Family Fun to Fit All Budgets: Parks, Camping & Nature

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PARKS, CAMPING, AND OTHER NATURE ACTIVITIES

Gulf Islands National Seashore

  • Enjoy camping, fishing, hiking, beachcombing, bird watching, boating and more
  • Explore islands and one inland area along the MS Gulf Coast
    Gulf Islands National Seashore along the Mississippi Coast (Source: National Parks Assoc.)
    • Cat Island
    • East Ship Island
    • Horn Island
    • Petit Bois Island
    • West Petit Bois Island
    • West Ship Island
    • Davis Bayou Area
      • Price for camping is $22/night for a campsite with 1-8 campers; $20/night for a group site with 10-25 campers; and, $30/night for a group site with 26-40
        Flint Creek in Wiggins (Source: City of Wiggins)

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Savannah Pine Sandhill Crane Refuge, 7200 Crane Lane, Gautier

  • A habitat for “the rarest bird in North America” – the Mississippi Sandhill Crane
  • Take a ranger-guided tour, view interactive exhibits, see the thriving wet pine savanna habitat from the observation deck and hike a trail
  • Free to the public

Flint Creek, 1216 Parkway Dr., Wiggins

  • 1,900 acres with a 650-acre lake and 13 miles of shorelines filled with fish
  • 152 developed camping sites with 12 camp houses
    • Camp houses start at $70/night
  • Aluminum boats, kayaks, canoes, pull tubes, kneeboards, inflatable rings, trolling motors all available for rent
  • Driving range for golf enthusiasts
  • Horseback trail riding tours
  • Splash of Fun Water Park

 

Flint Creek in Wiggins (Source: City of Wiggins)

Shepard State Park, 1034 Graveline Dr., Gautier

  • 395 acres of trees, wildflowers, bike and nature trails, primitive and developed campsites, and 18-hole disc golf course
  • Day pass is $2/person
  • Developed campsites start at $18/night

Buccaneer State Park, 1150 South Beach Blvd., Waveland

  • Enjoy a waterpark, nature trail, playground, and disc golf at this Mississippi state park.
  • Features 206 developed and premium campsites, including 70 that overlook the Gulf of Mexico
  • Buccaneer Bay is a 4.5-acre waterpark that includes a wave pool, two waterslides, and a shallow play area for smaller kids
  • Prices start at $4/vehicle to enter the park; $18 per night for campsites. Prices for water park start at $19 for people 48” or taller and $13 for people under 48”

Eco Tours of South Mississippi, City Park Road, Gautier

Gulf Coast Gator Ranch and Airboat Tours in Moss Point (Source: Trip Adviser)
  • Take a tour of the Pascagoula River Swamp to learn more about the river and its wildlife, including alligators, migratory birds, and 300 species of plants
  • Choose from guided kayak tours or motorboat tours ranging from two hours each to overnight

Red Creek Campgrounds, 5106 A-Vestry Rd, Perkinston

Red Creek Campground in Perkinston (Source: Trip Advisor)
  • Swing from the treetops with challenges that test your ability to climb, leap, swing, zip line, and balance
  • Choose from four courses with multiple challenges each, which include day passes and overnight camping passes

Gulf Coast Gator Ranch, 10300 Hwy. 90, Moss Point

  • Stroll along protected walkways and hand feed gators up close and personal or take a swamp tour along 105 acres
  • Walking tours start at $8 per person