Cruisin' the Coast

21 ideas for fun during Cruisin’ The Coast

The Biloxi Lighthouse is the only one in the middle of a four-land highway and is a favorite photo spot during Cruisin’ The Coast.
The Biloxi Lighthouse is the only one in the middle of a four-land highway and is a favorite photo spot during Cruisin’ The Coast.

1. Eat seafood

Oysters from the grill or fryer, shrimp fresh from the docks, catfish cooked to perfection and a plate of crab legs just waiting to be devoured are all on the menu during Cruisin’ week, whether at one of the casino buffets or South Mississippi seafood restaurants.

2. Dine outdoors

The weather’s typically great for dining alfresco and the food’s even tastier with a view of Cruisers passing by.

3. Walk the bridge

Between driving and eating, take time to walk the Biloxi Bay Bridge or Bay of St. Louis Bridge. The views of the water are sparkling, and you’ll see cars of all the decades pass by.

4. Take a road less traveled

Beach Boulevard and Pass Road will be crowded. Turn onto a back road and enjoy the ride.

5. Take a walk

Walk or drive the beach at sunset, and share the beautiful sight on social media.

6. Biloxi Visitors Center

Pull over at at the Biloxi Visitors Center near the lighthouse for a warm Southern welcome and a quick history lesson.

7. Biloxi Lighthouse

Visit the Biloxi Lighthouse is the only one anywhere in the middle of the highway. If you want to climb the 57 steps to the top, go early. The cast iron lighthouse gets warm with the day and tours are given only at 9, 9:15 and 9:30 a.m.

8. Jump into fun

Let loose — Jump at the Mullet Hop trampoline park in D’Iberville or Altitudes in Gulfport, play some games at Margaritaville Resort Biloxi, race a go-kart at Big Play Family Fun Park or swing through the trees at Zip’n Fun Adventure Park in Gulfport.

9. Get some Tatonuts

Start your day with a Tatonut in downtown Ocean Springs, a beignet in Biloxi or a Country Cruisin’ Breakfast that will be served up at the Long Beach Yacht Club Thursday through Saturday.

10. Go fishing

Charter boats at one of the many marinas will take you out to land a big catch.

12. Art appreciation

Admire the Hurricane Katrina sculptures all along U.S. 90, carved from the trees that didn’t survive Hurricane Katrina. You can also visit the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum to see work by the world-renowned “Mad Potter of Biloxi” George Ohr, or take in the colorful works at the Walter Anderson Museum.

13. Car museum

Visit Busted Wrench Garage, Museum & Gift Shop at 2311 29th St. in Gulfport, where classic cars, motorcycles and boats are on display, along with antique posters and other memorabilia. Admission is free.

14. Fishbone Alley

Stroll Fishbone Alley in downtown Gulfport. The hide-away between 26 & 27th avenues and 13th & 14th streets is more than a cross-through — it’s a destination with art on the walls and its own personality.

15. Model railroad museum

Along with antique cars, old trains are treasures from the past. Stop by Mississippi Coast Model Railroad Museum in Gulfport to see the indoor and outdoor displays.

16. Casinos

Take a spin of your favorite slot machine in one of the 12 Coast casinos and you could go home a winner.

17. Katrina memorials

Get a glimpse of Katrina’s impact on South Mississippi at Waveland’s Ground Zero Hurricane Museum on Coleman Ave., at the Extreme Makeover Katrina Memorial on the Biloxi Town Green or the Katrina movie shown at the Biloxi Visitors Center.

18. Infinity and beyond

Journey to NASA Infinity Science Center at Exit 2 of Interstate 10. Stand in the impressive shadow of the F-1 rocket engine, then go inside and build a hurricane and see what happens.

19. Bird watching

See the birds at Pascagoula River Audubon Society and step aboard McCoys Swamp & River Tours to possibly see eagles and alligators and hear about what it was like to grow up on the river.

20. Boat trip

Take a boat ride. Ship Island Excursions takes passengers from Gulfport to the Gulf of Mexico barrier island with a fort. Or set sail on a Biloxi Schooner along the Coast

21. Souvenirs

Oh fudge, don’t forget to buy souvenirs for family and friends back home, along with one of the many flavors of fresh-made fudge at one of the souvenir shops.