Ocean Springs is a small city of about 18,000 in Jackson County, on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Ocean Springs is the home of nationally recognized painters and potters which has promoted the cities aura of a artistic community. More than 100 unique shops, museums, and galleries showcase Ocean Spring's artistic heritage. The famous live oaks shade the very walkable and window-shoppable downtown.
Highway 90 and Interstate 10 are the most common roads taken to get into the city.
From New Orleans, take "Interstate 10" east toward Slidell for 88 miles. Take exit 50 and merge onto "Highway 609" south for the last three miles. Travel time from New Orleans is typically about an hour and a half.
From Mobile, take "Interstate 10" west for 46 miles. Take exit 57 and go south on "Highway 57". Take the first right onto Ocean Springs Road. The travel time is typically about an hour.
Beaches: There are two public beaches in Ocean Springs. Front Beach, with sugary white sand and shallow depths, is more popular for sunbathing and water activities. Anchored at one end by the Ocean Springs-Biloxi Bay Bridge (US90) and at the other by Ocean Springs Harbor, there are two public piers for fishing and crabbing. There are spectacular, scenic views of the Mississippi Sound, Deer Island, the Ocean Springs-Biloxi Bay Bridge and Biloxi's casino skyline as well as of the local pelicans, fishing fleet, and sunsets. East Beach is a more residential beach dotted with piers. Beware, while the water is safe for swimming, it is brown and murky with occasional clusters of oysters a hazard for swimmers.
Washington Avenue: Full of unique little shops and restaurants, regarded as the most beautiful downtown on the Mississippi Coast.
Mississippi Vietnam Veterans Memorial[members.tripod.com/psysim/msvn.html]: This memorial lists all the names of Mississippians that died in Vietnam as well as a helicopter used in the war.
Crooked Feather: Famous sculpture by Peter Toth carved from a 5 by 11 foot cypress log. It can be seen on the south side of highway 90 near the Biloxi-Ocean Springs bridge.
Gulf Islands National Seashore: Located on Davis Bayou, this nature reserve has beautiful views of wildlife natural to the marshes of the area. It offers camping, nature trails, ranger programs, a picnic area with pavilions, boat ramp and fishing pier.