Deer Island is an uninhabited island and protected park off the southern coast of Biloxi, Mississippi. The island has been inhabited for hundreds of years by Native American civilizations and was even home to an amusement park in the early 20th century. These days, it's a beautiful natural preserve that's protected by the state of Mississippi.
Your best bet for a day at Deer Island is kayaking. There are kayak rental and tour companies, but it's not necessary if you're in good shape and have a map handy. There are few better ways to spend a spring morning than kayaking out in the morning, seeing the Gulf's dolphins breaking water, and having a picnic lunch on one of the island's virgin beaches.
Another good plan for Deer Island is to bring a tent along with your kayak and go camping. The island is literally right off the coast of Biloxi so it might be hard to get a super "in the middle of nowhere" feeling, but you'll be surrounded by white sand dunes, ferny palms, migrating birds, and the best sunset in the area.
Beauvoir is the name gives to the historic home of the President of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis. Unfortunately, the site suffered heavily during Hurricane Katrina but has since been resorted to its prior glory and is now back open to the public. The Jefferson Davis Presidential Library was actually so damaged during the hurricane that it had to be demolished entirely and rebuilt!
The house itself, though, is back in perfect condition complete with original artifacts from the days of the Confederacy, period furniture, and plenty of photos. I'd suggest taking the guided tour as the explanations and anecdotes of the guides help bring to life what is otherwise an ordinary, if not pretty, home. One the guides put the various rooms and objects in context it actually makes for a fascinating visit.
After your tour of the home and exploration of the pearly-white Presidential Library are complete, try settling down in one of the rocking chairs which look out over the Gulf and you'll feel like a true Southern gentleman (or gentlewoman!).
If you're looking for things to do in Biloxi, hopefully you brought your swimming suit. The beaches here are the best in Mississippi. There are some beaches in the city itself, although most of them are a little ways away from the city. But the beaches are not the only places to visit in Biloxi. There are a number of other Biloxi activities such as casinos, small boat tours along the coast, and more.
True, many of the essential things to see in Biloxi are located on or adjacent to the water -- but not all of them. Biloxi attractions on dry land include visiting the lighthouse, whose tower you can climb to enjoy a nice view of the city. You'll also find several casinos, nightclubs, a water park, dinner theaters, shopping centers, and more. If you're looking for nightlife and other stuff to do in Biloxi in the evening, the harbor area is one of the best areas to visit. Attractions in Biloxi also include a number of museums and concert halls, such as the Funanbula and the Kress Live, where cultural events are scheduled almost daily.
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