There’s something about visiting a place multiple times. There’s the knowing of the landscape, the certainty of what to do while there, and even the familiarity of the accommodations. All good . . . for the most part.
But when you’ve been to a city as many times as we’ve been to Biloxi, it can get kind of typical, common, and maybe even predictable. That is, of course, unless you view it with different eyes.
Yes, Biloxi is known for its adult gaming — better known as gambling. And we’ve dabbled in our share of casino fun and games (and even won some sizable jackpots). But on this trip, we decide to hit a few of the landmarks and points of interest near and along Highway 90, Beach Blvd., Biloxi’s main strip. So when you visit be sure to check these out.
The Biloxi Visitors Center is home to a lovely museum full of historical facts about Biloxi and the Gulf Coast. You’ll find an interesting and moving film depicting the devastation experienced throughout the Gulf by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Out front, you’ll also find a statue of Pierre Le Moyne sieur Iberville, one of the founders of Louisiana. You’ll be surprised to know that Michael has a genealogical connection to Iberville.
French Colonial Garden. Who knew that Biloxi served as a staging ground for newly arrived European immigrants in the 1700s? As it turns out, Biloxi is the site the oldest known French Colonial cemetery in the South, and the second largest in the U.S.
Just across the street from the Visitors Center is the famous Biloxi Lighthouse, a signature landmark of the city that was erected in 1848.
The Biloxi War Memorial honors men from the Biloxi area who lost their lives in WWI and WWII. A moving commemoration.
Remembering the devastation of an infamous storm in 2005, the impressive Hurricane Katrina Memorial honors those died and remain missing from that destructive natural disaster.
Sprinkled along its median of the main strip, and nearby areas, are beautiful artwork by sculptor Marlin Miller. Carved from remnants of broken oak trees that survived Katrina, dozens of wooden carvings exemplify that beauty can come from massive destruction.
The City of Ocean Springs, a short drive up Hwy 90 over the Biloxi Bay Bridge, is a quaint bedroom community known for its boat docks and yacht club, quaint neighborhoods, specialty shops, and restaurants.
A stop at the Maritime & Seafood Museum provides insight on this important aspect of Biloxi’s history and one of its primary economic sources.
After all of that sightseeing, we decide to devote day two of our trip strictly to poolside relaxation, and the pool at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino never disappoints.
In fact, Beau Rivage Hotel is one of our top hotels in Biloxi. With an impressive lobby area, always decorated with lovely fresh flower arrangements, the Beau has some of the most spacious and well appointed rooms we’ve experienced here. Plus, there are several restaurants and casual eateries on the grounds to satisfy a variety of tastes.
After coffee and breakfast, it’s already nearly 80 degrees, and we’re ready to slather ourselves with sunscreen and soak up the sun. Hours later, we’ve gotten a fair dose of Vitamin D, and its time to refresh, enjoy dinner, and try our hand at the slots. See pics below for our poolside fun.
Add on: We couldn’t be this close to New Orleans, Michael’s hometown, and not drive the 90-minutes for a quick family visit and a 24-hour power trip through The Big Easy. Scroll down to check out our video and see what we did there.