• 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?

A view of the Advanced Redoubt drawbridge.

The Third System fortifications consisted of 42 forts built between 1816 and 1870. They were used to guard all the principal harbors, rivers, and naval yards of the United States. Only the Advanced Redoubt of Fort Barrancas at Gulf Islands National Seashore was built entirely for land defense.