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Plan a summer staycation to remember

by Rebecca Ritchey//

In the infamous words of Alice Cooper, “School’s out for summer!” There are many bucket list items we want to check off during the summer months: Disney World, Universal Studios, and waterparks galore! However, living on the Gulf Coast allows us to have lots of adventures right at our back door. This year, plan your ultimate staycation and experience fun where you live.



At Margaritaville Biloxi, you can truly escape and have fun. If you want to stay indoors, it features a 48-foot volcano rock wall, Sky Trail zip line, sky coaster and bowling. If you desire some fun in the sun, check out the water playground, which includes a 450-foot lazy river, water slides and a swim up bar. There is something for everyone! More info: or (228) 271-6377



Paddles Up in Ocean Springs and Wut Sup in Gulfport offer expertise and experience in everything paddleboarding! You can take lessons, rent equipment, join guided tours and do some shopping. If shaping up in new ways is your forte, check out exercise and Yoga classes, or just book an adventure for some family fun! More info: or (228) 334-5574; or (228) 669-1802



Dawn’s Angels Cruises is the way to make a memorable day or evening trip on the water. You can choose a four-hour day cruise, a four-hour dinner cruise, or a fishing combo. Cruises are available for private parties, tours and special events. The minimum of four people required for the cruise makes it the perfect family trip! More info: or (228) 313-6633



The scientist in you or in your family will enjoy Infinity Science Center! Open Monday through Saturday, you can spend your day exploring the multiple floors and decks of Infinity Science Center. The inflatable dome theater will thrill the ocean lover, the space gallery will engage the budding astronaut, and the butterfly gardens will provide relaxation and enjoyment for all. For an additional $5, the emerging pilot will appreciate the ISC Omega Flight Simulator. More info: or (228) 533-9025



Take me out to the ball game…at MGM Field! Baseball and summertime go hand in hand like hot dogs and ketchup! Each home game will have a special theme, such as Military Mondays and All-You-Can-Eat-Wednesdays. Every Saturday home game will be followed by fireworks. Make some memories and enjoy a ball game! More info: or (228) 223-3465


While planning your summer vacation, make sure you include your home as part of it! Maybe do a backyard movie night with popcorn and s’mores. Also, take time to learn what family activities your community offers as well. Enjoy and make it a summer staycation to remember!