The Mississippi Gulf Coast features 62 miles of coastline and 26 miles of beaches which get an average of 210 days of sun per year. The gulf is a great place to spot dolphins and watch birds, such as the rare Prothonotary Warbler and the Red-Winged Black Bird. Also worth seeing is the nearly 200-year-old Biloxi Lighthouse. There are a number of craft breweries in the area, as well as restaurants serving gulf oysters and shrimp. In addition, the University of Southern Mississippi’s Long Beach campus is home to the “Friendship Oak” tree, while Pascagoula has the largest free-flowing river in the continental US.
- The Lazy Magnolia opened in Kiln in 2003 as Mississippi’s first craft brewery.
- The legendary “Friendship Oak” tree stands on University of Southern Mississippi’s campus at Long Beach.
- Coastal Mississippi is great for bird watching, with the Bald Eagle, Prothonotary Warbler, Blue Heron, and other rare species in the region.
“The Mississippi Sound has been named one of the best destinations for dolphin spotting with several accounts of more bottlenose dolphins living in the Gulf than anywhere else in the world.”