*Disclosure: All accommodations were provided to me by Toyota USA and Coastal Mississippi for editorial consideration. As always, all opinions are 100% my own*
When my homegirl invited me to take a girls road trip to Biloxi, I got excited and then I thought to myself, “What is there to do in Mississippi?”
After doing a bit of research, I discovered that seafood and casinos are a big deal on the Gulf. However, after hanging out in Biloxi and a few other cities in the local area, I discovered that there are a lot of cool and very fun things to experience.
On the day of the trip, the girls and I climbed in the super stylish, very comfortable and extremely fuel efficient 2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid and hit the road. Several hours later we arrived in Biloxi.
Keep reading to check out 10 reasons to visit this super cool place…
Girls Road Trip
Coastal Mississippi is very diverse when looking for things to do and places to stay while visiting. You can easily find cute and quaint or contemporary and chic. The girls and I experienced both first hand during our stay.
Hotels Legends is simply unforgettable. Although surrounded by the stars of yesteryear (Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Sammy Davis Jr., etc. etc.) the luxury hotel is reasonably priced and incredibly chic. It took me back to a time when my mom and I used to watch old black and white movies late Saturday nights.
Additionally, the snazzy hotel is near tons of delicious restaurants and awesome entertainment. If you are looking to stay in for the evening, try the spectacular Sapphire Supper Club. It features the finest seafood & steaks, world-class wine, and live music. Trust me when I say, you have everything you need right inside the hotel, including a cool state of the art gym.
Girls Road Trip – Florida to Hotel Legends
- Address: 674 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi, MS 39530
- Phone: 228-400-4001
Hotel Pass Christian
Hotel Pass Christian, is an extremely affordable ten room Boutique Hotel overlooking the beautiful Pass Christian Harbor. It’s cute, very quaint, smells delicious and has a stunning view of the beach. It is located only steps from dining, recreation and sightseeing, making it a great place to live while hanging out in Mississippi!
- Address: 116 W. Scenic Drive, Pass Christian, MS 39571
- Phone: 228-222-2062
The Gulf of Mississippi is famous for its seafood, which is an essential part of both the culture and diet. Due to several food intolerances (dairy, soy, peanuts, almonds, Gluten and more) I was a bit concerned that I wouldn’t have the pleasure of experiencing it, but that was not the case.
Every restaurant we visited was extremely gracious and accommodating. So much so, I was able to eat just as well as my traveling companions.
Restaurants we dined at in Mississippi:
- Shaggy’s Biloxi Beach – This cool restaurant sits only steps from from Biloxi Beach, and totally has a fun and cool vibe. Serves seafood, burgers, pasta and fun instagrammable drinks.
- Address: 1763 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi, MS 39531
- Phone: (228) 432-5005
- Greenhouse on Porter-Biloxi – This hidden gem serves coffee, snacks and delicious food. Live entertainment provided on most weekends.
- Address: 152 G E Ohr Street, Biloxi, MS 39530
- Phone: (228) 238-5680
- Eat Drink Love Catering – A family owned business with a passion for very tasty food.
- Address: 604 Porter Avenue, Ocean Springs, MS 39564
- Phone: (228) 217-7160
- White Pillars Restaurant – An amazingly fantastic farm-to-table restaurant, using Mississippi-grown meats and seasonal local vegetables.
- Address: 1696 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi, MS 39530
- Phone: (228) 207-0885
- Thorny Oyster – Located below the Pearl Hotel, this snazzy restaurant serves Gulf-fresh seafood, craft cocktails, and other delicious dishes in downtown Bay St. Louis.
- Address: 104 North Beach Boulevard, Bay St Louis, MS 39520
- Phone: (228) 688-0401
3. Biloxi Beach
If you are looking to just relax and take in the scenery, then head on over to the beautiful Biloxi Beach. Once relaxed, if you feel like grabbing a bite to eat or a drink there are several delicious restaurants along the beach.
Note: Water activities are available to the public.
- Address: 2200 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, MS 39531
4. Hibachi Dinner Cruise
Looking for something really unique and relaxing to do while in Biloxi? If so, reserve your spot on the Hibachi Dinner Cruise. Yep! You heard it right…Hibachi is cooked and served on a riverboat in Mississippi. Things that make you go hmmm right?!?!? 🙂
When we first heard about the dinner cruise, we were a bit surprised as you can tell from my previous statement. However, after arriving and settling in, we forgot all about the irony of it and totally enjoyed the entire evening. The food, atmosphere, music, scenery, waitstaff and sunset were all exceptional.
- Menu items include egg drop soup, fried rice, vegetables, shrimp and chicken (on weekdays) or steak(on weekends).
- Hibachi prepared by Chef Hung Hurley
- Dining reservations are limited due to the time constraint of preparing meals for multiple passengers.
- Full bar with snacks available for purchase.
- Live music on Dinner Cruises.
- Duration: 2 hours
- Time: Evening
- Availability: March- November
- Address: 173 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, MS 39530
- (Between Margaritaville Resort and Golden Nugget Casino)
- Phone: 228-229-4270
5. Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Biloxi
This post is supposed to show you things to do in Biloxi besides gambling, but since the city is infamous for its casinos, I felt I would be remiss if I didn’t include at least one, so the Hard Rock it is!
So if you are interested in getting your gamble on, this would definitely be the spot. The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Biloxi is near Biloxi Lighthouse, only steps away from the Beach, and walking distance to Mardi Gras Museum, so you really can’t go wrong.
- Address: 777 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, MS 39530
- Phone: 877-877-6256
6. Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art
When traveling I always love going on tours and/or to art museums. During our trip we stopped by a few really cool art museums, but my favorite was the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art. George Ohr’s work is innovative, creative and definitely a whole vibe.
This museum dazzles with its abstract art
- Address: 386 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi, MS 39530
- Phone: 228.374.5547
7. Biloxi Shrimping Trip
To be completely transparent, when I heard we were going on a shrimping boat trip I had no idea what to expect. However, once we arrived I found out very quickly why they have been running seaside excursions since 1954.
The company took us on a seventy minute interactive excursion where we learned a lot about shrimp and how they are caught. It was really very cool and I would definitely go back when in the area.
Note: Pet and child-friendly
- Address: 693 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, MS 39530
- Phone: 228-392-8645
8. Mississippi Aquarium
There is something about aquariums that are mesmerizing and calming. I could literally stay there all day and watch the fish swim back and forth. The Mississippi Aquarium is no different, it is really very nice and educational. We had a great time and would definitely return.
Daily schedule (subject to change)
- 10:30 a.m. Close Encounters of the Aquatic Kind
- 11:15 a.m. Aviary Feed & Chat
- 11:30 a.m. Meet a Biologist
- 12:30 p.m. Narrated Dolphin Training Session
- 1:30 p.m. Croc Talk
- 3:00 p.m. Rulers of the Sky
- 3:30 p.m. Close Encounters of the Aquatic Kind
- 4:00 p.m. Narrated Dolphin Training Session
Fun Times at the Mississippi Aquarium
- Address: 2100 E. Beach Blvd., Gulfport, MS 39501
- Phone: (228) 241-1300
9. Downtown Bay St. Louis
Located a few blocks from the beach, Downtown Bay St. Louis is romantic, breathtaking, and diverse. You can find several different types of music, food and activities there, it just depends on what you are in the mood for while hanging out in this area.
- Phone: (228) 896-6699 or (888) 467-4853
10. New Orleans
Since we were only 1.5 hours away from New Orleans, we decided it would be a bad idea NOT to head there on the last day of our girls road trip. I can’t tell you guys how happy I am we did, because it was the icing on an already amazing cake. We were there for about 6 or 7 hours and took full advantage.
Here’s a list of what we experienced:
- Bourbon Street
- French Quarter
- Cafe Beignet
- Cooper Monkey
- The Cafe Market
- Court of Two Sisters (Restaurant/Well)
- The rawness of the street jazz/art/culture/food
We also stopped by Saba, a delicious restaurant with influences that stem from the Middle East, Europe and North Africa. I was extremely excited that they had several dishes I could eat, which are all shown below.
- Top: Green salad with grilled chicken, avocado, sunflower seeds
- Middle row (Left): Hummus, Brussels sprouts, shabazi onions, black garlic, pickled jalapenos
- Middle row (Right): Baba ganoush, eggplant, charred leeks and olive oil
- Lower row (Right): Veggies
- Address: 5757 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
- Phone: 504-324-7779
As you can tell, our trip was pretty epic and we had a blast! Between the super cool places we visited and the totally rockin’ 2021 Toyota Highlander, this is going down as one of the best road trips I have ever taken.
I hope this post helped you discover some cool new spots, and inspires you to take a much needed girls road trip.