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There's so much happening in Coastal Mississippi, that it has adopted the well-deserved nickname 'The Secret Coast.' I can be the first to inform you, the area is truly a hidden gem! Coastal Mississippi offers so much for the entire family to enjoy. Let's take Ocean Adventures Marine Park in Gulfport for example!

Family Fun At Ocean Adventures Marine Park | Things To Do In Gulfport, Mississippi


From the moment we walked in, we were instantly captivated by all of the different things to see and do. From petting sting rays, to viewing a special show of sea lions and dolphins, to feeding parakeets and learning about the Amazon bird - our time spent at Ocean Adventures was definitely something to remember!

Family Fun At Ocean Adventures Marine Park | Things To Do In Gulfport, Mississippi

Family Fun At Ocean Adventures Marine Park | Things To Do In Gulfport, Mississippi

Family Fun At Ocean Adventures Marine Park | Things To Do In Gulfport, Mississippi


There's even a chance to have your kids participate in helping feed the dolphins. My son was so excited to be on stage and we proudly cheered him on from the crowd. The employees are super helpful and informative. Whenever we had questions, they had an answer. The atmosphere was so relaxed, to say that so many fun things were happening and so many animals to be aware of!





Here's an exact list on what to do:

  • Head to the Aviary for a fun-filled Mascaw and Parrot show. Afterwards check out the Tweeter Post and feed the resident parakeets. 
  • Enjoy a fun-filled, exciting show with the Sea Lions and Dolphins at the Dolphin & Sea Lion Arena. 
  • Get up close to view the sea lions and dolphins at the Underwater Viewing Area.
  • Visit the Ray Pool and pet stingrays. 
  • Let the little ones run off some steam at the Pirate Cove Playground.
  • Grab a quick bite to eat at the Turtle Cafe.
  • Stop by the Gift Shop for a souvenir to remember your visit. 
Family Fun At Ocean Adventures Marine Park | Things To Do In Gulfport, Mississippi


Family Fun At Ocean Adventures Marine Park | Things To Do In Gulfport, Mississippi

Family Fun At Ocean Adventures Marine Park | Things To Do In Gulfport, Mississippi

Family Fun At Ocean Adventures Marine Park | Things To Do In Gulfport, Mississippi

Family Fun At Ocean Adventures Marine Park | Things To Do In Gulfport, Mississippi


Visitors can also walk down, or ride the train to the Institute For Marine Mammal Studies to see the Auditorium, Discovery Room and Museum.

Family Fun At Ocean Adventures Marine Park | Things To Do In Gulfport, Mississippi

Family Fun At Ocean Adventures Marine Park | Things To Do In Gulfport, Mississippi

Family Fun At Ocean Adventures Marine Park | Things To Do In Gulfport, Mississippi

Family Fun At Ocean Adventures Marine Park | Things To Do In Gulfport, Mississippi

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM - Train Rides 
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM - Feed The Parakeets At The Tweeter Post 

$15.00 - Adults 
$14.00 - Active Military | Seniors 55 & Up
$13.00 - Children (3-12)

$180 - Family Of 4
$50 - Individual 

9:30 AM - Snake Talk - IMMS Auditorium
9:45 AM - Bird Show - Rainforest Aviary
10:15 AM - Dolphin Show - Arena
10:45 AM - Stingray Talk - Ray Pool
10:45 AM - Alligator Talk - Rainforest Aviary 
11:00 AM - Sea Lion Show - Arena
11:30 AM - Bird Show - Rainforest Aviary 
12:30 PM - Stingray Talk - Ray Pool 
12:30 PM - Dolphin Show - Arena
12:45 PM - Sea Lion Show - Arena
1:00 PM - Snake Talk - IMMS Auditorium 
1:30 PM - Bird Show - Rainforest Aviary 
2:00 PM - Alligator Talk - Rainforest Aviary
2:15 PM - Sea Lion Show - Arena
2:45 PM - Snake Talk - IMMS Auditorium
2:45 PM - Stingray Talk - Ray Pool 
3:00 PM - Dolphin Show - Arena 
3:30 PM - Bird Show - Rainforest Aviary 



Family Fun At Ocean Adventures Marine Park | Things To Do In Gulfport, Mississippi

Family Fun At Ocean Adventures Marine Park | Things To Do In Gulfport, Mississippi

Family Fun At Ocean Adventures Marine Park | Things To Do In Gulfport, Mississippi

Family Fun At Ocean Adventures Marine Park | Things To Do In Gulfport, Mississippi

Family Fun At Ocean Adventures Marine Park | Things To Do In Gulfport, Mississippi

Family Fun At Ocean Adventures Marine Park | Things To Do In Gulfport, Mississippi

Family Fun At Ocean Adventures Marine Park | Things To Do In Gulfport, Mississippi

Family Fun At Ocean Adventures Marine Park | Things To Do In Gulfport, Mississippi

Family Fun At Ocean Adventures Marine Park | Things To Do In Gulfport, Mississippi

Family Fun At Ocean Adventures Marine Park | Things To Do In Gulfport, Mississippi

Family Fun At Ocean Adventures Marine Park | Things To Do In Gulfport, Mississippi

Insiders suggest that the best times to visit are between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM! I highly suggest purchasing an annual pass if you plan to visit frequently. An entire year for you and your family to enjoy all the fun happenings at Ocean Adventures Marine Park is equivalent to two trips! Everything Ocean Adventures has to offer is just another great reason to put Coastal Mississippi at the top of your family bucket list for places to go and things to do.

Be sure to check out Ocean Adventures Marine Park's website - here - if you need any further details! 

xo,
Torche' 
The Walter Anderson Museum | Top Family Friendly Destinations In Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Coastal Mississippi is filled with several family-friendly gems. From places to eat and drink, attractions and museums - there's so much that the entire family will enjoy!

During our recent stay in Ocean Springs, Mississippi at The Roost, we had the pleasure of participating in a well-guided tour at the Walter Anderson Museum. This museum is not only significant to the art culture, but also significant to the community of Ocean Springs, for various reasons.

The Walter Anderson Museum | Top Family Friendly Destinations In Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Walter Anderson was born in New Orleans, LA. His love of art came from his mother, who was also an artist. He attended the Parson Institute of Design in New York from 1922 to 1923 and then went on to attend the Parsons Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia from 1923 to 1928. There, he won several awards for his work, one of which allowed him to travel to Europe.

Europe is where he became fascinated by cave paintings in the Pyrenees Mountains and later, incorporated what he saw into his work. After that, he went back to Ocean Springs, Mississippi to live. In 1929, Walter returned to Ocean Springs, married his wife, Agnes and had four children.

The Walter Anderson Museum | Top Family Friendly Destinations In Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Walter Anderson Museum Of Art | Top Family Friendly Destinations In Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Walter Anderson Museum Of Art | Top Family Friendly Destinations In Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Walter later went on to work with his brother at Shearwater Pottery. During the next several years, Walter would frequently visit Horn Island, where most of his work in this museum was created.

Walter Anderson Museum Of Art | Top Family Friendly Destinations In Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Walter Anderson Museum Of Art | Top Family Friendly Destinations In Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Walter Anderson Museum Of Art | Top Family Friendly Destinations In Ocean Springs, Mississippi


During this time, Walter wasn't recognized as the artist he is today. Instead, he took very little money, if any at all, to create his greatest masterpieces. The Walter Anderson Museum is an addition to what used to be Ocean Spring's community center, where he painted the walls for one dollar! For the art to be glorified like it is today, the community didn't see it that way in the beginning. In fact, many officials even joked about painting over his work with white paint!

Walter Anderson Museum Of Art | Top Family Friendly Destinations In Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Walter Anderson Museum Of Art | Top Family Friendly Destinations In Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Walter Anderson Museum Of Art | Top Family Friendly Destinations In Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Walter Anderson Museum Of Art | Top Family Friendly Destinations In Ocean Springs, Mississippi


What Walter created and accomplished throughout his lifetime was mind-blowing and finally got the recognition it deserved. His work is worth millions more than what it was when he was alive. After his death, Walter's wife and her sister, took a peek inside the little room his small cottage - where he spent his days creating - and found that he created an entire masterpiece out of the cottage. They also found tons of artwork in a tightly locked, wooden trunk, that they had to pry open just to get inside!

Walter Anderson Museum Of Art | Top Family Friendly Destinations In Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Walter Anderson Museum Of Art | Top Family Friendly Destinations In Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Walter Anderson Museum Of Art | Top Family Friendly Destinations In Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Walter Anderson Museum Of Art | Top Family Friendly Destinations In Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Walter Anderson Museum Of Art | Top Family Friendly Destinations In Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Walter Anderson Museum Of Art | Top Family Friendly Destinations In Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Without giving too much away, I feel the magnitude of Walter Anderson's legacy should be discussed prior to your visit, so you know just how invaluable Walter was to the Ocean Springs community and the entire culture of modern art! There's so much more information that will have you walking away with even more appreciation for art as a whole.

Walter Anderson Museum Of Art | Top Family Friendly Destinations In Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Walter Anderson Museum Of Art | Top Family Friendly Destinations In Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Walter Anderson Museum Of Art | Top Family Friendly Destinations In Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Walter Anderson Museum Of Art | Top Family Friendly Destinations In Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Each guide takes their time to explain the art, the history, which time period it all was created and what Walter was experiencing in his personal life at the time. It's astonishing to see it all add up! The Walter Anderson Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM - 5 PM. You can visit their website to plan your visit - here. This remarkable art museum is just another asset you get to experience while visiting Coastal Mississippi.

xo,
Torche'


Walter Anderson Museum Of Art | Top Family Friendly Destinations In Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Enjoy Indoor And Outdoor Dining At The Mosaic In Ocean Springs, Mississippi | The Best Places To Eat In Ocean Springs, Mississippi


When it comes to eclectic, fun, jazzy, eccentric, small town vibes - Ocean Springs, Mississippi serves ALL of these vibes on a silver platter! If you're looking for your next vacation, Coastal Mississippi is it.

Vacationing is all about relaxing and enjoying your time with the ones you love most and most of the overly popular attractions make you feel rushed, keep you waiting in line and before you know it - your entire vacation is over. Not here. Coastal Mississippi is filled with so many attractions and has a unique way of making you and your family feel as if you're the only ones who exist! Trust me, I know this first-hand.

Enjoy Indoor And Outdoor Dining At Mosaic In Ocean Springs, Mississippi | The Best Places To Eat In Ocean Springs, Mississippi


From our stay at The Roost, our family coffee date at The Greenhouse On Porter and our trip out into the Gulf of Mexico during The Biloxi Shrimping Trip - Coastal Mississippi most certainly knows how to accommodate you, your family and your friends!

Enjoy Indoor And Outdoor Dining At The Mosaic In Ocean Springs, Mississippi | The Best Places To Eat In Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Enjoy Indoor And Outdoor Dining At The Mosaic In Ocean Springs, Mississippi | The Best Places To Eat In Ocean Springs, Mississippi

While enjoying a couple of dreamy nights at the luxurious boutique hotel, The Roost, we were delighted to get a taste of the food at Mosaic. Mosaic is less than a mile from The Roost and on a day with exceptional weather, it's less than a fifteen minute walk. 

Enjoy Indoor And Outdoor Dining At The Mosaic In Ocean Springs, Mississippi | The Best Places To Eat In Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Enjoy Indoor And Outdoor Dining At The Mosaic In Ocean Springs, Mississippi | The Best Places To Eat In Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Enjoy Indoor And Outdoor Dining At The Mosaic In Ocean Springs, Mississippi | The Best Places To Eat In Ocean Springs, Mississippi

I'm a huge foodie! After working in upscale restaurants for a few years as a server and bartender, I know GOOD food and quality service. Mosaic provided both, plus a relaxing ambiance, beautiful decor and live music. 

Enjoy Indoor And Outdoor Dining At The Mosaic In Ocean Springs, Mississippi | The Best Places To Eat In Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Enjoy Indoor And Outdoor Dining At The Mosaic In Ocean Springs, Mississippi | The Best Places To Eat In Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Enjoy Indoor And Outdoor Dining At The Mosaic In Ocean Springs, Mississippi | The Best Places To Eat In Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Enjoy Indoor And Outdoor Dining At The Mosaic In Ocean Springs, Mississippi | The Best Places To Eat In Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Enjoy Indoor And Outdoor Dining At The Mosaic In Ocean Springs, Mississippi | The Best Places To Eat In Ocean Springs, Mississippi

For this to be apart of Ocean Spring's nightlife, we all felt extremely safe, relaxed and unbothered, even with our kids in tow. Along with a charming ambiance, the cuisine was also phenomenal. There are so many dishes to choose from and a huge variety to satisfy anyone's taste buds. 

We chose to sample the crab tartas - a fried pastry filled crab and cream cheese, served with a house remoulade sauce. 

Enjoy Indoor And Outdoor Dining At The Mosaic In Ocean Springs, Mississippi | The Best Places To Eat In Ocean Springs, Mississippi

We ordered some quesadillas for the kids and whenever we're in Coastal Mississippi - we HAVE to get a taste of gulf coast shrimp. So, it was only right to order the Shrimp Scampi - which includes sauteed, locally sourced, gulf coast shrimp cooked in a white wine butter sauce and served over angel hair pasta.

Enjoy Indoor And Outdoor Dining At The Mosaic In Ocean Springs, Mississippi | The Best Places To Eat In Ocean Springs, Mississippi


Enjoy Indoor And Outdoor Dining At The Mosaic In Ocean Springs, Mississippi | The Best Places To Eat In Ocean Springs, Mississippi


Tacos are always hit and these Mahi Mahi Tacos topped with pineapple salsa were a hit for all of us! To get a taste of more of The Gulf, we also had a taste of their Shrimp & Grits - a southern fried grit cake topped with a fresh tomato caper cream sauce and more locally sourced grilled shrimp.

Enjoy Indoor And Outdoor Dining At The Mosaic In Ocean Springs, Mississippi | The Best Places To Eat In Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Enjoy Indoor And Outdoor Dining At The Mosaic In Ocean Springs, Mississippi | The Best Places To Eat In Ocean Springs, Mississippi

You can also expect to enjoy a decadent dessert, if you have room for it! There are two options on their dessert menu - The Mosaic Cake or the Caramel Churros. We went with the churros, which were also served with neapolitan ice cream and topped with caramel sauce. Can you say, yum?

Enjoy Indoor And Outdoor Dining At The Mosaic In Ocean Springs, Mississippi | The Best Places To Eat In Ocean Springs, Mississippi


All in all, Ocean Springs, Mississippi treated us swell and I am already plotting our next stay! Mosaic was truly an unforgettable experience - from the decor, the live music, the prompt and friendly service and of course, the delicious food. Again, you have to consider Coastal Mississippi for your next getaway! 

xo,
Torche'

Enjoy Indoor And Outdoor Dining At Mosaic In Ocean Springs, Mississippi | The Best Places To Eat In Ocean Springs, Mississippi