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Once called the “Playground of the South,” Biloxi earned much of its notoriety by way of its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico. Beach-goers from far and wide come for surf and sun on the Mississippi beaches. Casinos are a popular option for fun here, even for travelers that aren’t into gambling, because the floor shows are almost as exciting as the big, glitzy Vegas shows, only for a fraction of the cost.
Many will know this attraction as the big house in Mississippi that hurricanes just can’t kill. Built in 1848-1852, this house is best known as the post Civil War home of Confederate leader Jefferson Davis. After a crushing defeat and severe financial issues, Davis and his family were left the house by historian Sarah Anne Ellis Dorsey after her death. Davis in turn wrote his memoirs and lived in the house until his own death in 1889. Today, this house is a historical attraction. It’s been a confederate soldier retirement home, presidential library, and some claim, a battlefield. Tickets are $12 for adults and tours begin at the bottom of every hour. Check out their website for more details: http://www.visitbeauvoir.org/.
This is a very popular day trip for families. A ferry will pick you up for Biloxi for $29 for adults, $19 for children, and take you an hour off the coast to Fort Massachusetts. The beaches here are white sand and there is a beautiful boardwalk to enjoy with shops and eateries for your island needs. It’s a good idea to pack a wheeled color as there is a lot of walking here and water is expensive on the island. Guided tours of the fort are free.
This museum is really more of an art campus for abstract art. George E. Ohr who was known as the “Mad Pitter of Biloxi” is honored here with many of his pieces on display. The museum is actually located on the same lot as the Pleasant Reed Interpretive Center, so when travelers are done with the museum, they can learn about the Civil War experience in Mississippi through the Reed Family perspective. Tickets are $10 for adults, children under five years are admitted for free. Check out their website for more details: https://www.georgeohr.org/.
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