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The island beaches are beautiful. Fun day for adults and kids. The downside is the long trek... read more

Reviewed August 5, 2018
Shirley L
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Kids had a ball swimming and building a sand castle. The fort was closed because of a large amount... read more

Reviewed July 24, 2017
Turk282001
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed July 24, 2017

Kids had a ball swimming and building a sand castle. The fort was closed because of a large amount of rain the night before - too bad but you can't control the weather.

Be aware of a large amount of jelly fish, we brought vinegar with us to use in case we were stung. Good thing, both my wife and i were. Two people next to us were also. On the beach we had a good breeze, was really hot on the walk back to the boat.

I would go back in a heartbeat, it was a relaxing day.

2  Thank Turk282001
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Reviewed June 28, 2017

Visited the week after tropical storm Cindy and the fort was still mostly flooded, however, with beach shoes or flip flops it was still viewable.
Yes the cancellation stamp and ink pad is in the room left of the main entryway, for those travelers with a National Parks book.

1  Thank Tnrunrgrl262
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Reviewed October 18, 2016

The ferry (Ship Island Excursions) from Gulfport, Mississippi takes about an hour. You ought to get there a about 15-20 minutes early to get a 2nd deck or inside (air conditioned) seat. They offer modest discounts for seniors and active duty military. The ferry has decent storage for coolers, beach chairs, umbrellas and fishing gear...if you rent chairs and umbrellas or buy food or drinks on the island bring a lot of money! Remember this is a national seashore, so NO GLASS on the island.

The Fort Massachusetts tour is well done and historically interesting and presented by exceptionally talented and knowledgeable National Park volunteers. You should do the tour. If you are going during mosquito season, bring some strong bug dope...they raise a particularly fierce mosquito in the salt marshes and wet cool spots of Fort Massachusetts.

We went for the sea and shore birds, the local flora, and marine life. If you are going into the water bring water shoes or aqua socks...there are plenty of skates and sting rays. From the rampart of Fort Massachusetts, we saw a 10 foot shark patrolling right off shore by the ferry dock. There were at least 20 Atlantic Bottlenose Porpoises showing off on both sides of the ferry dock. The Island is just an established sandbar with windward dunes, salt marshes and leeward slopes. Birding was representative of a virtually uninhabited barrier island...although it was fall migration there were at least 40 Redwing Blackbirds, but no other none shore or seabirds. There were plenty of Willets, Sanderlings, Palmated Sandpipers, Royal and Caspian Terns, Brown Pelicans, and we even got two American Oystercatchers! It was well worth the cost of the ferry.

4  Thank mbrower628
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Reviewed August 4, 2016 via mobile

Sixteen of us took the hour ferry out to Ship Island. We toured the fort. Beautiful beach. The dolphins swam within 10 feet from the family out on the sand bar. Thousands of crabs were on the edge of the water and water clear enough to see the fish swimming at your feet. Downside is a long boardwalk hike and hot. Drink plenty of water!

2  Thank Lisa L
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Reviewed July 27, 2016 via mobile

This was a pretty good excursion over all. There is plenty of beach, just nothing else to do. Make sure that you have either aqua socks on, or a good pair of tennis shoes. 99% of the beach soon will burn your feet to a crisp. The water was decent, but no Caribbean vibe. It was very peaceful and family oriented.

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