Places to see and things to do

There are always plenty of things to do and places to see at a Gathering. This might be being involved in activities at the venue, or taking part in the international online hookup, or listening to music, or walking or exploring the local area. Some local highlights are listed below and other activities are listed on the Agenda page.

Alice Moseley Folk Art & Antique Museum

Historic Train Depot, 1928 Depot Way
Bay St Louis, MS 39520
Phone: (228) 467-9223
Website: http://alicemoseley.com
Email: alicemoseley@gmail.com

Description:
Alice Moseley Folk Art Museum located inside the historic train depot 2nd floor features over 50 folk art paintings, antique furniture, pottery and art glass. The inside of the museum is a replica of the interior of Miss Alice’s house! Admission Free. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10am to 6pm, Sunday 12-6pm.
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Angel Trees of Bay St Louis.

Description:
Drive through downtown Bay St. Louis and gaze upon “Heavenly Carved Wooden Angels”, once beautiful live oaks are now works of art. Chainsaw sculptor, Dayle K. Lewis from Indiana transformed the tree trunks into “Angel Creations.”

The “Angels in the Bay” are located throughout the city:

Two of the magnificent “Carved Angels” stand in the Cedar Rest Cemetery on Second Street
One Beach Blvd – In front of Our Lady of the Gulf Church
One near Century Hall. Two are located on the first block of Demontluzin Avenue
The “Demontluzin Avenue Angel” was used as a life raft by three Katrina survivors and their dog.
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Bay St Louis Historical Walking, Bike or Driving Tour

1928 Depot Way
Bay St Louis, MS 39520
Phone: (228) 463-9222
Contact: Myrna Green
Email: tourism@mswestcoast.org
Description:
Historic Bay St. Louis Walking, Bike or driving tour. A self-guided tour of a historic Bay St. Louis. Visit the area where “This Property Is Condemned” movie was filmed in the sixties, the Angel Tree, 100 Men Hall, St. Rose de Lima Catholic Church, & more.

The Bay St. Louis motto, “A Place Apart,” speaks of an appreciation of diversity and a unique heritage that resident’s treasure. For over three centuries, Bay St. Louis has been home to colorful characters, and fanciful buildings.

Brochures and maps of the Walking Tours can be picked up at the DEPOT Visitors Center.
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Beauvoir – The Jefferson Davis Home & Presidential Library

2244 Beach Boulevard
Biloxi, MS 39531
Phone: (228) 388-4400
Website: http://visitbeauvoir.org
Contact: Kitsaa Stevens
Description:
Beauvoir and the Jefferson Davis Presidential Library present a rich history of Jefferson Davis and his last home on a stunning 51 acre expanse on the Gulf Coast. The Beauvoir mansion is restored to 1889 when Davis lived in this house. Both the Library Pavilion and Hayes Cottages have been replicated as well as a cistern behind Beauvoir mansion.
The grounds also include Confederate Cemetery where the Tomb of the Unknown Confederate Soldier and the grave of Jefferson Davis’ father, Samuel, are located. Varina Davis’ Rose Garden has been restored.

Daily Summer Hours: 8am to 6pm, Winter Hours: 9am to 5pm – Admission Charged.
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Big Play Entertainment Center

1842 Beach Boulevard
Biloxi, MS 39531
Phone: (228) 388-7529
Website: http://bigplaybiloxi.com
Contact: Brandon Wooldridge
Email: info@bigplaybiloxi.com
Descriptio Center is a State-of-the-Art Premier Entertainment Complex Featuring:

12 Luxury Bowling Lanes with Digital Scoring Systems and Overhead LCD Monitors
Multiple High Definition Video Projection and Monitor Systems Above Lanes and Seating Areas
Huge Arcade with Reloadable Game Cards (can be used anywhere in the facility)
Expansion Prize Redemption Store
Full Service Restaurant
40 In Your Face HD TVs
Fully Stocked Bar with over 40 beers
Quick Serve Snack Bar
Big Play Entertainment Center is the perfect location for Family Fun, Date Nights, Birthday Celebrations, Team Building and Corporate and Group Events. We can accommodate groups as large as 700.
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Biloxi Brewing Company

186 Bohn Street
Biloxi, MS 39530
Phone: (228) 273-1636
Website: http://biloxibrewing.com
Contact: Mark Cowley
Email: info@biloxibrewing.com
Description:
Biloxi Brewing Company offers tours every Saturday from 12pm to 6pm, last tour starts at 4pm. Tours and tasting are $10 for those above 21 years old. No reservations required (unless you want to bring a BIG group).
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Biloxi Shrimping Trip

693 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi Small Craft Harbor
Biloxi, MS 39530
Phone: (228) 392-8645
Website: http://biloxishrimpingtrip.com
Contact: Brandy & Mike Moore
Email: fishchartr@yahoo.com
Description:
The pride & heritage of Biloxi comes alive aboard this unique & interesting cruise. The Biloxi Shrimping Trip exposes guests to the spectacular world of sea life caught on a real shrimping expedition. Upon leaving the harbor, the shrimping net is set out with full details on what makes the net spread and operate correctly. The net will catch any & all sea creatures in its path, along with shrimp. The varieties range from blue crabs, flounder, stingray, oysterfish, squid, pufferfish and other species of local marine life. The entire catch is identified and presented for your inspection by the Captain! This 70-minute “Living Marine Adventure” cruise navigated in the calm, protected waters between Deer Island and the Biloxi shoreline for your comfort.

Departure Times:
Fall Schedule
August 7th – October 31st
10:30am & 1:30pm

Schedule subject to change without notice. Tours are weather permitting, and are on a “first come, first serve” basis. Reservations not accepted. No credit cards accepted.
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Biloxi Shuckers

105 Caillavet Street
Biloxi, MS 39350
Phone: (228) 233-3465
Website: http://biloxishuckers.com
Contact: Jennifer Truong
Email: info@biloxishuckers.com
Description:
The Biloxi Shuckers, Double-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, are based in Biloxi, Mississippi. Playing in Southern League. Enjoy games at MGM Park.

Virtually explore MGM Park and surrounding areas!
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Biloxi Tour Train

Porter Avenue & Highway 90 @ Lighthouse
Biloxi, MS 39530
Phone: (228) 374-8687
Website: http://biloxitourtrain.com
Contact: August Taconi
Email: info@biloxitourtrain.com
Description:
For more than fifty years, the Biloxi Tour Train has treated thousands of visitors to an historical journey. The “SHRIMP TRAIN” as it is affectionately called, is a 90 minute narrated tour through Biloxi’s Historical District. Enjoy authentic Biloxi hospitality on a casual open-air tour that is perfect for everyone. Reservations suggested! Call for departure times.

Your journey begins at the Biloxi Lighthouse and travels the neighborhood streets lined with 18th and 19th century architecture. Yes, Katrina did destroy many historical points of interest. Some may never return. However, all is not lost. You can still experience the people, places and sites that make up the rich cultural heritage that is unique to Biloxi. Enjoy a casual open air tour that is perfect for everyone. Individuals, groups, seniors, children, newlyweds and kin folks alike enjoy this unique journey.
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Biloxi Visitors Center

1050 Beach Boulevard
Biloxi, MS 39530
Phone: (228) 374-3105
Website: http://biloxi.ms.us/visitor-info/museums/visitors-center
Contact: Bill Raymond
Email: visitor@biloxi.ms.us
Description:
Biloxi Visitors Center is a 23,000 square foot facility, which provides visitors with information on hotels, restaurants, attractions, and events. The visitor center is not only a place to obtain information on the area, but it is an attraction in itself!

The rooms in the center are spacious with 12-foot ceilings; flanked on both sides by sunlit parlor-style rooms, the reception desk sits waiting to welcome visitors. The west parlor contains two historic displays begin a 2,500 square foot multi-media exhibit, which continues in the Tommy Munro Gallery, about Biloxi’s history and heritage from French explorer days to present day. Visitors get the use of “Audio wands” to listen to the descriptions while viewing the pictures. Continuing the tour, guests can view the show “We are Biloxi,” a nine-minute day-in-the-life-of-Biloxi movie in the theatre available throughout the day, along with the showing of “Katrina & Biloxi,” a 50-minute documentary shown daily at 10am & 2pm.

Straight back from the foyer is the information corridor. This area has a wall of brochures for the visitors to browse as well as videos about living, working and playing in Biloxi. On the opposite wall is a larger screen showing a live view along U.S. 90 from the top of the Biloxi Lighthouse. Continue up to the second floor where the upper walls show depictions from old postcards of life in Biloxi. Beyond the corridor is a 2,500-square-foot museum that covers the history of Biloxi from the landing of D’Iberville to modern-day life, and using the “audio wands” enhances this visual tour.

While in the staircase area, look around at six of the eight stained glass windows saved after Hurricane Katrina from the original building on this site, the Dantzler House. The other two stained glass windows are part of the conference rooms on the second floor, which also houses the offices of the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce and the Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce.

Don’t forget to pick up a souvenir in the gift shop, where you will find one-of-a-kind items not found anywhere else. And take a moment to sign the guest book in the foyer and enjoy a complimentary cup of fresh coffee. The center also offers free WiFi.
Open Daily 8am-5pm.

A top-rated visitor attraction in Biloxi by online service tripadvisor.com

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Center for Marine Education & Research

10801 Dolphin Lane
Gulfport, MS 39503
Phone: (228) 896-9182
Website: http://imms.org/specialevent.php
Contact: Samia Ahmad
Email: contactus@imms.org
Description:
The Center for Marine Education & Research, aka The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies offers visitors of all ages the chance to engage in a fun, hands-on learning experience that helps them understand and appreciate the species that make the Gulf Coast waters unique. Experience underwater adventures on the big screen in a state of the art auditorium, encounter sea life such as horseshoe crabs, sea stars, fresh water turtles, and other marine life in the discovery room. The marine museum features aquatic exhibits and a fossil dig – you may even find a shark tooth to keep as a souvenir.

Public tours Tuesday – Sunday 9:30am and 1:30pm

A must-see is the Dolphin Presentation where visitors see Bo and Buster; two Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins that entertain you for 20-minutes. To make the experience even more special, call ahead to schedule the Dolphin Interaction Program – where you actually get right in the water, up close & personal with one of the world’s most intelligent animals. (Weather Permitting).

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Chandeleur Brewing Company

2711 14th Street
Gulfport, MS 39501
Phone: (228) 701-9985
Website: http://chandeleurbrew.com
Contact: Cain Roberds
Email: info@chandybrewing.com
Description:
Chandeleur Brewing Company brews ales using only malted barley, hops, and local ingredients. Open Thursday-Friday 4pm to 7pm, Saturday 1pm to 4pm. Admission charged.
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Gulfport Premium Outlets

10000 Factory Shops Boulevard
Gulfport, MS 39503
Phone: (228) 867-6100
Website: http://premiumoutlets.com/gulfport
Contact: Rhonda Roberts
Email: shopper@premiumoutlets.com
Description:
Visit the Gulf Coast’s premiere shopping destination, Gulfport Premium Outlets! Find an exciting collection of 70 designer and name-brand outlet stores all in one place. Featuring Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, BCBG Max Azria, Coach, Disney Store Outlet, Gap Outlet, J.Crew, Lacoste, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Under Armour and more all at savings of 25% to 65% every day.

Located at the intersection of Highway 49 & Interstate 10, the center is easily accessible. Before you shop, remember to print your VIP offer to receive a free ($5 value) VIP Coupon Book, which offers additional savings on top of the Outlets’ everyday prices. Groups are welcome – register online at www.premiumoutlets.com/tours

Hours: Monday – Saturday 10am – 9pm; Sunday 11am – 6pm.
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Historic Ocean Springs L&N Depot

1000 Washington Avenue
Ocean Springs, MS 39564
Phone: (228) 875-4424
Website: http://oceanspringschamber.com
Email: mail@oceanspringschamber.com
Description:
The Historic Ocean Springs L & N Depot in the heart of downtown is home to the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce – Main Street –Tourism Bureau. Stop by to see this historic building and get brochures and tourism information.

Virtually tour the Ocean Springs L&N Depot!
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Islander Outfitters Tours & Travel

929 Washington Avenue
Ocean Springs, MS 39564
Phone: (228) 334-5466
Website: http://islanderoutfitters.com
Contact: Paul Nettles
Email: islanderoutfitterstnt@gmail.com
Description:
Want to get out an enjoy a day of paddling, biking, hiking, bird watching, or learning about the local cultural history? Perhaps, planning your family’s next outdoor adventure or week-long vacation? Join one of Islander Outfitters Interpretive Naturalist/Guides for one of our “Daily Tours” around Ocean Springs which include:

1hr. Walking Tour
2 hr. Bicycling Tour
2 hr. Shuttle Bus Sight-Seeing Tour
3 hr. Paddling Tour
Learn about the Historic Downtown District, the surrounding area, and Local Waterways! Enjoy stories of the interesting history of Ocean Springs including Native Americans, Early Settlers, completion of the Railroad and the advent of the Seafood & Tourism Industries. Tours will include information on the local Art Community and provide opportunities to see beautiful, scenic vistas of the waterfront and harbor areas. Wildlife viewing is abundant with excellent birding opportunities and the possibility of seeing marine mammals including Bottled-nosed Dolphins.
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Mardi Gras Museum

119 Rue Magnolia
Biloxi, MS 39530
Phone: (228) 435-6308
Website: http://facebook.com/biloximardigrasmuseum
Contact: Bill Raymond
Description:
Located in the restored historic Magnolia Hotel, Biloxi’s Mardi Gras Museum traces the three hundred year history of the celebration of Mardi Gras on the Gulf Coast. On display are costumes, photographs and memorabilia of carnival celebrations along the coast.
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Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum

115 1st Street
Biloxi, MS 39530
Phone: (228) 435-6320
Website: http://maritimemuseum.org
Contact: Robin Krohn-David
Email: schooner@maritimemuseum.org
Description:
The Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum was established in 1986 to preserve and interpret the maritime history and heritage of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The recently completed museum accomplishes this mission through an array of exhibits, artifacts and an extraordinary collection of photographs which tell the story from the time of the first Indian settlement through generations of immigrants whose journey contributed to the melting-pot culture of the Gulf Coast.
Open Monday-Saturday from 9-4:30 and Sunday from Noon-4 p.m. Gift shop available.
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Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center of Arts & Education

1600 Government Street
Ocean Springs, MS 39564
Phone: (228) 818-2878
Website: http://themaryc.org