Mississippi’s Secret Coast

The Mississippi Gulf Coast is a very special place to me. It’s in my home state and where I have made so many wonderful memories throughout the years!

Many people don’t seem to know a lot about this deep-south jewel. This “Secret Coast” has astounding natural beauty and is honestly the perfect year-round destination. There is an incredible amount to do, see, and experience across the entire 62 miles of coastline. And when it comes to food, they have the best and freshest seafood on the planet!

The options for outdoor exploration and activities are endless. For something a little different, take the Biloxi Shrimping Trip that exposes you to the spectacular world of sea life – caught on a real shrimping expedition. It’s a fun and educational trip that has been entertaining visitors worldwide since 1954.

The Secret Coast boasts a multitude of museums and galleries. I have two favorites: first is The Walter Anderson Museum of Art, located in historic Ocean Springs. This is a nationally accredited fine arts museum. My other favorite is the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum. This was established to preserve and interpret the maritime history and heritage of Biloxi and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

The Secret Coast also offers lots of exciting experiences for visitors of all ages. The new Mississippi Aquarium that just opened last year in Gulfport. It has both indoor and outdoor habitats with more than 200 species of animals.

Now my favorite – the culinary scene. This fabulous coastal foodie industry is booming. One of my personal favorites is Mary Mahoney’s 1737 Old French House Restaurant. For the past 50 years, presidents, celebrities, and others have experienced the rich history and legendary cuisine.

And for after dinner, soak up the atmosphere in one of the charming, downtown districts that offer vibrant nightlife scenes. My favorite is Mosaic in downtown Ocean Springs. Or, on a much larger scale, try one of 12 world-class casino resorts that offer headliner entertainment!

In fact, you should check out the monthly festivals and events. One of the most popular is the Anderson Arts and Crafts Festival, the largest fine arts festival in the state. Or, Crusin’ the Coast that has more than 8,000 classic cars.

Well…I think the ‘secret’ is out about Mississippi’s Secret Coast, and it checks all the boxes: great food, great activities, great attractions, and great people – they have it all!

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