Next up on our cross country road trip was Mississippi (state number 2 of the 50 states). Naturally, we headed over to Biloxi, which is the closest gambling destination to Atlanta.
A lot of our friends talked about their road trips here to hit up the casinos when they couldn’t make it all the way out to Vegas. Neither of us gamble much, but we couldn’t resist leaving at least a couple dollars in the slots. When in Biloxi, right?
In this post we share what to do in Biloxi including what we checked out on our short visit and what we want to see next time we’re there.
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Last Updated: December 12, 2022
11 Best Things to Do in Biloxi MS
1. Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
Since casinos are the entertainment center in Biloxi, we decided to stop by Beau Rivage first. You can try your luck at this riverfront hotel and casino, but it that’s not your thing, it also happens to have a nice view of the gulf.
The casinos are definitely the main attractions in Biloxi MS. You can also check out Golden Nugget Biloxi or Palace Casino Resort as other options. And if you’re looking for a spot with things to do in Biloxi with kids, check out Margaritaville Resort. They have a lot of fun things to do including a lazy river, slides, and more.
2. Biloxi Lighthouse
This cast iron lighthouse was built in 1848 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. It was civilian operated from 1848 to 1939, and it special because it had a few female lightkeepers.
During hurricane Katrina, a third of it was covered and a lot of the windows were broken. After a large restoration project, it reopened for tours in 2010. You can go on guided tours of the lighthouse each morning or just admire it from outside. It’s definitely worth stopping by and one of the best Biloxi attractions if you’re a photographer. Be sure to check out the Biloxi Lighthouse Pier too!
3. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Enjoy everything rock and roll, whether you’re looking for a place to eat, try your luck at the casino, or just walk around to check out the hotel. If you plan on staying here, be sure to check out their pool that overlooks the gulf.
5. Hurricane Katrina Memorial
Hurricane Katrina is one the worst natural disasters to his the United States and it definitely affected this city. Many of the towns hit hardest in 2005 are still rebuilding. This sculpture that represents the high water mark is dedicated to those who lost their lives during Hurricane.
It’s a quick stop and one of the best free things to do in Biloxi.
6. Coastal Mississippi Mardi Gras Museum
Learn more about Mardi Gras’ 300+ year history at this museum. You can check out memorabilia from the celebrations, costumes, photographs, and more.
7. Biloxi Beach
With 26 miles of beach that runs all along Beach Blvd, you’re sure to find a spot for yourself. The soft, white sand makes it a great place to relax on the shore or play in the water and the center for all things water. Plus it’s one of the best outdoor things to do in Biloxi. With most casinos and hotels lining the beach, you’re usually just steps away.
From April to October, the water is typically above 70 degrees making it really swimmable, so don’t forget your bathing suit! And if you’re looking for romantic things to do in Biloxi, go for a stroll during sunset.
8. Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum
Water is a big part of Biloxi’s history and present day. This museum not only covers the maritime history, but also the seafood industry, including shrimping, oystering, recreation fishing, and more.
Go on a real shrimping expedition out of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. You’ll learn about the history of shrimping in the area and how you catch shrip. There are multiple outfits that do this and it’s best to get a reservation.
10. OHR-O’KEEFE MUSEUM OF ART
Known as the “Mad Potter of Biloxi,” this art museum focuses on the ceramics of George E. Ohr. The O’Keefe name comes from Annette O’Keefe, wife of former Biloxi mayor Jeremiah O’Keefe Sr, who played a huge role in donating money and raising money to complete the campus.
There are five buildings on site designed by Frank Gehry, so even the architecture is worth visiting. You can even take pottery classes on site.
11. HAVE MISSISSIPPI MUD PIE
We made a quick pitstop for Mississippi mud pie at Palace Bakery in Biloxi. Yelp failed us for the first time, so do yourself a favor and don’t eat there. Eater says Mary Mahoney’s Old French House is where it’s at! We had a reader report back that it wasn’t available when they visited, so call ahead to see if it’s on the menu before you go.
Learn more all about the dessert and where else to eat it here. We need to go back and redeem this dessert.
Has anyone tried other places where you think has the best Mississippi mud pie?
Map of Biloxi MS
More Things to do in Biloxi
- Beauvoir, Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library
- Biloxi Bay Bridge
- Biloxi Brewing Company (CLOSED)
- Biloxi Historic Tours / Biloxi Tour Train
- Deer Island
- Gulf Islands National Seashore
- MGM Park / Biloxi Shuckers
- Old Biloxi Cemetery
- Ship Island
- St. Michael’s Catholic Church
- The Historic Redding House
- Walter Anderson Museum of Art
State Symbols + Photography Ideas
- Mississippi State Slogans: Feels Like Coming Home, The South’s Warmest Welcome
- State Flower: Magnolia
- State Animal: White-tailed Deer
We had to take a cheesy state sign photo on our road trip.
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Esther and Jacob are the founders of Local Adventurer, which is one of the top 5 travel blogs in the US. They believe that adventure can be found both near and far and hope to inspire others to explore locally. They explore a new city in depth every year and currently base themselves in Las Vegas.