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Daytripping Gulf Coast Style

Daytripping Gulf Coast Style

When life becomes hectic with school, work and daily obligations that task every family member including the kids … or when you need to keep the kids busy during summer break … you need a cool “day tripper” to not only calm the nerves, but to bring the family back together for an incredible day of memory-making moments.

 The Mississippi Gulf Coast offers many escapes and adventures that can be easily squeezed into a day trip from the Pine Belt. Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast Executive Director Renee Areng offered these family-friendly traveling tips:
 
Gulfcoast.org is the best resource you can use to plan your trip to the Mississippi Gulf Coast! Build a custom itinerary, find free things to do with the family, and choose from a variety of events.   —  The most budget-friendly option for the explorers in your family is the Mississippi Gulf Coast Attraction Pass, including one cost of entry to eight must-see attractions. It’s all for the wallet-friendly price of $32. It never expires, so you can see it all at once or save some fun for next time! Purchase here:  http://www.gulfcoast.org/things-to-do/attraction-pass/.
 
— If your family appreciates the great outdoors, there are plenty of options to choose from. Areng recommends stopping by Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge and Visitors Center, Gulf Islands National Seashore Visitor Center and the Pascagoula River Audubon Center to learn more about the region’s natural offerings.   — Make memories along the way by stopping at the five most “Instagramable” places on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, including: the Biloxi Lighthouse; a spot along the region’s 26 miles of beaches; the  Mississippi Gulf Coast Welcome Sign in Gulfport; the Walter Anderson Museum of Art; and The Blind Tiger in Bay St. Louis.   — If you need more ideas, check out the Coastal Conversations blog about 10 Places on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for the Whole Family: Margaritaville Resort Biloxi featuring the family entertainment  center Escape; Zip’ N Fun obstacle course; Gulf Coast Gator Ranch & Tours; Lava Links Golf Club; the Biloxi Shrimping Trip; and so much more! Find it at: http://www.gulfcoast.org/blog/post/10places-on-the-mississippi-gulf-coast-for-the-whole-family/
 
A FEW MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST FAMILY FUN ATTRACTIONS:
 
INFINITY, a state-of-the-art science center and visitor attraction, captivates curious minds of all ages and offers hands-on experiences to bring science to life and inspire a lifetime of discovery. Explore the ocean’s depths and the farthest reaches of outer space through sights, sounds, textures, and smells of past discoveries while envisioning and imagining future missions into uncharted space. http://www.visitinfinity.com/
(228) 533-9025 guestservices@visitinfinity.com INFINITY Science Center, 1 Discovery Circle, Pearlington
 
The Pascagoula River Audubon Center is the gateway to the longest free-flowing river in the lower 48 states. Here, you learn about birds,wildlife and conservation. The Center includes seven aquaria highlighting the river’s aquatic elements ranging from fresh to brackish. http://www.gulfcoast.org/listings/pascagoula-river-audubon-center/3385/ 5107 Arthur Street, MossPoint   Telephone: (228)475-0825
 
The Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum aims to preserve and interpret the maritime history and heritage of Biloxi and the Mississippi Gulf Coast through exhibits on shrimping, oystering, recreational fishing, wetlands, managing marine resources, charter boats, marine blacksmithing, wooden boat building, net-making, catboats/Biloxi skiff, a shrimp peeling machine, and numerous historic photographs and objects.  http://maritimemuseum.org/ 115 1st Street, Biloxi
 
At Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, children and adults of every age imagine, create and simply have fun. It offers indoor exhibit space, six acres of outdoor play space, a theater, a Viking kitchen and other facilities for community use.  http://www.lmdc.org/ 246 Dolan Avenue, Gulfport (228)897-6039 
 

Published Author and freelance writer Richelle Putnam serves as a Mississippi Arts Commission Roster/Teaching Artist and a Mississippi Humanities Speaker.

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