10 Things to Do in Biloxi That You Shouldn't Miss

December 3, 2017 Misti Hsu

Sitting along the shores of Mississippi's Gulf Coast, the city of Biloxi has been a favorite vacation destination for decades, with sandy beaches and calm waters perfect for jet skiing or deep-sea fishing. Having suffered heavy damage during Hurricane Katrina, Biloxi is bouncing back. The casinos and resorts are back in action, offering championship golf and live entertainment. The city has restored many historic sites, including Beauvoir, the home of Confederate president, Jefferson Davis.
Restaurants in Biloxi

1. Biloxi Visitors Center

1050 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, MS 39530-3742 +1 228-374-3105
Excellent
76%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Biloxi Visitors Center

Reviewed By 46749 - Fayetteville, Arkansas

This is a beautiful building in and of itself. The staff went way beyond for us. They were just so cordial, friendly, and helpful giving us the names of people that could help us with some paper work. We couldn't have asked for any thing more. They gave us that Southern hospitality. Thanks.

2. Biloxi Bay Bridge

US Route 90, Biloxi, MS +1 228-861-3621
Excellent
80%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
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5 based on 105 reviews

Biloxi Bay Bridge

Reviewed By The_Loup_Garou - Phoenix, Arizona

On our February visit to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, we probably crossed the Biloxi-Ocean Springs Bridge 8 times. Though we were staying in Biloxi (and then Gulfport), we visited Ocean Springs, and then the Gulf Hills, and D’Iberville areas a few times.

This is the fourth bridge between Biloxi and Ocean Springs, that I can recall, from growing up on the MS Gulf Coast. It is new, since Hurricane Katrina destroyed the previous bridge. Two others were also damaged by hurricanes, but were also in different locations. One can still be seen, as it is now a fishing pier, somewhat parallel to this new bridge. The first, that I recall, was very close to that alignment. Back in the 1950's, Hwy 90 turned north at Point Cadet, and met up with Howard Ave, making a sharp right turn, to the bridge. That bridge was a narrow, two-land affair, with a turntable section, over the channel into Back Bay Biloxi, to allow the commercial fishing boats, and sailboats to pass. It was a scary little structure, with but a tiny walkway, on the outside – just wide enough for one to fish, but with cars passing only feet away. That span was replaced in probably the late 1950's, with the span that one can still see – the dedicated fishing pier. The alignment was still from about Howard Ave. Then, in the late 1960's, or early 1970's (after the destruction by Hurricane Camille), Hwy 90 was realigned, in both Biloxi and Ocean Springs, and a new bridge was constructed in the same location, as the current bridge. Hurricane Katrina destroyed that bridge, and now, we have a lovely, six-lane span, without an opening, that allows traffic to flow easily across Back Bay. There is also a separate walkway/bike path, for the entire length – a far cry from that only narrow walkway, where one almost had to walk, with one foot directly in front of the other, and you could not cast your line into the Bay, without making sure to not hit a passing auto. This bridge is both functional, and beautiful, in its simplicity.

On this visit, besides driving over the bridge several times, we also explored it a bit more, at both ends. In June, I had explored the Biloxi side a bit, from Point Cadet Plaza, but we spent more time on this visit. We also explored the bridge, from the Ocean Springs side, which we had never done before. I was surprised to see a mini-park on the Ocean Springs side (just behind the Ocean Springs Yacht Club), with a mosaic mural, benches and plantings. I never knew that was there.

We still have not walked, or biked the bridge, so we have at least one more visit ahead of us. We have also not seen the evening lighting, so something to look forward to.

3. Ship Island

Biloxi, MS +1 228-864-1014
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 272 reviews

Ship Island

Reviewed By ZeroBoxes - Biloxi, Mississippi

After hurricane Nate visited us on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, damage to the Gulf port office and the Ship Island piers, tours are not offered for the remainder of the tourist season. Please call the office for further information. Please do visit other attractions along the gulf coast.

4. MGM Park

105 Caillavet St, Biloxi, MS 39530-4101 +1 228-233-3465
Excellent
70%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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4.5 based on 129 reviews

MGM Park

Reviewed By Bnbiloxi

Beautiful, new baseball park across from the Beau Rivage Casino and the Biloxi beach. There is not a bad seat in the stadium! Plenty of free parking on the premises. It has a really nice concession stand with a good variety of food and beer. The Biloxi Shuckers' games are so fun to watch. There are also high school tournaments played there from time to time..

5. Beauvoir

2244 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, MS 39531-5023 +1 228-388-4400
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 868 reviews

Beauvoir

Home of Ex-Confederate President of the Confederate States of America where he lived his remaining 12 years of his life (post-war) and where he wrote "The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government." Golf Carts are now available to rent. Guided tour of the home showing how life was lived by the President and his family and self guided grounds (Varina's Garden, Cemetery, and nature trail), Museum, separated into 3 sections: Rotating Gallery, Soldier's Exhibit, and President Davis Exhibit. Research Library including reference books to accommodate most genealogy research focused on the Civil War.

Reviewed By Jason L - Rockford, Illinois, United States

Great spot to hit if staying a day or two in Biloxi. Lots of room to walk around and see the offerings of the estate and library. Gift shop was well stocked with good stuff too. Very educational and lots to take in!

6. New Palace Casino Point Cadet

158 Howard Ave, Biloxi, MS 39530-4744 +1 800-725-2239
Excellent
64%
Good
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Satisfactory
7%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 376 reviews

New Palace Casino Point Cadet

Palace Casino Resort is the only smoke free casino on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and the premiere destination for luxurious accommodations, superior guest service and endless excitement. Nestled along the beautiful Gulf of Mexico and Biloxi’s Back Bay, the resort offers newly renovated hotel rooms and suites with stunning views, award winning restaurants, non-stop gaming, championship golf at The Preserve Golf Club and amazing amenities to complement your stay.

Reviewed By Brent E

My wife and I visited over the weekend. We stayed at another hotel near by, but we like to come visit here every trip. Being smoke free is refreshing, and the dealers and servers are all very nice and friendly. When my grandparents went to Biloxi, they always stayed here. I can see the appeal because they didn't like the smoking allowed at other places.

We mostly play blackjack and I'm not sure how the comps really work here compared to other hotels near by, but I have never had any offers for rooms like I have at other places, so maybe people playing table games here don't get comped as well as slots players.

7. Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum

115 1st St, Biloxi, MS 39530-4703 +1 228-435-6320
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 149 reviews

Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum

The Museum exhibits hundreds of one-of-a-kind artifacts and an unrivaled collection of vintage photos, which tells the story from the time of the first Indian settlement through generations of immigrants whose journey contributed to the melting-pot culture of the Gulf Coast. The Grand Hall features the "Nydia" a 30' gaff rigged cabin sloop built in Biloxi in 1898 at the Johnson Shipyard. Featured exhibits include shrimping, oystering, recreational fishing, wetlands, marine blacksmithing, net-making, boat building, hurricanes, featuring Camille and Katrina, all the while telling the tale of over 300 years of history, culture and heritage. The Museum is available for special events, meetings, weddings, etc.

Reviewed By IdaIllinois - Illinois

We love going to maritime museums but have never been to one that deals with the seafood industry in addition to the usual seaside interests.
This Biloxi gem was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and was reopened just several years ago in 2014. There are three floors of great exhibitions including two videos: one that traces the history of two devastating hurricanes (Camille and Katrina) that have hit the area (almost two hours long) and one that has interviews with people who have worked in the Biloxi seafood industry (about 25 minutes). Both films are worth watching all the way through! The architecture of the museum is also wonderful.
There are tributes to the United States Coast Guard, the USS Biloxi, actual famous schooners of Biloxi including the 1898 Nydia and several beautiful wooden boats, a 4th order Fresnel from Ship Island, and a really neat mechanized shrimp sheller with a short video illustrating it.
There are many maritime artifacts and storyboards with a docent present that is willing to explain them if you would like. There is also a good gift shop that has many items.
You could spend 2 to 3 hours here if you watch the videos.

8. Beau Rivage Casino

875 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, MS 39530-4241 +1 228-386-7111
Excellent
55%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Beau Rivage Casino

This Gulf Coast casino resort offers the whole package: accommodations, dining, gaming, shopping, charter boat fishing, access to 19 championship golf courses and big-name acts for nighttime entertainment.

Reviewed By Margaret P - Hamilton Square, New Jersey

What a lovely casino! We ate breakfast at the Terrace Cafe. Portions were so generous, we shared one breakfast! It is decorated beautifully with spring flowers and bunnies for Easter. Shops are varied from expensive to reasonable. Not only is there a casino, but a beach and a lovely pool. Would definitely come back here!

9. Biloxi Lighthouse

Hwy 90 & Porter Ave, Biloxi, MS +1 228-374-3105
Excellent
51%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 385 reviews

Biloxi Lighthouse

The Biloxi Lighthouse was erected in 1848 and was one of the first cast-iron lighthouses in the South. It is the city's signature landmark and has become a post-Katrina symbol of the city's resolve and resilience. The light was civilian operated from 1848 to 1939, and is notable for its several female lightkeepers, including Maria Younghans, who tended the light for 53 years. In 1939, the U.S. Coast Guard assumed responsibility for the light's operation.After being declared surplus property in 1968, the Biloxi Lighthouse was deeded to the City of Biloxi, which eventually opened it to public tours.The lighthouse has withstood many storms over the years. Katrina's storm surge enveloped a third of the 64-foot tall lighthouse, and the constant pounding from the water and winds toppled many bricks that lined the interior of the cast iron tower. The storm’s winds also broke many of the windows in the light cupola and destroyed the structure's electrical systemIn March 2010, the city re-opened the lighthouse to public tours after a 14-month, $400,000 restoration that was funded by FEMA and MEMA and completed by Biloxi contractor J.O. Collins.

Reviewed By The_Loup_Garou - Phoenix, Arizona

We included a visit to the Biloxi Lighthouse during our February visit, and were disappointed that the entire parking area was being completely redone – it was a major construction zone, so just viewing the Lighthouse, from near-by, other than driving past, was impossible. This was just poor timing on our part, and soon the entire parking area will have been redone.

Still, when viewed from elsewhere, the Biloxi Lighthouse is still lovely, and iconic, and it was not, at least, wrapped in scaffolding, or plastic sheets.

What we missed, will soon lead to better parking, just below the Lighthouse, so by our next visit, we hope to have access to that parking lot.

As the little Biloxi “tour train” picks up in this parking lot, I am not sure how that has been affected?

10. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi

777 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, MS 39530-4300 +1 228-374-7625
Excellent
48%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 1 reviews

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi

Reviewed By Tymica B - Athens, Georgia

I really enjoyed this casino soon as we walked into the joint it had clothes framed and hung of Sammie Davis Jr, Elvis, and more. The pool was awesome and drinks were being served by the pool. The casino was clean and it was a friendly atmosphere. They had plenty crap tables, which is my favorite. They even gave me a free T-shirt for reaching 200points on my players card.

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