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Gulfport - Ship Island Excursions

1040 23rd Avenue

About Ship Island

Enjoy a Relaxing day on Ship Island

Mississippi's finest beaches are located on Ship Island. Tranquil stretches of barrier island shore invite you to picnic, explore and relax. Leave the automobiles and stress of the mainland behind. Pristine gulf waters surrounding Ship Island attract swimmers, snorkelers, and boogie boarders. Ship island is part of Gulf Islands National Seashore and one of five Mississippi barrier islands located approximately 11 miles south of Gulfport and Biloxi.

Ship Island is home to Fort Massachusetts, a beautifully preserved brick fortification completed in 1868. The National Park Service offers fort tours during the season the ferries operate.  The excursion boats arrive at the end of a 400-foot pier near the fort on the Mississippi Sound side or north shore of West Ship Island. In addition to history, the unspoiled island provides visitors excellent birding, shelling, and hiking opportunities.


Linda Grigery

Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017
Actually went to Jones Park to walk through the amazing Christmas light display, rather than taking the ferry. Highly recommend the light show. I've seen many in various parts of the world. This was the best I've seen in the United States.

running funk

Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017
A nice 50 minute boat ride to a slightly historical island. Very family friendly and super reasonable concessions. Take a short hike and see crabs, stingrays, and black sand! Shelling was not nearly as productive as touted, mostly broken. It is nice to have different time options to arrive and leave. Make sure you bring walking shoes, the boardwalk is long and hot!! I saw a couple of people attempting the jaunt in bare feet... unsuccessfully. The fort is pretty cool, but beware the mosquitoes around the cisterns.... you have been warned. Slightly pricey. Bring your own umbrella, snacks and chairs if you'd like to save a few bucks.

Mike Crimmins

Friday, Dec. 8, 2017
At least once a year we go here. Fun for families with access to the best beach in Mississippi. Clean beach with some wildlife.

Aaron Smith

Thursday, June 29, 2017
You gotta go to Ship Island! The island is beautiful, and seemingly untouched, for the most part. I've read complaints about the beach having sticks and driftwood... c'mon people, it's called nature. If you're looking for fluffy white sand and crystal clear Caribbean water, this isn't the right place. But, it's beautiful in it's own right. The boat ride was very nice and the staff is super friendly. I highly recommend a trip to the island, and while you're there, take a long walk and enjoy the beauty that nature provides. We saw lots of different birds, fish, and hermit crabs. My family had a blast!

cory landry

Thursday, July 20, 2017
If you are going to Ship Island to see the fort, make sure to ask if the fort is open on the day you make the trip. There was rain the night before our trip. We were not told that the fort was closed when purchasing the $100+ tickets that morning. I understand they do not offer rainchecks, but I feel like we should have been informed that the fort was close that day. The boat ride was nice, but not worth what we paid thinking we were going to get to your the fort. The beaches on Ship Island were no nicer than any other Mississippi beach.

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