If you’re looking for an affordable adventure exploring the Gulf Coast of the southern state of Mississippi, you’re in for a real treat. While most people think of Louisiana or Georgia when it comes to the south, Mississippi has plenty to offer — especially for the budget-minded. Check out these affordable activities on offer…
Check out a local event
The Mississippi Gulf Coast has a ton of local events, especially in the spring and summer months. A great primer is the Gulfport Music Festival which, despite only being in its second year, attracts big name artists from all music genres. Also, the Annual Live Oak Arts Festival is a great family event with arts and music that pays homage to the oak trees that line the gulf coast. If you want a bit of entertainment that takes place on the water, the Smokin’ the Lake annual boat race is a thrilling adventure as well.
Have an outdoor adventure
Speaking of adventure, Mississippi also has a wide range of outdoor activities from biking and hiking, to local beaches, boating and water activities. There is also a Bridge Mosaic Mural which is the longest mosaic in Mississippi at 120 feet long. Definitely worth a visit. The Gulf Coast also boasts many natural parks and reserves such as the Gulf Islands National Seashore and the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Both offer the chance to have a closer experience with nature while traversing the terrain.
Go to a museum or attraction
Those seeking affordable family vacations may want to check out Mississippi’s wealth of museums — there are a few in the area that are even free. The Busted Wrench Garage Museum, which hosts classic cars and a few boats boats, is one this is free of charge. The Biloxi Fire Museum is also free. If you’re looking for an odd attraction to visit, the Magnolia State Rocker — the “World’s Largest Rocking Chair” — is a great oddity to see in the region. There are also many casinos in the area if you want to indulge in gambling.
Taste the local cuisine
Mississippi offers much in the way of cuisine. From the famed seafood to French-Cajun delicacies and BBQ you can find a wide range of foods to try in this region. Visit one of the waterfront restaurants and take in the local food and ambiance. If you’re looking for an interesting outing try some local brew on the Crooked Letter Brewing Company Tour. Available to all ages, though you must be 21+ to sample the beers, this tour is a great free activity and a way to taste some great craft beer.
Remember the Past: Memorials
Recently the region has experienced a few devastating hurricanes. The region has erected the Hurricane Katrina Memorial and the Hurricane Camille Memorial in order to remember those who lost their lives in the tragic events. You can also visit the Heavenly Carved Wooden Angels and tree sculptures, once beautiful live oaks, transformed into art dedicated to the memory of the victims of Katrina.
Whatever your plans, the Mississippi Gulf Coast is an enticing and inviting place for the budget-conscious traveller.