Mississippi Gulf Coast with kids: three family friendly outdoor activities

The Mississippi Gulf Coast is often overlooked by families heading South to warm waters and a warm climate, but like its neighbors Alabama and Florida, the coastline of Mississippi plays host to temperate weather, sandy beaches, and family-friendly hospitality. While a trip to the beach is definitely an option during a trip to the Mississippi Gulf Coast with kids, there’s more to do outdoors than work on your tan. Our top activities to pursue on family vacations in the region:

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1. Go fishing:

Mississippi offers year-round fishing adventures for families, ranging from full or half days on chartered boats or family afternoons along the pier. And fishing trips in Mississippi aren’t just about catching fish: twelve miles off the coast lay the barrier islands, a natural area protected from commercial development. Families can enjoy untouched beaches and fish from the shore. Find top picks for  Gulf Coast fishing expeditions.

2. Ride a bike:

One of the best ways to explore the coast of Mississippi is by bicycle. Try the 15.5 mile (round-trip) ride along the Live Oak  Bicycle Route, taking families along the seashore and across the new Biloxi Bay Bridge. Stop here for a photo op; the bridge offers one of the best views of the Gulf of Mexico. After working up a sweat, hit a local beach to cool off. We recommend taking your pick of beaches along  Highway 90’s twenty-six miles of white sand beaches.

3. Take a swamp tour:

An iconic adventure of the South, a swamp tour in Mississippi combines a lesson in ecosystems and terrain with a fun ride for the kids. Families will see wildlife (yes, that means alligators!) and explore over 100 acres of pristine swamp land near the Grand Bay Estuary in Moss Point or along the Pascagoula River. Explore via boat or closer to the water by kayak. Find top picks for Mississippi river tours. 

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Pit Stops for Kids AUTHOR: Amy Whitley is the founding editor of Pit Stops for Kids and content editor of Trekaroo. She writes on staff monthly at a number of travel publications, and contributes to OutdoorsNW magazine as an outdoor adventure traveler. Find Amy at Google.

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