Once again, visitors find plenty to see on the Mississippi coast.
More than two years after Hurricane Katrina, Mississippi coasttourism has begun to bounce back. Visitors can again enjoyattractions ranging from the flashy Beau Rivage Resort & Casinoto the soon-to-reopen historic Jefferson Davis home. Plus, everydollar visitors spend helps the state recover. Make a few of thesestops on your next trip to the Gulf.
Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi
A year to the day after Katrina struck, this five-star resortreopened for business. Visitors come to the Beau Rivage for liveentertainment, an over-the-top spa, golf, and dining at high-endrestaurants, such as Todd English's Olives. For more information,contact beaurivage.com.
One of the most photographed landmarks on the Mississippicoast, the Biloxi Lighthouse,celebrates its 160th birthday this year. While tours of thelighthouse aren't currently offered, it's still worth stopping fora look. For more information, contact biloxilighthouse.com.
Hurricane Katrina Tree Sculptures
Live oaks once lined scenic Highway 90 through Biloxi. AfterKatrina, only dead trees remained. Instead of removing theonce-thriving oaks, the City of Biloxi recruited chain-saw artistDayton Scoggins and wood sculptor Marlin Miller to carvemarine-related objects into the remaining wood. Start your drivetwo blocks east of the Biloxi Lighthouse and head west for acomplete tour.
The Jefferson Davis Home and PresidentialLibrary―nearly demolished by Hurricane Katrina―willreopen in three months. Some parts of the site, including theConfederate Soldiers Museum, were destroyed and will remain closed.But on June 3, Beauvoir House and the JeffersonDavis Presidential Library will open for business. Even now, themuseum's curator is accepting donations to help finish therestoration. For more information, call 228/388-4400 or visit beauvoir.org.
Once known as Harbor Square Park, this grassy spot indowntown Gulfport attracts visitors who want to sit and relax aftera day of sightseeing. The park is now home to a custom-designedfountain symbolizing the resilience of the Mississippi coastline.Find the park in Hancock Bank Plaza on 14th Street in Gulfport.
Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra
Founded in 1962, the Gulf Coast SymphonyOrchestra now holds several concerts a year in the historicSaenger Theatre in Biloxi. Currently under the direction of JohnStrickler, it has more performances scheduled in the coming months.Visit gulfcoastsymphony.netfor show listings.