By Erin Staples - Sixth Bloom

Here is the Ultimate Guide to family friendly activities along the Gulf Coast including Gulfport, Biloxi, Bay St. Louis, Ocean Springs and Pass Christian.  This Mississippi Gulf Coast Travel Guide will help as you visit beaches and attractions on the Gulf Coast. 

A HUGE thank you to Hancock Whitney and Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast for hosting our amazing getaway weekend full of exciting and fun travels.

This past weekend my husband and I had the perfect getaway while visiting the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  There are so many quaint towns, quaint breakfast nooks, great coffee shops, awesome museums and attractions to keep you busy for days!

I’m here just to tell you our experience and our highest recommendations keeping in mind it is all family friendly and fun not to mention relaxing.

One of the perks of traveling along the beautiful Mississippi beaches is you can snag a free travel app – My Gulf Coast – which will help you locate attractions, restaurants, shopping and other points of interest along the way.  Along Highway 90 you will spot each location with a Shrimp Sign posted.

Did you know that there are 12 coastal cities and communities that make up the Mississippi Gulf Coast?  That’s why there are so many great spots to drop in and visit.  There are 62 miles of scenic shoreline – but that also includes inner bays etc. There are 44 miles of coastline in Mississippi!  It’s amazing with gorgeous views no matter where you are!

So in reality you can drive it easily with a few stops in one day…although more time is highly recommended so you can pace yourself!  Did I mention there is an endless bounty of seafood that is amazing, hence you’ll want to pace yourself along your travels!  ( can give you even more details on these amazing eats!)

Places to Stay:  We stayed in Pass Christian at Hotel Pass Christian and hands down a peaceful and amazing place.  The vibe, the atmosphere and the southern hospitality were top notch.  If you are interested in staying in a different coastal town I recommend visiting for a bit more information on places they recommend.

Before we checked into Hotel Pass Christian we were honored to attend the Hancock Whitney Inaugural Splash Bash benefiting the upcoming Mississippi Aquarium in Gulfport!  We had a blast – while seeing a sloth, taking pictures with an otter, eating delicious food from amazing places along the Gulf Coast and ending the night with a delicious Pop Brothers handmade popsicle.  Hands down the Hancock Whitney Splash Bash was a fun night and I have to say the details that went into decorating and planning this event was amazing!

Cat Island Coffee House – breakfast and coffee were amazing…not to mention the fact that it’s also a bookstore – I was in heaven at a coffee shop and my husband was in heaven at a bookstore!  The PERFECT place for us!  

Take some time to wander the streets in downtown Pass Christian – some great local shops, eateries and friendly people.

Spend the evening in Ocean Springs – one of the quaintest coastal towns along the Gulf Coast

We spent Sunday morning in downtown Bay St. Louis before we had to head home.  Breakfast was at the Mockingbird cafe – a quiet spot and amazing food and their almond latte is one of the best I’ve ever had!

Grab an Attraction Pass so you can see multiple museums and attractions at a fraction of the cost!


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