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Ship Island: The Perfect Coastal Mississippi Getaway

Summer is the perfect time to explore the barrier islands that sit just miles off the mainland of Coastal Mississippi. 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 the Ship Island Excursions ferry service out of Gulfport and Biloxi. Photo: Trevor Reid BEFORE YOUR ISLAND ADVENTURE When planning for a trip out to Ship Island, be sure to bring all your beach…

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Where to Watch the Solar Eclipse on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

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…

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The Music-Lover’s Guide to the Mississippi Gulf Coast

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…

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17 Places to Cool Down on the Coast

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…

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4th of July on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

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 32 nd Annual Our Lady of the Gulf Crab Festival A 4 th 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. 70 th Annual Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo The whole family will enjoy…

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Cheers to the Official Cocktail of the Mississippi Gulf Coast!

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 and…

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Discover the Mississippi Gulf Coast with Our New App!

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. 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…

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5 Outdoor Team-Building Activities on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Here on the Coast, we like to say that team building has a scenic route. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing retreat or an activity that pushes team members out of their comfort zones, there is a perfect outdoor team-building experience for your group on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Challenge yourself at Zip’N Fun Adventure Park This fun and challenging activity will be one that your group never forgets! Harness your inner daredevil as you conquer this tree-to-tree obstacle course featuring tight ropes, swinging logs, zip lines, and more at…

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Share your #MSCoastLife for a chance to be featured on our website!

Gulfcoast.org has a new look, and it just might feature one of your photos! Some of our favorite photos are the ones that locals and visitors share when they’re exploring the Mississippi Gulf Coast. We love seeing the different adventures people take and the breath-taking photos they capture along the way. For this reason, we’ve decided to feature these amazing, user-shared photos on our website, gulfcoast.org. Here’s how it works: You take a photo on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and share it on social media using the hashtag…

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