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Gulf Islands National Seashore: Davis Bayou

3500 Park Rd, Ocean Springs, MS 39564

With over 400 acres, visitors have a variety of activities to choose from in the Davis Bayou Area including camping, fishing, hiking, biking, boating, attending a ranger-led program, and group camping. The William M. Colmer Visitor Center is open 8:30 am - 4:30 pm daily. For more information please call (228) 230-4100.

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WALTER ANDERSON MUSEUM OF ART:

A visit to the Walter Anderson Museum of Art (WAMA) is an enchanting and unique experience. The Walter Anderson Museum was opened in 1991 and is dedicated to the celebration of the works of Walter Inglis Anderson (1903-1965), an American master, whose depictions of the plants, animals, and people of the Gulf Coast have placed him among the foremost of American painters of the Twentieth Century; and to his brothers, Peter Anderson (1901-1984), master potter and founder of Shearwater Pottery; and James McConnell Anderson (1907-1998), noted painter and ceramist. The watercolors, drawings, oils, block prints, ceramics, and carvings by the three Anderson brothers are all represented in the museum’s permanent collection. Adjacent to the museum is the Ocean Springs Community Center, home of Walter Anderson’s largest mural.

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THE MARY C O'KEEFE CULTURAL CENTER

THE MARY C O'KEEFE CULTURAL CENTER is the keystone of the public arts community in Ocean Springs. Located in the historic Ocean Springs Public School Building on Government Street, the Center provides a diverse set of programs and facilities for the arts. Working with the City of Ocean Springs, the Friends of the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center of Arts and Education are dedicated to restoring the 1927 Ocean Springs School building and to providing an environment for artistic activities including music, visual and performing arts and education. The Friends of the Mary C. are responsible for the administration and operation of the Center.

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Charnley-Norwood House

509 East Beach Drive, Ocean Springs, MS 39564

The home, located at 509 East Beach Drive in Ocean Springs, was designed and built in 1890 by renowned architect Louis Sullivan of Chicago, also known as the father of the skyscraper. His young draftsman who assisted with the design was Frank Lloyd Wright. The original home was destroyed by a fire in 1897 but was rebuilt immediately. Sullivan also designed and built homes on either side of the original house, one for himself and the other for a friend, James Charnley, a wealthy Chicago lumber merchant. Charnley later sold the home to another lumberman, Frederick Norwood. The houses Sullivan created were different from 19th-century Victorian architecture and included horizontal design, rooms that flowed into each other, natural materials and glass throughout the home. These forms later became the hallmarks of modern architecture.

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GULF ISLANDS NATIONAL SEASHORE:

The Davis Bayou Area is located south of U. S. Hwy. 90 east of downtown Ocean Springs, Mississippi and offers many recreational opportunities. Visitors can enjoy fishing, hiking, biking, birdwatching, picnicking, and ranger-led programs. There are no swimming beaches in the Davis Bayou Area. The William M. Colmer Visitor Center is now open daily from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day). Visitors can find the park's passport stamp there, view a park orientation film and exhibits, and purchase items at the book store. Free park and trail maps, local orientation and other information is available. Please call (228) 230-4100 to contact visitor center staff.

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G.I. MUSEUM:

The Mission of The GI Museum is to preserve memorabilia representing the generations of Americans who have served our country so that we remain free today. Through displays and educational programs, it is our goal to make sure we never forget their sacrifice.

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PADDLES UP:

Paddles Up Paddleboard Rentals and Sales is Mississippi’s premier stand up paddleboard outfitter offering expertise and experience in everything SUP. If you are looking to get on the water, get on a board and have a great time, while getting in shape and enjoying nature, look no further than Paddles Up. We offer lessons, rentals, classes, guided tours, and retail in stand up paddleboards and accessories. We have something for everyone. Whether you are a seasoned SUPer or a brand newbie; get on the water with Paddles Up!

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