The epitome of picture perfect, Ocean Springs truly is the “gem of the Gulf Coast.” Between a historic district that’s filled with quaint shops and great restaurants to thriving art and music scenes, this seaside town has won over the hearts of locals and tourists alike.
Located on the eastern shore of Biloxi, Ocean Springs was established by the French in 1699. Although it was the establishment of this French settlement that earned Ocean Springs the title “The City of Discovery,” it was actually inhabited by Native Americans long before.
Far from a typical beach town, Ocean Springs is a city deeply influenced by its rich history - a fact that’s celebrated by the many art, music, and food festivals held year-round.
From holiday-themed events to local favorites like the annual Peter Anderson Arts and Crafts Festival, there is never a dull moment in Ocean Springs. For more information on upcoming festivals, click
The art scene in Ocean Springs has been profoundly influenced by celebrated artist and Ocean Springs resident, Walter Anderson. Not only is the city home to the Walter Anderson Museum of Art but it’s also the site of Shearwater Pottery, a renowned studio owned by the Anderson family.
Ocean Springs' notable art scene also includes several incredible galleries. One such gallery, the Hillyer House, features dozens of local artists. Another popular gallery, The Pink Rooster, showcases the works of local talents as well as those of national and international artists.
The city’s music scene is just as lively. Nightly musical performances are the norm at many of the amazing restaurants that line Government Street. Spend an evening losing yourself in some great music at Mosaic Tapas Restaurant and Bar, Government Grocery, or Leo’s Wood Fired Pizza.
A visit to Ocean Springs wouldn’t be complete without checking out Washington Avenue, which recently received the “Great American Main Street Award.” The picturesque street is lined with galleries, boutiques, quaint shops, like Miner’s Doll and Toy Store, and one-of-a-kind eateries, such as the historic Lovelace Drug Store and Soda Fountain.
By far one of its greatest assets, Ocean Springs’ natural beauty can’t be beat. Aside from offering easy access to the Gulf of Mexico, Ocean Springs is practically surrounded by the country’s largest national seashore. The Davis Bayou Area of the national seashore, which is accessible by car, is ideal for wildlife viewing and photography.
Looking for a little relaxation? A seasonal ferry can be taken from nearby Gulfport to Ship Island. The pristine island is known for its white sandy beaches, crystal clear water, and possible dolphin sightings. How about some adventure? Several local companies, such as
Ecotours of South Mississippi
South Coast Paddling Company
, offer canoeing/kayaking tours of the nearby Pascagoula River and surrounding bayous.
From adorable beachfront cottages to classic bed and breakfasts, an overnight stay in Ocean Springs is like a dream come true. For more information on overnight accommodations, click
Watch the video below for a quick tour of Ocean Springs.
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