“This Property Is Condemned” Walking Tour
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.
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).
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
Address: 1928 Depot Way, Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
This completely renovated and remodeled movie theatre is open seven days a week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Park Ten Lanes
Bowling lanes, Grill, Parties and Leagues.
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.
Waveland’s Ground Zero Hurricane Museum
The Waveland Ground Zero Hurricane Museum is located in a restored historic school listed on the National Trust. It features awe-inspiring exhibits- ranging from astonishing photography to interactive displays to a remarkable hand-carved carousel.
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.