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Summer is just a few weeks away, which means it will soon be time to bask in the sun and rejuvenate your spirit. Sunshine is aplenty across the Gulf Coast, and from Mississippi to Florida, you’ll find plenty of opportunities for summer fun, both on and off the water. From shimmering waterfront destinations in Hattiesburg to the white sands in Biloxi, your sun-kissed vacation awaits. When your toes aren’t in the water, there are plenty of options for indoor fun: historical tours, mouthwatering restaurants, art exhibits, museums, relaxing hotel rooms, and eclectic shops. Travel resources are also available to help get you where you want to go, whether that’s a simple drive down the highway or scouting for shells on the beach in Florida. Take a look at the following destinations, and plan your summer travels now.


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Big Bay Lake is a one-of-a-kind planned community on one of Mississippi’s largest private recreational lakes. Located just outside of Hattiesburg, and only 90 minutes from New Orleans, Big Bay Lake blends seamlessly into its natural surroundings. Waterfront homesites are available for building custom homes and retreats starting at $70,000 and several resale homes are usually available for immediate purchase. Both the homes and homesites within this community provide unique opportunities to create the perfect home or weekend getaway.

It’s time to relax, unplug, make memories and create new traditions at Big Bay Lake. Whether you are a boating or fishing enthusiast or just a family who loves to make a big splash, Big Bay Lake is simply about the lure of the water. Come enjoy sun-kissed, fun-filled days at Big Bay Lake, where the little things make life…“Big!” Call for a boat tour today at 877-4BIG-BAY or visit BigBayLake.com.


Take an island adventure this summer that won’t break the bank and is located only about 70 minutes from New Orleans. Mississippi’s finest beaches are located on Ship Island, approximately 11 miles offshore from the Gulf Coast cities of Gulfport and Biloxi. The undeveloped sand island is accessible only by boat. Ship Island Excursions offers daily passenger ferry service from Gulfport and Biloxi.

Watch for Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins during an enjoyable 60-minute cruise. Part of Gulf Islands National Seashore, Ship Island offers visitors the first high quality, natural beaches for swimming and shelling east of New Orleans. Travel to a special place where the main attractions are long, quiet beaches, beautiful green water, and clean Gulf air. The nine-mile long barrier island also features historic Fort Massachusetts (circa 1858).

Food service is available on the boats and the island. Chair and umbrella rentals are also available. During summer, the National Park Service offers a lifeguarded swim beach and fort tours. Ferry service operates March through October. Visit MSShipIsland.com for info.


Take a walk through time as you enjoy a glimpse into the lives of fascinating people who have called St. Joseph Plantation home. Learn about the Priestly family and grandson H. H. Richardson, who was born at St. Joseph and became one of America’s most important architects of the 19th century. Explore the story of Valcour Aime, known as “The Louis XIV of Louisiana,” and his two daughters, Felicite and Josephine, to whom he gave St. Joseph Plantation and neighboring Felicity Plantation. Discover the stories of the slaves that lived here and the work they did.

In 1877, the story of St. Joseph’s Plantation’s current family began when Joseph Waguespack purchased the plantation. Joseph’s descendants, the Waguespack and Simon families, have kept this sugarcane plantation thriving for over 135 years, operating the plantation with over 1,000 acres planted. Visit and learn about the sugarcane industry and its regional significance.

Additionally, see where scenes from All The King’s Men, Skeleton Key, 12 Years a Slave, Underground, Queen Sugar, the remake of Roots, and four-time Oscar nominee Mudbound were filmed.


Vicksburg Moments Await

When the time is right, Vicksburg will be ready to welcome visitors to experience American history, Mississippi music and Southern charm. Vicksburg’s historic attractions including the Vicksburg National Military Park give visitors the opportunity to make their own historic memories while learning about our nation’s past. Check out one of our tour homes, walking tours, or ghost tours for an unforgettable experience.

The downtown and entertainment district is a must-stop while in Vicksburg. Walk the brick-paved streets and check out the many restaurants, museums, galleries, shops, and trails.

Entertainment is covered with gaming action at one of our four casinos, the family arcade at Margaritaville, and live performances at venues throughout the city offering rock, country and the Mississippi Delta blues.

With views beyond your imagination, you cannot miss a Vicksburg sunset along the mighty Mississippi River. Relax — it all runs on river time in Vicksburg, the Key to the South.