Staying at home as you wait for the pandemic to pass doesn’t have to be boring. You can pick up a new skill, finish that book you left on your bedside table, do hobbies you enjoy but had no time for before, and spend some quality time with your loved ones (if you are living with them).
Another option is to enjoy the sights and delights of Coastal Mississippi through virtual tours. Check out some of our favorites below.
- Go on a “Google trek” of Coastal Mississippi
Explore Coastal Mississippi in a completely different way. Simply open Google Maps on your preferred web or phone browser and enable street view. Use your mouse or swipe to go left, right, or straight to wherever you want to go. You can find a list of starting points, such as the Pascagoula River Audubon Center in Moss Point and the Gulf Islands National Seashore in Ocean Springs, here. No need to wear sunscreen or dress up to enjoy the outdoors!
- Tour the Mississippi State Capitol
It’s not quite Coastal Mississippi, but don’t miss this experience anyway. The Mississippi State Capitol is one of the most iconic buildings in the Magnolia State, and if you’ve never been, you can go on a virtual tour to experience it up close and personal as you sit on your favorite armchair.
This virtual tour is best experienced with a Google Cardboard headset. You can get a viewer for as low as $9 and use it for other immersive experiences. Click here to learn more about Google Cardboard.
- Go on a virtual shrimping trip
Board the Sailfish and join the folks over at Biloxi Shrimping Tours on one of their shrimping expeditions with Elementary Explorers. You can check their official Facebook page to browse past tours and binge watch all of their video updates. It’s not quite like being out there in the water, but for now, it will do. Besides, the energy is just infectious!
- See the sights up the Biloxi Lighthouse virtually
Thanks again to the wonders of Google Maps’ street view, you can enjoy panoramic views of the water from the Biloxi Lighthouse here. If you want a more real-time experience, you can hop over to this live stream of the Biloxi Lighthouse and watch what happens as it happens.
- View this digital exhibition by the Walter Anderson Museum of Art
The Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs recently launched 9 Lives: Cats of Walter Anderson, a digital exhibit you can view whenever, wherever, so long as you have an Internet connection. The digital exhibition contains a wide array of art pieces by Walter Anderson, from paintings to sculptures and even some poetry, all inspired by the feline friends he encountered throughout his life.
Want more art? You can check out the Walter Anderson Museum of Art’s digital library. The museum’s ART+ program also has different learning resources you, kids, and all your other loved ones can use to keep boredom at bay.
- Tour the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art digitally
View and learn more about current and past exhibitions at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, or see what it’s like to bike around the museum’s campus designed by legendary modern architect Frank Gehry. Once you’re done, you can watch the next tour or complete the entire East Tour and West Tour collection. Next time you’re allowed to go out for a bike ride, you’ll know where to go.
- Check out all of the public art in Coastal Mississippi
Using Google Maps again, take a public art tour and see all of Coastal Mississippi’s iconic murals, sculptures, and more. Here’s your itinerary. Pull up Google Maps on your web browser, type the address or the location of the public art you want to view first, hit enter, and go on street view. You’ll never know what you’ll find (aside from art) on these Google treks!
Done with your virtual Coastal Mississippi tour? Here’s a bonus, one that will take you across the Atlantic: visit the Louvre digitally. The most famous museum in the world may be a continent away, but you can check out all of their virtual tours showcasing everything from Egyptian artifacts and Renaissance art to Louvre’s more historic side.