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Ship Island

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  • Type: Beaches, Neighborhood/Area
  • Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
Overall Rating: 4.0 (3.9)
Value: 4.0 (4.0)
Food Scene: 3.0 (3.0)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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About 12 miles off the coast of Biloxi, Ship Island is a popular daytrip for families. Once there, you can relax on the beach with its glistening white sands, or you can take a tour of the tactically located Fort Massachusetts, built to defend the coast following the War of 1812.

There's also the Ship Island boardwalk, which is outfitted with basic amenities (including beach-gear rentals and a cheap concession stand).  You can also pack your own supplies too. And prepare for a hike, as one TripAdvisor user recalls. "The boat docks on the north side of island," she says. "You will walk a long way over a boardwalk to the south side of island to lie on beach and swim. I suggest a cooler with wheels."

You can catch a ferry at Gulfport's dock on Beach Boulevard from April to October for about $24 round trip, but schedules vary by the season. For more information, check out the ferry's website.

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