5 Reasons to Take Your Kids to Biloxi, Mississippi
During our fabulous stay in New Orleans, I noticed that Biloxi was only 90 miles away. With not much information except that the Gulf Coast is considered the “Playground of the South,” we took a spontaneous road trip to the state next door. While we were there, we quickly realized there’s a lot to see and do in Biloxi, and it’s a great place to visit with kids.
Here are just a few things that caught our eye when we were there.
Gulf Coast Beaches
The beaches are brimming with white, soft sand, perfect for children to run around on. Because the barrier islands just off the coast shield the mainland, the waves coming into shore are very small, and the water stays shallow for at least 100 feet out. The water is a little muddier than typical ocean water, but kids were able to venture out and splash around without the fear of huge waves crashing down on them. While you’re out on the beach, make sure to look behind you at the median in the highway. Several of the tress that were broken in Hurricane Katrina have been carved with a chainsaw into beautiful sculptures of birds. Take a short drive up and down the main road to see all of these beautiful creations.
Just 11 miles off the coastline is Ship Island. Boat tours can take you out for a day of fun on the pristine beaches in this natural, primitive setting. If you’re a history buff you can learn more about how the island was critical in the settling of the Gulf Coast and in the Civil war era. Your family will enjoy watching the shrimp boats go by, and it’s possible to see dolphins as well. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a summer afternoon.
Shrimp Boat Tour
If you’re looking for a unique coastal experience, I suggest booking a shrimp boat tour. The boat will take you out between Deer Island and the mainland for an hour-long sea adventure. The crew will teach and entertain you about the shrimping process, and will actually cast the nets and bring up their catch right in front of you. If you’ve ever been curious about how your shrimp scampi gets from the ocean to your plate, this tour will enlighten you.
The most notable home in Biloxi is Beauvoir, the former home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. This is where he retired after the Civil War, and remained until his death. Tours are available to walk the grounds and go inside. It’s beautiful inside, and worth the time. When we visited they were just putting the finishing touches on the brand new Presidential library on the property. Although he was never an elected president of the United States, his unique role in American history is reason to explore this restored National Historic Landmark.
Heart of Biloxi Walking Tour
As an established city, Biloxi has several homes with historical and architectural significance. The city has created a walking tour map to take you around the downtown area and explain a little history of each home. Maps can be picked up at the Visitors Center.
As you can see, there’s much to see and do in Biloxi. We had a great weekend there, and I hope you get a chance to experience it for yourself.