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Fort Massachusetts on Ship Island picture in Biloxi
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  • $29 for adults; $19 for kids 3-10
  • Ferry schedule to visit island varies by season

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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.

You can catch a ferry at Gulfport's dock on Beach Boulevard from April to October for $29 for adults and $19 for children ages 3 to 10 round trip; schedules vary by the season. The ride to ship island takes about an hour; the boat also sells refreshments and gear can be rented on the beach. For additional information on schedules and certain items that are not allowed on board, visit the ferry's website.

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#1 Biloxi Lighthouse 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 ... Read more » LuMag00 / Flickr

#2 Ship Island 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 ... Read more » Edibobb / Wikimedia Commons

#3 MGM Park 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 ... Read more » Courtesy of Benton Reed Photography

#4 Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art 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 ... Read more » Robert Brooks / Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

#5 Beauvoir 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 ... Read more » ncpttmedia / Flickr

#6 Hurricane Katrina Memorial 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 ... Read more » Courtesy of fema.gov

#7 Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum 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 ... Read more » Deb Perry / Getty Images

#8 Casinos 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 ... Read more » Michael Blann / Getty Images

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Visitors can tour Fort Massachusetts on Ship Island. It was built for national defense, to protect the U.S. from enemy forces. Edibobb / Wikimedia Commons

The city's minor league baseball team, the Biloxi Shuckers, plays at MGM Park. Courtesy of Benton Reed Photography

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The Beauvoir complex consists of the east cottage and the main house, as well as a presidential library and Confederate cemetery. ncpttmedia / Flickr

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Deb Perry / Getty Images

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