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Gulf Islands National Park

Sea OatsGulf Islands National Park and Seashore preserves natural and historic resources along the Gulf of Mexico barrier islands of Florida and Mississippi. It was established in January of 1971 and is managed by the National Park Service.  The protected regions include mainland areas and parts of seven islands. The Park offers recreation opportunities, including accessible walkways, brail signage, and an audio tour for those with disabilities. It is not crowded and is a great place to walk and enjoy natural wildlife. Whether you’re at the park for a couple hours or a couple of weeks, there are activities for everyone. There are 12 unique places to visit and explore at Gulf Islands National Seashore. For Example: You can download the Fort Pickens Self-guiding Tour and the Advanced Redoubt Self-guiding Tour to your mobile device.

Ship Island: The forts of Gulf Islands National Seashore were built between 1797 and the 1940s, their walls tell the story of constant evolution from the Spanish colonial Bateria De San Antonio to the American Battery 234. These forts represent the value placed on the anchorages at Pensacola Bay, Florida and Ship Island, Mississippi. While the national seashore preserves forts that span a long period of defense, possibly the most striking among these are the American Third System forts: Fort Pickens, Fort Massachusetts, Fort Barrancas, and the Advanced Redoubt, all of which saw action during the Civil War.


Address: 3500 Park Rd

City:  Ocean Springs

County:  Jackson

Website: www.nps.gov/guis/index.htm

Accessibility:  accessible walkways; braille signage; audio tours; accessible bathrooms