When you stay on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, you’re close to beaches, shopping, dining, parks, and more! If you’re visiting the area for the first time, knowing what to do can be overwhelming, so use this guide to help you get the most out of your trip!
ABOUT THE AREA - A GUIDE TO MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST
The Mississippi Gulf Coast has 62 miles of shoreline along the Gulf of Mexico. It’s made up of several small towns that combine southern charm with modern attractions. These areas include Bay St. Louis, Pass Christian, Long Beach, Gulfport, and Biloxi. The site is referred to as the “Secret Coast,” probably because its beaches and attractions remain a best-kept secret from neighboring states’ large beach towns.
THINGS TO DO IN THE MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST
There’s something for everyone along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. While here, you will find endless things to do, like visiting museums, a 500-year-old oak tree, or try your luck at one of the many casinos in the area. After a long day of sightseeing, you can relax with family or friends over drinks and dinner at a local restaurant. So, here are the top things-to-do in the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Ship Island is part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore and is only accessible by boat or ferry. Ferries leave from Gulfport daily and take visitors out to the island known for shelling and white-sand beaches. It’s a great day trip for anyone staying in the area!
GULF ISLANDS WATERPARK
Spend the day careening down waterslides, splashing in lazy rivers, and floating in wave pools at Gulf Islands Waterpark. It’s the perfect place to cool off on a hot summer day.
OCEAN ADVENTURES MARINE PARK
This marine life sanctuary is part of the Institute For Marine Mammal Studies, an active marine mammal rescue facility. The park includes an aquarium and dolphin shows. They also offer up-close encounters with marine life such as dolphins, sea lions, and stingrays.
Biloxi is known for world-class entertainment and has many casinos. You don’t have to go far to be a part of the action, however. Visit Island View Casino in Gulfport is only a few minutes from our hotel in Long Beach.
One of the top activities in the Mississippi Gulf Coast is to spend a day at the beach! Long Beach and Pass Christian provide quiet, secluded beach options where you can relax and get away from it all.
MUSEUMS AND PARKS
History lovers will rejoice when visiting the Mississippi Gulf Coast. From the Friendship Oak, a 500-year-old oak tree on the University of Southern Mississippi campus to the Navy Seabee Museum, there’s so much to explore in the area. You can also relax and stroll around Jones Park or visit the Gulfport Harbor for its weekly farmer’s market.
VISITING THE MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST
There are several ways to get to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport is centrally located between Long Beach and Biloxi. There are a few smaller airports, including Trent Lott International and Dimond Head Airport.
If traveling by car, Highway 90 runs along the coast for easy access to the gulf shore. Interstate 10 also provides close access to the area.
Once you’re here, there are many ways to get around. Various car rental services are available, as well as taxis and public bus transportation. Or, take a trolley around downtown Gulfport or the “casino hopper” near Biloxi.
EXPLORE MISSISSIPPI’S GULF COAST AT THE HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS
When you stay at the Holiday inn Express in Long Beach, you’ll be right across the street from the beach, plus shopping, dining, and parks are all nearby. The hotel is 10 miles from the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport. Book your room today!