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Attractions & Entertainment

The Mississippi Gulf Coast offers a delightful array of attractions and entertainment. From relaxing and tranquil nature trips to heart-pounding ziplining and water rides, you'll find it all around the Secret Coast.

If you are looking to get out on the Gulf or enjoy a day at a secluded beach, hop on the Ship Island Ferry and head out to Ship Island. For a more adrenaline-pumping water adventure, take the kids to Gulf Islands Waterpark and ride the water roller coaster ride.

Want to get up close and personal with your favorite marine life? Meet the dolphins, sea lions, sea turtles, and stingrays at Ocean Adventures Marine Park.

Families will love the out-of-this-world options at the NASA Stennis Space Center Visitor Center. Or kids can role-play and take part in hands-on science experiences at Lynn Meadows Discovery Center. For a team-building challenge, check out the escape and puzzle rooms at Escape This! and Hint Hunter Puzzle Rooms.

Gulf Islands Waterpark

Gulf Islands Waterpark

Nothing is more fun than a day at the waterpark! Kids of all ages will love the Riptide Racer, where you can race five of your friends down the chute. Or get an adrenaline rush on the Gulf Coast's only water roller coaster ride. Petit Bois Island Cafe will satisfy your hunger after an adventure-packed day.

Institute for Marine Mammal Studies

Institute for Marine Mammal Studies

The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies is a non-profit organization dedicated to conservation, education, and research. They specialize in studying marine mammals and sea turtles. They also rescue and rehabilitate sick, stranded, and injured sea animals. To get up close and personal with sea life, visit their Ocean Adventures Marine Park.

Ocean Adventures Marine Park

Ocean Adventures Marine Park

General admission at Ocean Adventures Marine Park includes informative and entertaining marine animal shows and presentations. From dolphin, sea lion, and bird shows to a stingray touch experience; you are sure to enjoy your day to a reptile presentation. Guests can also enjoy the touch pool and aquarium. Interactive sea lion, dolphin, and stingray encounters are also available.

Escape This

Escape This

Families, couples, and coworkers must work together as a team to figure out the clues and puzzles that will unlock the escape room. But remember to hurry, since you only have an hour to complete the challenge! Find out if you have what it takes. Room themes include Pirate's Plunder and Clue.

Hint Hunter Escape (Puzzle) Rooms

Hint Hunter Escape (Puzzle) Rooms

Solve a set of puzzles to complete the challenge. Guests can choose from either a 30 minute or a 60-minute themed adventure. Themes include Alien Adventure and Submerged. Follow the narrative, sift through clues in the room, and work together to decode riddles, and then celebrate your victory with a team photo.

Ship Island Excursions

Ship Island Excursions

The Ship Island ferry takes guests 11 miles offshore to one of the last undeveloped natural islands in the US. These protected islands are part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. Crossing the clear waters of Mississippi Sound along the way, you are sure to spot dolphins, birds, and other sea life. Once there, enjoy unspoiled beaches, shelling, birding, and swimming. You can also tour the Civil War-era Fort Massachusetts.

INFINITY Science Center

INFINITY Science Center

INFINITY Science Center is located right off of I-10 at Exit 2. The center serves as the public visitor's center to NASA's Stennis Space Center, where many rocket engines are tested. At INFINITY, you'll see a real moon rocket and a lunar command module from the 1960's Apollo program. There are also galleries focusing on earth-based sciences, like severe weather forecastings and ocean exploration. The entire family will love INFINITY, where hands-on exhibits make science come to life.

Lynn Meadows Discovery Center

Lynn Meadows Discovery Center

The Lynn Meadows Discovery Center is a children's museum that offers hands-on, interactive learning experiences for children. Kids will love the Super Colossal Climbing Structure. Kids can role-play as veterinarians, visit the science center, or be the star of their own TV show. This indoor experience makes for a great rainy day activity.

Mississippi Aquarium

Mississippi Aquarium

The Mississippi Aquarium is a superb new attraction in Gulfport. The focus is on local waters and their animals. Kids will love touching seastars and rays in the touch pool. Couples will enjoy walking through the center tunnel and looking for Banner, the sea turtle. The sea otters' antics will amuse the whole family.

NASA Stennis Space Center

NASA Stennis Space Center

NASA Stennis Space Center welcomes visitors to the INFINITY Science Center. Here, you will find educational artifacts, programs, and galleries. You might get lucky and see a test firing of a rocket engine. Over 50 years of NASA history is on display. The Science Center hosts a massive piece of one of the Saturn V moon rockets, along with other memorabilia from America's space program.

Zip'N Fun Adventure Park

Zip'N Fun Adventure Park

Zip'N Fun features a 50 game, tree-to-tree obstacle, and adventure course. On the Treetop Adventure Course, guests of all ages can ride zip lines, cross wobbly bridges, tight ropes, and be thrilled by a Tarzan jump. The Junior Adventure course is perfect for kids and has activities with just the right amount of challenge.

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