Springtime in Mississippi brings about warm temperatures and blooming flowers throughout the numerous state parks. When you stay at a vacation rental in Mississippi over spring break, you can look forward to making a splash in Davis Bayou in Ocean Springs, or parasailing above the Gulf of Mexico in Biloxi. Tour the artistic community of Corinth, or treat the family to a day at the Hattiesburg Zoo. When making your trip itinerary for spring break, consider one of these Mississippi cities as your destination.

1. Biloxi

Sandy beach

Spring breakers flock to Biloxi for beach parties in the sand and outdoor concerts right along the Gulf Coast. Time a trip with your friends for April and take part in the Biloxi Black Beach Weekend festivities. You can enjoy fun in the sun anytime in the spring when signing up for a kayaking or canoeing excursion with Affordable Boat Adventures. If you’re into fishing, head to the Bernard Bayou. You can’t visit Biloxi without taking the Biloxi Shrimping Trip, ideal for families with vacation rentals in the city for spring break. Treat the kids to a day at the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center or take your vacation to a higher level when parasailing above the coast with Parasail Adventures. The Chill Ultra Lounge is the perfect place to chill in the evenings.

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2. Ocean Springs

Davis Bayou
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Make Ocean Springs your vacation destination for spring break and find yourself immersed in the beauty of Davis Bayou and the Gulf Islands National Seashore. Check out the waters with paddleboard and kayak rentals from Paddles Up or let one of the expert guides from Islander Outfitters take your crew on a wildlife tour through the bayou. Stock up your vacation rental for the week with fresh produce and meat sold at the outdoor Ocean Springs Fresh Market event each weekend or savor some Mississippi cuisine at Aunt Jenny’s Catfish Restaurant.

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3. Jackson

Mississippi state capitol building
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Jackson is an entertainment mecca for family fun on spring break. Take the kids to the Jackson Zoo, the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, and the Mississippi Children’s Museum when you want to make your trip educational and fun. Get outdoors and get some exercise when hiking the LeFleur’s Bluff State Park trails. When the sun sets, sample homemade beer at Lucky Town Brewing Company or dance the night away at the Underground 119 music lounge.

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4. Gulfport

Palm trees on a sandy beach
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When you want to escape to pristine beaches and hear the sounds of waves crashing outside your vacation rental, then Gulfport is the obvious choice for spring break. This city is home to Ship Island, where you can head out to see on a dolphin tour with Ship Island Excursions or hike the trails to bird watch. You can’t miss out on seeing the waterfront promenade in Jones Park when sight-seeing. Families and kids can spend their spring break touring the Mississippi Coast Model Railroad Museum. When evening rolls around, check out the themed parties at Sipps Bar.

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5. Corinth

A bridge over a very deep water filled canal.
Source: Flickr/Andy Montgomery

Soak up the sun and the culture of Corinth when immersing yourselves in the artistic community. Start your explorations at the Corinth Artist Guild Gallery before heading over to the Crossroads Museum to learn about the Civil War and historic railroads. Kids of all ages enjoy touring the Corinth Coca-Cola Bottling Works factory to see how old-style soda fountains and bottling techniques. When you need some evening entertainment, take in a show by the Corinth Symphony Orchestra or grab some wings and a cold brew at Safari Sports Bar and Club.

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6. Canton

Golf course overlooking the ocean
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Canton is a great place to spend spring break, especially when you have a vacation rental in close proximity to the city’s Multicultural Center and Museum. Tour the sets where popular movies such as “A Time to Kill” were filmed before heading to the Country Club of Canton to perfect your game of golf. The historic square features specialty shops to meet your retail therapy needs while Club 43 is the local hotspot when you want to cut loose for the evening.

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7. Hattiesburg

Snowy tree covered land

Plan your spring break in Hattiesburg and spend your time hiking Paul B. Johnson State Park or exploring the wildlife at the Hattiesburg Zoo. This Mississippi city offers diverse attractions that range from fun in the sun at Pep’s Point Water Park to historic tours of the African American Military History Museum. Make your trip an educational one when browsing the artifacts at the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum before heading to Southern Prohibition Brewing for some rest and relaxation. Stop in at Keg and Barrel for some classic bar food before heading back to your vacation rental for the evening.

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8. Natchez

Plantation garden with trees and flowers.
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Immerse yourself in a historic city for spring break and trek your way through the trails of the Natchez National Historical Park. The warm temperatures in spring give you a chance to admire the blooming flowers in the park’s gardens before touring the Melrose Estate and Longwood mansion to see how the settlers lived lavishly. The Grand Village of the Natchez Indians is the perfect spot to learn more about the native people of Natchez and the adjacent ceremonial mounds are a must-see. Celebrate your break with some nightlife at Under-the-Hill Saloon or Smoot’s Grocery Blues Lounge in the evenings.

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