Each coastal community offers experiences that are unique to Coastal Mississippi, but also unique to that community. You cannot go wrong venturing out to any one of them, and we encourage you to visit them all! The most beautiful part of Highway 90 is right here in Coastal Mississippi, and it will take you all the way from Waveland to Moss Point, right by the Gulf of Mexico and a 26-mile-long beach (the longest man-made beach in the nation). Check out the best local things to do and see, but don’t limit yourself to what is listed here. There are many treasures waiting to be found on the Secret Coast.
The Land of the Waves
Waveland is the only Gulf Coast community that prohibits commercial buildings on its beachfront. As a result, you’ll experience seascapes as far as the eye can see. It is also home to the 343-acre Buccaneer State Park which offers a plethora of outdoor activities, such as camping, fishing, birding, disc golf, and even a water park.
Buccaneer Bay Water Park
Must See: Waveland Lighthouse, Garfield Ladner Pier, Veteran’s Memorial Monument
Where living is easy.
The perfect place for young families and retirees, Diamondhead offers access to a variety of recreational activities including championship golf courses, pools, trails, and parks.
Things to Do: The Club at Diamondhead, North Rec Pool, East Rec Pool & Playground
A Place Apart
Off the beaten path with a slow-paced way of life, the historic town of Bay St. Louis offers a strong sense of community. Passersby smile and greet you as though they’ve known you their whole life, and the quaint, locally-owned businesses abound with handmade treasures.
Ruth's Roots Community Garden
Must See: Ruth’s Roots, 100 Men Hall, Public Art Murals, Angel Trees
More Resources: https://playonthebay.org/about-us/
Tucked away on the Mississippi Sound is the charming and tranquil town of Pass Christian. As the birthplace of yachting in the South, you'll find plenty of options for fishing charters and ocean exploration. View unforgettable historic homes and magnificent oaks, pick up a one-of-a-kind antique or gift from a range of local retailers, and take a stroll through Mainstreet where you’re sure to experience the welcoming community.
The Friendly City
Another hidden gem on The Secret Coast, Long Beach has a thriving small business community. Find unique experiences on the Wolf River, taste the freshly-roasted coffee of Coast Roast, and enjoy 500-year-old Friendship Oak right in Long Beach.
The Friendship Oak
Open for business and geared for a good time!
The second-largest city in Mississippi, Gulfport offers everything including spacious parks, ferry rides to Ship Island, museums, and even up-close experiences with marine life. Keep an eye out for events and live entertainment at Jones Park and Fishbone Alley – there’s always something exciting happening in Gulfport.
Casino: Island View Casino & Resort
Signature Event: Gulfport Harbor Lights Winter Festival (November-December)
The Playground of the South
There are unlimited ways to play in the city of Biloxi with access to eight casinos, the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center, and Minor League Baseball’s Biloxi Shuckers. Once known as the “Seafood Capital of the World,” you’ll also find plenty of options for seafood, in addition to delectable Cajun and creole cuisines.
Hard Rock Hotel& Casino
Signature Events: Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic (June)
More Resources: https://biloxi.ms.us/visitor-info/
Down-home spirit, uptown style.
Teeming with retail chains and restaurants, you will find all your favorite spots within a quick drive in D’Iberville. You can go bowling, roller skating, watch a movie, play an escape game, learn to scuba dive, and kayak or fish the Biloxi Back Bay all right in this up-and-coming city.
Casinos: Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort
The City of Discovery
Known as one of the most artistic communities along The Secret Coast, you will find ceramics, boutiques, galleries, and live music around every corner of downtown Ocean Springs. The live oak-lined streets, exhilarating nightlife, and community events make it a fun place to be at all times.
Walter Anderson Museum of Art
Must See: Front Beach, Shearwater Pottery
Signature Event: Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival (November)
The city whose name has many pronunciations, Gautier features many ways to experience the marshlands of Coastal Mississippi – from paddling tours to hiking trails and boardwalks. Keep an eye out for birds and colorful plant life in the untouched wilderness.
Must See: Wat Buddhametta Mahabarameea Thai Temple
The Flagship City
Rich with history, Pascagoula was named after the Native American tribe that once dwelled in the region. It boasts historic architecture including the oldest standing structure in the state of Mississippi – La Pointe-Krebs House.
The eastern-most coastal community Moss Point abounds with some of the most beautiful and unique natural habitats. With access to the longest free-flowing river in the lower 48 states, it is the outdoor enthusiast’s dream for paddling and airboat tours, among other recreational activities.
Pascagoula River Audubon Center
Want to visit multiple attractions during your stay on The Secret Coast? We have just the thing for you!
The Coastal Mississippi Attractions Pass is an online exclusive deal that grants you admission to ten area attractions for one low price. Visit top attractions including the Mississippi Aquarium, Walter Anderson Museum of Art, Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum, and more. Click here for full details and purchase.