One Tank Trip: Exploring the City of Biloxi
BILOXI, MS (WDAM) - While we were in Biloxi exploring everything the Beau Rivage Casino and Resort had to offer, we took some time to go around the beautiful City of Biloxi and find more attractions.
First, we ditched our shoes and headed down to the beach to enjoy some sun and sand. The Mississippi Gulf Coast is home to the world's largest man-made beach, stretching for 26 miles and right beside the Beau Rivage.
The beaches have a great view that is unobstructed by condos, and much of the beach is open and available to the public. The waters on the Gulf Coast remain calm and perfect for a nice swim, thanks to the barrier islands about 10 miles off the coast.
Beside the beach, you'll spot a lighthouse that has quite a history. The Biloxi Lighthouse was built in 1848 and was one of the first cast-iron lighthouses in the South.
In 1973, the lighthouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was declared a Mississippi Landmark in 1987. Located at 1050 Beach Blvd in Biloxi, you can take guided tours of the lighthouse daily between 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. by calling (228) 374-3105.
Another fun, family attraction is right across the street from the Beau Rivage at MGM Park, home of the Biloxi Shuckers professional baseball team. The Shuckers, the Double-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, opened its beautiful park in 2015.
The stadium seats over 5,000 people and is open air, allowing a cool breeze to come in off the coast while you enjoy the ballgame. Tickets start at only $7 and can be purchased at milb.com.
While we were out touring the city, we could not help but think of how far the city has come since Hurricane Katrina. So we decided to pay a visit to a couple of memorials in the city to reflect on what the city has been through.
Hurricane Camille made landfall on the Mississippi Gulf Coast as a Category 5 storm on Aug. 18, 1969, killing 259 people in all and causing a total of $1.43 billion dollars in damage.
The memorial at Highway 90 and Bellman Street in Biloxi serves as a somber reminder of the 172 dead or missing on the Mississippi Coast.
Hurricane Katrina badly damaged the memorial and much of the Gulf Coast when it made landfall on Aug. 29, 2005. The Katrina memorial, located on Highway 90 and Main Street, was dedicated by ABC's "Extreme Makeover" crew on Feb. 5, 2006.
The memorial marks the height of Katrina's storm surge and features items from destroyed buildings, as well as the names of the 170 Gulf Coast victims who perished during the storm.
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