• Beach walkway to white sandy beach and bluegreen waters

    Gulf Islands

    National Seashore FL,MS

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Getting Around

White ferry boat with visitors docked at West Ship Island
Enjoying the ferry ride to West Ship Island, MS District.
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Passenger ferry service is available if you would like to explore West Ship Island in the Mississippi District. Ferries have on-board amenities such as restrooms and snack bars. Watch for dolphins gliding alongside the boat!

To arrange transportation to East Ship, Horn, Petit Bois, and Cat Islands contact a National Park Service licensed boat operator.

Did You Know?

Live oak trees are strong and durable.

In 1828, John Q. Adams designated the Naval Live Oaks Area of Gulf Islands National Seashore as the first United States tree farm. Live oak trees are known for their incredible density and resistance to disease. They provided durable wood for the construction of early naval vessels.