Family Fun To Fit All Budgets: Historic Tours

The Mississippi Gulf Coast offers many options to explore its rich history. Here are a few historic tours the entire family will enjoy.

Biloxi Lighthouse Tour, Hwy. 90 at Porter Avenue, Biloxi

  • Built in 1848 and renovated after Hurricane Katrina, you can tour one of the first cast-iron lighthouses in the South
  • Visit Biloxi’s signature landmark and post-Katrina symbol resolve and resilience
  • Guided tours are offered daily, weather-permitting
  • Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 2-12

Biloxi Visitor’s Center, 1050 Beach Blvd., Biloxi        GCW VIDEO HERE

  • Explore the city’s architectural heritage with state-of-the-art technology and multimedia exhibits
  • Open 7 days a week
  • Free admission
Round Island Lighthouse, Pascagoula (Source: U.S. Lighthouse Society)

Round Island Lighthouse Tour, 815 Cypress Ave., Pascagoula

  • Built in 1859, Round Island Lighthouse was relocated to the mainland and reconstructed in 2010 after years of hurricane damage
  • Learn about the lighthouse’s rich history, including tales of pirates, military battles, and the region’s seafaring legacy
  • Admission fee is a donation made to the Round Island Lighthouse Preservation Society.

Biloxi Historic Tours        GCW VIDEO HERE

  • Rolling for 57 years, the “Shrimp Train” takes riders on a tour of the city, from its early days through modern history
  • Departing from the Biloxi Lighthouse
  • Tour offerings change daily. Call to reserve a spot, call 228-374-8687
Betsy Ann Riverboat (Source:

Betsy Ann Riverboat, 119 Beach Blvd., Biloxi

  • 85-foot, 150-passenger true sternwheel paddleboat
  • 4 different trips, including historical and ecological tours, sunset cruises, dinner cruises, and private charters
  • Cruises start at $22 for adults, $20 for seniors 65+, and $17 children

Ship Island Excursions        GCW VIDEO HERE

  • Daily trips leaving from Gulfport Harbor and Margaritaville Resort
  • See dolphins, birds, and other coastal wildlife
  • Tour Fort Massachusetts        GCW VIDEO HERE
  • Two schooners offer daily sailing times
  • Price for fare is $32 for adults, $30 for seniors 65+, $22 for children ages 3-10, and free for kids under 2


Biloxi Shrimping Trip, 693 Beach Blvd., Biloxi        GCW VIDEO HERE

  • Ride aboard the Sailfish to learn everything about catching, cooking, and eating shrimp
  • 70-minute boat ride includes a demonstration on shrimping, complete with dropping a 16-foot trawl to drag the bottom of the Mississippi Sound
  • Cruise runs between Deer Island and the Biloxi shoreline
  • Rates run $16 for adults, $11 for kids ages 4-11, and free for kids under 3



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