Things to Do on Vacation in Ocean Springs, MS
Ocean Springs was named one of Coastal Living Magazines “Happiest Seaside Towns,” and Front Beach Cottages is in the heart of it all.
Situated only a block and a half away from the beautiful white sands of Front Beach, you’ll be able to take advantage of fishing piers, a splash pad, playground, covered pavilion, bonfire pits, volleyball courts, and a mile-long “on the beach” path for bikers, runners and walkers to enjoy breathtaking views. Along the way, stop and play chess in the oversized chess board located adjacent to the beach. Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome, but please remember to clean up after Fido! Front Beach is truly a treasure of the Gulf Coast.
The Ocean Springs Harbor is right around the corner from us, where fresh shrimp can be purchased directly from the shrimp boats, and charter boat operators offer fishing excursions in the abundant waters of the Mississippi Sound. You will also find a public boat launch where guests of Front Beach Cottages can use our kayaks to visit the Barrier Islands or explore the bay waterways.
Ocean Springs is an artistic community with multiple museums and galleries showcasing fantastic works of art including the famous Walter Anderson Museum of Art, the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center, and Shearwater Pottery. Only a short drive over Biloxi Bay Bridge you can also visit the award-winning campus of the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art and the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum, and even take a ride on the historic Biloxi schooners to see the Gulf Coast from the waterside.
While in Biloxi, you can try your luck and experience top entertainment at the area’s many casinos, including The Golden Nugget, Harrah’s Gulf Coast, The Palace (the Coast’s non-smoking casino option), Hard Rock Casino, IP Casino and The Beau Rivage.
Back across the bridge in Ocean Springs, there are numerous restaurants and shops located in the downtown Washington Ave and Government Street shopping and dining district, all within easy walking distance from Front Beach Cottages.
Shop at the area’s boutiques and unique destinations such as Blessons, W.P. Shelton Jewelers, Islander Outfitters, Paddles Up, Tri Hard Sports, Poppy’s Home Decor & Gifts, Bayou Belle, Klassy Komplements, Jubilee, Lizzies Menagerie, Miner’s Doll & Toy Store, French Kiss Pastries, Tato-Nut Donut Shop, Shabby Chic Sisters Boutique, Sugar & Spice, The Bay Collection, Flowers by Karen, White Bungalow, Lee Tracy, Chandeleur Outfitters, Market Reneaux and more!
After working up your appetite from all the shopping, you can grab a bite to eat at a large variety of restaurants such as Vestige, Murky Waters BBQ, Mosaic Tapas Restaurant, Phoenicia Gourmet, Leo’s Wood Fired Pizza, Chef Scott’s Sushi, Maison De Lu, Bayview Gourmet, Good Karma Café, Salvetti’s Italian Grill, Tom’s Extreme Pizzeria, Pleasant’s Bar-B-Q, Sassy Salads, Restaurant El Aguila, Off the Hook, and Washington Avenue Diner.
Downtown Ocean Springs turns up the live music with local and regional musicians after dark, and there are numerous places to imbibe on your favorite cocktail. These include, The Office Bar & Lounge, Kwitsky’s Dugout, FireFly Tavern, Boots and Spurs, the Juke Joint, The Flying Irishman, the back deck at Off the Hook, and Government Street Grocery.
A trip to Ocean Springs wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the nationally acclaimed The Shed Barbeque & Blues Joint, where you’ll find award–winning BBQ & fantastic live entertainment.
Ocean Springs is also home to several popular festivals such as the Peter Anderson Art Festival, Crusin’ the Coast, the Herb and Garden Festival and the Annual Red, White & Blueberry Festival just to name a few.
For outdoor-lovers, Ocean Springs offers the Gulf Hills Golf Course, hiking trails around Davis Bayou, charming roads for biking, and numerous parks to go along with the Gulf Islands National Seashore park system.
Ocean Springs is located about 25 minutes from the Biloxi-Gulfport Regional Airport, less than an hour to Mobile Regional Airport, and less than two to the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.
To learn more about what Ocean Springs has to offer visit the city’s website: www.ci.ocean-springs.ms.us. Also the City’s Chamber of Commerce and Main Street website is filled with helpful information at Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce.