I must confess that I’m not your everyday traveler. I love traveling with the kids and I also love road trips. I have driven through Mississippi before and I consider it a beautiful drive. Had I known the wonders that await on the Mississippi Gulf Coast I would have probably gone their sooner. Biloxi, MS is about a 9 to 10 hour drive from Dallas, TX so it is longer than a daytrip but not too long. It’s about the same length of drive as heading to South Padre Island except you don’t have to contend with the 2.5 mile bridge that can have traffic backed up for miles. Biloxi is just one of many different Mississippi gulf coast cities to choose from.
The Mississippi gulf coast is a wonderful vacation spot that is affordable, fun and educational for families. There is a lot in store that can help you create wonderful memories without busting the bank. The relevant counties that lie on this region by the Gulf of Mexico include Hancock County, Harrison County and Jackson County. Within these counties, the cities that have the greatest potential for tourism attractions are Biloxi, Gulfport, Pascagoula, Hattiesburg, Bay St. Louis,Picayune, and Ocean Springs.
There is definitely many types of activities that the whole family can enjoy. They are renowned for beaches, deep sea fishing, outdoor activities, world class golf, wonderful southern seafood cuisine, casinos for the adults and much more. There is a rich heritage on the gulf coast that you don’t want to miss so pack your bags and see what is in store for you with Mississippi Gulf Coasts. For a sample, check out what the Baxter family did on their vacation:
The video above and more can be accessed at the Youtube Channel for visit MS.
Beaches, sand and surf
With 62 miles of coastline, traveling to this area will never leave you far from the beach. The beaches here are unique in that there are 26 miles of soft white sand with very gentle waves perfect for families with young children. There are many small islands that shield the beaches giving way to jet skiing, parasailing, kayaking and more. One of the most popular and must see spot in the state is West Ship Island. Take the Ship Island ferry from the Gulfport Small Craft Harbor. The island is approximately 12 miles offshore from Gulfport offering visitors beautiful Gulf waters for swimming, sunbathing, shelling and more. The cruise to the barrier island takes about an hour one way and dolphin sightings are frequent during the boat ride. Food service, chair, and umbrella rentals are available on the island.
There are so many Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport for their dolphin encounter programs. I also want to give a quick mention on the food. Though everything is fried, the food is amazing.along the Mississippi Gulf Cost that you may have a difficult time choosing just one. Abundant activities await on Ship Island. You can also enjoy a day at Barnacle Bill’s Waterpark and Putt-Putt Golf Park. The park features a children’s pool, with a pirate ship and slides, a 390-foot long lazy river, two 25-foot slides, an 18-hole miniature golf course, and a concession stand! (Seasonal April-September) Also, enjoy one of the top 50 children’s museums by taking some time out to visit the . Mississippi’s first children’s museum is one you don’t want to miss. 15,000 square feet of indoor exhibit space, six acres of outdoor play space including a tree house village, a woodsy cabin on a stream and meeting rooms for workshops as well as camps and birthday parties. You can also check out the
I say this is affordable and so I decided to do a vacation package search via Hotwire.com to compare what it would cost to visit the Mississippi Gulf Coast versus San Antonio, TX versus Orlando, FL. Here are the results:
On my most recent search for a departure out of DFW including room and car for a family of four departing Friday, August 3rd and returning Tuesday, August 7th. Your trip prices can vary from $2200 to $2600. I did the same search to Orlando, FL and your package price ranges would start around $2800. Area attractions are much more affordable. Remember, you can save a ton if you drive rather than fly from DFW but I wanted to show you a comparison. Basically a decent hotel by the beach can range anywhere from $90 to $180 and that is by the beach for major chains.
Upcoming Events of Interest
There are a lot of things that you can do on the Gulf Coast such as Casino gambling, deep sea fishing, shopping, art museums and more. I profiled just a few that would mainly benefit families, but I see a lot of potential here to cover a wide array of interests on a small budget.Also, check out a few upcoming events that you may want to plan in advance for:
Gulfport –conducts dolphin interactions either from the dock or swimming with them. These are reservation only events but the museum itself is very interactive where you can learn about many sea creatures and dig for a shark tooth.
Biloxi – 31st Annual Biloxi Seafood Festival. This is a must see family event that has a lot of children’s activities along with seafood dishes, gumbo championship, entertainment and more. This event will be held September 8th and 9th and draws 25,000 people. For more information visit
Biloxi – 30th Annual Chefs of the Coast, Mississippi Gulf Coast culinary weekend for just $90 getting you into both events on September 29th and 30th. The first, “Chefs of the Coast – Family Style” and “30th Annual Chefs of the Coast Mardi Gras Gala.” For more information, please Call 228-236-1420 or visit http://www.chefsofthecoast.org/chefs/2/events
For a full listing of special events please visit thepage.
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