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Trying to plan a budget-friendly getaway? We’ve put together a list of low-cost activities so you can experience all that the Mississippi Gulf Coast has to offer without breaking the bank!

  • Visit Lynn Meadows Discovery Center with the little ones and let them spend a few hours embracing their creative side and enjoying hands-out activities.

    • Cost for a family of 4 - $40

    • Check out the LMDC website for special rates.

  • Visit one of the Coast’s local breweries, where you can enjoy a brewery tour and craft beer tasting for just $10

We’re excitedly counting down the days until the solar eclipse that will occur on August 21, 2017. While we won’t see a total eclipse here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy viewing the partial eclipse (about 80 percent coverage) that will be visible at approximately 1:30 p.m. CST.

Check out these solar eclipse viewing events happening on Monday, August 21:

INFINITY Science Center
Join INFINITY and its NASA partners for a day of activities surrounding the solar eclipse. Activities will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Whether you want to kick back and enjoy some local tunes or you’re looking for exciting headliners, there’s a music scene for you on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Here are some must-visit spots along the Coast where you can catch amazing live music year-round.

LAID-BACK VIBES

If you’re looking to relax and enjoy some great live music along with a cold drink, then you can’t go wrong at Buoys Bar in Bay St. Louis, a breezy beach bar with a fun, laid- back atmosphere. If you’re in the Biloxi area, check out the Sky Bar at the Reef, where you can

There’s no time quite like family time on the Mississippi Gulf Coast! Make the most of your experience with these 50 fun family activities:

1. Explore the Mississippi Sound on the Biloxi Shrimping Trip

2. Make a day trip out to Ship Island

3. Escape to Margaritaville’s Family Entertainment Center

4. Explore Earth and space at INFINITY Science Center

5. Go to a Biloxi Shuckers game

6. Bike the coastline

7. Cruise the Pascagoula River with Eco-Tours of South Mississippi

8. Take a cooking class at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural

Here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, summertime means beach days, poolside lounging, outdoor concerts, and shrimp boils. Aside from all the fun activities, summertime also means some serious South Mississippi heat. And what better way to cool down than with a cold, icy treat?!

Thanks to Nicholas Myers with Gulfport Main Street, we have a list of several places along the Mississippi Gulf Coast where you can find a cold treat on a hot day! Click here for an interactive map of all the locations listed below.

  • New Orleans Snowballs (Bay St.

Summer is the perfect time to explore the barrier islands that sit just miles off the Mississippi Gulf Coast. With white-sand beaches and beautiful Gulf waters, the islands are an ideal summer day trip.

While all of the barrier islands offer something unique that is worth exploring, Ship Island is the most accessible to travelers thanks to its ferry service out of Gulfport – Ship Island Excursions.

Ship Island - Trevor Reid
Photo: Trevor Reid

BEFORE YOUR ISLAND ADVENTURE

When planning for a trip out to Ship Island, be sure to bring all your beach supplies –

Cue the fireworks! The 4th of July is right around the corner and we have everything you need to know about the celebrations leading up to Independence Day.

June 30

32nd Annual Our Lady of the Gulf Crab Festival
A 4th of July Weekend tradition, the Crab Festival is a fun event for the entire family taking place on June 30 - July 2 in Bay St. Louis. This free festival features fresh seafood, live music, arts & crafts booths, rides, raffles, crab races, and much more.

70th Annual Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo
The whole family will enjoy

Country Living, Cosmopolitan and Southern Living all agree that the Mississippi Gulf Coast is an ideal destination for a girls’ getaway!

White-sand beaches, fabulous boutique hotels, lively casinos, relaxing spas, authentic restaurants, and a heavy dose of Southern charm all make for a memorable trip with the girls. Round up your besties and treat yourself to a girls’ getaway weekend on the Mississippi Gulf Coast!

STAY IN STYLE

When it comes to picking a place to stay, opt for a local boutique hotel. You’ll never want to leave The Roost in

This spring, Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast joined forces with Eat MS Coast and Donner Peltier Distillers, the makers of Rougaroux® Rum, to create the Official Cocktail of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Recipes were submitted, judging took place, numerous cocktails were tasted and thousands of votes were cast to make cocktail history here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. After all was said and done, it was the Cat Island Cruiser, created by Catherine “Cat” Ryan, that was named as the Official Cocktail of the Mississippi Gulf Coast!

Cat Ryan
Cat Ryan and

Have you seen the blue Shrimp Signs posted at every Highway 90 intersection along the Coast? Still curious as to what they are? Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast is here to help!

We're putting the Shrimp Signs to use in our free travel app, My Gulf Coast, available for iOS and Android users.

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My Gulf Coast is travel app that helps users locate things to do, places to eat and other points of interest that can be found at each Shrimp Sign posted along Highway 90. Check out the tutorial below for more info on the app's features and how it works!