As one of the oldest communities in Mississippi, the Biloxi Beach area is rich in history with museums and art centers showcasing invaluable treasures. Tour the Hurricane Katrina Memorial site, or climb aboard a boat for a fun lesson on how to catch shrimp. Whether you plan to have fun in the sun or pass the time shopping downtown, staying at a Biloxi Beach vacation rental puts you in the heart of the most exciting activities and attractions in the Gulf. When planning your trip to Biloxi Beach, consider these 10 things to do.

1. Tour the Mardi Gras Museum

Experience the grandness of New Orleans near your Biloxi Beach vacation rental when touring the Mardi Gras Museum, a popular tribute to Fat Tuesday on the Gulf Coast. This museum, located inside the Magnolia Hotel, displays regional architecture, costumes from Mardi Gras celebrations, and artifacts from new Orleans. Stop in the gift shop to pick up a souvenir for friends at home.

2. Catch a Game at MGM Park

Baseball fans love the thrill of watching a game at MGM Park, home to Biloxi Shuckers. Grab a hot dog and nachos before the game and watch as this minor league team rounds the bases. MGM Park also provides a kid-friendly playground for the little ones and beer concessions for adults. Time your vacation right to visit this attraction during the holidays and take part in the holiday-themed games and contests sponsored by the team. If you’re lucky, the kids may even get invited onto the field to run the bases before the big game.

3. See the Sights on Board the Biloxi Tour Train

Take a sightseeing tour of the Biloxi Beach historic district when climbing on board the Biloxi Tour Train. This open-air train transports tourists and locals as the guide offers tidbits about the historical roots and culture of Biloxi Beach. The tour also runs by Live Oaks and the Biloxi Lighthouse so you can see historic landmarks before heading back to your vacation rental for the evening.

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4. Sample Brews at the Biloxi Brewing Company

Learn how beer is made at this Mississippi craft beer brewery, located within minutes from your Biloxi Beach vacation rental. Sign up for a beer school workshop to sample the craft beers or tour the factory to see how blonde brews and IPAs are made. The brewery also includes a beer garden where you can dine for lunch or dinner while sipping on more than six samples of beer.

5. Take a Shrimping Trip

Learn how to catch your own dinner to take back to your vacation rental when signing up for a seaside excursion with Biloxi Shrimping Trips. Expert guides take you on a 70-minute boat adventure to see how shrimp are caught in the Gulf. You may even get to see underwater creatures such as pufferfish and crabs. This family-friendly tour is a popular attraction in Biloxi Beach and gives you and the kids an opportunity to see what the net catches each day.

6. Bet on an Evening at Harrah’s Gulf Coast

When you’re feeling lucky, head over to Harrah’s Gulf Coast for an evening of gaming and fun. This premier casino not only offers casino game, it is also a concert venue, hosting nationally-known comedians and musical acts. Spend the day golfing on the 18-hole golf course or dine at the casino before trying your luck at the tables in the evening.

7. Take a Sunset Cruise with Island Time Charters

Once you’ve had your fill of swimming and sunbathing on Biloxi Beach, head out to the water on a sunset cruise with Island Time Charters. This outfitter sponsors dolphin cruises at sunset complete with dinner. You can also sign up for a fishing excursion to catch your own meal to take back to your vacation rental. The anglers offer tips for finding speckled trout, red snappers, and flounder.

8. Explore the Art Scene at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art

Art enthusiasts are enthralled with the collection of art and historical exhibits on display at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art. This museum features permanent exhibits from George Ohr while also offering specialized art displays focused on Hurricane Katrina and the settlers of Biloxi. Take a guided tour with an expert onsite or sign up for a pottery or ceramics class to try your hand at making art. The Walter Anderson Museum of Art also offers an expansive collection of art representing the Biloxi Beach area.

9. Opt for a Play Date at Big Play Family Fun Park

Get into a game of putt-putt or challenge the kids to a game of air hockey when visiting this popular attraction in Biloxi Beach. Big Play Family Fun Park offers fun for all ages with go-karts, bumper boats and miniature golf. Stop in at the snack shop for popcorn or nachos before you head back to your vacation rental.

10. Parasail Over the Gulf

See the Gulf and the sandy beach of Biloxi Beach from afar when signing up for a parasailing adventure with Parasail Adventures. Get your gear at the marina shop and then climb on board this outfitter’s boat to launch into the sky. The expert guides take you into the Gulf to see the dolphins as you fly above. Let the guide know if you want a refreshing dip in the water before your parasailing session is over.

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