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 per person.


Photo: Chandeleur Brewing Co. Facebook


  • Stop by the Walter Anderson Museum of Art and discover the coastal-inspired works of Walter Anderson, a master American painter.  

    • Cost for a family of 4 - $30

    • Cost for a couple - $20


  • Explore the grounds and exhibits of the Pascagoula River Audubon Center, featuring native animals and plants.

    • Cost for family of 4 - $26

    • Cost for a couple - $16

    • Have a little extra cash to spend? Take an eco-tour with McCoy’s River and Swamp tours, which departs from the Pascagoula River Audubon Center. Cost of admission to the Center is waived with purchase of boat tour ticket.




  • Visit the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum to learn more about the region’s heritage and culture through an array of fascinating exhibits, artifacts and photographs.

    • Cost for a family of 4 - $32

    • Cost for a couple - $20


  • Spend the day (9 a.m. until 5 p.m.) on Ship Island, located 11 miles south of Gulfport. Explore Fort Massachusetts with a free guided tour, and then enjoy the sun and sand on the South side of the island. All visitors are welcome to bring their own beach gear, as well as coolers with food and drinks for the entire group.

    • Cost for a family of 4 - $96

    • Cost for a couple – $58


Ship Island 1
Photo: Ship Island Facebook


  • Lounge on the beach all day or rent paddle boards or kayaks for a different perspective (prices vary by vendor).


Looking for more activities to add to your budget-friendly trip? There are plenty of free things to do on the Mississippi Gulf Coast that are perfect for families and couples.