Ship Island

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Operating Hours

Year-round sunrise to sunset

Mid-March through October 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Ship Island buildings, structures and Fort Massachusetts are closed from Nov. 1 to Feb. 28, with an extension to Feb. 29 in a Leap Year.


Swim Beach: Located on the gulf side of the island, the island concessioner offers chair and umbrella rentals. Lifeguards are on duty at the Ship Island swim beach during the summer months.
Picnic Pavilions: There are two large picnic pavilions with restrooms and outdoor showers nearby.
Snack Bar: The island concessioner operates a snack bar with cool drinks and warm food.
Pier: A porition of the pier is open to loading and unloading from private vessels, look for signs on the pier to direct you to the appropriate locations. Vessels may not be left unattended at the pier.


Ship Island is only accessible by boat. If traveling in your private vessel consult navigational charts. A public ferry boat is available between March and October from Gulfport, Mississippi. The ferry departure pier is located at the Gulfport's Jones Park 1022 23rd Avenue, Gulfport, MS 39501. A public ferry boat is also available between May and August from Biloxi, Mississippi. The departure pier is located at Margaritaville Resort Biloxi 195 Beach Blvd. Biloxi, MS 39530.


Ship Island Restoration Areas

Ship Island (formerly known as East and West Ship Islands) was reconnected by the US Army Corps of Engineers in Spring 2019 as part of the Mississippi Coastal Improvement Projects. Though the island has been reconnected, the restored area and the area formerly known as East Ship Island remain an active construction area. For visitor safety, camping and beach fires will not be permitted on the area formerly known as East Ship Island and no visitor use will be permitted in the restored area until construction is completed in Spring 2021. Management of Ship Island once the project is completed was outlined in the park's General Management Plan issued in 2014.


Last updated: March 9, 2021

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Mailing Address:

1801 Gulf Breeze Parkway
Gulf Breeze, FL 32563


(850) 934-2600

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