Ocean Springs, Mississippi, lies at the heart of the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast on the eastern shore of Biloxi Bay. It’s known as the City of Discovery in recognition of the French establishment of a settlement here in 1699. Long before the French arrived, however, the area was appreciated for its beauty and natural resources by Native Americans. The attributes that brought these early residents have attracted a diverse stream of people during the past 300 years.
Walk underneath the beautiful live oaks as you explore the numerous boutiques and art galleries that dot the road. Grab a delicious hand-crafted espresso beverage from one of our many coffee shops to energize your wanderings. but don’t forget to wander into the candy store or popsicle stand for a sweet treat (or to beat that MS heat)! Once the shopping’s all done, get off of your feet and enjoy lunch at one of our many restaurants in the downtown area. Our community is rich in history, so we encourage you to roam through our many museums. In the evening, take a stroll to Front Beach to catch the sun setting on yet another perfect day in Ocean Springs.
"I may have discovered the best and most beautiful small town in America. And quite by accident... a remarkable little town with great food, terrific galleries, cool shopping, and plenty of festivals that celebrate everything from high art to low-bush blueberries." - Tracey Minkin, Country Roads 2014
Ocean Springs was 1 of 3 Great American Main Street Award Winners in the United States!
Just a few miles off the mainland you'll discover Mississippi's treasured barrier islands: Ship, Cat, Round, Horn, and Petit Bois, which are part of Gulf Islands National Seashore. The islands, with pristine gulf water, sparkling-white beaches, are known for their remoteness. They are only accessible by private boat or passenger ferry, but they are well worth the trip. Swimming, fishing, boating, hiking, nature photography, birdwatching, and exploring are just some of the activities enjoyed on the islands.
Walter Anderson Museum
A visit to the Walter Anderson Museum of Art (WAMA), opened in 1991 in historic Ocean Springs, MS, is an enchanting and unique experience.
The museum is dedicated to Walter Inglis Anderson, American master, whose depictions of the plants, animals, and people of the Gulf Coast have placed him among the forefront 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.T
The museum’s sky lit interior of warm southern yellow pine includes a main galleria and two additional galleries, which echo the natural beauty and simplicity of its setting. Adjacent to the museum is the Ocean Springs Community Center, home of Walter Anderson’s largest mural.
The watercolors, drawings, oils, block prints, ceramics, and carvings by the three Anderson brothers are all represented in the museum’s permanent collection. Diverse changing exhibitions, many featuring the work of other significant artists, occur throughout the year, so there is always something new and amazing to see!
Shearwater Pottery is a small family-owned pottery in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, United States founded in 1928 by Peter Anderson , with the support of his parents, George Walter Anderson and Annette McConnell Anderson. From the 1920s through the present day, Shearwater Pottery has produced art pottery, utilitarian ware, figurines, decorative tiles and other one-of-a-kind ceramic objects. Two of its most important designers were Walter Inglis Anderson and his brother James McConnell Anderson.
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. Everything from pottery to cooking classes.
"From discovering a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house in town in the midst of renovation, to finding the town's shrimp fleet tucked away in an inner harbor, to standing in emotional awe at the wild seabirds that Walter Anderson painted all over the walls of his studio at Shearwater Pottery-I never ceased discovering this remarkable little town." - Tracey Minkin, Country Roads