"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!
Come stroll through downtown Ocean Springs. Walk underneath the billowing oak trees while you browse the numerous boutiques and art galleries that dot the road. Satisfy your cravings by grabbing a delicious cappuccino from one of our many coffee shops, but don’t forget to wander into the candy store for sweet treat afterwards. Once the shopping’s done, get off your feet and enjoy some lunch at one of our well-known restaurants or indulge in an exotic massage at one of our many health spas. Our community is rich in history, so we encourage you to roam through our many museums here. When the sun goes down, take a ride down Bienville Boulevard and check out the plentiful dining, shopping, and entertainment options available there. We promise you’ll enjoy your day in Ocean Springs and it won’t take long for you to understand what we are all about.
"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
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.
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.
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.
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, the Pottery has produced art pottery, utilitarian ware, figurines, decorative tiles and other ceramic objects. Two of its most important designers were Walter Inglis Anderson and his brother James McConnell Anderson.
Mary C Cooking Classes
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.