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Official Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center Website
Check out all the concerts and happenings at the Coliseum
http://www.mscoastcoliseum.com/calendar.html

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. (228) 467-4090

Beauvoir - The Jefferson Davis Home & Presidential Library
2244 Beach Blvd., Biloxi
This seaside 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 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

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

Buccaneer State Park
1150 S. Beach Blvd
Waveland, large wave pool, children's pool, water slides, nature trails, tennis and basketball courts, and more. (228) 467-3822

Harrison County Skate Park & Hockey Complex
C269 Debuys Road, Gulfport, MS 39507
Outdoor aggressive skate park for both inline skaters and skateboarders. http://www.skateboardparks.com/mississippi/harrisoncounty/index.html

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

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

The Doll House
1201 Bienville Blvd., Ocean Springs
Hundreds of dolls, stuffed animals and doll houses on display. Admission benefits the pet shelter. (228) 872-3971

Fish On Fishing Charters
Enjoy fishing Biloxi style along the Mississippi Gulf Coast aboard our charter boats. http://fishoncharters.net/. (228) 392-7485 or (228) 617-HOOK (4665)

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 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

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 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

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

Gulf Islands National Seashore
3500 Park Rd., Ocean Springs
Established in 1971 to provide recreation for visitors 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

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 visitors can crank up a crane, touch a tornado, set up shop, make Picasso proud, understand a pulley fully, tromp in treehouses, 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

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

Marine Life Oceanarium
Located across from the intersection of U.S. 90 & Hwy 49 at Joseph T. Jones Memorial Park - Gulfport. Funfest of 'educated' dolphin and sealion shows, underwater dive shows, a feeding pool and a touch pool, and much more. www.dolphinsrus.com. (228) 864-2511

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

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.

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.

Ocean Springs Chamber & Old L&N Railroad Depot
1000 Washington Avenue
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, 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

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

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

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

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. 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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