Ship Island is a barrier island located about 12 miles off the coast of Mississippi. It is only accessible by boat and features a historic fort, swimming area, beautiful beaches, two pavilion areas, restrooms, and a concession store. Cell phone service is extremely limited on the island.
Passport stamps and guided programs are available at Fort Massachusetts. Download the National Park Service app for a self-guided tour of the fort.
Structures & Facilities
Learn about the purpose, construction, and features of the fort on Ship Island.
Ship Island Excursions
Passenger ferry service is available seasonally from mid-March through October.
Ship Island Swim Beach
Access to the Gulf, outdoor showers, a concession store, picnic area, and chairs available for rent.
Ship Island buildings, structures, and Fort Massachusetts are open March through October 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Ship Island is only accessible by boat. If traveling on your private vessel, consult navigational charts. Operating a vessel greater than 5 mph or creating a wake is prohibited within 500 feet of the Ship Island Pier. Private vessels must dock on the left side of the pier.
Plan Your Trip
Plan Your Visit
Last updated: August 12, 2022