Seafood rules in the Coastal region. From shrimp and fish caught fresh from the Gulf waters, to spicy boiled crabs and crawfish, you’ll eat well here. Follow the Mississippi Seafood Trail to sample the best dishes at some of the Gulf’s most respected restaurants. In Hattiesburg, Robert St. John serves up new Southern dishes – including oysters on the half shell or corn and crab bisque -- at The Purple Parrot Café and Crescent City Grill.
Make a stop in Gulfport or Biloxi, where you can rent personal watercrafts, beach chairs and beach bikes. Long Beach and Gulfport also have free public splash pads that are popular with kids. At the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center in Gulfport, experience one of the country’s top 50 children’s museums.
During your visit, take a scenic drive along Highway 90, which traces the beach and leads you to Casino Row. There you’ll find gaming, concerts, shows, restaurants, spas and nightlife. If you’re looking for a smoke-free gaming, check out Palace Casino in Biloxi.
In addition to outdoor fun and casino action, there’s a variety of sites and activities along the coast for art lovers. The Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs is an unparalleled showcase of the renowned wildlife painter’s work, and the Ohr-O’Keefe Art Museum in Biloxi celebrates George Ohr, “The Mad Potter of Biloxi.” Enjoy a film, opera, play or ballet in Hattiesburg at the Saenger Theater, which opened in 1929. In Laurel, take a free tour of the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, which is Mississippi’s oldest art museum. There you’ll see impressive collections of European and American art, English Georgian silver, Native American baskets and Japanese woodblock prints. Landrum’s Homestead and Village, also in Laurel, is called “a living history museum” with ten acres and 55 buildings illustrating life in times past.
The Coastal region is home to exceptional experiences for nature lovers. State parks offer outstanding nature trails, and Longleaf Trace is a favorite trail that attracts hikers, bikers and horseback riders. This 40-mile route extends from Prentiss to Hattiesburg. Seafood lovers will welcome the chance to board a boat for a Biloxi Shrimping Trip, where they’ll learn about the coast while witnessing firsthand how shrimp are caught.
With favorable year-round temperatures for golfers, the Coastal region is an ideal golf destination throughout the year. Each spring, Fallen Oak at the Biloxi Beau Rivage hosts the Mississippi Gulf Coast Resort Classic. Just a short drive to the north, Hattiesburg is quickly becoming known as one of Mississippi’s best golf hot spots, with courses like Canebrake and Timberton.