Attractions

From exploring the far reaches of space to simply crabbing from the seawall, visitors can savor a multitude of experiences right here in Hancock County. Wrapped in a compact area and intermingled with lush green spaces, Mississippi’s West Coast has everything and yet nothing traditional about it. Shop for fashion, art, and mementos in the eclectic, oak-lined downtown venues, browse through the Kate Lobrano House to better understand the area’s history, roll the dice at one of the two large casinos, or re-energize your senses with a stroll along the beach.

 

Silver Slipper Casino Hotel

The first land-based casino to be built from the ground up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Silver Slipper offers gaming action 24 hours a day, seven days a week, free live entertainment, and fabulous culinary selections. Over 1,000 of the newest high-tech slot machines are offered, as well as 26 table games, a poker room, a 37-site beachfront RV park with full hookups, and a 129-room hotel overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.

Address: 5000 South Beach Blvd. , Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
Phone: 866-775-4773 or 1-866-S-Slipper
Website: www.silverslipper-ms.com/

Hollywood Casino Bay St. Louis

Hollywood Casino is a 600-acre casino and golf resort offering all amenities right on-site. The property offers 24-hour gaming with 40,000 square feet of exciting gaming space, over 900 slots, six poker tables, and 30 table games. Their 14-story hotel has 291 luxurious guest rooms, a swimming pool, lazy river, and jacuzzi with sundeck. There also is a 100-site RV park and over 10,000 square feet of convention and meeting space. The property also offers “The Bridges” Arnold Palmer design championship golf course.

Address: 711 Hollywood Blvd. , Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
Phone: 1-866-7-LUCKY-1 /228-469-2100
Website: www.hollywoodcasinobsl.com

 

From exploring the far reaches of space to simply crabbing from the seawall, visitors can savor a multitude of experiences right here in Hancock County. Wrapped in a compact area and intermingled with lush green spaces, Mississippi’s West Coast has everything and yet nothing traditional about it. Shop for fashion, art, and mementos in the eclectic, oak-lined downtown venues, browse through the Kate Lobrano House to better understand the area’s history, roll the dice at one of the two large casinos, or reenergize your senses with a stroll along the beach.

 

Attractions

 

“This Property Is Condemned” Walking Tour

“This Property Is Condemned” is a 1966 classic film starring Robert Redford, Natalie Wood, Charles Bronson, and Mary Badham, filmed mostly in Bay St. Louis. Visit the Bay St. Louis depot which served as the train depot in the movie, the Depot District which doubled as the town, and the Starr Boarding House which was the hub of social life in the small town.

Address: 1928 Depot Way, Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
Phone: 228-463-9222

100 Men DBA Hall

The 100 Men Hall is a historic blues music venue on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The Hall, as it is locally known, was a stop on the Chitlin’ Circuit between the 1930’s and 1960’s and hosted several well-known artists including Etta James, Deacon John, Big Joe Turner, Guitar Slim, and numerous others. In 2011, The Hall received a Blues Trail Marker from The Mississippi Blues Commission and became a 501(c)3 fund of the Hancock Community Development Foundation.

Address: 303 Union St., Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
Phone: 228-342-5770
Website: www.100menhall.org

Alice Moseley Folk Art & Antique Museum

The Alice Moseley Folk Art & Antique Museum is located on the second floor of the historic train depot. Alice Moseley was a nationally known folk artist who lived, painted, and welcomed visitors to the “little blue house” across the street from the depot. The museum contains a collection of her original paintings as well as an extensive collection of her son Tim’s antique furniture, pottery, art glass, and bottles. Mrs. Moseley’s prints are available for purchase.

Address: 1928 Depot Way, Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
Phone: 228-467-9223
Website: www.alicemoseley.com

Bay Arts Center

Home of Karen Anne’s School of Fine Art, the center teaches both youth and adult drawing and painting skills. There is an annual Summer Art Camp (ages 5-14 in July) and the popular Sip, Dip-n-Stroke classes (an adult evening of wine and painting).

Address: 833 Hwy. 90, Suite 9, Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
Phone: 228-467-2110
Website: www.bayartscenter.com

Bay St. Louis Mardi Gras Museum

“Throw me something, Mister!” Mardi Gras in Hancock County dates back to 1896. View some of the magnificent costumes worn by recent kings and queens in this amazing museum. It is located inside the Hancock County Visitor’s Center in the train depot, and admission is free.

Address: 1928 Depot Way, Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
Phone: 228-463-9222

Beacon Theatres

This completely renovated and remodeled movie theatre is open seven days a week. Matinee prices are $5. Regular prices are $7 and $5

Address: 310 Hwy 90, Waveland, MS 39576
Phone: 228-344-3181
Email: beacontheatres310@gmail.com
Website: www.beacontheatres.net

Biloxi Shrimping Trip

See how, why, and what is caught on a real shrimping trip! Operating since 1955, expect education, adventure, and entertainment throughout the Living Marine Adventure Cruise. The tour takes you to the protected waters between Deer Island and the Biloxi Shoreline.

Admission: Adults, $16; Children, $11

Address: Slip 104 Biloxi Small Craft Harbor, 693 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, MS 39533
Phone: 228-392-8645
Website: www.biloxishrimpingtrip.com

Buccaneer State Park

Over 200 premium campsites (water, electricity, sewer) are available for reservation, with 70 beach overflow sites available on a limited basis. There are 25 primitive sites with no services. An 18-hole disk golf course, playground, nature trail, and pavilion for rent are also on the premises. The Buccaneer Bay Waterpark is next door and boasts a huge wave pool, waterslides, and a kiddie pool for the little ones.

Address: 1150 South Beach Blvd., Waveland, MS 39576
Phone: 228-467-3822
Website: home.mdwfp.com/Parks

Crosby Arboretum

Take in the beauty of south Mississippi’s natural habitat by spending a day at the Crosby Arboretum. Amble through pine forests, grassy savannas, and swampy bogs along winding pathways and boardwalks. Learn gardening, landscaping, and plant identification at some of the environmental and informational programs, bring the kids to short educational workshops, and spend a moment at the Pinecote Pavilion which overlooks a peaceful pond surrounded by native plants.

Admission: Adults, $5; Seniors/Military, $4; Children under 12, $2; Members, free

Address: 370 Ridge Rd., Picayune, MS 39466
Phone: 601-799-2311
Website: www.crosbyarboretum.msstate.edu

Gulf Islands Waterpark

This Gulfport attraction features miles of Soak’ N Fun, including a wave pool, lazy river, water slides, and kiddie area. Amenities include free parking, private cabanas, live concerts, dive-in movies, teen parties, and more. Group reservations must be made one week in advance.

Address: I-10 at Exit 49 North to Landon Rd., Gulfport, MS 39503
Phone: 228-328-1266
Website: www.gulfislandswaterpark.com

Historic Walking and Biking Tour

You can enjoy an up-close look at the historic city of Bay St. Louis on foot or by bike. View the Angel Tree at de Montluzin Ave., the 100 Men Hall, St. Rose de Lima Catholic Church, and much more. Brochures and maps of the walking tours can be picked up at the Hancock County Visitor’s Center in the historic train depot.

Address: 1928 Depot Way, Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
Phone: 228-463-9222

Infinity Science Center

An exhilarating 3-D immersive theatre will transport visitors through outer space, into the ocean depths, and inside the Earth’s most complex systems. Have lunch in the café, and purchase a souvenir in their gift shop.

Admission: Adults 18-54, $10; Seniors/Military, $8; Children, 4-17, $6; Ages 3 and under, free

Hours: Mon-Sat, 9am-4pm

Address: Exit 2, Interstate 10, Hancock County, MS 39529
Phone: 1-800-237-1821 /228-533-9025
Website: www.visitinfinity.com

Kiln, Mississippi

This country community is the home of Brett Favre, famed football quarterback for the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings. Numerous restaurants, a huge equestrian arena, McLeod Park, Stennis International Airport, and the Lazy Magnolia Brewery are worth the short drive just north of Interstate 10.

Address: Hwy. 603, North of I-10 at Exit 13, Kiln, MS 39525

Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company

Established in 2004, Lazy Magnolia is Mississippi’s first and only packaging microbrewery with availability throughout the state. Two of their beers won bronze medals at the 2006 World Beer Cup in Seattle, Washington.

Admission: Free

Hourly tours: Thu-Fri, 4pm, 5pm, and 6pm; Sat, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm

Address: 7030 Roscoe-Turner Rd., Kiln, MS 39556
Phone: 228-467-2727
Website: www.lazymagnolia.com

Lynn Meadows Discovery Center

Children love this delightful museum with hands-on activities and exhibits inside an old schoolhouse. Outside theatres on the grounds host concerts and fairs, and the Treehouse Village is always a hit for outside play.

Address: 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport, MS 39407
Phone: 228-897-6039
Website: www.lmdc.org

McLeod Water Park and Campgrounds

Located on the Jourdan River just off I-10, the park offers great fishing and boating on beautiful waterways. Camp, ski, canoe, fish, hike, or picnic. There are pavilions, ball parks, and a camp store. Primitive and developed campsites are available.

Address: 8100 Texas Flat Rd., Kiln, MS 39556
Phone: 228-467-1894

Old Town Bay Saint Louis

Old Town’s quaint, tree-lined streets guide you to many small specialty shops, art galleries, restaurants, sidewalk cafes and lounges, ice cream parlors, snowball stands, and coffee houses. Visit the many historic sites and buildings. Enjoy building murals, a marina, a hospitality center, and convenient benches under shade trees.

Address: Beach Blvd. and Main St., Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
Website: www.baystlouisoldtown.com

Ole Blue Eyes Taxi and Limo

Ole Blue Eyes Taxi and Limo Service is a locally owned, well-known service for all of Hancock County.

Any transportation needs are met.

Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Address: 1002 Old Spanish Trail, Waveland, MS 39576
Phone: 228-226-6678
Website: www.oleblueeyestaxi.com

Ship Island Excursions

Ship Island is one in a string of barrier islands along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The island was explored and named by the French in 1699 and, despite its small size, was important in the history of the Coast. Fort Massachusetts remains to this day and is open for tours from March through October. The island’s fine, unspoiled beaches offer ample opportunity for hiking, shelling, swimming, and dolphin watching. Visitors should bring plenty of sunscreen. The National Park Service operates a concession stand, but small coolers are allowed. Public restrooms, showers, and shaded picnic areas are provided. The spring boat schedule runs from mid-March through mid-May; summer schedule is from mid-May through mid-August; fall schedule is from mid-August through the end of October. Tickets go on sale one hour prior to departure and are also available online.

Address: Gulfport Yacht Harbor (Intersection of Hwy. 90 and Hwy. 49, next to the U.S. Coast Guard Base)

Phone: 228-864-1014

Website: www.msshipisland.com

 

Historic Attractions

 

Depot District

This park area near the historic train depot is nestled under rows of century old live oaks and provides a wonderful place to relax or begin a walking or biking tour of the nearby area.

Address: Bookter and Union Streets, Bay St. Louis, MS 39520

Historic Bay St. Louis City Hall

Built in 1905, this classic Roman and Greek revival architectural marvel is a Mississippi landmark building and survived both Hurricane Camille (1968) and Katrina (2005). City Park sits next door, with the “Shoo-Fly Oak,” a beautiful oak tree ringed by a wraparound deck. Tennis courts and a playground are open to the public.

Address: 302 South Second St., Bay St. Louis, MS 39520

Historic L & N Train Depot

This two-story mission style depot was built in 1929 and is surrounded by the depot district’s park-like grounds. A Mississippi Landmark, it was once the heartbeat of the county and the backdrop for the classic Tennessee Williams film, “This Property is Condemned” starring Robert Redford and Natalie Wood. The depot is home to the Hancock County Tourism Bureau and Visitors’ Center and the Alice Moseley Folk Art and Antique Museum. Admission is free.

Address: 1928 Depot Way, Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
Phone: 228-463-9222
Website: www.mswestcoast.org

Kate Lobrano House – Hancock County Historical Society

Browse through photos, documents, historical data, and special collections depicting life in this small town before and after Hurricane Katrina

Address: 108 Cue St., Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
Phone: 228-467-4090
Website: www.hancockcountyhistoricalsociety.com

Kiln “Moonshine” Tours

Drive your own car and follow the leader to hear legends of Kiln moonshine from author Al Saucier.

Tours cost $21 per person. There is a minimum of four people and a maximum of 10 people per tour per day.
Phone: 228-222-0445
Website: www.KILNmoonshineTOURS.com

Mississippi Armed Forces Museum

Tour Mississippi’s only state-operated museum dedicated exclusively to our military history. Hundreds of artifacts and dioramas represent all branches of the military. There is also a small gift shop. Admission is free.

Hours: Tue-Sat., 9am-4pm

Address: Building 850, Camp Shelby, MS 39407
Phone: 601-558-2757
Website: www.armedforcesmuseum.us

Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church

Begun in 1907 and completed in 1926, Our Lady of the Gulf is the fifth oldest Catholic parish in Mississippi. Stained glass, Italian art High Altar, marble, and ceiling illustrations make this church awe-inspiring.

Address: 228 South Beach Blvd., Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
Phone: 228-467-6509
Website: www.olgchurch.net

St. Rose de Lima Catholic Church

Founded in 1926, this is one of the most vibrant and integrated churches in south Mississippi. The St. Rose Choir is nationally known, and two CDs are credited to their name and one to the men’s choir. “Christ in the Oaks,” the mural across the sanctuary, creates a sense of awe and majesty to all who enter. A donation is asked in lieu of admission.

Address: 301 South Necaise Ave., Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
Phone: 228-467-7347 or 228-463-9222
Website: www.strosedelimabsl.org

St. Stanislaus College

Brothers of the Sacred Heart have been running this boys Catholic boarding school since 1854. Set on the water’s edge under ancient oaks, St. Stanislaus boasts some notable alumni including Doc Blanchard, famed Army football player who was the winner of the Heisman, Maxwell, and Sullivan trophies. (The trophies are on display unless on temporary loan to a museum.) A donation is asked in lieu of admission.

Address: 304 South Beach Blvd., Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
Phone: 228-467-9057
Website: www.ststan.com

The Trust Bed & Breakfast Tour

This circa 1850 home is filled with antiques and stories of the past. Old South grandeur and the gracious living of a bygone era come alive in this historic home near the Depot District of Bay Saint Louis. Tours cost $5 per person. Stop by or call for an appointment.

Address: 204 Bookter St., Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
Phone: 800-331-9046 or 228-467-5715

War & Peace – The T.F. Monti Private Model Collection

Some 4,000 model ships, autos, aircraft, and military armor are on display. Admission is free. Please call for an appointment to view this exceptional private collection.

Address: 117-B Hwy. 90, Waveland, MS 39576
Phone: 228-216-7409
Website: www.tfmonti.com

 

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