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Your Mississippi vacation... History, porch swings, a unique blend of cities and country sides and popular riverboat gaming makes Mississippi have something for everyone's vacation. Combined with the legendary hospitality of the state, your visit is sure to be memorable. Choose from the listings below (phone numbers and address included) to help plan your vacation on the Mississippi Gulf coast!

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history of biloxi and area

Bay St. Louis Historic Downtown
108 Cue St., Bay Saint Louis.
Information is available at the Hancock County Historical Society located in the 1896 Kate Lobrano House. The area is also known for its art, antique and specialty shops. Vacationers paradise! (228) 467-4090

Beauvoir - The Jefferson Davis Home & Presidential Library
2244 Beach Blvd., Biloxi
This seaside vacation estate (circa 1848-1852) contains the restored home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, the Jefferson Davis Presidential Library, a Confederate Museum, a historic cemetery, landscaped gardens and nature trails. www.beauvoir.org . (228) 388-1313

Biloxi Visitors Vacation Center & Biloxi Historical Walking Tour
710 Beach Blvd., Biloxi.
A self-guided walking tour takes visitors to more than 20 historic buildings. The tour begins at the Biloxi Visitors Center located in the Brielmaier House. The center has information on local attractions, events and more. www.biloxi.ms.us (228) 374-3105 or 1-800-245-6943

Biloxi Lighthouse
Hwy. 90 at Porter Ave., Biloxi.
This 65-foot tall cast iron lighthouse was erected in 1848. It is the only lighthouse in the U.S. that stands in the middle of a four-lane highway. One tour daily at 10 a.m. Monday through Saturday. (228) 435-6308

Crooked Feather Monument
Highway 90, Ocean Springs.
Sculpture of a Native American carved from a cypress log 5-feet wide by 11-feet high. The current carving was done in 1999, replacing the original sculpture created in the 1940's by Hungarian artist Peter Toth. (228) 875-4424

The Doll House
201 Bienville Blvd., Ocean Springs.
Hundreds of dolls, stuffed animals and doll houses on display. Admission benefits the pet shelter. (228) 872-3971

Fort Maurepas
Front Beach Dr., Ocean Springs.
A replica of the original fort built in 1699, the original was the first fortification built by the French in the colonial era. Adjacent is the popular Fort Maurepas Nature Preserve. (228) 875-4424

The Friendship Oak
730 E. Beach Blvd., Long Beach.
Located on USM's Gulf Park campus, the oak has a trunk 17 feet in circumference and 50 feet in height. Its foliage spreads 151 feet, a plaque dating the tree to 1487 dedicates all who enter its shadow to become lifelong friends. (228) 865-4500

Mardi Gras Museum
119 Rue Magnolia, Biloxi.
Colorful costumes, memorabilia and history of Mardi Gras on the Gulf Coast since the arrival of the French in 1699. (228) 435-6245

Mississippi Vietnam Veterans Memorial
3730 Bienville Blvd., Ocean Springs.
Memorial tribute to the men and women who served in the Vietnam War. Next to the Ocean Springs Civic Center.

Ocean Springs Chamber & Old L&N Railroad Depot
1000 Washington Avenue, Ocean Springs.
Built in 1907, the historic L & N depot was the center of city life until rail service was discontinued in 1965. Now home of the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce. Visit the chamber for information on local attractions, vacation events, tours and new residents can pick up your FREE Relocation Gift Bag. (228) 875-4424

Old Spanish Fort & Museum
4602 Fort Drive, Pascagoula.
Built in 1718 and claiming the title of oldest building in the Mississippi Valley, the fort was a French outpost, later captured by the Spanish. Includes a museum and a children's hands-on exhibit. (228) 769-1505

Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art
136 G.E. Ohr St., Biloxi.
The largest permanent public exhibition of the works by George E. Ohr, the nationally acclaimed "Mad Potter of Biloxi". The museum also has two additional galleries exhibiting works from local, regional and international artists. A Museum Store offers pottery, art, jewelry and other gift items. Web site: www.georgeohr.org.  (228) 374-5547

Shearwater Pottery
102 Shearwater Drive, Ocean Springs.
The artistic legacy of the Anderson family, Peter, Walter and James McConnell Anderson, is on display at Shearwater Pottery, founded in 1928 by the late Peter Anderson. (228) 875-7320

Tullis-Toledano Manor
3600 Beach Blvd. Biloxi.
Antebellum home built in 1856 by a wealthy New Orleans cotton broker as a wedding present for his bride. A striking example of Greek Revival architecture; furnished in a period style to interpret Biloxi's antebellum history. (228) 435-6293

Walter Anderson Museum of Art
510 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs.
Opened in 1991 and dedicated to the celebration of the interdisciplinary works of American master Walter Inglis Anderson (1903-1965), whose depictions of the plants, animals and people of the Gulf Coast have earned him a place at the forefront of American artists. Vacationing visitors are treated to a permanent exhibit as well as diverse exhibits occurring throughout the year. www.walterandersonmuseum.org. (228) 872-3164.

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recreation in the biloxi area

Charter Fishing on the Gulf Coast
Charter fish with Fighting Chicken sport Fishing in Ocean springs, Mississippi. Website: www.fightingchickensportfishing.com

Buccaneer State Park
150 S. Beach Blvd., Waveland
Large wave pool, children's pool, water slides, nature trails, tennis and basketball courts, and more. (228) 467-3822

Crosby Arboretum
370 Ridge Rd., Picayune, MS.
A 64-acre area dedicated to the conservation of native flora with pathways and boardwalks through pine forest and grassy savannah. Pinecote Pavilion overlooks a peaceful pond surrounded by native plants. www.msstate.edu/dept/crec/camain.html.  (601) 799-2311

Fort Massachusetts and Ship Island
12 miles out in the Gulf of Mexico
Part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore, the fort is located on an island with beautiful vacation beaches and modern facilities, excursion ferry operates on a seasonal basis. www.nps.gov/guis.  Fort information: (228) 875-9057, Ferry information: (228) 864-1014 or 1-800-388-3290

Gulf Islands National Seashore
3500 Park Rd., Ocean Springs.
 Established in 1971 to provide recreation for vacationers and to protect the wildlife, barrier islands, salt marshes, historic structures and archeological sites along the Gulf of Mexico, www.nps.gov/guis.  (228) 875-9057

J.L. Scott Marine Education Center and Aquarium
115 Beach Blvd., Biloxi.
Living displays of coastal zone animals, with aquariums showing local salt and freshwater environments, terrariums and displays. The center's hands-on exhibits include "Discovery Island" and the "Touch Tank." (228) 374-5550

Mississippi Sand Hill Crane Refuge
7200 Crane Lane, Gautier.
Home of the endangered Mississippi Sandhill Crane and its unique wet pine savannah habitat. Vacationing visitor center and nature trails for hiking, birding and photo opportunities. (228) 497-6322

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tours for your biloxi vacation

Biloxi Shrimping Trip
Biloxi Small Craft Harbor, Hwy. 90 & Main St., Biloxi.
This 70-minute living marine adventure vacation cruise offers an up-close look at the area's shrimping industry. (228) 385-1182

Grass Lawn House
720 E. Beach Blvd., Gulfport
Example of a mid 19th-century summer vacation home. 30 minute tours. (228) 864-5019

Lynn Meadows Discovery Center
246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport.
If hands-on is your style, visit the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center in Gulfport, one of the USA's top 50 children's museums. At Lynn Meadows Discovery Center vacationing visitors can crank up a crane, touch a tornado, set up shop, make Picasso proud, understand a pulley fully, tromp in tree houses, sort seafood, cross a creek and much more. Every weekend the Discovery Center offers fun-filled programs and activities that complements the exhibits. www.lmdc.org.  (228) 897-6039

Marine Life Oceanarium
Across from the intersection of U.S. 90 & Hwy 49 at Joseph T. Jones Memorial Park - Gulfport.
Funfest of "educated" dolphin and sea lion shows, underwater dive shows, a feeding pool and a touch pool, and much more for the vacationer. Click: www.dolphinsrus.com.  (228) 864-2511

NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center
North of Bay St. Louis
Visitors center with 14,000-square feet of interactive exhibits, space-themed restaurant, recently renovated, free admission, (228) 688-2370.

Scranton Nature Center
I.G. Levy Park, Pascagoula
Unique exhibits, wildlife, plants, also located at park, pavilion, playground, walking trail, fishing lake, soccer fields, open Tues. through Sat. 10-4, Sun. 1-4, (228) 938-6612

Ship Island Excursions
Hwy 90 at Hwy 49, Gulfport.
Ship Island, part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore, can be visited by passenger ferry. The island offers a beach, swimming, bird watching, shelling, fishing and an historic fort. Seasonal schedule. (228) 864-1014 or 1-800-388-3290

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biloxi casinos for your vacation

Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
875 Beach Blvd
Biloxi MS 39530
228 386-7111, 888 750-7111, Fax: 228 386-7730
Vacation special: 1,740 hotel rooms, 13 retail shops, fitness facility, solarium, spa/salon, live entertainment, 12 restaurants, meeting space, 1,550 seat showroom, an upscale marina, lushly landscaped outdoor pool area with cabana service, 75,000 sq ft single-level casino. A "casino within a casino" (non-smoking area), oldest microbrewery in the state. Atrium lobby filled with 10,000 flowers, trees & plants; fishing expeditions, sunrise/sunset cruises; on-site master coffee roaster, exclusive Beau Rivage spa treatment - Magnolia Trio, Port House surrounded by four walls of aquariums filled with thousands of tropical fish for a unique dining experience. Website.

Grand Casino - Biloxi
265 Beach Blvd
Biloxi MS 39530
228 436-2946, 800 WIN-2-WIN, Fax: 228 436-1901
1,000 hotel rooms, gift shop, Bellissimo Spa & Salon, live entertainment, 13 restaurants, Kids Quest (supervised), teen arcade, Grand Bear Golf Course, Biloxi Grand Theatre (seats 1,800), meeting space, Wild Coyotes nightclub. Largest coast casino featuring 134,000 sq feet of gaming space. Website.

Grand Casino - Gulfport
3215 West Beach Blvd
Gulfport MS 39501
228 870-7777, 800 WIN-7777, Fax: 228 604-5275
1,000 hotel rooms, vacation gift shop, health spa/salon, live entertainment, 8 restaurants, supervised children's activities, Grand Bear Golf Course, 500 seat Grand Event Center, meeting space. Coffee bar, lounge, Oasis 3-acre area featuring a lazy river. Website.

President Casino Broadwater Resort
2110 Beach Blvd
Biloxi MS 39531
228 385-3500, 800 THE-PRES, Fax: 228 385-4169
512 hotel rooms, vacation gift shop, live entertainment, 3 restaurants, children's game room, President Broadwater Golf Club, Vegas Vegas Showbar, meeting space. Covered marina. Special blackjack, craps, and slot tournaments. Website.

Treasure Bay Casino Resort
1980 Beach Blvd
Biloxi MS 39531
228 385-6000, 800 PIRATE-9, Fax: 228 385-6082
256 room hotel, 4 restaurants, gift shop, Buccaneer Brewery, Scalawag's Show bar with live entertainment, semi-private high-end gaming areas. More than 1,000 slots & 50 table games, arcade, meeting space. Website.

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