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Ship Island Excursions

Gulfport, MS, USA
About Ship Island Excursions
Relaxation, recreation and history; these are the gifts offered to you on Ship Island. Here in the north central Gulf of Mexico, about 11 miles off Mississippi's Coast, are some of the last undeveloped barrier islands in America. Part of Gulf Islands National Seashore and protected by the U.S. Park Service, these exquisite sand islands offer visitors the first high quality beaches for swimming and shelling east of New Orleans. Travel to a special place where attractions include: outstanding beaches, beautiful water and clean gulf air. Locals and visitors consistently rate the 22-mile round trip to Ship Island as the coast's premier beach experience. Visit historic Fort Massachusetts on your own, or on a Park Ranger guided tour offered after passenger ferries dock at West Ship Island pier. Shrimp boats, tugs with barges and ocean-going freighters are some of the many sights you'll see as you venture across the Mississippi Sound out to the clear, green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Watch for dolphins! Atlantic Bottle-nosed Dolphins are frequently seen playing in our boats' wake and feeding near the island beaches. The finest beaches on the Mississippi Gulf Coast are located on Ship Island. Tranquil stretches of barrier island shore invite you to picnic, explore, and "decompress". Pristine gulf waters surrounding Ship Island attract swimmers and body surfers. The National Park Service provides a designated swim area with life guards in summer. Emergency assistance is available 24 hrs. on the island. Beach chair and umbrella rentals are provided. An easy one-third mile stroll along a boardwalk is required to reach the more popular Gulf of Mexico swim beach on the south side of the island. Don't expect to find condos or a shopping mall on the island. Except for the old fort, boardwalk, restrooms with showers, and a covered picnic area near a small snack bar, you'll find very little development. Food service is also available on the boats. Dress comfortably and be prepared for the sun, especially from mid-June thru August. Hats, eyewear and sunscreen are important. Small backpacks and coolers are allowed on the ferries. Be advised, glass containers are prohibited on Ship Island. Since the National Park Service does not supply waste receptacles, visitors must pack out whatever they carry on Ship Island.
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We had a wonderful day on the island. The staff is always super friendly and the island is kept very clean. My friends and myself will be getting a season pass.
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Fort Massachusetts was flooded but we went to hang at the beach 🌴. Great times and we had dolphins swimming in wake of the ship on return trip.
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Great facilities on the Capt.Pete and Ship Island,Nice Showers To rinse off after the beach.Nice pavilions to get in out of the sun or weather if needed.Umbrellas and chairs already set up on the beach for your convenience at a very affordable price for the day!The Crew on the
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There were 7 of us on this trip. We enjoyed it very much. Very organized crew. Nice picnic area in the shade for lunch. Fun to see the dolphins along side the boat on the ride to and from the island.
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A great day with exceptionally friendly staff. Interesting history thru storytelling by volunteers, Fort Massachusetts was fun to explore. Beach & sand very hot so be sure to be prepared (which we were), water really warm still. Brought our lunch & had picnic on beach. Quiet day
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