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Park in Ocean Springs

Gulf Islands National Seashore

Here along one of the last undeveloped stretches of the coastal South, this maze of wetlands, beaches and five off-shore barrier islands is not tremendously accessible, but if you plan ahead, you will experience the…
Museum in Ocean Springs

Walter Anderson Museum

A consummate artist and lover of Gulf Coast nature, Anderson suffered from mental illness, which spurred his monastic existence and fueled his life’s work: in his own words, being one of 'those who have brought natu…
Pizza in Ocean Springs

Leo's

This wood-fired pizzeria has an upmarket sensibility and – hello! – two dozen beers from the tap. Its trendy dining room spills onto the shady patio with ample bar space. As a bonus, it also makes its own pizzas, wr…
Fusion in Bay St Louis

Starfish Cafe

This adorable little eatery provides job training for local youth, engages in sustainable sourcing of its ingredients and serves up Southern fare (with a twist of cosmopolitanism), such as fish tacos, panko-crusted …
Gifts & Souvenirs in Bay St Louis

Social Chair

Funky gifts, handmade crafts, locally produced print work and general art-y-ness are all for sale at this much-beloved home full of gifts, bric-a-brac and excellent souvenirs.
Art in Bay St Louis

Gallery 220

Over a dozen local artists are represented at this energetic little gallery, which includes studio space in the back of its art deco–style building.
Pub Food in Ocean Springs

Government Street Grocery

This popular spot serves an array of burgers, fried shrimp baskets and po'boys, gyro and falafel. It gets a nice bar crowd at night, especially Thursdays through Saturdays, thanks to its live-music calendar.