Attractions for Toddlers on the Gulf Coast

Intro

Hi everyone.  It’s Tyler here from TheTravelingToddler.com.  As you probably know, we recently went on a short trip fo the Gulf Coast.  We stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel in Biloxi, Mississippi, and visited Gulf Islands National Seashore.  Today I’m going to tell you about other attractions for toddlers on the Gulf Coast

Attractions 

Alabama

Battleship Alabama

Located in Mobile, Alabama, a World War II era battle ship and submarine are the featured attractions here.  There are also numerous planes and tanks on the premises.

Battleship Alabama in Mobile
Battleship Alabama in Mobile

 

There is a $4 charge per vehicle for parking and $15 admission charge for adults.  Toddlers are free.

We actually just paid for parking and walked around the site looking at the planes and vehicles in the park, without going into the battle ship or submarine.

Five Rivers Delta Center

Also located in Mobile, Alabama, the Five Rivers Delta Center is an education facility with a few buildings of exhibits about the Fiver Rivers Delta, the second largest delta in the United States.

There is no admission charge.  Additionally there are boat tours available on site of the delta region.

 

Tyler and Alligator at Five Rivers Delta Center
Tyler and Alligator at Five Rivers Delta Center

Mississippi

Infinity Space Center

Located on the western Mississippi state border, Infinity space center is the “launching” point for tours of the nearby Stennis Space Center, which is a NASA rocket testing facility.

Bus and tram tours of Stennis occur throughout the day but not on weekends.  Exhibits, including portions of a Saturn V rocket, are also onsite.  Admission is $15 for adults, but not for toddlers

Infinity Space Center welcome sign
Infinity Space Center welcome sign

Biloxi Lighthouse

Located in Biloxi, Mississippi, this lighthouse is supposedly the most photographed attraction in Biloxi.  Tours are given a few times a day in the early morning.  There is a small charge for adults, but toddlers are free.

Beauvoir

The final home of Jefferson Davis, the president of the confederacy.  The main attraction is the 30 minute guided tour of the home, as well as exhibits about Jefferson Davis.  There is a $12.50 admission charge for adults, but toddlers are free.  You can also spend time exploring the grounds, which total over 40 acres.

Sandhill Crane Wildlife Refuge

Located near Ocean Springs, Mississippi, the Sandhill Crane Wildlife Refuge protects the 100 remaining Mississippi Sandhill Cranes.  A free 2 hour guided tour utilizing van and walking is available, but reservations are strongly recommended

My favorite attraction, the Miniature Train Museum
My favorite attraction, the Miniature Train Museum

Miniature Train Museum

My personal favorite, the Miniature Train Museum has four buildings of miniature trains, as well as an extensive outdoor area with two different types of trains you can ride.

Located in Gulfport, Mississippi, the Miniature Train Museum is sponsored by a non-profit organization.  There are no entry fees, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Florida

Pensacola Lighthouse

Located in Pensacola, Florida, the Pensacola lighthouse is one of the most iconic lighthouses on the Gulf Coast.  Tours of this still-working lighthouse are available.

Naval Aviation Museum

Also located in Pensacola, Florida, this is the largest museum in the United States devoted to naval aviation.  Over 100 planes from the early days of aviation to the modern era are featured here.

Tyler with a vintage airplane at the Naval Aviation Museum
Tyler with a vintage airplane at the Naval Aviation Museum

 

Better yet, this museum is totally free for both adults and kids.  You could easily spend half a day here exploring all that this museum has to offer.  Truly an experience for the aviation buff in the family.

Summary 

Most people visit the Gulf Coast for the white sandy beaches and clear blue water, but there’s many other attractions that are great for toddlers.

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Thanks for reading.

Tyler@TheTravelingToddler.com

Have you ever visited the Gulf Coast?  Do you have any attraction recommendations?  Leave your comments below.

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