Biloxi Mississippi is one of our favorite Coastal Mississippi beach towns and was formerly called the “Seafood Capital of the World.”
In addition to savoring sensational seafood, things to do in Biloxi Mississippi include countless beach and coastal activities, visiting the famous Biloxi casinos, seeing spectacular sunsets, and so much more.
How to get to Biloxi? Gulfport-Biloxi Airport is the closest airport to Biloxi but New Orleans is only a 90-minute drive from Biloxi and Mobile is about an hour away. Interstate 110 connector goes south from I-10 right into downtown Biloxi.
Driving to Biloxi along the Gulf of Mexico is one of our favorite US coastal scenic drives.
30 Fun Things to Do in Biloxi Mississippi
1. Visit beautiful Biloxi beach, one of the most gorgeous stretches of US Gulf Coast beaches. The sections between Biloxi Lighthouse to across from White Pillars restaurant and across from the convention center to Gulfport are favorite areas.
2. Climb Biloxi Lighthouse—which is unique for being located in the middle of a highway. As a cast iron structure, Biloxi Lighthouse gets very hot as the day progresses so climbs are only between 9 and 9:30 in the morning. Register for the lighthouse climb at Biloxi Visitors Center.
3. Biloxi Shrimping Trip has made #BigShrimpin an everyday Coastal Mississippi term of endearment. Learn about the shrimping process and have a lot of fun on their popular sailings from Biloxi Small Craft Harbor. Biloxi Shrimping Trip is one of our 11 Unique and Cool Activities on the US Gulf Coast.
4. Learn about the Biloxi Wade-In Civil Rights protests at the exhibit on the beach near the Biloxi Lighthouse and just east of Biloxi Lighthouse Pier. Update: the Biloxi Wade-In exhibit has been removed and is now represented by a single historic marker, called Civil Rights Wade-Ins. A newer, more permanent exhibit honoring Astronaut Freed Haise is now in the area. We love the Biloxi Moonwalk sidewalk mural.
5. Take fun Coastal Mississippi selfies in the giant shark mouth at Sharkheads and the oversized gator mouth at Souvenir City.
6. Stroll the West Biloxi Beach Boardwalk. The half-mile raised walkway, behind Sharkheads, is a splendid site to see spectacular Gulf coast sunsets.
7. Be awed by the Frank Gehry-designed funky silver buildings of Ohr-O’Keefe Museum. Inside the museum, explore the collections of George Ohr pottery and other Coastal Mississippi art exhibits.
8. See the colorful mural (pictured as the first image above) on the side of the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museumthen visit the museum and learn about the prominent local seafood history. Highlights include the shrimp peeling machine, wooden boat models and full size Nydia schooner, and Hurricane history gallery.
9. Order some smothered, capped, peppered, and scattered hash browns at the world’s most expensive Waffle House. After Hurricane Katrina, the Biloxi Waffle House at 618 Beach Blvd was rebuilt at a hefty price tag to conform to revised safety protocol standards. .
10. Visit the poignant Hurricane Camille Memorial—next to the above Waffle House—and then stroll five minutes to the Hurricane Katrina Memorial on Biloxi Town Green. While here, stroll Biloxi Downtown and visit some of the locally owned small businesses, stores, and art galleries.
11. Learn about the vibrant history of Mardi Gras in Coastal Mississippi at Coastal Mississippi Mardi Gras Museum. Did you know that across the bridge in Ocean Springs was the first Mardi Gras in the New World (in 1699)?
12. Stroll the grounds of Old Biloxi Cemetery and observe the fascinating burial art dating back to the 1800’s. George Ohr, the “Mad Potter of Biloxi,” is among the notable Biloxi residents buried here. There is also a Biloxi National Cemetery nearby for US military veterans.
13. Ground Zero Blues Club Biloxi is a great place to visit for music lovers. The satellite location of the original and quintessential location in Clarksdale offers blues act and other live music, Gulf Coast style. US Gulf Coast Travel tip: drop by Ground Zero Biloxi for lunch or dinner also, whether or not there is a current show. They serve wonderful food.
14. Get your vertical steps in by walking the Biloxi Bay Bridge from Point Cadet (Golden Nugget parking lot). Sunrise views are amazing from the highest spot or walk 1.6 miles (one way) to the Ocean Springs side and enjoy the incredible mosaic mural.
15. Watch a Biloxi Shuckers baseball game at beautiful MGM Park, across the street from Beau Rivage.
16. Walk around and enjoy the Biloxi Publix art. Every day another crosswalk is painted or another mural appears. It is so wonderful to see. Find the Biloxi Tricentennial Mosaic project (1999), the MLK Jr mural, The Gulf Coast Small Rise Again piece (see below), and more. Any favorites?
17. Relax on a sunset dinner cruise on Betsy Ann Riverboat, the only operating paddlewheel boat in Mississippi.
18. Embark on a sightseeing, sunset, after hours, or private tiki cruise with Twisted Tiki Cruises.
19. Kayaking is a great way to explore the waters around Biloxi. One fun liquid road trip is from Biloxi to Deer Island and back. See our Guide to Kayaking in Mississippi on the Gulf Coast.
US Gulf Coast Travel tip: Buy the Coastal Mississippi Attractions Pass to save money when visiting several Biloxi museums and attractions The pass is available online here.
Our Favorites: Best Biloxi Restaurants
20. White Pillars is our favorite Biloxi restaurant. Chef Austin Sumrall was a 2020 James Beard nominee for Best Chef in US South. Savor his phenomenal shrimp & grits, duck fries, pork belly, seafood tower, and more. If they have local French Hermit oysters, get them! Stop in the White Pillars bar and note the classic walnut decor which was salvaged from a Chicago hotel.
US Gulf Coast Travel tip: For a special Coastal Mississippi souvenir, buy a wooden roux spoon or cutting board (made with local wood) or tongula (tong/spatula hybrid) from White Pillar Sous chef Mike Macy.
White Pillars is also a stop on the US Gulf Coast Seafood Trail. And chef Sumrall is included in Best Gulf Coast Restaurants and Chefs. Chef Sumrall beat Food Network star chef Alex Guarnaschelli and two other chefs in the Alex vs Southern Comfort battle.
21. Visit Makin’ Groceries for superb vegan food. We love their breakfast tacos. And their local art on the walls. And their fun t-shirts.
22. A perfect breakfast spot is Le Cafe Beignet, with smaller dining rooms and alcoves set in a classic library building. Their outstanding shrimp and grits AND BEIGNETS will provide sustenance to power you through the day. Or until lunch!
23. Try a Coastal Mississippi/Asian fusion po’ boy on Vietnamese-style French bread at Le Bakery Cafe. I can tell you the coconut curry chicken version is magnificent and I cannot wait to try more.
24. For waterfront dining and a lively atmosphere, visit Lucy’s Retired Surfer Bar or The Blind Tiger or Shaggy’s.
25. Bask in the glory of the “2,000 year old” oak tree outside Mary Mahoney’s. Try their extremely popular gumbo.
26. Visit Fly Llama Brewing for tasty craft beer with amazing names, like Yo Llama So Phat, Free Britney, and Dunkel Chasing Waterfalls.
See other Biloxi restaurants in our guide to favorite Mississippi Gulf Coast Restaurants
Some of the Best Places to Stay in Biloxi Mississippi
27. Hotel Legends is our favorite Biloxi hotel. The all-suite hotel is luxurious decorated with comfy and plush furnishings and we absolutely love the rat pack era photos everywhere. Do not miss the incredible pool area.
28. Beau Rivage is one of our favorite Gulf Coast hotels and the public areas are especially gorgeous at Christmas time. Ask for a room on the highest possible floor at enjoy epic sunrises or sunsets (depending on which side you are on). See our Beau Rivage review.
29. Margaritaville Biloxi Resort was the first Margaritaville Resort property opened by hometown hero Jimmy Buffett (he was born in nearby Pascagoula). Enjoy the 5th floor pool area overlooking Biloxi Beach and the Gulf of Mexico. Have fun in the Game Center, featuring a five-story climbing wall and the world’s largest PAC-MAN. See our Margaritaville Resort Biloxi review.
30. Try your luck at other Biloxi casinos, including Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Harrah’s Gulf Coast, Golden Nugget, Palace Casino Resort, IP Casino Resort, and Treasure Bay Casino. I particularly love the giant guitar in front of Hard Rock.
Check current rates and availably at our favorite best Biloxi hotels:
- Hotel Legends Biloxi
- Margaritaville Resort Biloxi
- Beau Rivage Biloxi
- DoubleTree Biloxi
- Hard Rock Hotel Biloxi
- White House Hotel Biloxi
- South Beach Biloxi Hotel
- Hyatt Place Biloxi (reliable chain hotel)
See also our other articles about things to do in Coastal Mississippi:
- Coastal Mississippi Hidden Gems
- Things To Do On The Mississippi Gulf Coast
- Things to Do in Pass Christian
- Margaritaville Resort Biloxi
- Favorite Mississippi Gulf Coast Restaurants
- Mississippi Gulf Coast Hotels
Biloxi is also a popular Gulf Coast Spring Break destination.