The boat ride to Ship Island ws about 45 minutes nd 7 year granddaughter enjoyed it - 1st time on a boat. The Island south side is gret for swimming or wading in the surf. Park Service has chairs and umberellas to rent - cost of $25 per chair and umberella - little high I thought. Has snack bar. Children saw star fish - dolphins - crabs and jelly fish. Boat ride over and back was $98 four the four of us. - little high.