City of Discovery

The Roost Ocean Springs has a vision for it's guest to explore and discover all the natural beauty that surrounds our inn.  Our goal is to allow our guest to feel the natural beauty that engulfs Ocean Springs and continue the journey of realizing the beauty of nature.  This historic town is filled with several miles of shopping, dining and entertainment surrounded by arts, beautiful landscaping, bayous and a walkable downtown district that you do not want to miss.  

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

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.

Barrier Islands

Visit Site

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.


Mary C Cultural Center


Mary C OKeefe Cultural Center
1600 Government Street
Ocean Springs, MS 39564
(228) 818-2878

Cooking Class Schedule


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.


Local Craft Beer Brewery

Micro Brewery of Craft Beer on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi! 

Crooked Letter Brewery

Our artisanal craft beer is lovingly made for you with close attention to every single detail. The ingredients added are fresh and when it gets to you it is fresh. Crooked Letter craft beer is made right here in Mississippi!

Chandeleur Brewery

Chandeleur Brewery is an 8000 sq ft historic building, located just blocks from the beach in downtown Gulfport, Ms.  Perfect place to listen to good tunes, learn about the art of hand crafting- beers and enjoy our local brew.

Outdoor Activities

Gulf Islands National Seashore and Visitors Center

3500 Park Road
Ocean Springs, MS 39564
Visitor Information - Mississippi
(228) 875-0823, extension 100

Public Beaches

  • Front Beach, Ocean Springs

  • Fort Maurepas Park overlooking the Gulf

Features: Park, Children's Splash pad and Play ground

Harbor Master
(228)872- 5754

Paddles Up & Skate

Paddleboard and kayak rentals available

Address: 1018 Government St, Ocean Springs, MS 39564   (228) 334-5574   10AM–6PM

Gulf Islands Waterpark
On I-10 (exit Hwy 49 North); Gulfport, MS 39503
(866) 485-3386 | (228) 328-1266 |

Gulf Islands Waterpark is thrilling fun for the entire family and is your premier family destination in the Gulf South! Enjoy more than 18 acres of water-filled fun at the newest and largest waterpark

Ocean Springs, Mississippi, lies at the heart of the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast on the eastern shore of Biloxi Bay. It’s known as the City of Discovery in recognition of the French establishment of a settlement here in 1699. Long before the French arrived, however, the area was appreciated for its beauty and natural resources by Native Americans. The attributes that brought these first residents have continued to attracted a diverse stream of people for than 300 years.

To learn more about the Gulf Coast…

The constant presence of the gulf works its way into everything, from the special people and culture you find there to the stunningly beautiful light. Knowing this area is a photographer’s dream, and Visit Mississippi brought two different visual storytellers to the region to turn their lenses on the most dramatic scenes they could find.

From the bayous to the bays and the beautiful harbor towns, they found inspiring scenes everywhere they turned.

Where will your adventure along Coastal Mississippi take you?