Top 10 Things to Do in Biloxi, Mississippi
Known as the "Playground of the South," Biloxi, Mississippi, is known for its high-rising casinos, rich history, and live music scene. Its modern history began in the 1940s, with the prevalence of gambling in the area. Although it was made illegal in the 1950s, the area still had large hotels. These places would hire some of the most prestigious chefs in the country--so much so, that they competed with the likes of France and Spain. They continued this tradition of seafood and soon gambling would return in the 1990s. Since then, the city has boomed from the economic benefit. There is more to the city than gambling, even if you have to visit casinos just to eat! Instead of checking out casino hotels or other lodging in the area, check out our listings here on Advertise Rental. We have condos in the area, and you can connect directly to owners to get honest prices. Here are 10 reasons why you should vacation in Biloxi today!
- The Biloxi Lighthouse is a symbol of the resilience of the area. After being hit by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the 1848 lighthouse was damaged, but not destroyed. Its interior is lined with bricks, and its outside is cast iron, bolted together. The 64 foot lighthouse is now a part of the city and is available for tours. Price is $5 for adults, $2 children ages 2 to 12. Location: The lighthouse is in the middle of U.S. 90 at Porter Avenue, south of the new Biloxi Visitors Center, and just west of I-110 loop and Beau Rivage Resort & Casino. You can climb to the top for a lovely view of a sunset, or just to see the bird's eye view.
- Ship Island Ferry Ride departs from Gulfport, a short drive away, to the historic island. Come here to see Fort Massachusetts. This fort was built following the War of 1812 to protect US shores from foreign powers. It was a major staging area for Union forces following the capture of New Orleans in the Civil War. Today, it is a great place to see history up close and enjoy a ferry ride where dolphins are known to be seen on the way. Also, you can spend the day on the beach, enjoying the sun and waves of the Gulf of Mexico.
- The Beau Rivage BR Prime Restaurant is AAA Four Diamond winning establishment known for some of the best seafood and steaks in Biloxi. First, come check out the casino floor and gamble some, drink some, and eat amazing food. They have an arcade for the kids and live music is a common occurrence. There is also the Terrace Cafe, Coast Seafood & Brew, Jia, Stalla, and the Buffet. There are plenty of places to try here! Rather than trying to book a place here, check out our condo listings, so that you can get honest prices away from the loud casinos.
- Take a Biloxi Shrimping Trip! Since 1954, this attraction has allowed people to go on a shrimping trip, where you dredge up shrimp, crabs, rays, and anything else that finds its way in the net. You will learn how shrimp start their life and how they end up on your plate. The group also has fishing trips, student trips, and many more ways to set out on your adventure. Adults are $16.00 (Ages 12 and up), Children $11.00 (Ages 4-11), 3 and Under Free with Full Paid Adult! It is also a pet-friendly cruise!
- Go see a great night of music or comedy! The following groups are coming to the area this fall!
- The Temptations & Four Tops: November 10th
- Straight No Chaser: November 11th
- Foreigner: November 17th
- KC & the Sunshine Band: November 18th
- Martina McBride: November 24th
- Gatlin Brothers: December 1st
- Brenda Lee: December 22nd
- Go to the Celtic Music Festival & Scottish Highland Games in Gulfport, MS! On the weekend of November 11th-12th, experience full contact jousting, caber tossing, sheep herding, Scottish food, and buy authentic wares. Be sure to get fitted for a kilt while you are there and check out the blacksmiths!
- Go ice skating at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center! Skate around the rink with your family! $12 admission includes ice skate rental. Each session is 90 minutes. Sessions are throughout select dates in the winter season.
- Go to Ron Mysers Christmas City! During the weekend of November 10th-12th, this event features 300 vendors, with thousands of homemade decor items, foods, and anything in the Christmas spirit. Located at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center, it has plenty of room to roam around inside!
- Check out the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum! This 1400 square foot museum features a rich history of Mississippi gulf coast heritage. The museum replicated two 65′ two masted Biloxi Schooners for display. After the hurricane, the museum underwent a huge renovation, making it a state of the art museum.
- Bring the golf clubs! With 9, 18-hole courses in the area, it is a great place to relax and enjoy the fall air. The Grand Bear Golf Course was designed by Jack Nicklaus and is known for being one of his more user-friendly courses. The winding Biloxi River helps guide the holes to the dramatic finish leading to the clubhouse. Beautiful trees line the area to create a picturesque course.
When visiting Biloxi, remember to plan ahead of time! Come enjoy the great food, sights, and music at this southern icon. Remember to check out our listings. The best part is that you connect directly with owners, so that you get fair and honest prices. Condos are especially common for the area. Safe travels!