Are you tired of work and need a quick getaway? Take an extended three-day weekend and escape to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. We’ve put together the perfect itinerary for your upcoming visit.
Infinity Science Center
Start your day off exploring this interactive museum filled with exhibits for all ages that educate guests on space, earth science, technology and more. INFINITY is also the official welcome center to NASA’s Stennis Space Center. With admission to the museum, guests can also take a guided bus tour of Stennis, NASA’s largest engine testing facility.
Old Town Bay St. Louis
With all of that exploring, we’re sure you’ve worked up an appetite! Take a short drive to Old Town Bay St. Louis and feast at one of the multiple dining options for lunch. After you’ve eaten, take a stroll through the quaint city. You’ll find multiple museums and a variety of shops—from bookstores, to antiques to boutiques, Old Town Bay St. Louis offers something for everyone.
Lazy Magnolia is the oldest brewery in the state, and it is definitely a must-do on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. With their laid-back atmosphere and welcoming environment, everyone leaves Lazy Mag happier than when they arrived. With a $10 tour, guests are given six 6-ounce samples of brews of their choice!
Dinner at Bacchus
Take a short drive down scenic Highway 90 to Pass Christian. Here you’ll discover a local favorite - Bacchus on the Beach. This coastal eatery offers fresh oysters, Cajun classics, and craft cocktails, as well as a beachy atmosphere and amazing views overlooking the Mississippi Sound.
Cat Island Coffeehouse
This coffeehouse and bookstore sits on Highway 90 with an unobstructed view of the Mississippi Sound. It’s the perfect place to caffeinate and grab a fresh pastry and enjoy the coastal views before exploring the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Lunch in downtown Biloxi
Try some local food. Not too far from the parade route are Quality Poultry and Seafood and Desporte Seafood Market and Restaurant. Both of these markets are great lunch choices that offer seafood dishes as fresh as you can get them!
Gulfport Premium Outlets
The Gulfport Premium Outlets are great for those looking to start Christmas shopping, browsing around for a souvenir or just want an afternoon stroll! The outlets have more than 70 stores with a 25% to 65% savings every day, including Polo Ralph Lauren, Banana Republic and more.
Sunset sail with dinner
Head to Gulfport Small Craft Harbor to set sail on a private sunset cruise. While multiple charters offer sunset cruises, you can have a catered dinner aboard with North Star Sailing Charters. The captain will bring aboard food from popular Coast restaurant Half Shell Oyster House, so that you have no worries in the world, and you can peacefully enjoy an evening on the water.
There are so many places to enjoy live music on the Coast. Whether you are looking for jazz or blues or local bands playing cover songs, you are sure to find what you are looking for along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Check out a full list here.
Brunch at Soigne
No southern vacation is complete without brunch! Soigne offers an array of Mimosa and Bloody Mary recipes while serving up classics including Gulf shrimp and grits.
Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge
This refuge is something that you can literally only experience on the Mississippi Gulf Coast because the Mississippi Sandhill Cranes do not live anywhere else in the entire world! This national refuge is the perfect place to spend a peaceful afternoon enjoying the natural resources of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.