Hotel At a Glance: Grand Casino Biloxi
Five restaurants, a giant onsite spa, and a majestic, fountain-studded outdoor pool lend a palatial glamour to Grand Casino Biloxi. The property has sweeping views of the Gulf of Mexico, and while slots and table games are the focal point here, there is plenty to do outside of the gaming rooms.
- More than 800 reel and video slots make up the 24-hour casino, along with multiple blackjack and craps tables.
- You can walk to the beach, which is just blocks away, or to the hiking trails at Gulf Marine State Park.
- Enjoy a fruity cocktail next to the large, curvy outdoor pool, open-year round and lined with fountains, cabanas, and a pool bar
- Five restaurants are onsite, including an Asian-fusion eatery, a grand buffet, and an upscale steakhouse with more than 100 wines in its cellar.
- Indulge in a spa treatment at the 16,000-square foot Bellissimo Spa and Salon, which offers spa pedicures, full-body massages, and detoxifying spa body wraps
Biloxi, Mississippi: Old City on the Gulf with Casinos and Historical Tours
The Biloxi Lighthouse stands 64 feet over the southern Mississipi city of Biloxi, and it's become the city's most famous landmark. One of the first cast-iron lighthouses in the South, the lighthouse has stood since 1848 despite the area having been damaged by Hurricane Katrina. It served as a symbol of determination for Biloxi as the city rebuilt after the storm. You can take a guided tour of the Biloxi Lighthouse any morning at 9, 9:15, or 9:30. It's also worth visiting the Hurricane Katrina Memorial in Biloxi's Town Green, which has a 12-foot-high monument with a glass case full of items found in destroyed buildings.
The Biloxi Tour Train, nicknamed the "Shrimp Train" by locals, offers a 90-minute narrated tour of the town's Historical District. You can ride along in the open air as the tour passes by beautiful live oaks and sites important to the town's 314-year history. Also popular in town: charter boat tours, where you can do anything from surf fishing to shrimping. Some go out to Ship Island, a barrier island 11 miles offshore with clean white beaches and turquoise water.