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

Ship Island Excursions
1040 23rd Ave, Gulfport, MS 39502
+1 228-864-1014
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
Malden, Missouri
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“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
8 Thank h_blond2
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Gilbert, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
“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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

From the time we boarded the boat until our return to Biloxi, we were in awe! Ship Island is a beautiful place! It seems untouched by any commercialization! We saw dolphins, stingrays, right from the beach! The water is clear, and you can go quite a ways out! This is a must see!

Visited September 2013
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