions dating back to the 19th century.
Hancock CountyCity Population 1,332
Heritage Trail Possum Walk
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.
Stone CountyCity Population 6,791
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.
Pearl River CountyCity Population 11,759
Brick By Brick Memorial
View this remarkable veterans’ monument, a tribute to all American veterans.
Company A, 890th Engineering Battalion Monument
Monument honoring soldiers from Picayune and Lumberton who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Crosby Arboretum, Mississippi State University
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Veterans monument tribute to all American veterans. Located in front of City Hall.
View the recently restored wood-burning, gear-drive Shay train locomotive from the early 20th century.
Pearl River CountyCity Population 2,782
Poplarville Area Chamber of Commerce
155th Brigade Combat Team Bravo Company Memorial
A tribute to the 126 Poplarville and Bay St. Louis residents who served in Iraq.
Lamar CountyCity Population 2,531
Lamar County Historical Museum
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.
Covington CountyCity Population 351
Cranford’s Drug Store
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.
Studio of Claudia Cartee, a professional studio clay artist creating handmade place settings, raku and stoneware sculptures, and functional pieces for over four decades. Member of the Craftsmen Guild of Mississippi.
Okatoma Outdoor Post
Canoe and kayak rentals, RV hookups, country store, primitive camping and cabins. Mar - Oct.
Hancock CountyCity Population 3,330
Buccaneer Bay Water Park
Water park featuring Pirate's Plank, Pirate's Plunge, Lil' Smuggler's Cove, wave pool, surf pond and Sea Dog Galley. Seasonal.
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
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
4,000 model ships, autos, aircraft and pieces of military armor. Exceptional private collection. Open year-round. By appointment. Free.
Waveland's Ground Zero Hurricane Museum
Take a scenic look through the lives and struggles of survivors of Hurricanes. Coastal life is sometimes stormy, but coastal people have the resilience to survive and thrive even in the face of great natural adversity. This museum gives visitors a unique perspective on the stories, art, and fabric of the lives of those who stand up in times of trouble and rebuild. Tue, Fri, Sat, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Wayne CountyCity Population 5,669
Stone CountyCity Population 4,661
Dizzy Dean Gravesite
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.
“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
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.
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
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
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
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.