The 10 Best Boat Tours in Mississippi!

Seeing the beautiful state of Mississippi by boat is an experience unlike any other. The state’s locale along one of the largest rivers in the country, combined with miles of seashore and its fair share of lakes makes it an ideal place for those looking to take to the water. Explore some of the best sights and sounds with these 10 best boat tours in Mississippi. 

1. Biloxi Shrimping Trip, Biloxi, MS

This isn’t your typical shrimping excursion. They’ve put together an entire live marine adventure that shows the ins and outs of all things shrimping, with the chance to encounter blue crabs, flounder squid, pufferfish, and other sea life along the way. Much of Mississippi’s heritage comes from its sea life legacy, and there’s no better way to experience it than with this hands-on expedition.

2. Gulf Coast Gator Ranch, Moss Point, MS

Mississippi has some prime gator country, and you get closer than you ever thought possible to these amazing creatures via an airboat tour. These high speed adventures through the wetlands lets you view alligators and other marine life in their natural habitats. The Gator Ranch also offers walking tours where you can feed alligators by hand without compromising your safety.

3. Eco Tours of South Mississippi, Gautier, MS

Tour the famed Pascagoula River, which is home to alligator, pelicans, bald eagles, and hundreds of other bird species. You’ve got your pick of guided kayak tours or a trip aboard a Boston Whaler that lets you see these natural swamplands and marshes and the creatures that live here. To extend your adventure, you can opt for the overnight tour that includes a stay in a remote cabin.

4. Betsy Ann Riverboat, Biloxi, MS

Step aboard this majestic, old-fashioned paddle boat for a river adventure you won’t forget. They offer a variety of cruise options to suit every history buff, party animal, scholar, adventurer, and culinarian. This is one of the few remaining paddle boats of its kind, and simply being aboard is an experience in itself.

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5. Sweet Olive Boat Tour, Ridgeland, MS

This affordable boat tour shows you the scenery of the Ross Barnett Reservoir. Offering both private and public tours, you can enjoy the beautiful water year-round in a boat that’s either heated or cooled to provide the best in comfort. You can customize your private tours to suit your event, while public tours are usually 90 minutes and include light refreshments.

6. Wolf River Canoe and Kayak, Long Beach, MS

One of the most highly anticipated tours here are the full moon adventures that take you through scenic wilderness under a bright full moon. But for the rest of the month, they also offer group trips of varying distances that put you in control of your canoe or kayak with plenty of stops for fun. It’s a great way to see the little known side of Mississippi’s scenic landscape where no car could ever go.

7. Ship Island Excursions, Gulfport, MS

An hour’s boat ride is the only thing separating you from Ship Island, one of the most talked about tourist spots in the state. You can stay overnight on the island or simply enjoy an out and back boat ride. The charter company also offers sunset and fireworks cruises, as well as fun themes like their Sinatra cruise. 

8. T&J Island Cruises, Biloxi, MS

The bayou is home to some fascinating islands that are begging to be explored. These private boat tours and sunset cruises take you to favorite hot spots like Deer Island, where you can watch for dolphins, swim, have a picnic, or simply relax. Tour groups are generally kept small and include light refreshments. 

9. North Star Sailing Charters, Gulfport, MS

Mississippi’s Gulf Coast is truly a sight to behold, and you can get some of the best views on a sailing charter. From dinners to day trips, you’ll get great views of local sea life like pelicans and dolphins. You’re in control and customize your charter to your liking, whether you want to include a picnic or enjoy a cruise under the stars.

10. Airboat Swamp Tours & Charters, Pass Christian, MS

Just a stone’s throw from Louisiana’s bayous, these swamp tours highlight the wonders of the area’s wetlands. Explore the natural elements and get up close to Mississippi wildlife by venturing far away from the hustle and bustle. This is a boat tour the whole family can enjoy.

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