While the Mississippi Gulf Coast will probably never be confused with the Rocky Mountains come winter time, it can get a little chillier than the locals, spoiled by the 80 degree-and-above temperature for most of the year, are used to. With an average high temperature of 61 F in January according to Expedia, snowbirds often choose the Coast when trying to escape the cold up north. If 61 degrees is still a little too cold for you, you’ll be pleased to know the Mississippi Gulf Coast offers many indoor attractions that are great for family outings, social gatherings, and even professional meetings.
With exhibits dedicated to gorgeous wooden boats, commercial fishing, boat building, hurricanes and more, the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum is a great way to learn about over 300 years of Mississippi Gulf Coast culture! Located on Point Cadet in Biloxi, the museum costs only $10 for adults, and offers one of the prettiest views on the entire Coast. If you want to get a firsthand experience of sailing on a real boat, they offer a variety of packages for different sized groups to accommodate your needs!
Earth and space fanatics will love a trip to the 70,000 sq. ft. Infinity Science Center in Pearlington! While you’re there, don’t forget to sign up for of a bus tour of the NASA/Stennis Space Center, which begins every hour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Saturday. In addition to Stennis, patrons can also watch live presentations in the XSPHEREience Theater, with topics ranging from electricity to the history and future exploration of Mars. Since opening in 2012, the Infinity Science Center has functioned as one of the most fun experiences on the Coast for children and adults alike, but also as a hub for research and education in Mississippi.
If alluring art is what you seek, you’ll find no better collection on the Mississippi Gulf Coast than at the Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs. The museum features over 1,000 paintings, wood carvings and ceramics, all created by Walter Anderson and his two brothers. In addition to the fantastic works of art, the museum hosts great events throughout the year, such as the annual craft beer tasting, movie nights and more.
Sometimes a nice craft beer is all you want on a cool day, and with four great breweries on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, you have plenty of options to choose from. Lazy Magnolia in the Kiln is the state’s oldest and most famous craft brewery, and the food served at their “Porch” is among the best you’ll find at a brewery. In downtown Gulfport you’ll find Chandeleur Island Brewing Company and its excellent selection, to go along with a fun taproom and a variety of games. Biloxi Brewing Company is also a fan favorite, with its unique seasonal brews, and did we mention it’s a two minute walk from the Shuckers stadium? Crooked Letter Brewing Company recently re-opened and Ocean Springs locals couldn’t be happier!