Updated On: 5/21/2013 2:34:18 PM
No matter what your interests, Biloxi and Gulfport will keep you busy with a variety of attractions. From historic buildings to family-friendly fun parks to classic nightspots, there’s something for everyone.
Highway 90 & Porter Avenue
Biloxi, MS 39530 228-435-6244
Built in 1848, the Biloxi Lighthouse is the city’s signature landmark and is open for tours (Monday through Saturday, 9, 9:15 and 9:30 a.m., weather permitting). The historic 65-foot tall building features a spiral staircase with 57 steps and an eight-rung ladder topped by a 19-by-23-inch trap door into the light room. One of the first cast-iron structures erected in the South — and believed to be the only U.S. lighthouse situated in the middle of a major highway — the Biloxi structure has become a post-Katrina symbol of the city’s resolve and resilience.
170 Reynoir St.
Biloxi, MS 39530 228-435-6291
This “Gem of the Gulf Coast” has starred in the region’s history since its opening in 1930 with the show of one of the first talking movies of the day. The theater held 1,500 seats (1,020 on the main floor and 480 above), stage and dressing room facilities to accommodate large travelling shows and vaudeville. Today the theater is a major performing arts center for the Gulf Coast.
USS Biloxi Bell/USS Biloxi Mast
Biloxi City Hall & Guice Memorial Park
140 Lamuese St.
Biloxi, MS 39530 228-435-6280
The solid brass bell from the USS Biloxi, a light-cruiser that distinguished itself in World War II, sits in the City Hall lobby near the grounds of the Seafood Industry Museum. The bell is one of two artifacts the city possesses from the USS Biloxi. The other is the ship’s superstructure, which stands in the Billy Guice Veteran Memorial Park, near the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor.
Hard Rock Hotel
777 Beach Blvd.
Biloxi, MS 39530 228-374-7625
Things are rockin’ at Hard Rock Biloxi. Known as the go-to spot to enjoy musical memorabilia, this resort also offers 318 rooms, four restaurants, the Hard Rock Café, a full-service spa and fitness center, retail shops and Hard Rock Live, a 1,500-capacity entertainment venue for some of the nation’s best concerts.
Family Fun Center & Skate Park
269 Debuys Road
Gulfport, MS 39507 228-604-4045
Skaters will love this park that features ramps for aggressive inline skating and skateboarding, including areas for advanced and beginner skaters. The hockey complex is an indoor inline hockey rink, which seats 1,200 people and is home to the Mississippi Roller Girls, a women’s flat track derby league.
Big Play Family Fun Center
1836 Beach Blvd.
Biloxi, MS 39531 228-388-7529
Big Play Family Fun Center is an oasis of family fun featuring 36 holes of mini golf, bumper cars, an arcade, go-carts, water balloon launching section, a barbecue spot and more. Season runs from to March to September.
Mississippi Blues Trail
Markers throughout the Gulf Coast
Biloxi, MS 39531
Formed in 2003 by the Mississippi Blues Commission, the Mississippi Blues Trail is dedicated to preserving the state’s musical heritage. The trail features historical markers and interpretive sites throughout Mississippi.
Get a real appreciation for the South’s cultural and historic contributions through the many museums in the area.
Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art
386 Beach Blvd.
Biloxi, MS 39530 228-374-5547
Ten years in the making, the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art celebrates the innovative, independent and creative spirit of its namesake, Mississippi master potter George Ohr. Enjoy this unique collection of art, architecture and history in a setting designed by artist and architect Frank Gehry.
Beauvoir, The Jefferson Davis Home
2244 Beach Blvd.
Biloxi, MS 39531 228-388-4400
Rich in history, Beauvoir is the stunning home of the only President of the Confederate States of America. The 51-acre estate, fronting the Gulf of Mexico, was also once the site of the Mississippi Confederate soldier’s home, which cared for hundreds of Southern veterans and their wives.
Lynn Meadows Discovery Center
246 Dolan Ave.
Gulfport, MS 39507 228-897-6039
Lynn Meadows Discovery Center is a hands-on children’s museum encouraging shared learning experiences for children and adults through interactive and entertaining exhibitions and programs designed to simulate the real world of South Mississippi.
Biloxi and Gulfport residents enjoy a wealth of artistic endeavors, from stage plays to musicals to opera and more.
240 Eisenhower Drive
Biloxi, MS 39531 228-388-6258
A live theater that has been entertaining Mississippi’s Gulf Coast for more than 30 years, Center Stage presents a year-round schedule of popular musicals, dramas, comedies and children’s productions.
Coast Community Concert Association
P.O. Box 1416
Biloxi, MS 39533 228-374-2661
This nonprofit, all-volunteer arts group has been chartered by the State of Mississippi to cultivate, provide and develop an understanding and love of the musical arts. All concerts are staged in the Saenger Theatre for the Performing Arts, 170 Reynoir St.
Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra
11975-J Seaway Road
Gulfport, MS 39503 228-896-4276
Celebrating more than 50 years of performances, the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra presents classical concerts with featured guest artists and some modern spins on traditional favorites. An opera salon and youth symphony also contribute to the acclaimed musical offerings.
Gulfport Little Theatre
2600 13th Ave.
Gulfport, MS 39502 228-864-7983
This community theater troupe presents exceptional musicals, comedies and dramas and offers a youth program that presents traditional classics.
Arts Under the Dome
First United Methodist Church
2301 15th St.
Gulfport, MS 39501 228-229-6851
Presented by the First United Methodist Church in downtown Gulfport, Arts Under the Dome is a performing arts series that sponsors five first-class concerts a year with entertainers from around the world.
From art galleries to unique boutiques, outlet malls to major department stores, there’s something for every taste and budget in the Biloxi and Gulfport shopping scenes.
2600 Beach Blvd.
Biloxi, MS 39531 228-388-4636
Classic looks and the latest styles can be found in stores including Aeropostale, American Eagle Outfitters, Wet Seal, Victoria’s Secret, Bath and Body Works, Underground Station, Buckle, Pacific Sunwear, New York & Company and more.
Gallery 782 Co-Art
782 Water St.
Biloxi, MS 39530 228-436-7782
View and purchase some of the finest works of more than 35 local artists housed in this charming historic building, which is a work of art itself.
Gulfport Galleria of Fine Art
2200 25th Ave.
Gulfport, MS 39501 228-868-0705
This 2,000-square-foot co-op art gallery features more than 40 coastal artists. Exhibits are wide-ranging and include pottery and ceramics, photography, original jewelry designs, sculptures, stained glass and paintings in various media.
Gulfport Premium Outlets
10000 Factory Shops Blvd.
Gulfport, MS 39503 888-260-7609
Find impressive savings at Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, BCBG Max Azria, Coach, Gap Outlet, J.Crew, Jones New York, Nautica, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Under Armour and others.
Quality Poultry & Seafood
895 Division St.
Biloxi, MS 39530 228-432-0444
Sometimes you have to fill your stomach in addition to the shopping bags. Quality Poultry & Seafood offers some of the freshest poultry and seafood on the coast, as well as boiled shrimp, fresh fish, crabmeat and more. You can also purchase ready-to-go homemade seafood gumbo by the gallon or half gallon.
Intersection I-10 & Highway 49
Gulfport, MS 39503
This 600,000-square-foot mall offers shopping at Office Depot, Circuit City, Old Navy, TJ Maxx, Barnes & Noble and more.
PARKS AND GARDENS
Check the Parks and Recreation listings in your region to find a spot of civic green to enjoy nature. Whether you want to relax on a blanket or take the little tykes to a playground, there are plenty of parks at your disposal.
City of Biloxi
Parks and Recreation Offices
138 Lameuse St.
Biloxi, MS 39533 228-435-6294
Located on the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach, overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, this beloved oak is more than 500 years old with a 9-foot height, trunk diameter of 5 feet 9 inches and a circumference of more than 19 feet. Viewed daily by students, tourists and tree-lovers alike, the spot is also popular for wedding ceremonies.
via Ship Island Excursions
1467 Gulfport, MS 39502 228-864-1014
This wonderful getaway just 12 miles south of Biloxi and Gulfport, Ship Island is part of Gulf Islands National Seashore and one of the five Mississippi barrier islands. Ship Island is home to Fort Massachusetts, a beautifully preserved brick fortification completed in 1868. The National Park Service offers fort tours during the season the ferries operate.
EVENTS AND CELEBRATIONS
Carnival on the Coast
Mardi Gras season, generally March
P.O. Box 1923
Biloxi, MS 39533 228-432-8806
Let the good times roll during the Carnival on the Coast, an exciting carnival season when elaborately decorated floats throw “treasures” such as beads, doubloons, even Moon Pies to parade bystanders. There are more than 20 parades usually scheduled along the Gulf Coast; check local media outlets for specific times and locations.
Cruisin’ the Coast
P.O. Box 424
Biloxi, MS 39533 888-808-1188
Held annually in October, Cruisin’ the Coast has become one of the biggest special events in the state. Car enthusiasts from more than 39 states and Canada drive the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast in more than 5,000 registered vehicles to designated stops in Bay St. Louis, Biloxi, D’Iberville, Gulfport and Ocean Springs. Each venue is set up as a mini festival with a stage for live bands, reserved parking for registered cruisers, spectator parking and vendors for food and event merchandise.
Blessing of the Fleet
Town Green to St. Michael Catholic Church
(on Point Cadet)
Biloxi, MS 39531 228-435-6339
A tradition since 1929, Blessing of the Fleet festivities are extensive, covering the Biloxi Gulf Coast from the beautiful Town Green to the magnificent St. Michael Catholic Church (the “Church of the Fishermen”) on Point Cadet. Shrimp boats form a procession in the Mississippi Sound and file past an anchored “Blessing Boat” where an officiating priest and bishop stand, sprinkling holy water on the boats and giving the blessing for each one. The annual event, usually scheduled for late May to early June, has grown to include the Fais Do-Do or Shrimp Festival, with shrimp dishes, dancing and the coronation of a Shrimp King and Queen who reign over the Festival and Blessing.
Naval Construction Battalion Center
Celebrate the Seabees and the presence of the Navy on the Gulf Coast for more than 70 years. This annual event, usually held in late April or early May, features a 5K run, a car show, musical guests, games, fun, food, carnival rides, kids’ activities, vendors and more. Visitors must enter through the Pass Road Gate.
Biloxi Seafood Festival
Biloxi Town Green
710 Beach Blvd.
Biloxi, MS 39350 228-604-0014
Traditionally scheduled for September, this huge festival is a celebration of everything seafood — with dishes, arts and crafts, a kids village, children’s activities, games, a gumbo championship, live entertainment and more. The weekend party attracts an average of 25,000 people yearly.
SPORTS AND RECREATION
Whether you’re a spectator or star participant, there is a bundle of recreational opportunities for the sports-lover in your life.
Ski & Sky Beach Rentals
Porter Avenue & Highway 90
Biloxi, MS 39530 228-596-9953
Located directly across from the Biloxi Lighthouse, this outfitter offers Jet Skis, floats, chairs, umbrellas and aqua cycle rentals.
Jet Blast Beach Rentals
Gulfport, MS 39501 228-323-1512
Get everything you need for the beach at two convenient coastal locations (across from the Courtyard Marriott Beachfront and the end of Courthouse Road). Offerings include Jet Ski, beach chair and umbrella rentals and more.
Da Beach House Kayak & SUP Outfitters
34 Center 29th St., Studio G
Gulfport, MS 39501 228-547-0085
This outfitter offers Hobie fishing kayaks for anglers as well as stand up paddleboards. Rentals, tours and sales options will have you happy in the water along the entire gulf coast region.
EcoGeno Bicycle Shop
820 Martin Luther King Blvd., Suite B
Biloxi, MS 39530 228-424-8712
Learn the lay of new land — at your own pace — from the seat of a comfy bicycle. EcoGeno has the rentals, retail and repairs that will get you or an entire family on two wheels. Rentals include a helmet and map, and an enthusiastic staff will help point you to the best places to pedal.
Whether you prefer pier and wade fishing or deep-sea fishing, there’s a spot to drop your line in the Gulf Coast. Required recreational fishing licenses are available at many locations such as Wal-Mart, Kmart, sporting goods stores and bait shops. Anglers under the age of 16 and over 65 are exempt.
Biloxi Boardwalk Marina
200 Eight St.
Biloxi, MS 39530 228-432-2628
Wet your hook in the ocean with these charter operations, just a few of the many available:
Biloxi Small Craft Harbor
Biloxi, MS 39530 228-435-0159
Due South Charters
Point Cadet Marina, Pier I, Slip 11B
Biloxi, MS 39530 228-365-5572
Biloxi Small Craft Harbor
Biloxi, MS 39530 228-392-7485
T&D Charters - Skipper
Point Cadet Marina - Slip A-2
Biloxi, MS 39530 228-385-2910
Joka’s Wild Charters
Point Cadet Marina Slip E39
Biloxi, MS 39530 228-392-0989
GoFish Charters of MS
13829 John Clark Road
Gulfport, MS 39503 228-263-6151
Ring Dang Do Charter
Gulfport Yacht Harbor
Gulfport, MS 39503 228-547-7147
Bayou Vista Golf Course
13756 Washington Ave.
Gulfport, MS 39503 228-868-9953
This 18-hole course features 6,287 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 70. Neat terrains with dog leg fairways provide a challenge to golfers of all levels. Amenities include a clubhouse, restaurant and pro shop.
Dogwood Hills Golf Course
17476 Dogwood Hills Drive
Biloxi, MS 39532 228-392-9805
Dogwood Hills is one of Biloxi’s best-kept secrets for golfers who want to unwind and relax. Golf Digest named the course as one of the best places to play for 2008-2009. Dogwood Hills’ pro shop offers a full range of gear, and a full-service grill offers breakfast and lunch daily.
Fallen Oak at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
24400 Highway 15
Biloxi, MS 39532 877-805-4657
Designed by legendary course architect Tom Fazio exclusively for guests of Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Fallen Oak raises the bar for luxury resort golf in the region. While offering playability for golfers of all skill levels, the course was honored by Golfweek as Mississippi’s No. 1 course and a 2010 Best Course You Can Play.
Great Southern Golf Club
2000 E. Beach Drive
Gulfport, MS 39506 228-896-3536
The 18-hole Great Southern course features 6,214 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. Designed by Donald J. Ross, the course opened in 1908 as the birthplace of golf in Mississippi. The course is full of history — with visits from legends such as Walter Hagen, Henry Cotton and Babe Didrickson Zaharias — and offers an excellent view for a full day of fun golf.
Sunkist Country Club & Golf Course
2381 Sunkist Country Club Road
Biloxi, MS 39532 228-388-3961
Established in 1953, Sunkist Country Club features 6,400 yards of golf from three tees. The course is noted for its abundant use of water hazards, with water coming into play on 13 of the 18 holes. Amenities include private and group lessons, a pro shop, practice facilities, a bar and grill and a ballroom for special events.
Windance Country Club
19385 Champion Circle
Gulfport, MS 39503 877-774-8439
Designed by Mark McCumber in 1986, this 18-hole course features more than 6,600 yards of fun, challenging golf. Recent improvements include a lake, decorative stone work, new native areas and state-of-the-art drainage and irrigation for better course conditions. Clubhouse facilities include a pro shop, locker rooms, a swimming pool and a bar and grill.
Mazalea Campground & RV Park
8220 W. Oaklawn Road
Biloxi, MS 39532 228-392-8575
Mazalea Campground & RV Park features 140 sites and seven cabins, located close by the beach, gaming, shopping and restaurants. Little ones will enjoy the camp’s playground, and a dog walk area is perfect for pets.
Big Biloxi Campground
USDA Forest Service —
De Soto National Forest
19595 Desoto Park Road
Saucier, MS 39574 601-528-6160
The campground is well located for a variety of day trips to the Gulf Coast and its beaches. Open year-round, the campground features 25 sites but does not take reservations. The campground has hot showers and flush toilets, which are wheelchair-friendly.
2350 Beach Blvd.
Biloxi, MS 39531 228-287-7825
Feel the energy flowing off the ice as you cheer for the Mississippi Surge, a professional team in the Southern Professional Hockey League. Home games are played at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum, also known as “The Power Plant.”
Biloxi Tennis Complex
765 Wells Drive
Biloxi, MS 39533 228-354-9320
The Biloxi Tennis Complex and Bowman’s Tennis Shop together make the largest public professional tennis facility/pro shop in southern Mississippi. No membership is required, fees apply. Instructors are on hand at all times to help you improve your game. Call the complex for info on tournaments and other special events.