Island and Beach View Casino are two sister casinos located just down the road from one another. Island View is the larger of the two, but Beach View has a distinct advantage in that it is a non-smoking casino outlet.
But odds are, you’re probably looking to visit more than just two venues when you’re out and about in Gulfport, Mississippi. And today’s post will touch on a few other locations to get excited over when you make your trip into the area.
If you’re out and about with the entire family, especially younger members of the travel group, then today’s post is even more of a must-read, as it offers a plethora of family-friendly activities.
Are you ready to discover what’s waiting for you in Gulfport, near Island and Beach View Casinos? Keep reading.
1 – Institute for Marine Mammal Studies
Head over to 10801 Dolphin Ln in Gulfport and you’ll run into the Institute for Marine Animal Studies. Established in 1984, this nonprofit organization continues to serve Gulfport and the surrounding areas by educating the public and conducting research on marine animals.
With no reservations required, you can head into the park on any day of the week, as long as it’s between 9 am and 4 pm. They charge for admission, however, 100% of it goes toward their conservations efforts. Ditto for any proceeds to their interactive programs.
It’s also within three miles of the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center. So, if you plan on making stops to multiple destinations on today’s list, the Discovery Center is a great institute to pair with a trip to IMMS. Speaking of which, let’s talk about the Discovery Center.
2 – Lynn Meadows Discovery Center
A recipient of the 2020 TripAdvisor Travelers Choice Award, the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center is the second of a few family-friendly destinations near Island and Beach View Casino. You’ll find it on 206 Dolan Avenue, and it’s also within two miles of the Mississippi Coast Model Railroad Museum.
And in case you’re curious, you can check out the aforementioned attraction in the next section.
But let’s get back to the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center. This interactive children’s museum is located within an old schoolhouse built back in 1915. But don’t think adults cannot have fun here, too, as they state so in their description multiple times.
You’re getting 15,000 square feet of real estate here, offering a hands-on experience that blends creativity, learning, and an overall enjoyable atmosphere.
Some of their most popular exhibits include Celebrate the World We Share, a train ride at the Dolan Avenue Airport, an art studio called Art Knows Anything Goes, and so much more.
Odds are, both you and the youngest in your travel group will have fun. So much that it’ll be a while before you return to the casino floor.
3 – Mississippi Coast Model Railroad Museum
You’ll stumble across the Mississippi Coast Model Railroad Museum at 504 Pass Road, and once again, it’s a great spot to frequent if you have kids in the travel group. And yet again, it’s also a place to have fun regardless of how old you are, especially if you’re looking to learn 200 years’ worth of railroad history.
Some of their key features include the world’s largest lego railroad display in Mississippi. It features over 2 million pieces if you’re looking to gain an idea.
They also have multiple scale model train layouts, outdoor gardens, plus interactive layouts, along with riding trains. So, expect to spend at least two or more hours here.
4 – Jones Park
If you and those in your travel group are instead looking for something more recreational as opposed to indoor museums, Jones Park is an ideal place to frequent. You’ll find it right at 2250 Jones Park Drive, and prepare to immerse yourself a little in Mississippi’s picturesque beach scene.
Jones Park is even more ideal of an attraction if you’re in town during the week, since many reviewers on TripAdvisor have noted the sparse crowds—especially during the middle of the week.
Next to the park, you will find a fishing pier along with a marina, and like many beaches, Jones Park is also an ideal place to stretch your legs for a walk.
It appears many reviewers on TripAdvisor will visit Jones Park from out of town, especially New Orleans, and they often make return trips. So, it just goes to show just how popular this attraction is not only to locals in Gulfport, but those from neighboring states.
5 – Gulfport Premium Outlets
If you won something over at Island and Beach View Casino, head over to Gulfport Premium Outlets to reward yourself further. In fact, when you travel to 1000 Factory Shop Boulevard, you’re heading to an outlet mall that features over 70 stores to spend those winnings on.
Some of the more popular retail outlets in the venue include Under Armour, Ann Taylor, the Banana Republic, BCBG Max Azria, Chicos, Coach, Gap Outlet, and so much more. You’ll find many designer outlets, too, so it’s more than worth heading over to immerse yourself into the experience.
So, you won’t find much in the way of antiques, jewelry, bath and body products, or other related supplies. Not that they’re not there, but it’s clear that this outlet mall has made apparel their chosen niche.
You’ll also find Gulfport Premium Outlets near a popular water park and the Chandeleur Island Brewery. Both of which we will discuss in the following sections.
6 – Chandeleur Island Brewery
If you’re looking to indulge in some local crafts that even Island and Beach View Casino cannot offer, you will find what you’re looking for at Chandeleur Island Brewery. Some refer to them as “Mississippi’s favorite brewery,” perhaps given its location just off the beach.
And if you’ve planned a beach day, head over to 2711 14th Street in Gulfport to unwind and try some local brews. Some of the key features that reviewers cannot get enough of includes their spacious parking, along with both indoor and outdoor seating options.
Expect some crowds here when you make your trip. It seems like reviewers can’t get enough of their sour-based flavors. So, if you’re into that kind of stuff, then this brewery will suit your taste buds.
Of course, they allow you to sample their drinks and listen closely as you do so since there appears to be a story behind each and every one of them. Besides local crafts, they also specialize in selling glassware, which makes for a nice addition to your home decor.
7 – Gulf Islands Water Park
As with many attractions on today’s list, family-friendliness has become the main theme. And we can end today’s post with one final family-friendly attraction called Gulf Islands Water Park.
Head over to 17200 16th Street in Gulfport and indulge in perhaps more family fun than any other attraction on today’s list—even those discovery museums that more than hold their own.
Catch a private experience by renting a corner cabana, and let the youngest in your travel group have a blast among all the water activities they offer. You’re getting a plethora of waterslides, a lazy river, a wave pool, and more.
But during an overcast, it’s often relatively sparse, so if you’re looking for fewer crowds and more opportunities to make the most of your time, come over during a cloudier day. Yeah, it’s counterintuitive, but it beats waiting in line all day.
Our Thoughts on the Gulfport Mississippi Area
You’re going to have a lot of fun at both Island and Beach View Casinos. However, you will also have a blast if you take a day or two to tour Gulfport, Mississippi, given all the family-friendly and even adult-oriented activities the town provides.
Today’s list also provides just a few slices of the pie, too. Think of it as an “including but not limited to” type of post, and feel free to explore more than just these seven attractions near the casinos listed above.
Have you visited Island and Beach View Casino? Feel free to share if you took the time to tour Gulfport. We are looking forward to reading about your experiences!