West Ship Island

Operating Hours:

Year-round sunrise to sunset

Mid-March through October: Historic fort, restrooms, and other services 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Things to Do:

The island, formerly Ship Island when connected to its eastern neighbor, is anchored by Fort Massachusetts. Like the other islands in Mississippi, West Ship is an excellent place to spend an afternoon swimming, picnicking, or wildlife viewing. Additionally, there are several amenities available on West Ship Island not found on the other islands.

A swim beach and picnic pavilions are located on the gulf side of the island. Visit our pets page to learn about visiting Gulf Islands National Seashore areas with your pets.

Entrance Fees:

There is no entrance fee for Mississippi Areas of the national seashore.


The facilities and services on West Ship Island are only open Mid-March through October. There are lifeguards on duty during the summer months. Pack-It-In, Pack-It-Out principles are practiced on the islands.


West Ship Island is accessible by ferry boat between March and October from Gulfport, Mississippi, click the link below to learn more. The ferry departure pier is located at the Gulfport's Jones Park 1022 23rd Avenue, Gulfport, MS 39501.

For more information call 228-230-4100.

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Last updated: December 19, 2017

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Mailing Address:

1801 Gulf Breeze Parkway
Gulf Breeze, FL 32563


(850) 934-2600

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