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BeaumontBengal
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Ocean Springs, MS
How is Ocean Springs, MS? I’m thinking about going with my wife and 2.5 year old twin boys next week. Have reservations to stay at The Roost. It’s 5 hours away for me and we’re just trying to get away somewhere within driving distance that won’t be too crowded. Plan is to stay 4 nights. How is the beach? Does it compare to Galveston or is it any nicer?


Gaston
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re: Ocean Springs, MS
OS is great, though it’s not really a beach focused town. None of the MS coast is really ‘beachy’...but it is coastal. Dining options are great and varied in OS, that’ll be the highlight of the trip.

I know your drive is long already, but you could get to Fort a Morgan in a couple of hours for a beach-beach day. Otherwise, OS’s beach is just fine.

Stop in BSL on your way through. In the future it would shave a smooth hour off your trip over here.
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tduecen
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re: Ocean Springs, MS
Went a few weeks ago and everything was open. We hung out mostly downtown Ocean Springs. They have a nice little beer bar with outdoor seating so family friendly and they had a live band playing.

Can't say anything about the beach because we didn't go, but restaurants were all open and serving.


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BeaumontBengal
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re: Ocean Springs, MS
Thank you both.


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Reservoir dawg
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re: Ocean Springs, MS
quote:

How is the beach?


Take the ferry to Ship Island from Biloxi. You can watch dolphins breach along the way.


GynoSandberg
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re: Ocean Springs, MS
You can walk to Government St from the Roost. Lotta shops and restaurants. Check out Tatonut for donuts, the kids will love it. Ship Island is a good idea. Beach isn’t special but the kids will love it. The more west you drive from OS, the less crowds you’ll find


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GreenRockTiger
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re: Ocean Springs, MS
If you like BBQ, go to The Shed ... it's set up kind of strange (my teens were apalled, my little kids loved it) ... it's like a dirt floor with picnic tables

BBQ was good, though. My 5 year old keeps asking to go back.


iwantacooler
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re: Ocean Springs, MS
Atmosphere is neat at the shed, but murky waters in ocean springs has much better food in my opinion.


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re: Ocean Springs, MS
McElroys is a great place to have breakfast. It’s on the right on Hwy 90 before you get to the bridge. Great breakfast the first time I ate there was in 1968 and my wife always have breakfast there when we visit the casinos.


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notiger1997
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re: Ocean Springs, MS
In case the kids do get bored there is a decent little water park near Gulfport


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GreenRockTiger
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re: Ocean Springs, MS
I will try Murky Waters next time we head that way!!


tduecen
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re: Ocean Springs, MS
Murky Waters can be hit or miss, I've had great BBQ from them and I've had some that was cold, dry, and rubbery


GreenRockTiger
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re: Ocean Springs, MS
Well - we have a large family - so we went to The Shed at an odd time knowing we could find a seat - I’ll have to do a little more research on Murky Waters - but a few people have told me to try it. Hopefully it’ll be a good day!


Palmetto08
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re: Ocean Springs, MS
4 nights in Ocean Springs is too long especially with young kids. Maybe spend one night then head over to dauphin island


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tduecen
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re: Ocean Springs, MS
I went the last time I was in OS.... I was actually able to grab a seat inside and thank God because it for fricking hot as balls outside. Be prepared to stand in line as we arrived not long after opening and stood in a line for 20-30 minutes before ordering.


I always recommend Ugly Pirate in Gulf Port for pizza but it is cash only. Pizza (14) and a few beers and it can add up quick but it is so damn good.
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Teddy Ruxpin
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re: Ocean Springs, MS
Pro tip:

Order your Shed meal "to go" by phone then head over.

Walk past the line, pick up your meal, and sit down.

It's not the type of place where that sort of thing matters.
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Gaston
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re: Ocean Springs, MS
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Ugly Pirate in Gulf Port for pizza but it is cash only. Pizza (14) and a few beers and it can add up quick but it is so damn good.


BSL?

The owner of Murky Waters bought the place and really developed the pizzas. They take cards now.


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ProudLSUMom
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re: Ocean Springs, MS
Lynn Meadows Discovery Center might be a fun outing for your boys. There is also Mississippi Coast Railroad Museum that is "hands on" for the kids.

Edited to add NASA Space Center near Bay St. Louis.
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Riolobo
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re: Ocean Springs, MS
Like others have said 4 nights is too long.


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BRich
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re: Ocean Springs, MS
4 nights in Ocean Springs? Seriously?

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau should give you an award.

Let me try and help you out.

First of all, the "beach" at Ocean Springs is just a little sandy area on Biloxi Bay, not on the open Gulf. The water will be green-brown (mostly brown), very shallow, and there will be essentially no waves.



The beaches between Biloxi and Pass Christian are a little better, mainly just bigger/deeper and longer, all along the Hwy 90 frontage.

The REAL Mississippi Gulf beaches are on the barrier islands some miles off the mainland. Without your own boat, your only way to get there is to take the passenger ferry out to Ship Island. There you get clearer water and nice surf. As other posters mention, you will almost always see dolphins and there is also an old Civil War era fort there to see.



But that's just one day. I really don't know what else you could do there. I mean, you can go see some museums and historic stuff (Beauvoir- last home of Jefferson Davis, the George Ohr Museum in Biloxi, and I highly recommend the Walter Anderson Museum in Ocean Springs, which you can probably walk to from your lodging). All of those can be seen in a day, too.

I'd suggest you play some golf or hit the casinos, but you say you are going with the wife and 2 toddler boys.

Gulf Islands Waterpark north of Gulfport is open; that may be a fun family outing.

Good luck.
This post was edited on 7/30 at 5:12 pm


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