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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.

app

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!

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

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.

#mscoastlife

Here’s how it works:

  1. You take a photo on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and share it on social media using the hashtag

Using some of the world’s freshest seafood and a variety of culinary influences, the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s culinary scene is as diverse as it is delicious. For all you foodies out there, we’ve broken down some of the best eateries along the Coast into a three-day itinerary. Get your grub on in Bay St. Louis, eat your way through Harrison County, and then taste all the deliciousness that Ocean Springs and Pascagoula have to offer! Bon Appétit!

Day 1

Start your morning off with a latte, fresh omelet, and homemade biscuit from Mockingbird

Numerous waterways, nature trails, sandy beaches, state parks, scenic campgrounds and more make the Mississippi Gulf Coast an ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Not to mention, the consistently warm weather makes it possible to explore the Coast year-round. Whether you enjoy paddling, fishing, hiking, biking, or just taking in the views of nature, there’s an adventure waiting for you on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

#1: Paddle Coastal Waterways
Paddle your way through the Mississippi Gulf Coast Blueways. These water trails offer a