If you have been to an IRPT Conference in the past, you know that we are a family-friendly and family-inviting organization. Below you will find a list of great and fun attractions along the Mississippi Gulf Coast for spouses and families.

At the IP Casino Resort and Spa (Host Hotel): Popular Hotel

Amenities and Features

Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. After enjoying recreational amenities such as a nightclub and a health club, a lucky night at the casino is the perfect end to the day. Additional features at this resort include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and an arcade/game room. Getting to nearby attractions is a breeze with the area shuttle (surcharge).

Beaches, Boating & Water

There’s nothing better than a day at the beach. And the Coastal Mississippi is just the place to kick off your shoes, put your feet in the sand and relax awhile. With sixty-two miles of scenic shoreline, it’s easy to find a perfect place to set up for a day in the sun.

Care to switch up the sand you’re on? Hop on a Ship Island Excursion from Gulfport Small Craft Harbor or Margaritaville in Biloxi to Ship Island, part of Gulf Islands National Seashore. 12 miles offshore from Gulfport, Ship Island offers gorgeous Gulf waters for swimming, sunbathing, shelling and more. In fact, a chain of Gulf Coast islands, including Ship Island, limits the amount of strong waves reaching the mainland beaches, creating calm, gentle waters across the Coast. Ship Island - The perfect Coastal Mississippi Getaway.

Paddle sports anyone? There’s more than enough water around here to keep a paddle sports party going. Or should we say flowing?


Some trophies go nicely with a squeeze of lemon. At least that’s what you’ll find on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, where the fishing opportunities are big and the fish you catch are, well, bigger. Our peaceful, warm waters offer everything from freshwater to brackish water to saltwater fishing, and there are 200 species of fish up for grabs.

Fish inshore. Fish off our piers. Spend your day wade fishing or deep-sea fishing – or both. For more on recreational fishing, visit the Department of Marine Resources.

And if you’re new to these parts, and by “parts” we mean waters, you should know that Mississippi Gulf Coast fishing requires a fishing license; for more on getting a license, see HERE. Oh, but if you’re chartering a boat for the day, your captain will take care of all licensing, bait and tackle. Check coastal tide charts.

Things To Do With Kids

There’s no time quite like family time in Coastal Mississippi. Here, it’s not only who you’re with – it’s what you’re doing too.