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Wild and Precious Summer Fun - Ship Island trip!

chairs and beach at Ship Island

Ship Island is one of my absolute favorite places and it should be gorgeous in July! Sun, sand, the wonderful Gulf of Mexico, dolphins, pelicans, hermit crabs, and even a snack bar!

I like to bring some reading, a fun picnic lunch, a big floppy hat and a ton of sunscreen. I spend my time at the island swimming, napping under the umbrella, and walking the shore looking for shells. A perfect beach day!

The ferry to Ship Island leaves at 9 a.m. from Gulfport, Mississippi, just about an hour and a half from New Orleans. You can opt to stay all day and take the 5 p.m. ferry back to Gulfport (what I'll be doing) or take the 2:30 ferry back. There are umbrellas and chairs to rent (two chairs and an umbrella for $25) at the island, and the ferry cost is $29 per person.

The ferry ride takes about an hour (there's a snack bar, bathrooms and AC on the ferry) and the walk from one side of the island to the other is about 1/3 mile. Look up Ship Island Excursions online for more info.

We'll meet at Gulfport at 8:30 a.m. to catch the 9 a.m. ferry. Yay!! You don't need to make reservations but you can prepurchase your tickets if you like for peace of mind by going here:, Everyone makes their own arrangements and pays their own way. Feel free to make carpool arrangements with each other.

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Can't attend this event on a weekday?  We'll do another trip on a weekend later in the summer.