The state of Mississippi calls to mind all things magnolia, blues, catfish, and Hotty Toddy, Ole Miss. But, Mississippi is also a great vacation destination, perfect for road trips, day trips, week-long beach retreats, and girlfriend getaways. With attractive towns like Oxford, Columbus, Tupelo, and Biloxi, Mississippi is chock full of fun and adventures. Here are 50 cool things that we like to do in Mississippi.

#4 Tour a Historic Lighthouse (Biloxi)

The Biloxi Light is the only active lighthouse in the state of Mississippi. It overlooks the Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi Sound, and has the claim of more female light keepers than any other in the country. First lit in 1848, this classic lighthouse, which has survived multiple hurricanes and World War II, is one of the most photographed things in Mississippi. The Biloxi Lighthouse is unique in that its located between busy highways, and not on the shoreline as most. 

Biloxi lighthouse coastal Mississippi

#5 Visit A Local Art Gallery (Ocean Springs)

Celebrating the art and works of Walter Anderson, the gallery of the same name inspires artists and visitors with a quality collection from Mississippi’s beloved local. The colorful collection features Anderson’s oil paintings, drawings, watercolors, carvings, and decorative arts. Most impressive to me are the colorful and whimsical murals, but The Little Room is said to be the museum’s crown jewel.  


#11 Stay in the Best Hotel/Casino in Mississippi (Biloxi)

Mississippi’s #1 rated luxury hotel is Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi. This casino hotel (an MGM resort) features 1800 slot machines, table games, a handful of restaurants, two nightclubs, beautiful gardens, and fantastic shopping. I love the chintzy patterns and fabrics of the Beau Rivage, which fits perfectly with its Southern address. Hotel rooms are spacious and stylish with ceiling to floor windows. 

beau rivage Biloxi casino hotel

#22 Eat the Best Biscuits in Mississippi (Ocean Springs)

Indulge in the most delicious sweet and savory biscuits ever at The Greenhouse on Porter in Ocean Springs. From the Pregnancy Biscuit (with dill pickle flavor, Comeback sauce, and fried onions) to Cinnamon Raisin, Lemon broccoli biscuit with feta fluff to carrot cake biscuit with sweet fluff and pecan crumbles, there is something to please every palate…and then some. 

biscuits coastal Mississippi

#32 Waste Away in Margaritaville at the Margaritaville Resort (Biloxi)

Want to visit the Caribbean but don’t want to spring for airfare? Head to the Margaritaville Resort in Biloxi, Mississippi. With a “no worries” vibe, beach themed decor, and enough fun for the whole family, you won’t believe you are in Mississippi. The hotel even pipes in tropical smells! Have your own island-inspired getaway at the Margaritaville Biloxi.


#42 Stroll Fishbone Alley (Gulfport)

Fishbone Alley is a funky and artsy spot is situated between restaurants and bars in downtown Gulfport Mississippi. You will find it between 26th and 27th Avenue and 13th and 14th Streets. The festive alley has fantastic live music and cool artwork to admire and enjoy. 

fishbone alley Coastal Mississippi

#47 Learn about the History of Mississippi’s Gulf Coast (Biloxi)

A visit to the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum in Biloxi provides an intellectual look at how the Gulf Coast’s shrimp industry has evolved and created delicious seafood for the country, as well as a look at the heritage of Biloxi. The story behind the shrimp peeling machine is especially interesting. The beautiful three-story museum also has a treasure trove of boats on display and great data about hurricanes (especially Katrina) and preservation.

maritime museum and seafood industry

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Melody and Taylor are a mom/daughter team who write about luxury travel, culture, cruising, food, and most recently, life with a toddler. Places they specialize in are FL, MS, WV, and the Midwest, as well as Panama. Both ladies freelance (print & online publications), host a Southern-based travel conference host, and are digital influencers. They love cruising, animals, National Parks, small towns, Broadway, TV, and cooking.


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