Summer Family Activities: Skimp On The Funds, Not The Fun

Summer can lend itself to two things: 1. The kids are out of school. And, 2. You’re looking for low-cost (or free) ways to have fun. Here are some affordable activities that’ll help you save funds and keep the fun going all season long.

Be Free

Free is a great place to start. In addition to 26 miles of beautiful beach, splash pads line the Mississippi Gulf Coast and are a great way for the kids to cool off. Just click on the area where you’d like to find one: Ocean Springs, Biloxi, Gulfport, Long Beach, Bay St. Louis, Woolmarket.


Have a Seat

Jones Park in Gulfport offers a free movie night on the 3rd Friday of every month. Local movie theater tickets become much more affordable with discounted ticket prices. Find many of them at The Grand Theater and Cinemark Theater.

And let’s not forget about visiting the “World’s Largest Rocking Chair”!


Get Creative

With the Gulf Coast Attractions Pass you can visit The Pascagoula River Audubon Center, the Infinity Space Center, Biloxi Lighthouse, Walter Anderson Museum of Art, Ohr-O’keefe Museum of Art, the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum, Lynn Meadows Discovery Center and Beauvoir – The Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library. At $35 per person, the pass offers extreme savings, one reason being that it never expires. The pass is available for purchase at any of the participating attractions.

With a 55,000 square foot family entertainment center, along with a 450 foot lazy river the new Margaritaville Resort is a dream come true for both kids and adults.


Go Active

Zip-lining, kite surfing, paint ball, laser tag, and trampoline parks are all exciting and affordable options for the more adventurous. With Mississippi home to so many beautiful waterways, canoe and kayak rentals are a great way to explore and adventure. Here are a few canoe & kayak operations along the coast that will help you get started: Wolf River Canoe, Biloxi Bay Kayak Rentals, Dawn’s Angel Kayaking Trips, Paddles Up, Everything Kayak and Wut SUP Paddle & Skate.

If the Pirate’s Plunge, Horn Island Blaster and Cat Island Express sound exciting, then try spending a few hours at either Buccaneer Bay Waterpark or Gulf Islands Waterpark. Speaking of Cat Island, the beautiful and pristine beaches of Mississippi’s barrier islands are a great way to escape city life. While Cat Island and Ship Island are accessible by passenger ferry, Deer Island is accessible by kayak or private boat and Horn Island and Petit Bois Island by private boat.

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