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By Rachel Bowie - PureWow

School is on hiatus ’til fall, which means you’ve got approximately 10 weeks to keep the youngest members of your household happily entertained. Don’t worry: We’ve got your back with this epic list of the coolest activities for kids of all ages in every single state.

MISSISSIPPI: THE INSTITUTE FOR MARINE MAMMAL STUDIES
Dolphin encounters abound at this research institution in Gulfport near Mississippi City, the perfect spot for your kids to learn about the conservation efforts and humane treatment of this aquatic

By Tammie Arender - KNOE News

OCEAN SPRINGS, Ms. (KNOE) Oak canopied streets with cafes, cool art, and unique retail, all just blocks from the Gulf of Mexico in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. The quaint little coastal community has been named one of the ten coolest small towns in America by Budget Travel magazine.

“I remember driving down Washington Avenue and the seeing the oak trees that just cascaded over the street and calling Ted and saying, I think I found it. I think this is where we need to be. It’s just a magical place,” said Roxy

By Brian Jewell - Group Travel Leader

Exciting things are happening in Mississippi.
This Southern state is abuzz with energy over new attractions and tourism experiences, some of which opened late last year and others that are coming online this year or early in 2019. These and updated museums, plus a beach resort with a famous name, are giving groups new reasons to plan tours to the state.

In Jackson, the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum opened side by side in December and have already proven popular with

By Barbara & Jim Twardowski - Global Traveler

An MGM Resorts International property, the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino brings headliner performers and unique entertainment to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. On the weekend we visited, comedian Jim Gaffigan filled the 1,550-seat theater. Throughout the summer, the intimate space will feature a Cirque-style production, Circovia, and a variety of entertainers from Gladys Knight to Better Than Ezra.

Located east of New Orleans and west of Mobile, Ala., the resort’s entrance with some three dozen live

So Cool, It's Hot: Southern Summer Bucket List

As if you couldn't tell by the warmer (okay, hotter) temperatures, summer has officially arrived in the South.

Weather aside, the season is a time of longer days, weekend getaways and all-around fun with family and friends.

Make the most of the hot 90-plus days with a cool bucket list that'll help you have a memorable summer.

Take in a minor league baseball game with the Biloxi Shuckers in Biloxi, Mississippi, Montgomery Biscuits in Montgomery, Alabama or Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp in

By Robert Firpo-Cappiello - Budget Travel

From California’s wine country to the shores of the Hudson River, from the Arizona desert to the Great Lakes, we’re celebrating unique towns that are just waiting for you to discover them.

We love to help you find destinations that go beyond the obvious big cities and theme parks to discover something a little different: America’s Coolest Small Towns. For 13 years now, we’ve celebrated unique towns across the U.S., and this year our network of editors, writers, photographers, and videographers went in

By Gary Trask - TraveLife, Canada

BILOXI, MS — He’s a lifelong resident of the area, a well-known businessman, and current mayor of Biloxi. So, there aren’t too many people more qualified to speak to the tremendous growth and popularity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast than Andrew Gilich.
Gilich, who founded the first high-tech software business in Biloxi in 1983 and has been mayor since 2015, always gets a charge out of the reaction he hears from first-time visitors.
“They usually kind of shrug their shoulders and say, ‘I had no idea,’ ” he says

By Lance Lambert - Realtor.com

On the great master list of American dreams, owning a home on an ocean beach tends to be near the top, wedged somewhere between "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" and finishing "Moby Dick." But to most folks, the beachy lifestyle can seem like a distant goal. After all, words such as "oceanfront real estate" and "affordable" aren't often paired together.

That's where the sunburned realtor.com® data team comes in. As we do each summer, we crunched the numbers and donned our water wings to calculate the

By Doug Olander - Sport Fishing Magazine

How to fish the state's coastline for big black drum, redfish and other game fish

“You’ve gotta try fishing our inshore reefs!” Capt. Sonny Schindler had told me, months before I traveled to the Mississippi coast to do just that. “They’ve really been complete game-changers for inshore-fishing guides in this area,” added Schindler, based in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, just west of Gulfport.
And that’s how I came to be on Schindler’s Avenger AV26 bay boat, anchored in about 8 feet of water in the Gulf

By Matt Meltzer - Thrillist

“A house by the beach" sounds like one of those painfully unobtainable luxuries, like an Aston Martin or NFL season tickets or a post-12th grade education in America. Big, sexy coastal communities have astronomical housing prices, true -- but that doesn't mean you, the average citizen trying to scratch together $1,000 a month to live with a roommate, can't legitimately afford one. And not on a beach in Barrow, Alaska, either.

In the Southeast -- and in parts of the Pacific Northwest -- a number of cities boast