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“Bring an umbrella!!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ship Island

Ship Island
Biloxi, MS
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Ranked #2 of 46 things to do in Biloxi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Leisure education
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Dexter, Missouri
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
“Bring an umbrella!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

I had a great time on this excursion, but it was a HOT day! The ferry ride to this island was a great way to see dolphins and other wildlife. The sand itself was beautiful and white, but the water was the typical brown Mississippi color. I didn't spend much time in the water. Umbrellas and chairs are available for rent. We brought our own chairs, but did decide to rent an umbrella. There is no shade on the island and I burn very easily! There was a snack bar on the island, but we didn't visit it because we brought a cooler full of drinks and snacks for the day. On the way back to the ferry we did a quick walk through of the fort. It was a great day and I would definitely go back if I was given the chance!

Visited June 2013
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Gilbert, Arizona
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“Nice and relaxing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

Took this trip and was not disappointed. I am a history person so seeing the Civil War fort was a real treat and island itself is nice and relaxing. The only sounds you hear are that of the wind and the waves. Plenty of beach so you can spread out and not be near the crowds. The boat ride ride was really enjoyable and even saw some dolphins. Overall it was a great trip and I would for sure do it again.

Visited February 2013
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Palm Bay, Florida
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“Great Day trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

The boat ride to the trip was nice and relaxing. The captain and the crew were very friendly and knowledgeable. We saw several dolphins following a shrimping boat that we passed by. The island itself was beautiful with white sand beaches. There was a volunteer tour guide that gave our group a tour of the Fort. He was quite a story teller and we enjoyed the tour and the history lesson. The snack bar had the usual items, but was affordable and tasty. Lunch for 2 was less than $10. We saw more dolphins chasing schools of fish off the beach and lots of jellyfish and blue crabs too. We walked the beach looking at the wildlife (birds) and found a horseshoe crab. The water around the beaches was clear and shallow; perfect for swimming and small children.

Visited October 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“Great nature excursion on a super boat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013 via mobile

This was a really nice day trip and I would highly recommend it. The boat and captain and staff are super, friendly, knowledgable and they really take care of the customers.

Ship Island itself is beautiful. Very wild and natural. We saw dolphins, jelly fish and stingrays from the beach.

There is a small snack bar if you don't feel like bringing a picnic. May be seasonal though?

Make sure you visit the Fort while you are there. It's really quite interesting!

Visited October 2013
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south dakota
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Pretty area, relaxing beach”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Part of the National Seashore, it is accessable by private boat or tour boat. Right off the pier is the fort, which is well worth a quick look. Most people head across the boardwalk (@ 1/2 mile long) over to the beach. Umbrellas and chairs are rented there. Limited food choices at the snack bar, enough to keep you fed for the hours you are there. Restroom facilities are adequate but you may need to wait as there are only 2 showers in each side. Searching for shells is great and you can walk all the way around the island (6 Miles) if you have the energy. Summer is really hot and there is little to no shade except for the fort, pavillions and the umbrellas for rent. Can fish with a state license and many people seem to enjoy the variety of fish they can catch. Lots of people boogie boarding and using floats. Lifeguards are there only part of the season, so you have to watch out for your family! Disappointing there was no one to provide tours of the fort, only brochures available.
All in all a great place to visit but you need to be somewhat prepared to take care of yourself.

Visited August 2013
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