Located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Biloxi, Mississippi, is best known for its beaches and casinos. Several different casinos are located on Beach Boulevard offering patrons a variety of games of chance and sports betting propositions. The city, first settled in 1699, also offers many incredible museums and historic sites to visit during your stay.
Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum
Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum maintains the maritime history of Biloxi and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Exhibits provide information on topics like shrimping, marine blacksmithing, net making and wooden boat building. Two Biloxi Schooner replicas are moored at the Schooner Pier Complex, which has three pavilions and a second story observation deck. In addition, the Wade Guice Hurricane Museum, offering a state-of-the-art theater and exhibit space, is located within the museum.
Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art
The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art is dedicated to the ceramics of George E. Ohr, who called himself “The Mad Potter of Biloxi.” The museum, located on Beach Boulevard, also focuses on Southeastern regional art and Biloxi history. The artists, history, landscape and architecture make the museum unique. The museum comprises four buildings and the Pleasant Reed House, built by a former slave after the American Civil War.
Biloxi Shrimping Trip
Things to do in Biloxi, Mississippi, include setting sail with Biloxi Shrimping Trip. The tour boat, Sailfish, moored on Beach Boulevard, takes you on a real shrimping expedition. The 70-minute adventure takes place in the waters between Deer Island and the Biloxi shoreline. The crew drags the bottom of the Mississippi Sound for whatever marine life the net can catch. You’ll see the catch, which is identified by the captain. You’ll also learn facts about catching, cooking and eating shrimp.
Biloxi Lighthouse, erected in 1848, towers next to Biloxi Beach on the Mississippi Sound. The white lighthouse was one of the first cast-iron lighthouses in the South. Female keepers tended the lighthouse for more years than any other lighthouse in the United States. Blue bands were painted on the brick lining inside the tower to show the sea level during various hurricanes. The highest level, 21.5 feet above sea level, was reached during Hurricane Katrina.
White sand Biloxi Beach is ideal for swimming since barrier islands in the Gulf of Mexico keep the beach water calm. Surf is almost non-existent at the beach. Water temperature is more than 80 degrees Fahrenheit at least four months of the year.
You can rent chairs, umbrellas, aqua cycles, personal watercraft and more. The beach is steps away from several casinos and other attractions on Beach Boulevard.
Deer Island Coastal Preserve
Deer Island Coastal Preserve, located right off the coast of Biloxi, is a great place to paddleboard, boat, canoe or sit back and enjoy a secluded getaway. Deer Island Coastal Preserve follows the beach along the island. In addition to white sand beaches, you’ll find tall pines and marshes in the interior of the island.
You can spot American alligator, mottled ducks, osprey, loggerhead turtles and diamond terrapin on the island, as well as 10 endangered species.
Beauvoir, The Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library, is the seaside retirement estate of Jefferson Davis. The estate includes a nature trail, outbuildings, the Confederate Museum, Confederate Veterans Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Confederate Soldier.
Admission to the restored antebellum home, located on Beach Boulevard, includes a guided tour of the home and a self-guided tour of the museum and cemetery. Guided tours of the three areas are available with reservations.