Warm Gulf waters, white sandy beaches and world-class casinos work together to make Biloxi, Miss., a great getaway for just about anyone. Families can relax on the beach or play in the gentle waves that are kept mild by the protective barrier islands just off Biloxi’s coastline. Those who love nightlife can find plenty of things to do at the casino resorts to keep the good times rolling into the wee hours.
The Beau Rivage Resort and Casino offers nonstop world-class gaming and a beautiful beach just outside the door. Located at 875 Beach Blvd., the casino boasts an 85,000-square-foot playing space, a two-tiered poker room with 16 tables, 93 table games, 2,100 slot machines and a high-limit salon with a variety of games from blackjack to roulette. Golf at Beau Rivage’s exclusive Fallen Oak Golf Course, designed by Tom Fazio; relax in the spa; or check out the headliners and lounge acts at the casino’s entertainment venues. For more information, call 800.567.6667 or click on www.beaurivage.com.
Boomtown Casino (800.627.0777 or www.boomtownbiloxi.com) is located at 676 Bayview Ave. With 1,400 slots and 22 table games ranging from blackjack and craps to roulette, the casino has more than 33,000 square feet of gaming space. It also features a new poker room with eight poker tables running the games gamut from Texas hold ‘em to seven-card stud. Two restaurants, the Boomtown Buffet and Overland Café, are on site to satiate even the hungriest gambler.
Harrah’s Grand Biloxi Casino Hotel and Spa offers the complete package of fine dining, exciting games, excellent golf and a relaxing spa. Located at 280 Beach Blvd., the Grand Biloxi offers more than 800 slots and 25 table games from baccarat and roulette to craps and blackjack. It also has an Asian gaming room and poker room. In addition to the 33,000 square foot casino, guests have access to the Bellissimo Spa, Grand Bear Golf Course and several dining options. (800.946.2946 or www.harrahs.com/casinos/grand-biloxi)
Rock on at the Hard Rock Casino resort, where guests can try their luck at more than 1,400 slot machines, 56 table games and poker room. Or they can chill at the Hard Rock Café before taking in a show at the Hard Rock Live. The casino also has a hotel, full-service spa and a fitness center. The Hard Rock is on the main drive through Biloxi at 777 Beach Blvd. Call 877.877.6256 or www.hardrockbiloxi.com.
Newly renovated IP Casino Resort and Spa has a 70,000-square-foot casino with 62 table games, 1,900 slots, a poker room with 16 tables and daily tournaments, and a high-limit player’s lounge. Seven restaurants, Vegas-style entertainment and a full-service luxury spa might make guests think they’re in a high-desert gambling center. But the scenic view of the Back Bay of Biloxi will remind them they’re in the heart of the coastal South. The IP Casino is located at 850 Bayview Ave. (www.ipbiloxi.com or 888.946.2847)
On Biloxi’s main drag, the Isle of Capri Casino Resort packs 24-hour casino excitement into a Caribbean-themed tropical resort. It takes two casino floors to hold the 31 table games, daily tournaments in the poker room, 1,300 slots and Party Pit with karaoke and blackjack tables at the Isle of Capri. Visitors can also enjoy golf at more than a dozen nearby courses, as well as a full-service spa and several restaurant options. (151 Beach Blvd.; www.isleofcapricasino.com/Biloxi; 800.843.4753)
Play like royalty at the Palace Casino Resort and enjoy views of the Gulf of Mexico and the Back Bay of Biloxi. The Palace Casino has a 32,000-square-foot gaming space with more than 800 slots and 14 table games. Located at 158 Howard Ave., the four-diamond resort also has golf packages, luxury suites and two popular restaurants to round out any guest’s weekend getaway. For more information, call 800.725.2239 or click on www.palacecasinoresort.com.
At 1980 Beach Blvd. is the Treasure Bay Casino and Hotel (www.treasurebay.com or 800.747.2839). This sophisticated and stylish casino resort is on the beach and offers grand views of the Gulf of Mexico. With more than 800 slot and video poker machines, as well as 22 table games and three video poker bars, the casino action at Treasure Bay is nonstop. Fine dining, shopping and a newly remodeled luxury pool terrace are among the resort’s other amenities.
Just down the road from the Biloxi are three more casino resorts: the Island View Casino Resort in Gulfport (www.islandviewcasino.com or 877.774.8439); the Hollywood Casino in Bay St. Louis (www.hollywoodcasinobsl.com or 866.758.2591); and the Silver Slipper Casino in Bay St. Louis (www.silverslipper-ms.com or 866.775.4773).
Casinos aren’t the only game in town, and Biloxi’s rich history and prime beachfront location offer a wide variety of attractions.
The Biloxi Tour Train departs from Porter Avenue at Highway 90 and takes visitors on a 90-minute open-air narrated tour through the historic district of Biloxi. The tour shows historical areas destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and highlights the scenic Biloxi Lighthouse and neighborhoods with beautiful 18th- and 19th-century architecture. Known as the “Shrimp Train” by the locals, visitors can get more information by calling 866.411.8687.
Memorials to the Mississippi coast’s victims of Hurricanes Camille and Katrina are located on Highway 90 at the site of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer and the Biloxi Town Green.
Civil War history buffs can take a tour of Confederate President Jefferson Davis’ home, Beauvoir, located at 2244 Beach Blvd. The National Historic Landmark home recently underwent a $4 million renovation and is part of a 51-acre estate on the Mississippi Sound. The estate includes a historic cemetery, the Tomb of the Unknown Confederate Soldier, massive live oaks and nature trails. For more information, call 228.388.4400. Open daily from 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Just down the road in Gulfport, check out the world’s largest rocking chair – the Magnolia State Rocker (11451 Canal Rd., Gulfport). For more information on this 35-foot-tall southern pine rocking chair, call 228.832.0079.