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Best Al Fresco Dining in Coastal Mississippi

What pairs best with authentic coastal cuisine? Outdoor ambience! In addition to the best fresh-caught seafood and the most innovative menus you’ll find in the Southeastern United States, Coastal Mississippi boasts a variety of restaurants with incredible al fresco dining experiences. Al fresco dining, or dining outside, is the preferred method of eating on the coast, whether it be a quick solo lunch or a shared family meal. Enjoy a shrimp po-boy as you watch the waves roll in from the Gulf of Mexico, or savor chargrilled oysters over…

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Coastal Cravings: Find the Best Boiled Crawfish

Crawfish, Crayfish, Crawdads, Mudbugs...different names for the same delicious food. Here in Coastal Mississippi, we like our crawfish boiled, served by the pound, with an extra set of napkins; spicy or mild; with potatoes, corn, and often times sausage, onions, peppers, and the occasional green beans and brussels sprouts. As soon as crawfish season opens in mid-March, lines form out the doors of restaurants with hungry mouths waiting to "pinch the tails and suck the heads" of the bright red crustaceans. To let you in on one of our secrets…

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Coastal Mississippi's Guide to The Peter Anderson Festival

Are you planning on attending the South’s premiere arts and crafts festival? You should! Mark your calendars for November 2 – 3, 2019 for the 41 st Annual Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival presented by Blue Moon. We’ve crafted our own How-To guide to ensure you navigate Coastal Mississippi’s biggest festival like a pro. About Named in honor of Peter Anderson, the late master potter and founder of Shearwater Pottery ca. 1928, the festival celebrates the arts community at-large, and will see more than 400 artists and crafters selling their…

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Top 10 Budget-Friendly Activities in Coastal Mississippi

Trying to plan a budget-friendly getaway? We’ve put together a list of fun, low-cost activities so you can experience all that Coastal Mississippi 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-on activities. The cost for family of 4 is $40 and we guarantee the entire family will be entertained for hours! Visit one of the Coast’s local breweries, where you can enjoy a brewery tour and craft beer tasting for just…

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Thunder Over the Sound: The Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show Takes Flight May 4-5

Thunder Over the Sound: The Keesler and Biloxi Air and Space Show takes flight in less than two weeks! Participate in unique, family-friendly experiences and view the incredible skills of Air Force pilots both on Keesler Air Force Base and along the beaches of Biloxi. Thunder Over the Sound is a unique, one-of-a-kind partnership between a military base and its surrounding city, jointly hosting one air show in two locations. Public Affairs Specialist for the 81 TRW Public Affairs Office Sarah Loicano said, "Thunder Over the Sound is truly a…

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Top Secret: Least Instagrammed Spots in Coastal Mississippi

In the social media era, you know when your friends are travelling. From spring break to summer vacation to holiday trips, your feeds fill up with travel pics – beach selfies, famous landmarks, well-known vistas. Some destinations are so shared, you feel like you’ve been there even if you haven’t. On the southern edge of Mississippi, you’ll find a different kind of destination. It’s a region known as “The Secret Coast,” because unlike some places it still contains secrets, which is great for travelers who like to explore and discover. Scroll…

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The Best Pizza Places on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

There aren’t many things in this world more universally loved than pizza. The only people that don’t like pizza are ones that either haven’t tried it or have only had mediocre pizza. While the Mississippi Gulf Coast is known for its phenomenal seafood, there are also several incredible places down here to get a slice. From Bay St. Louis, to Gulfport, Biloxi and Ocean Springs, we’ve got you covered on where to go when a pizza craving hits. Cork & Cleaver Italian Bistro Although it’s only been open since July of 2017, Cork & Cleaver has quickly…

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Winter Activities in Coastal Mississippi

While Coastal Mississippi will probably never be confused with the Rocky Mountains come wintertime, 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 Secret when trying to escape the bitter Midwest cold. If 61 degrees is still a little too cold for you, you’ll be pleased to know Coastal Mississippi offers many indoor attractions that are great for family outings…

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A Tour of Art on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Everyone knows the Mississippi Gulf Coast is home to some of the finest seafood in the world, as well as some of the most pristine beaches around. But some might be surprised to find out what an eclectic art scene there is across the Coast. Between Ocean Springs, Biloxi and Bay St. Louis, there are numerous galleries and museums that are brimming with beautiful works of art. Walter Anderson Museum of Art Arguably the most famous artist to ever live on the Coast, Walter I. Anderson (1903-1965) is recognized as an American master, and his…

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An Afternoon out on the Biloxi Shrimping Trip

It doesn’t matter if you’re a visitor on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for the weekend, or a long-time local, the Biloxi Shrimping Trip is well worth your time! Whether you’ve lived here your whole life, or are just visiting the Coast for a few days, the Biloxi Shrimping Trip is a great way to have a fun experience and learn about where the majority of the world’s shrimp comes from. Departing from the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor, this “70-minute Living Marine Adventure Cruise” will take you and your party out into the Mississippi Sound to discover…

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