As wonderful as New Orleans is, sometimes you just want to get away with the kids! You’re in luck because we have loads of family travel tips and vacation ideas on New Orleans Mom. If you are looking for longer adventures, check out this list of budget friendly road trips from New Orleans. Gulfport, Mississippi makes a great day trip from New Orleans with kids, and below with share why!
Worth the Drive from New Orleans :: Gulfport Mississippi Beaches
Sometimes it’s nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of living in New Orleans. If you are looking for an easy and quick getaway, I recommend taking a day trip to the Gulfport, Mississippi beaches for a day of fun in the sun. Gulfport is less than an hour and a half drive from New Orleans, making it a perfect trip with kids for a change of scenery and sense of adventure.
Our family takes a day trip to Gulfport at least once a month all summer long. My kids love to play in the sand and splash in the water. In fact, they have never once gotten bored, argued with each other while we are there or asked to leave, meaning this is basically my happy place where all feels right in the world.
While there are many spots with parking, free public beach access and showers along the beach, our family likes to park at Jones Park. We park by the splash pad, walk across the parking lot to enjoy a day at the beach, then head back to the FREE splash pad to rinse off the sand and use the restroom before getting in the car to come home to New Orleans.
One of my favorite things about Gulfport with kids is that the water isn’t deep and the waves aren’t strong, creating the perfect experience for younger kids. Where we park, even if we go out far, the water never gets deeper than my waist so I feel free to sit in a chair with a good book on the beach and watch from afar while my kids play, knowing that waves aren’t going to knock them over and the water won’t get too deep for them to touch. This part of the beach never seems to get crowded so you can plan a visit knowing you likely won’t be fighting lots of people for a spot.
Things to bring to Gulfport, Mississippi ::
-beach chairs and umbrella (if desired)
-flotation devices if you have littles
-cooler with drinks and lunch (unless you plan to purchase it)
-sand toys like shovels and buckets
-outdoor activities such as a frisbee, bocce ball, a football, a kite or cornhole
-change of clothes for the ride home
Other things to do with kids in Gulfport, Mississippi ::
If after a few hours at the beach you want a change of scenery, there are plenty of other family-friendly things to do in Gulfpot! Visit one of Gulfport’s many kid-friendly attractions including Gulf Islands Waterpark, Lynn Meadows Discovery Center or hop on the ferry for an excursion to Ship Island.
Note :: not too far away from Gulfport is the ever popular indoor water park in Biloxi. This can be a fun addition to your day trip as well.
For merely the price of gas and a packed cooler, our family enjoys a change of scenery and an entire day of fun. Bonus: my kids are usually so worn out from all the activity in Gulfport that they sleep or sit super quietly on the way home. Win win because I get a relaxed car ride with a car full of tired and happy kids.