Biloxi Beach lies on the southern Mississippi border. Mullet Lake falls to the north and the Gulf of Mexico to the south of Biloxi, leaving the city nearly entirely surrounded by water and beaches. Numerous vacation rentals in Biloxi Beach are within driving distance of the coastline, where you can spend hours lounging in the sun. You can also take your kids to museums, play centers, and parks, as well as partake in hiking, biking, and kayaking adventures. Check out these top Biloxi Beach activities perfect for kids.

1. Visit the Biloxi Lighthouse

Burn off some of your kids’ energy and get a great view of the surrounding area at the Biloxi Lighthouse. The 64-foot-tall lighthouse has stood since 1848 and was operated by civilian lightkeepers for nearly 100 years. It survived many storms, including Hurricane Katrina (though it needed some restoration). Tour the building with your kids, and tell them a little of the lighthouse’s story, including all the female lightkeepers that kept the light burning.

2. Go Swimming

Take advantage of your proximity to the warm Gulf of Mexico waters by going swimming. The kids can play in the water while you relax on the sand. The Biloxi Natatorium offers some swimming sans the sand. The Olympic-size pool is big enough for plenty of guests with a diving section for adults and a children’s end.

3. Experience a Shrimping Trip

Give your kids a new experience, and opt for a shrimping trip. Not only do your kids get to see how it’s done, but they also get to participate. There are 70-minute shrimping trips or three-hour tours. With the three-hour tour, your kids can also do a little fishing and catch a glimpse of stingrays, pufferfish, and squids.

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4. Explore Science

Science can be fun, and nothing proves this more than the INFINITY Science Center. The 35,000-square foot center includes a Hurricane Prediction Lab, Carnivorous Plants Conservatory, Habitat Corridors, and Big Blue Blocks exhibit. Kids can explore the wonder of nature at the Biome Boardwalk, where they can walk through a handful of habitats and view the flora and fauna found in each one. Don’t forget to stop at the OMEGA Flight Simulator, where the kids can pretend to fly a space rocket.

5. Get Some Culture

The Biloxi Mardi Gras Museum is a cultural experience sure to fascinate children. They can learn about the history of the popular Mardi Gras celebration that occurs along the Gulf Coast through costumes and exhibits. Then, head over to the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art for a look at some of the Gulf Coast’s best art, featuring the work of George E. Ohr. Sign the kids up for a pottery class, or try your own hand at oil painting.

6. Enjoy an Afternoon at the Big Play Family Fun Center

The Big Play Family Fun Center is all about the fun. You can bowl, ride in go karts and bumper cars, play a game of miniature golf, or explore the laser maze. You can relax while the kids spend time at the arcade. There’s a restaurant on site, so you can chow down between activities. Brandon’s Grill offers all-American fare, from burgers and chicken wings to pizza and sandwiches.

7. Explore Lynn Meadows Discovery Center

The Lynn Meadows Discovery Center encourages learning and plays in children. There are both outdoor and indoor exhibits. The outdoor exhibits include Bear Creek with a real log cabin, Kids Street with tiny houses and streets, and Tree House Village. The Tree House Village is built around 100-year-old trees and is the perfect place to instill a love of nature in children. The hands-on exhibits continue indoors with Super Colossal Climbing, a sea-like structure with protective netting that allows kids to explore. Get your kids interested in painting and crafting at the Art Knows Anything Goes studio, or drive the miniature train at the Dolan Avenue Depot.

8. Play on the Beach

Don’t waste your access to all those miles of beach. Relax under the sun while the kids splash in the waves. Build a couple of sandcastles with the kids, and go hunting for shells and sea glass.

9. Go Fishing

While you’re at the beach, you might as well make your way to the Biloxi Pier for some fishing, or you can just hang out and take in the local color. If you really want to get your fishing on, charter a boat with a variety of services, from Fish-Finder Charters to Amberjack Charters. The kids can experience deep sea fishing and maybe even catch a trout or red snapper. Once in a while, fishermen even reel in a shark.

10. Go to Gulf Islands National Seashore

Revel in nature at the Gulf Islands National Seashore. You can go snorkeling or kayaking around the wetlands or opt for a scenic tour via hiking or biking. The ranger-led programs teach your kids all about the local flora and fauna and history of the area. Boat out to Horn Island, Sand Island, and East Ship Island for a break from civilization with just sandy beaches and some scrub land.

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