Known as the City of Discovery by locals and visitors alike, this historic coastal town is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a whole host of experiences. A quaint, cottage Main Street community nestled amongst centuries-old live oaks on the scenic shore of Coastal Mississippi, Ocean Springs boasts a rich history, artistic flair, lush landscape and small town appeal.
Colorful and sophisticated, the community is known for its arts and festivals. It is home to the Ocean Springs Art Association representing more than 300 local artists, the largest fine arts festival in the state, Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival presented by Blue Moon, the Walter Anderson Museum of Art, Shearwater Pottery and the Mary C O'Keefe Cultural Center of Arts & Education.
With over 200 independent shops, galleries, restaurants and nightlife, this community captures southern, small town charm with its walkability, white sand beaches, and year round activity.
Ocean Springs has three entertainment districts where patrons may leave restaurants and bars with “go-cups”.
Ocean Springs, Mississippi, lies at the heart of the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast on the eastern shore of Biloxi Bay. It's known as the City of Discovery in recognition of the French establishment of a settlement here in 1699. Long before the French arrived, however, the area was appreciated for its beauty and natural resources by Native Americans. The attributes that brought these early residents have attracted a diverse stream of people during the past 300 years. Ocean Springs has been flavored by many influences during its rich history, and now in the 21st century, it has a unique character that makes us happy to call it home..
Nestled along the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the City of Ocean Springs is a vibrant and eclectic arts community. It is home to numerous galleries, artist studios, and over 100 restaurants, and recently opened its first micro-brewery. With relatively affordable housing (the median home value is just over $204,000), schools that are among the best in the State of Mississippi, premier healthcare facilities, and a unique beauty found all over town, it is easy to understand why 17,000 people are proud to call Ocean Springs home!
Visit our historical and growing commercial districts for unique shopping experiences. Enjoy City services and facilities by spending time in one of our many parks and green spaces. Find time during your week to enjoy natural beauty, cultural resources, and other aspects of our city and the Coast. We welcome visitors to come and enjoy.