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Biloxi, Gulfport Activities & Travel Information

Located in the center of what fisheries biologists term "The Fertile Fisheries Crescent", Biloxi offers some of the finest sportsfishing to be found along the entire northern Gulf of Mexico. Spotted seatrout, red drum, Spanish and king mackerel, flounder, snapper, grouper, sharks and more are all available to anglers during the fishing season. Specific information on fishing the coast is available at Doc's Best Bets for Fishing the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

With the introduction of gambling in Mississippi in the 1990s, Biloxi became an important center for casinos; the hotels and complexes brought millions of dollars in tourism revenue to the city. It is now considered the leading gambling center in the U.S. South.

Biloxi/Gulfport City Info

Biloxi Info 

  • Population (year 2000): 50,644
  • Elevation: 25 feet
  • County: Harrison
  • Land area: 38.0 square miles
  • Zip codes: 39530, 39531, 39532.

Gulfport Info

  • Population (year 2000): 71,127
  • Elevation: 25 feet
  • County: Harrison
  • Land area: 56.9 square miles
  • Zip codes: 39501, 39503, 39507.

Media:

  • Number of Radio Stations:  5 AM, 8 FM
  • Number of Television Stations:  4

Biloxi/Gulfport Weather and Climate:

  • Average Temperature:  Jan.: 50.8 F, July: 81.7  F
  • Average Annual Precipitation:  65.2  inches
  • Average Annual Snowfall:  0.4 inches

Distances to other Metropolitan Areas from Biloxi:

  • Atlanta, GA — 388 miles
  • Charleston, SC — 703 miles
  • Charlotte, NC — 633 miles
  • Chicago, IL — 912 miles
  • Dallas, TX — 588 miles
  • Little Rock, AR — 518 miles
  • Memphis, TN — 382 miles
  • Miami, FL — 784 miles
  • New Orleans, LA — 92 miles

Biloxi/Gulfport Safety Phone # and Major Hospitals:

  • Ambulance: 911; Police: 911; Fire: 911
  • Biloxi Regional Medical Center (PO Box 128/150 Reynoir Street)
  • Gulf Coast Medical Center (180 Debuys Road)
  • Select Specialty Hospital-Biloxi (648 Beach Boulevard)
  • Columbia Garden Park Hospital (1520 Broad Ave)
  • Memorial Hospital At Gulfport (4500 13th St-PO Box 1810)

Biloxi/Gulfport Top Tourism Draws and Seasons:

BILOXI:

  • Fishing Charters:  Outrageous, Becuna Charters, Amberjack, Quick Silver, High Times Charters, Yellow Bird Catamaran Sailing, Anytime Fishing Charters, Kingfish, Capt. Ron's Charters, Baja 31, Biloxi Schooners, High-Rollin' Charters
  • Miss Hospitality Boat Cruises
  • Biloxi Tour Train
  • Golf:  Dogwood Hills Golf Course, Sunkist Country Club, President Broadwater Golf Club, Southwind Country Club
  • Green Woods Stables
  • The Ultimate Rush adrenaline adventures
  • Get Wet beach equipment and water sports rentals
  • JL Scott Marine Education Center and Aquarium
  • Magnolia Coast Tours
  • Beach Bums Parasail
  • Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra
  • Events:
    -Annual Country Cajun Crawfish Festival (April)
    -Confederate Memorial Day
    -Biloxi Shrimp Festival & Blessing of the Fleet (May)
    -Seafood Festival (September)
  • Casinos:
    -Beau Rivage
    -Casino Magic Biloxi
    -Treasure Bay Casino Resort
    -Imperial Palace
    -Grand Casino
    -Boomtown Casino
    -President Casino

GULFPORT:

  • Fishing Charters:  9-Ball Fishing Charters, Southern Belle Fishing Tours, Admiral Semmes Charters
  • Harrison County Skate Park and Hockey Complex
  • Marine Life Oceanarium
  • Golf:  Great Southern Golf Club, Pine Bayou Golf Club, Gulf Coast Driving Range, Gulfport Par 3 Golf Course, Tramark Golf Club
  • The Lynn Meadows Discovery Center
  • Wet Willy's
  • Gulfport Little Theatre
  • Events: Winter Classic Horse Shows, Oktoberfest, Scottish Games & Celtic Festival, Christmas Festival of Lights, St. Patrick's Parade, Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo
  • Gulfhaven Gardens
  • Gulf Coast Winery
  • Casinos: 
    -Copa Casino
    -Grand Casino

Biloxi/Gulfport Major Shopping Areas:

  • Edgewater Mall:  Biloxi
  • Beauvoir Antique Mall & Flea Market:  Biloxi
  • Prime Outlets at Gulfport:  Gulfport
  • Crossroads Shopping Center:  Gulfport
  • Back in Time Antique Mall:  Gulfport

Biloxi/Gulfport Major Dining Areas:

  • Area Casinos
  • Teagarden Road in Gulfport
  • Beach Boulevard in Biloxi
  • Biloxi/Gulfport Famous Landmarks & Historic Places:

BILOXI:

  • Beauvoir:  Jefferson Davis Home
  • Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art
  • Biloxi Historical Walking Tour
  • The Redding House
  • Mardi Gras Museum
  • Old Brick House
  • Tullis-Toledano Manor
  • Biloxi Lighthouse
  • Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum

GULFPORT:

  • CEC and Seabee Memorial Museum
  • Naval Construction Battalion Center
  • Gulfport Centennial Museum
  • Grass Lawn historic house
  • Gulf Islands National Seashore
  • Harbor Square Historic District

Biloxi/Gulfport Famous Natives and Residents:

  • Eric Roberts, Actor (brother of actress Julia Roberts), born in Biloxi, MS (Biloxi)
  • Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy (Biloxi)
  • Lem Barney, Football Player (Gulfport)
  • Edward Barq (Biloxi) - Inventor of Barq's Root Beer
  • Fred Haise (Biloxi) - Apollo 13 Astronaut; awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

Notable Moments in Biloxi/Gulfport History:

  • Biloxi's first seafood canning factory opened in 1881
  • The Gulf Coast received national attention for damage suffered during Hurricane Camille in 1969

Interesting facts about Biloxi/Gulfport:

  • Donald Trump Self-made Millionaire owns most of the gambling casinos on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in Biloxi, Gulfport, and Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.
  • Biloxi: The community name derives from a Sioux term for "first people"
  • The Mississippi Gulf Coast, from Biloxi to Henderson Point, is the largest and longest man made beach.

Biloxi/Gulfport Population and Demographics:

BILOXI:

  • Est. population: 49,809 
  • Males: 25,563 (50.5%), Females: 25,081 (49.5%)
  • Median resident age: 32.5 years
  • Median household income: $34,106 (year 2000)
  • Median house value: $92,600 (year 2000)
  • Races in Biloxi:
  • White Non-Hispanic (69.7%)
  • Black (19.0%)
  • Hispanic (3.6%)
  • Vietnamese (3.4%)
  • Two or more races (2.4%)
  • Other race (1.4%)
  • American Indian (1.1%)
  • Filipino (0.7%)
  • Ancestries: German (10.5%), Irish (10.2%), English (8.6%), French (8.5%), United States (8.4%), Italian (4.4%).

GULFPORT: 

  • Est. population: 72,511
  • Males: 35,244 (49.6%), Females: 35,883 (50.4%)
  • Median resident age: 33.6 years
  • Median household income: $32,779 (year 2000)
  • Median house value: $80,300 (year 2000)

Biloxi/Gulfport Area Colleges and Universities:

  • Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (About 24 Miles; Perkinston, Ms; Full-Time Enrollment: 6,329)
  • Pearl River Community College (About 52 Miles; Poplarville, Ms; Ft Enrollment: 2,433)
  • University Of South Alabama (About 56 Miles; Mobile, Al; Ft Enrollment: 9,082)
  • University Of Southern Mississippi (About 59 Miles; Hattiesburg, Ms; Ft Enrollment: 12,541)
  • Bishop State Community College (About 64 Miles; Mobile, Al; Ft Enrollment: 2,758)
  • University Of South Alabama-Baldwin (About 73 Miles; Fairhope, Al; Ft Enrollment: 5,582)
  • Southern University At New Orleans (About 81 Miles; New Orleans, La; Ft Enrollment: 3,217

Biloxi/Gulfport Economy & Business:

BILOXI:

  • Industries providing employment: Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services (25.3%), Educational, health and social services (18.3%), Retail trade (12.7%).

GULFPORT:

  • Industries providing employment: Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services (20.9%), Educational, health and social services (19.5%), Retail trade (12.9%).

Biloxi/Gulfport Spanish Church Services:

  • Our Lady of Fatima -- Mondays at 6:00 p.m.
  • 2090 Pass Rd., Biloxi 39531
  • St. John -- Third Sunday of the Month
  • 724 Bradford St., Biloxi  39530
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