Located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Biloxi, Mississippi, is best known for its beaches and casinos. While a day at the casino might be exciting for some, there are plenty of fun things to do in Biloxi other than gambling!
The city, which was first settled in 1699, offers many incredible museums and historic sites to visit during your stay. Vacation Renter is here to show you an exciting list of activities to keep you busy.
Learn The History of Biloxi’s Seafood Industry
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. Stare out to see from their three pavilions and 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.
View Beautiful Works 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 also focuses on Southeastern regional art and Biloxi’s rich history. The local artists, history, landscape, and architecture make this museum unique. The museum comprises four buildings and the Pleasant Reed House, built by a former slave after the American Civil War.
Enjoy a Shrimping Trip
Set sail on an exciting excursion with Biloxi Shrimping Trip. The tour boat, Sailfish, moored on Beach Boulevard, takes you on a real shrimping expedition. The 70-minute adventure is situated 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. The Captain will present and identify the catch so you can learn all about the variety of sea life that was harvested.. You’ll also learn facts about catching, cooking and eating shrimp.
Visit a 173 Year Old Lighthouse
Biloxi Lighthouse, erected in 1848, towers next to Biloxi Beach on the Mississippi Sound. The lighthouse was one of the first cast-iron lighthouses in the South. Civilians were responsible for tending the light from its creation until 1939 when the US Coast guard took over the job. 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. Guided tours are available, without reservation, from 9am to 10am each day.
Relax on the Beach
White sand Biloxi beach is ideal for swimming, since barrier islands in the Gulf of Mexico keep the water calm. Surf is almost non-existent around this coastal town. For at least four months of the year, this beach sees water temperatures of over 80 degrees!
You can rent all your beach needs right here, like chairs, umbrellas, aqua cycles, personal watercraft and more.
See the Local Wildlife
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. In addition to white sand beaches, you’ll find tall pines and marshes in the interior of the island. You can view American alligators, mottled ducks, osprey, loggerhead turtles and diamond terrapin in their natural habitat on the island.
You can spot American alligator, mottled ducks, osprey, loggerhead turtles and diamond terrapin on the island, as well as 10 endangered species.
Learn About American History
Beauvoir, The Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library, is the seaside retirement estate of Jefferson Davis. The property 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 includes a guided tour of the home and a self-guided tour of the museum and cemetery.
So Much to Explore
Biloxi has such a rich history to learn about, and a deep culture to explore. There are so many fun things to do here that don’t involve gambling. With this list from Vacation