Summer has officially arrived on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and the options for family fun are endless! Whether your kids are enrolled in one of the myriad summer camps on the Gulf Coast or starting their first summer job, family entertainment is high on the list for most of us when the evenings stretch long and the weather is warm. After the Memorial Day festivities, the clear bellwether of summer is the Mississippi Coast Coliseum’s Summer Fair. The Summer Fair offers something for all ages! From the petting zoo and Show-Me-Safari Swine race to the live local music and thrilling rides, the Summer Fair is a sure bet for summer fun. Beginning on June 9th and operating through June 19th, the Summer Fair offers free admission for children under 5 and admission prices of only $5 for adults on Fridays and Saturdays. Arm bands may be purchased during select hours for unlimited access to rides.
To cool off this summer, take advantage of the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast beaches and water attractions. To really appreciate our coastal connections, take a day trip on the Ship Island Excursion to explore the natural beauty and historical landmarks on one of the Gulf Coast’s most popular barrier islands. Departing daily from the Gulfport Small Craft Harbor, the Ship Island Ferry will take you out on the Mississippi Sound to Ship Island with its sugar sand beaches and grassy dunes that are all part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. Historic Fort Massachusetts is a must-see landmark for visitors to Ship Island.
After a day on the beach or at the islands, another popular destination for families is the Gulf Islands Water Park in Gulfport. Float along the lazy Pearl River or brave the Horn Island Blaster; you’ll find the Gulf Islands Water Park offers exciting experiences for kids and adults alike. The Waveland Wave Pool, Lil’ Pelicans Bay, Spray St. Louis and Pascagoula are just a few of the drenching diversions to enjoy during your breaks from the thrills of the Deer Island Express, Camille Cutter and Cat Island Catapult. Finally, make sure you take the time to enjoy the free and fabulous splash pads to be found in most of the communities along our beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast! From the McDonald Park Splash Pad in Bay St. Louis all the way to the Fort Maurepas Park Splash Pad in Ocean Springs, these family friendly spots are a great way to cool off and make some memories!