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“Pretty area, relaxing beach”
Review of Ship Island

Ship Island
Ranked #4 of 59 things to do in Biloxi
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Townsend, Tennessee
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53 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Pretty area, relaxing beach”
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
5 Thank ts308
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Princeton, New Jersey
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123 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Beautiful Beach, Best Experience of the Trip!”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

We were disappointed to find that the Biloxi beaches were less than ideal for swimming. The water was murky and the bottom felt more like a lake than an ocean with squishy muddy spots. Ship Island was completely different! The beach and ocean had wonderful, soft, clean sand. The water was warm and clear and perfect for swimming. We saw a variety of marine life including tons of dolphins that swam alongside the boat, and crabs, stingrays and small, harmless sharks at Ship Island. Definitely spend the $25 and rent the chairs and umbrella, it was well worth it. The staff was very attentive and informative answering all of our questions. Ship Island is part of the National Park System so our daughter was able to earn a Junior Ranger badge. We visited at the end of August, local kids were already back in school so there weren't many people around. All around we had a wonderful time.

Visited August 2013
5 Thank MotherofallMothers
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Dalton, Georgia
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16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Ships Island”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

Pack your stuff for the beach, and a tour of the historic fort ruins. Nice boat ride. Good snack bar with friendly staff and reasonable prices. (minimal menu selection)

Visited July 2013
1 Thank Steve Y
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Bartlett, Tennessee
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Ship Island is a wonderful place to really chill out on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The water here is just beautiful and we always see Sting Rays in their natural habitat, Crocks and other sea life. Seldom do we run across Jelly Fish which can be a problem in the coastal areas. Touring the Fort was most interesting and the staff is very knowledgeable about the history of the Fort and the Island.

Visited August 2013
2 Thank Randal_province
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Lafayette, Louisiana
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21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Fun day”
Reviewed August 13, 2013

Relaxing ride to island and nice clean beautiful beach. There was umbrellas and chairs for rent. Clean rest rooms and refreshments for sale.

Visited May 2013
2 Thank senior2011_11
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