The Mississippi Gulf Coast, or the Coast, is actually three counties that are lapped by the warm and fertile waters of the Gulf of Mexico. It includes the counties of Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson and is home to fantastic bars, great food, soulful live music, and hip artists yearning to make a name for themselves. And if you happen to wander into this area of the south, youd be amazed that the Coast actually is more New Orleansish than Mississippian. Boasting of the longest stretch of man-made white sand beach on the planet, there really is more to the Coast than meets the eye.

Heres how you can make the most of your Mississippi Gulf Coast trip.

Pay the Infinity Science Center a visit and let your kids experience the ultimate in indoor playground featuring the best of science and technology. And while youre at it, you might want to join a bus tour and head towards the Stennis Space Center of NASA where the worlds most powerful rocket propulsion systems are developed and tested.

Being at the front yard of Mississippi, it would be a shame not to explore the Gulf Islands National Seashore and enjoy a whole day of birdwatching, biking, fishing, camping, picnicking, hiking, and even participating in ranger-led programs. it’s one of the USA’s less famous travel hideaways.

Hone your ornithology skills by trying your luck spotting one of the rarest bird populations on the planet at the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge. Try looking out for the Bachmans sparrow, the eastern bluebird, the red-tailed hawks, the harriers and ospreys, and, of course, the Sandhill crane.

Try your luck rolling the dice at any of the 12 casinos that line the Coast where you can also wine and dine to your hearts content. Look at it as the state-side version of the casinos of the French Riviera in the Mediterranean.

Take your kids to the Gulf Islands Waterpark and spend the rest of the day on its wild rides and miles of fun slides for everyone. Make sure to try the Horn Island Blaster, the Deer Island Express, the Cat Island Catapult, the Camille Cutter, and the Ship Island Wreck. We can guarantee youll be returning the following day for more fun.

Pump up the adrenaline in your veins zipping through the tree-to-tree obstacle course at the Zipn Fun Adventure Park. Youll get a squirrels perspective of what nature is like.

Check your fear of gators at the Gator ranch & Airboat Swamp Tours where they keep several of the largest, albeit oldest alligators in captivity. And if youve mustered enough courage, try hand-feeding these ferocious reptiles.

Feast on the Coasts take of your favorite morning brew at the Greenhouse on Porter. Coffee is served with snacks, art, markets, and occasional entertainment.

Consider tasting the best poboy in the region. While its a Louisiana tradition, the Coast actually makes them extra special.

Youll actually never run out of things to do at the Coast. Many of these are just waiting to be discovered and truly appreciated.

Making The Most Of At Trip To The Mississippi Gulf Coast