Want to bring your family somewhere that everyone will love? Interested in spending your vacation rotating between active days, relaxing on the beach and enjoying spectacular food? Want to spend the morning golfing then take the kids to an awesome water park in the afternoon before a sunset dinner by the sea? On the Mississippi Gulf Coast, you can have it all. Here are 5 ideas for great family activities here:

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Water Parks

The kids will love a trip to one of the incredible water parks on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Gulf Islands Waterpark has got a massive Riptide Racer where contestants line up to race down a slide to the finish line. This park also has the Gulf Coast’s first water roller coaster, and a lazy river to relax in a tube. Buccaneer Bay is another great park with a gigantic wave pool that makes eight different kinds of waves, and multiple water slides.

Explore Outdoors

For nature-lovers, the Mississippi Gulf Coast is a goldmine of experiences. It’s got such a diverse range of habitats and eco-systems that turns a simple hike through a national park into a fascinating experience. Visit an alligator farm with the kids to experience some of the local wildlife, or rent canoes and kayaks to see the scenery by river. There are many great national parks in the area, so take a break from the manmade world for a day and get out into nature with the kids- they’ll love it.

Hit the Beach

Mississippi beaches are white, sandy and clean. They are especially kid-friendly because a chain of nearby barrier islands limits the strong waves that reach the coast. So beachgoers generally enjoy calm and gentle waters that are great for activities with children. Surfers can take the ferry to one of the most popular barrier islands, West Ship Island, to find larger waves for more exciting water sports.

Take a Boat Trip

Chances are that on a trip to the Gulf Coast, your kids will want to spend a lot of time in and around the water! A boat trip is a great way to see more of the area while keeping everyone in the beachy vibe. You can take the ferry to Ship Island where your family can explore historic Fort Massachusetts and crystal clear waters. On the boat ride, keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and other sea life! Or, hop on the Biloxi shrimping trip where you and the kids can learn about how they catch shrimp in the area- a great hands-on experience!