West Ship Island

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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.


Swim Beach: Located on the gulf side of the island, the island concessioner offers chair and umbrella rentals. Lifeguards are on duty at the West 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 private boat docking, look for signs on the pier to direct you to the appropriate locations.


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.


Last updated: November 7, 2018

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Mailing Address:

1801 Gulf Breeze Parkway
Gulf Breeze, FL 32563


(850) 934-2600

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