Summer is winding down, school supply lists are lining grocery store shelves, and you may be realizing that you still haven’t taken a vacation! But don’t fret, Coastal Mississippi is the perfect last-minute getaway to cure end of summer blues and leave you feeling rejuvenated and ready to tackle the new school year.

Outdoor Fun:

Coastal Mississippi offers a wide variety of outdoor activities for the entire family. Go-Karts? Race to Finishline. Zip-lining? Zip n’ Fun Adventure Park is right up your alley. Are the high seas calling your name? Book a boat cruise, charter a fishing trip, or sign up for a Ship Island excursion, now running three times a day. Want to catch some wildlife in action? Coastal Mississippi offers boat tours that are just as educational as they are exciting. Take the family for a ride on the wild side with Gulf Coast Gator Ranch & Airboat Tours - you might spot a 'gator in their natural habitat. Since the temperatures aren’t cooling down any time soon, there are also plenty of ways to beat the heat on your vacation: water parks, splash pads, and pools galore! Coastal Mississippi has everything you need to squeeze in some outdoor adventure before summer is over.

Indoor Play:

If you’re craving the A/C (and we don’t blame you), there are several Coastal Mississippi attractions that promise FUN indoors. Escape at Margaritaville is described as part arcade and part amusement park. Including a 59 foot volcano rock wall and over 200 arcade games, you can spend the entire day here and never get bored. You can’t miss Big Play – one of the most dynamic family play areas on the coast. In addition to a stellar arcade game selection, they boast laser tag, bowling, and if you want to venture outside, mini golf, bumper cars, and go-karts. Talk about a one stop shop! For more of a leisurely pace, visit our world-class art and history museums and learn about creative giants such as George Ohr, Walter Anderson, and Alice Moseley. You don’t have to be outside to take advantage of our incredible coastal amenities.

Coastal Bites:

If there’s one thing we don’t have a shortage of in Coastal Mississippi, it’s restaurants! From the abundant coastal-inspired cuisines, to Asian-inspired delicacies to definitively Southern BBQ, we offer it all for every budget. Many of our restaurants are perfect for accommodating family outings with open air dining spaces. If you’re looking for the best barbecue this side of the Mississippi, add The Shed to your itinerary. For beach-side dining like Shaggy’s and The Blind Tiger, expect menus just as delectable as their views. Depending on which of our twelve coastal communities you book your stay, several of the downtown districts including Bay St. Louis and Ocean Springs provide endless choices of top-rated restaurants. If the casino resorts are your preference, each of the twelve properties offer everything from casual cuisine like Hard Rock's Sugar Factory to upscale dining like IP's Thirty-Two. Browse our comprehensive list of coastal restaurants to find your favorites here. You won't leave your vacation hungry!

Where to Stay:

Whether you favor hotel suites or downtown bed and breakfasts, Coastal Mississippi has your accommodation preferences covered. Our twelve casino resorts provide the rest, relaxation, and rollicking you're looking for in a vacation. Fine dining and world-class entertainment plus arcade games and pools to keep the kids busy! For a cozier setting, the coast has several charming bed and breakfasts: Bay Town Inn in Bay St. Louis, the Grand Magnolia Suites in Pascagoula, and The Inn at Ocean Springs all provide the comfortable settings of home with the distinctive hospitable flair that Coastal Mississippi is famous for. We also offer a variety of hotels and condominiums both on and off the beach, frequently providing deals and offers on room nights. If your family likes to camp, we've got you covered. Coastal Mississippi boasts over forty RV Parks and Campgrounds to hitch and pitch with the family. So many options, so little time!

Bring Toto Too:

If the kids can't stand to part with their pet, don't fret because we provide pet-friendly amenities with your family in mind! Several of our accommodations are pet-friendly, whether it be casino properties like Harrah's Gulf Coast or Hard Rock Hotel & Casino or boutique inns such as The Roost Ocean Springs or Hotel Pass Christian. Just keep in mind some places can only accommodate pets up to a certain size and may require a pet deposit. For adventures, consider the Biloxi Shrimping Trip, who boasts a beverage delivery dog of their own, or a trip to MGM Park's Barks and Brews on Monday nights. (Can I get a hot dog for my dawg?) With so many beachfront and downtown restaurants, there are plenty of wide open dining spaces that allow pets. From Government Street Grocery's patio in Ocean Springs to the pup-friendly menu at Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant in Biloxi. We love our pets, and we love yours too!

So what are you waiting for? School supply shopping can wait. Book your trip to Coastal Mississippi today!