Free Sightseeing Adventures in Biloxi, MS was a must since Gary and I made a unanimous decision to go over budget on campground costs in Mississippi, so we could have walking access to the beaches in Biloxi.
We stayed at Cajun RV Park on Beach Boulevard.
Since we went over budget, encountered an unexpected, and costly expense, we didn’t have our usual funds for sightseeing.
When the weather didn’t allow FREE fun the beach, I went on a mission to find FREE sightseeing adventures in Biloxi.
Having Fun for Free in Biloxi
- a stop at the Biloxi Visitor Center
- views of the Biloxi Lighthouse
- a peek at Beauvoir
- Walking architectural tour of historic downtown Biloxi
- a stop at the Katrina Memorial
- Busted Wrench Garage
- attend a Mardi Gras Parade
Photos and Facts from our Sightseeing Adventures in Biloxi
1. Biloxi Visitors Center
This visitor center was unlike any other visitor we saw during our road trip adventure across the USA. The Biloxi Visitor Center was rebuilt after Hurricane Katrina. It is designed like a southern plantation home, sits along Beach Boulevard, and has an ocean front view.
We were greeted at the door by a southern belle who was dressed in a hoop skirt and talked with a southern drawl. This southern belle was delightful, immediately invited us inside, and was most eager to help us enjoy our stay in Biloxi.
Inside the visitor center not only did we pick up a city map and a couple of sightseeing brochures, but we also decided to check out the museum. Throughout our travels across America, the Biloxi Visitors Center was the only visitor center with a museum.
This museum had exhibits, video clips, and even an audio guide. Surprising to us all, this museum was FREE.
For an hour or more we explored the Biloxi Visitors Center museum and learned about:
- the year 1699 when French explorer Iberville met the Biloxi Indians;
- the early 1700s and Jean Baptiste Le Moyne Bienville, who was the governor of LA and the founder of New Orleans;
- the mid 1800s and the lumber industry in Biloxi;
- the 1880s and races with White Winged Queens (a.k.a. schooners);
- the year 1848 when the Biloxi Lighthouse was constructed;
- after the Civil War when former president of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis, found a place to call home in Biloxi at a mansion known as Beauvoir;
- the late 1800s and early 1900s when the seafood industry in Biloxi boomed;
- the early 1900s, when the “Mad Potter of Biloxi”, George E. Ohr, “packed away thousands of his creations, with instructions that the crates would not be opened for fifty years, when he predicted that the world would finally be ready for his vision”
- the unforgotten years of 1965 and 2005 when Hurricane Camille and Hurricane Katrina left a wake of destruction in Biloxi.
- throughout the years, Biloxi developed a rich architectural heritage due to the diversity of the people who have made home in Biloxi.
(I still can’t believe what we learned for FREE at the Biloxi Visitors Center museum.)
Before we left the visitors center, we climbed a grand staircase in order to take in the view from the second floor balcony.
2. Views of the Biloxi Lighthouse and the Gulf were FREE.
Reportedly, the Biloxi Lighthouse is one of the most photographed sites along the Gulf Coast.
3. A Peek and a Photo of Beauvoir.
an enormous green gate.
After our stop at the Visitors Center we discovered that Jefferson Davis’ last home, Beauvoir, was behind this white fence and green gate. So, one afternoon we stopped by to take a sneak peek through the gate and over the fence.
4. Unable to comprehend the destructive nature of hurricanes. We stopped by the Katrina Memorial.
5. On a much lighter note, at the visitor center Gary picked up a brochure for the Busted Wrench Garage which offered FREE admission to its museum. Gary and Buddy stopped by to see the classic car exhibit and auto memorabilia.
While they were there, the owner showed Buddy the inner workings of a juke box.
And Gary requested the song “On the Road Again” by Willie Nelson,
which the owner punched into the juke box for FREE.
6. Also at the Biloxi Visitors Center, one of us picked up a pamphlet for an architectural tour of historic downtown Biloxi. We were interested in the tour but not excited about the price. So, I did some research and created a self-guided walking tour for our family to enjoy for free. Our tour stopped by Creole and American cottages, Neoclassical and Victorian mansions, Bungalows and shotgun houses, historic hotels, and public buildings.
7. Our family also found another Mardi Gras parade to attend for FREE. This parade did not have grand floats or elaborate costumes, but my family did come home with handfuls of candy, a moon-pie for each of us, and an abundance of plastic bead necklaces.
While spending a week in Biloxi in winter, our family found plenty to see, to explore, and to learn in Biloxi for FREE.
And after we spent the week in Biloxi, it was time for our family and Fannie to hit the road again.