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Gambling is a big draw in Biloxi and a handful of casinos sit right on the shore. When you're ready to break away from the card tables, you can... READ MORE
Gambling is a big draw in Biloxi and a handful of casinos sit right on the shore. When you're ready to break away from the card tables, you can check out the offbeat local artist displays at the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art or explore the city's past at the historic Beauvoir house. For some fun in the sun, take the ferry over to Ship Island and stretch out on the pristine Gulf beaches.
Updated July 29, 2020
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One of the first cast-iron lighthouses built in the South, the Biloxi Lighthouse is one of the city's most revered landmarks. Erected in 1848, it was operated by local Biloxians – including a handful of female lightkeepers – until 1939 when the U.S. Coast Guard adopted the post. Today, the lighthouse has survived the shoreline's devastation by many a hurricane (Hurricane Katrina's storm surge waters covered a third of the 64-foot-tall lighthouse) and stands as a symbol of the city's resolve.
Recent visitors loved this historic lighthouse, noting its beauty and praising the views of the Gulf Coast from above. And while some said the structure itself is on the small side, travelers said taking the tour is worth it as the guides offer more information on the lighthouse's purpose, history and resilience through the years.
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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 take a free guided 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 concession stand). You can also pack your own supplies too, but prepare for a bit of a hike, visitors warn (tip: a cooler with wheels will come in handy). The ferry docks on the north side of the island, but the beaches for swimming and sunning lie on the south side of the island. Recent travelers said the walk from the dock to the sand is a bit strenuous, but it's very much worth it to enjoy a day on the beach splashing around in the clear Gulf waters. Many especially enjoyed the leisurely boat ride to the island and said you should keep an eye out to spot dolphins, fish and even stingrays.
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Home to the Biloxi Shuckers, the Double-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, MGM Park is a fairly new stadium. The baseball field opened to the public in June 2015 and houses concession stands, a lounge and a team store. In addition to baseball games, MGM Park hosts concerts. But of course, the big draw is America's favorite pastime.
Visitors say this stadium is in great condition and love the hometown vibe it offers, with many noting they especially enjoyed the fun between-inning contests and entertainment. However, some warn the prices for food and drinks trend on the high side, so plan to fill your stomachs before you head into the game to save some money.
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If you're a fan of abstract art, you'll love the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum's modern ceramics and sculptures. The campus was designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry and features several intriguing outdoor installations. The museum's founder, George E. Ohr, was known as the "Mad Potter of Biloxi" and many of his pieces are on display throughout the property. The museum hosts a permanent collection and showcases rotating collections of work as well, with everything from paintings and drawings to pottery and photographs on display.
But there's more to the Ohr-O'Keefe than ceramics and sculpture. Also on the premises is the Pleasant Reed Interpretive Center, where you can learn about the African American experience in Mississippi after the Civil War through the lens of the Reed family. Travelers say their experiences here were facscinating, citing the unique campus architecture and the variety of art on display as major standouts during their visits.
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Beauvoir was the retirement home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, and it's a must-see for Civil War enthusiasts. The main residence – a Louisiana-raised, cottage-style plantation with a smaller, single-room east cottage – has been lovingly cared for by the Mississippi Division of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans. And Beauvoir has had several different uses after the Davis family moved on, first as a Confederate Veterans retirement home, then as a memorial to its most renowned owner. Sharing the 52-acre property is an additional Civil War museum, a historic Confederate cemetery, a botanical garden and a presidential library. The site is on the National Register of Historic Places and a National Historic Landmark.
Although the grounds are open year-round, battle re-enactment fans should visit in mid-October to catch the annual Fall Muster festival, where actors carry out everything from a battle to a memorial dressed in period clothing. Recent visitors said the grounds have been impressively restored after the Hurricane Katrina damage, adding that the site oozes with history. Many said they enjoyed touring the library, the Confederate cemetery and the on-site museum with memorabilia, plus patrons said the tour guides are knowledgeable and informative.
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Hurricane Katrina took a large toll on Biloxi. It decimated its casinos, damaged its famous lighthouse and took the lives of hundreds along the Gulf Coast. This 12-foot-tall black granite slab serves as a memorial to their lives and memories. It was constructed as part of television's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and features a mosaic wave (representing the storm surge) and a glass enclosed art piece filled with personal items from Katrina victims. The lighter gray granite piece on the top of the black structure is the depth of water at the height of the storm.
Recent visitors said a stop here can be brief but powerful, and that it's a nice memorial in tribute of those who perished.
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This museum was established in 1986 to shed light on the area's maritime history and its importance to Biloxi. It was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the brand new museum opened to the public in 2014. The museum offers exhibits on everything from fishing and shrimping to boat-building and blacksmithing. In addition to exhibits, the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum contains hundreds of unique artifacts plus it owns two 65-foot-long Biloxi Schooner replicas that sail around the Mississippi Sound and the northern waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Most visitors said they enjoyed their experiences, calling the museum interesting and enlightening, citing the wealth of information on the coastal environment and the development of the seafood industry. Others said the subject matter wasn't quite their cup of tea and warned that there are a lot of reading materials. But all museumgoers agreed that the Hurricane Katrina exhibit and film is a "must-see" during your visit. It offers footage from news reports, interviews with survivors and the devastation that followed afterward.
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Biloxi's casinos draw gamblers far and wide – and they're a big part of the city's tourism and history. Many of the area's casinos are connected to megaresorts that bring in millions of dollars for the city, and they have certainly seen some changes (and improvements) over the years. All of the city's casinos were originally floating gaming spots: They were required by Mississippi law to be built on barges separate from the land communities (in an attempt to isolate gaming activity from the general public). But when Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005 all the casinos were either severely damaged or completely destroyed. A new law allowed the casinos to be rebuilt on land and hoteliers invested in the construction of new or refurbished casinos.
Some of the most popular gaming spots in Biloxi include the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi, IP Casino Resort Spa, Harrah's Gulf Coast and Treasure Bay Casino and Hotel. These properties are not only home to casinos but also offer accommodations and amenities like spas, fitness centers and pools. Beau Rivage also boasts a theater that receives rave reviews and has featured acts like Jay Leno, ZZ Top and Martina McBride. When it comes to gambling, the casinos host everything from table games, roulette and slots to poker rooms and high-stakes card lounges.
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