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The Ultimate Guide to Cruisin' the Coast: 2021 Highlights

It’s the 25th anniversary of Cruisin’ the Coast, and they’ve prepared quite the celebration for lovers of all things antique, classic, and hot rod vehicles. An abundance of activities from autocross racing to car auctions, live music performances, block parties, celebrity appearances, and more will take place throughout the Mississippi Gulf Coast from October 3rd through the 10th. Cruisin’ the Coast is one of the biggest events in Mississippi, spanning over 11 cities and 40 miles of the coast. Over 8,000 vehicles have registered this year, from…

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A Sea of Stars on the Secret Coast

The Mississippi Aquarium is getting us excited about local wildlife differently this October. To kick-off the Gulfport Big Weekend, MSAQ is partnering with Hancock Whitney to dazzle the night sky with an amazing drone show. Five hundred drones will glow above Jones Park to create 3D shapes of marine life such as alligators, dolphins, and turtles – all while choreographed to music and embellished with a fireworks finale. You will have never seen anything like it…

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100 Things To Do in Coastal Mississippi

Curious about how much there is to do in Coastal Mississippi? We have crafted the perfect list of ideas, highlighting amazing experiences you can only have along our 62 miles of beautiful shoreline! 1. Drive along the nation’s longest man-made beach 2. Dine on Gulf-fresh seafood at our coastal restaurants 3. Discover public art around every corner 4. Take a deep dive into the region’s marine life at the Mississippi Aquarium 5. Get an awesome deal with the Coastal Mississippi Attractions Pass 6. Try your luck at one of Coastal Mississippi’s 12…

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Spend Your 2021 Labor Day Weekend in Coastal Mississippi

This Labor Day Weekend is one for the books! Find excitement and relaxation in equal measure in Coastal Mississippi. Easily accessible by car with 12 charming coastal communities spread across 62 miles of scenic shoreline, our coast provides plenty of room to roam. With plenty to do and see in our tri-county region, you can fill your itinerary and experience as much or as little as you like. Book an Excursion If you're looking to sit back, relax, and enjoy a Coastal Mississippi sunset, book a Ship Island Excursions sunset cruise and enjoy the…

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Top Cool Down Treats in Coastal Mississippi

With a year-round temperate climate and long summers, we relish our time outdoors in Coastal Mississippi. Though, all of the time spent outdoors beckons the need to cool down. And what better way to get cool than with cold, sweet treats? We've made a list of the Top Cool Down Treats here on The Secret Coast. From custards to cones and shakes to sundaes, get ready to visit them all because summer just began! The Yard Milkshake Bar The D'Iberville branch of this Gulf Shores chain consistently wows customers with its indulgent ice-cold treats of…

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Celebrate National Shrimp Day in Coastal Mississippi

National Shrimp Day is May 10, and what better way to celebrate this bountiful delicacy than with a visit to what was once known as the seafood capital of the world ! Coastal Mississippi’s history, culture, and communities truly revolve around the Gulf of Mexico and its maritime and seafood industry. The Gulf Coast region produces 69% of the nation’s domestic shrimp, and 90% of species in the Gulf of Mexico nest in the Mississippi Sound. Where once stood rows of seafood processing plants and boat building facilities surrounded by endless mountains of oyster shells, you will now see attractions, excursions, and restaurants offering an opportunity to discover and devour The Secret Coast’s deep-rooted history with seafood…

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The Ultimate Guide to the Crawfish Music Festival

Heading to the Crawfish Music Festival? A five-day festival with more than a dozen acts can be a bit overwhelming, especially when considering a crowd. Don’t worry, we’ve listed everything you need to know beforehand to make sure you have an enjoyable and safe time enjoying headline entertainment, hot boiled crawfish, and exciting mid-way rides at Coastal Mississippi’s premiere spring event! The Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center has established COVID-19 protocols, including limited capacity, to ensure the health and safety of all…

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Coastal Cravings: Find the Best Boiled Crawfish

Crawfish, Crayfish, Crawdads, Mudbugs...different names for thesame delicious food. Here in Coastal Mississippi, we like our crawfish boiled, served by the pound, with an extra set of napkins; spicy or mild; with potatoes, corn, and often times sausage, onions, peppers, and the occasional green beans and brussels sprouts. As soon as crawfish season opens in February, lines form out the doors of restaurants with hungry mouths waiting to "pinch the tails and suck the heads" of the bright red crustaceans. To let you in on one of our secrets, we've compiled a list of the best restaurants in Coastal Mississippi for fresh, boiled crawfish. As of 3/4/21, masks are no longer mandated by the state, but following safety guidelines outlined by the Mississippi State Department of Health such as wearing masks and practicing social distancing is still recommended. Before visiting, we encourage you to check with individual businesses on any potential changes to their availability and/or hours, but rest assured Coastal Mississippi is working diligently with our partners to ensure your safety and health is the top priority. Find out how in our Destination Promise of health and safety. ​…

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Best Al Fresco Dining in Coastal Mississippi

What pairs best with authentic coastal cuisine? Outdoor ambience! In addition to the best fresh-caught seafood and the most innovative menus you’ll find in the Southeastern United States, Coastal Mississippi boasts a variety of restaurants with incredible al fresco dining experiences. Al fresco dining, or dining outside, is the preferred method of eating on the coast, whether it be a quick solo lunch or a shared family meal. Enjoy a shrimp po-boy as you watch the waves roll in from the Gulf of Mexico, or savor chargrilled oysters over…

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Thanksgiving Delights in Coastal Mississippi

Staying home for Thanksgiving? Not in the mood to cook? Over turkey and stuffing? Despite many restaurants being closed on Thanksgiving Day, Coastal Mississippi features several dining options that will be open to serve you and yours. Explore our list and stay thank-full this holiday season. Looking to dine out this Thanksgiving holiday? Coastal Mississippi features incredible cuisine that will leave you feeling thank-full! Explore our list of restaurants that will be open this year. Before visiting, we encourage you to check with individual…

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