What To See And Do On The Mississippi Gulf Coast

Gulfport Harbor & Marina

The Gulfport Harbor & Marina is located less than 5 minutes from Le Shabby Chateau and is filled with beautiful yachts and sailboats. The Gulfport Municipal Marina was completely rebuilt after Hurricane Katrina and has only been in service since July of 2011.  The marina offers large slips, full-length finger piers, and beach birds galore.  Drive through the harbor, park and take a stroll through Jones Park.  You'll enjoy the many boats and there are always plenty of sea birds to encounter.  The Marina is located at 1133 20th Avenue in Gulfport.

Gulfport Beach

Gulfport Beach is part of the miles and miles of public beaches located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  This beach is located right on Boca Ciega Bay.  You'll want to experience the miles of pristine, soft, white sand and the glistening gulf. With 26 miles of public beach, Gulfport Beach is the perfect place to social distance and oftentimes you and your friends and family can have a section of the beach all to yourself.  A great beach to fly kites, watch sunrises and take an evening stroll.  If you enjoy calm and tranquil settings, you'll love Gulfport Beach.

Mississippi Aquarium

The Mississippi Aquarium tells the incredible story of all of Mississippi's aquatic resources from the Delta to the coastline and the remarkable connection that ties all of the state's natural resources uniquely together. Featuring the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and beyond, the roaring waters of the mighty Mississippi River and the wetlands and marshes of the tranquil bayous, the story of Mississippi's natural resources have never been told in this extraordinary way. The Aquarium understands that living in Mississippi is about the outdoor experience and the relationships of its people. Mississippi Aquarium represents education, conservation and community.

Ship Island Excursions

Ship Island is a must-see while visiting the Mississippi Coast.  Jump aboard this cruise just 5 minutes from Le Shabby Chateau and get ready to relax and enjoy some the last undeveloped barrier islands in America.  These exquisite islands offer vistors some of the best beaches for swimming and shelling and was listed by USA Today as on of the top 20 beaches in the United States.  And if you tire of the beach, catch up on your history and learn the history of Ship Island and Fort Massachusetts that still graces the Island. Part of Gulf Islands National Seashore and protected by the U.S. Park Service, Ship Island has something for everyone so you don't want to miss it.

Banana's Mini Golf and Arcade

Banana's Mini Golf and Arcade offers fun for the whole family. This 18-hole mini golf course is made up of scenic gardens, serene waterfalls, fun music, and more. And be sure to bring dad because you know he's always bragging about that golf swing!  Now's the time to see if he really is as good as he says he is!  You'll enjoy the drive down Beach Boulevard to get to the Mini Golf Course.   Banana's Mini Golf is centrally located on the Gulf Coast and is 7.9 miles from Le Shabby Chateau Vacation Home Rental and Le Petit Chateau Cottage Rental via Beach Boulevard.  The family can jump in the car and be playing mini golf in less than 15 minutes.

Gulf Coast Gator Ranch and Airboat Tours

If you always wanted to come face to face with a gator, then you're going to love a visit to the Gulf Coast Gator Ranch and Airboat Tours. You can stroll along the protected paths and actually hand feed the gators.  You'll be up close and personal so be sure to have your camera ready! After you've fed the gators jump aboard a high-speed airboat and take an exciting journey through the 105 acres of wilderness. You'll witness wildlife in in its natural habitat and are most likely to see alligators, birds, and other marine life.  This is a great family trip and recommended. The Gator Ranch is 47.9 miles from Le Shabby Chateau and takes about one hour to drive via I-10.

Betsy Ann Riverboat

The Betsy Ann Riverboat has a cruise that's sure to please everyone.  You can choose the Hibachi Dinner Cruise, Historical and Ecological Tour, or the Sunset Eco Tour.  And if you prefer, you can even private charter the Betsy Ann.  Specialty cruises include the Fourth of July Fireworks Cruise, Mother's Day Lunch, A Riverboat Christmas on the Water, Blessing of the Fleet Cruise, and Valentine's Day Dinner. Just call in advance to make your reservations and choose a cruise that all your friends and family will love. The Betsy Ann Riverboat is located between Margaritaville and the Golden Nugget Casino and is 15.4 miles or 26 minutes from Le Shabby Chateau.

Infinity Science Center

Infinity Science Center offers a fun and fascinating experience for children and adults.  This museum is also host to the NASA Stennis Visitor Center.  Here you'll find a fantastic blend of engineering and technology, space, earth science and a innovative programming.  Infinity provides a learning experience that is both fun and fascinating. We found this to be a great experience even though it was all adults that made the visit . . so this isn't just for kids. The distance to Infinity is 31.8 miles or 41 minutes via U.S. 90 West.  This is one you don't want to miss while staying at Le Shabby Chateau Vacation Home Rental or Le Petit Chateau Cottage.

Ocean Adventures Marine Park

Ocean Adventures Marine Park is a must-see while visiting the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  Our guests love swimming with the dolphins, snorkeling with the stingrays, or getting a kiss from the sea lions. And you won't want to miss the Macaw and Parrot show.  Afterwards you can feed the resident parakeets. The little ones love burning up energy over at the Pirate Cove Playground.  The photos we see the most from guests are when they swim with the dolphins or get a big luscious kiss from a sea lion.  The Marine Park is located 9.2 miles from Le Shabby Chateau and depending on traffic will take about 19 minutes to arrive via Beach Boulevard.

Gulf Islands Waterpark

The Gulf Islands Waterpark is a favorite with the kids!  You'll find miles of slides, lots of rides and be able to stay cool in the hot summer sun. The water attractions include the Riptide Racer, Horn Island Blaster, Camille Cutter and Deer Island Express.  Challenge your friends and family members and give each of these a whirl.  Events are also a part of the summer fun at the Gulf Islands Waterpark.  Past events have included such Frisbee Dog Shows and Sea Lion Shows.  While there satisfy your hunger at the Petit Bois Island Cafe. It's just 8.2 miles to get there via 28th Street and Canal Road.  That's just 18 minutes in drive time.

Eco-Tours  of South Mississippi

Along the Pascagoula River you'll discover alligators and migratory birds such as pelicans, ospreys, herons, egrets and bald eagles.  This river is the longest unimpeded river in the lower 48 states.  The Pascagoula flows a total of 80 miles from its confluence to the Gulf of Mexico. With over 300 species of plants along the river you won't want to miss the beauty of this bayou.  Wild lilies and orchids abound.  Whether you want to see wildlife or wild plants, the Pascagoula River provides an opportunity to quench your thirst for adventure.  So c'mon adventure lovers! It's 37.7 miles or 47 minutes to Eco-Tours of South Mississippi in Gautier, MS via I-10.

Zip n Fun Adventure Park

The Zip n Fun Adventure Park offers the only zipline and tree top adventure course on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Offering over 50 treetop games and obstacles, the Zip n Fun will definitely provide the opportunity to test yourself.  You won't want to miss the sky bridges, zip lines, swinging logs or Tarzan jumps. Be sure to check the size requirements on the courses.  Whether you're a child or an adult, this adventure will definitely bring out your inner child and make you want to go back for more. Zip n Fun is located with the Gulf Islands Waterpark so you can do both adventures on the same or different days.  The Adventure Park is 8.1 miles or 18 minutes drive time.

Skal Axe Throwing

Skål Axe Throwing is only urban axe throwing attraction on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Skål offers your family and friends a fun and exciting adventure in a safe environment. Urban Axe Throwing's popularity is sweeping the globe and new locations are opening around the world.  While it seems like a relative new sport to us on the Gulf Coast, humans have been throwing axes for centuries.  Our ancient ancestors made axes by tying sharp stones to sticks and actually threw axes for sport as well as necessity.  Must be at least 13 years of age to participate.  Skal is 14 miles away or a short 20 to 28  minute drive depending on traffic.

Biloxi Tour Train

The Biloxi Tour Train will introduce you to Biloxi's Historic District and southern hospitality at its finest.  This open-air train has been operational for over 59 years and is a part of the incredible history of Biloxi.  The "Shrimp Train" as it is known by locals has changed with the times as necessary but is still a part of the "old" Biloxi and Historic District. You won't want to miss the rich history or fascinating stories that surrounds the city of Biloxi. For centuries folks have visited Biloxi . . . you should too. The Train is just 27 minutes or 13.6 miles away from your location at Le Shabby Chateau Vacation Rental in Gulfport, MS.

Biloxi Shrimping

While on the Biloxi Shrimping Trip you will experience the real spirit of the Gulf Coast come alive once aboard this unique cruise.  You'll be introduced to the exciting world of sea life and experience what it is really like when embarking on a shrimping expedition.  The trip is not only spectacular and fun but also educational.  You will learn everything you've ever wanted to know about catching, cooking, and eating this delicious Gulf Coast of Mississippi delicacy. This 70 minute journey is located 27 miles or 14 minutes from Le Shabby Chateau.  And you'll enjoy the drive straight down Beach Boulevard where you'll experience beautiful beaches and a number of outdoor attractions.

Wind Boarding and Kite Flying

Whether you love kiteboarding, paddleboarding, longboarding windsurfing or simply flying a kite, you can do it all on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi.  As the Coast continued to develop after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, so did the watersports. Wind boarding became more and more popular and now guests can take lessons and learn more about the sport when visiting the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  And for the less adventuresome just get yourself a kite, head to the beach, and let the inner child in you experience the joy of flying a kite again. Just 16 minutes or 7.9 miles from Le Shabby Chateau you'll find Gulfport Board Sports to guide your through your boarding experience.

Lynn Meadows Discovery Center

Lynn Meadows Discovery Center is dedicated to inspiring children, families and communities through the arts, interactive educational experiences and exploration. Today, more than 400 children’s museums throughout the United States break the rules of traditional museums by encouraging visitors to touch, talk, interact and have fun.  The exhibits are catalysts for questions, exploration and discovery, and the entire facility is a playground for the mind.  Lynn Meadows is happy to be among those many museums and are proud to have been the first children’s museum in Mississippi. Just 12 minutes or 5 miles from Le Shabby Chateau straight down Beach Boulevard.

Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum

To experience what the Mississippi Gulf Coast is really all about, be sure to make a visit to the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum.  Experience an array of exhibits on shrimping, oystering, recreational fishing, wetlands, managing marine resources, charter boats, marine blacksmithing, wooden boat building, netmaking, catboats/Biloxi skiff, shrimp peeling machine and numberous historic photographs and objects. The Museum offers numerous events - be sure to check the website for details.  Located 30 minutes or 15.7 miles from Le Shabby Chateau Vacation Home Rental to the Museum traveling via Beach Boulevard.


With 200 species of fish up for grabs, our fishing charters will be sure to offer a catch for everyone.  With dozens of charter companies to choose from, you can pick where you desire to fish, what type of fish you want to catch, and what boat captain appeals to your fishing spirit.  Charters can begin at Gulfport, Long Beach, Pass Christian, Bay St. Louis, or Biloxi.  So check out the link below and wander through the many websites and photos of bygone fishing trips.  Schedule yours and get ready for that big catch!  Le Shabby Chateau is centrally located and no more than 30 minutes from any fishing charter you might choose.  Just take your pick!


Parasailing is a recreational activity where a person is towed behind a boat while attached to a specially designed parachute, known as a parasail. As the boat drives off, it carries the parascender into the air. Up to three people can parasail behind it at the same time. The parascender has little or no control over the parachute. There are six parts of a parasail. The harness attaches the pilot to the parasail, which is connected to the boat, or land vehicle, by the tow rope. The activity is primarily a fun ride, not to be confused with the sport of paragliding. So come on out and give parasailing a try just 30 minutes down beach boulevard from Le Shabby Chateau.