Mississippi is a unique cultural destination. With a rich history in the creation of blues music, Mississippi is known for producing some of the country’s most notable musicians: Jimmie Rodgers, Elvis Presley, and Jimmy Buffett to name a few. The state also has deep roots with famous American authors such as William Faulkner and Eudora Welty. Whether you’re cruising down the Mississippi River or tying up in the Gulf Coast, Mississippi provides boaters with plenty of waterways to explore all the culture the state has to offer.
The weather is best for cruising Mississippi in the spring or fall, avoiding the hottest and coldest temperatures in summer and winter. However, keep in mind that August and September are the most prevalent months for hurricanes. The majority of boaters think peak season is October and November since daytime highs are in the 70’s, with low humidity and plenty of sun.
For those with salt in their veins, The Gulf Islands National Seashore extends from Mississippi to the tip of Santa Rosa Island, FL. The barrier islands offer white-sand beaches, and plenty of opportunities to kayak, snorkel, and hike.
The National Military Park is a memorial for the Battle of Vicksburg, fought during the Civil War. This 47 day battle claimed close to 5,000 lives. Today, the military park offers many attractions including the restored gunboat, U.S.S. Cairo. The U.S.S. Cairo was used by the Union in attempts to regain control of the lower Mississippi River.
The Biloxi lighthouse is one of the first cast iron lighthouses erected in the US. Interestingly, the Biloxi lighthouse has had female keepers for more years than any other lighthouse in the United States.
It was built in 1848, and has survived numerous storms since then. In 2005, it was hit by a 64’ wall of water from Hurricane Katrina, but has been proudly repaired, and has become a symbol of the town's resilience.