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Ship Island, Crawfish Festival & Coastal Casinos in Gulfport, Mississippi

Best things to do in Gulfport Mississippi - Lisa Evans - Fort Massachusetts courtesy of Gulf Islands National Seashore

Fort Massachusetts on Ship Island. Photo courtesy of Gulf Islands National Seashore.

I’m really excited to interview author Lisa Evans about Gulfport, Mississippi. Lisa’s tips for the best things to do in Gulfport are awesome because she relocated from New York about a decade ago and loves the warm weather and beautiful scenery.

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Best things to do in Gulfport Mississippi - Lisa Evans - Ohr-O'Keefe Museum Of Art by Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast

Ohr-O’Keefe Museum Of Art. Photo courtesy of Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Gulfport, Mississippi

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Coastal Mississippi, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.

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Best things to do in Gulfport Mississippi - Lisa Evans - Half Shell Oyster House

Be sure to order char-broiled oysters at the Half Shell Oyster House

Getting around Gulfport

The local airport is Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport (GPT), which is about a 10-minute drive to downtown.

Lisa says that having a car is generally necessary when visiting Coastal Mississippi. For the best offers, visit Avis, Budget, or Hertz.

You may also take the Route 34 – Pass Road bus between Biloxi and Gulfport, but you’ll still need a vehicle to get from one attraction to another. Uber and Lyft are excellent ways to get around within the city. However, it will be expensive if you decide to travel between cities along the coast.

Best things to do in Gulfport Mississippi - Lisa Evans - Lynn Meadows Discovery Center by Kristal Beachy courtesy of Coastal Mississippi

Stop by the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center. It is a former school from circa-1916 that has been turned into an interactive children’s museum. Photo by Kristal Beachy / courtesy of Coastal Mississippi.

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Lisa Evans about Gulfport, Mississippi. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Gulfport, Mississippi
  • Green dots = best things to do in Gulfport, Mississippi
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Gulfport, Mississippi

Who is Lisa Evans?

Lisa Evans is an author, freelance travel journalist, and photographer. She has always enjoyed the outdoors and nature and often includes them in her writing and photography.
History is another passion – every place has a story to tell if only you find it. This love of history, along with her admiration for beautiful, poignant photographs pushes her to author
stories and take photos to instill a desire in her readers to explore the world and discover new places.

Lisa’s book, 100 Things To Do In Coastal Mississippi Before You Die, will be available on September 15, 2022, from Reedy Press. She is a member of professional writing organizations TravMedia, IFWTWA, and Travel Writer’s University.

Best things to do in Gulfport Mississippi - Lisa Evans headshot

Here are a few articles that she’s written:

You can connect with Lisa on her website and on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. You can support Lisa and this podcast by buying her book using our Amazon affiliate link.

Best things to do in Gulfport Mississippi - Lisa Evans - 100 Men Hall

The 100 Men Hall in Bay St Louis

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Best things to do in Gulfport Mississippi - Lisa Evans - Beau Rivage Resort & Casino by Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast

The Beau Rivage Resort & Casino is one of the many casinos along the Gulf Coast. Photo by Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Stay tuned for our next episode

Alabama Civil Rights Trail - Mira TemkinListen to the next episode when Mira Temkin shares about the Alabama Civil Rights Trail. In this episode, Mira and I talk about walking on the Edmund Pettis Bridge, hearing stories from Experience Givers, and visiting the 16th Avenue Baptist Church. We hope you’ll join us when We Travel There.

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