The Magnolia State brims with
Gulf Coast Region
defining group venues and
With input from regional CVBs and state tourism experts, the
following are some of the only-in Mississippi experiences that will
ensure attendees have a memorable visit.
A great place to learn about Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Region is at
the Biloxi-based Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum, which was
established in 1986 to showcase the history and heritage of the area.
Here, groups can take informative tours, book an off-site gathering amid nautical exhibits and take a ride on an authentic replica of
a Biloxi oyster schooner, according to Janice Jefferson, director of
destination sales at Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast.
For groups in Hattiesburg, the Hattiesburg Zoo offers an intriguing place to explore and hold events, including on-site spaces such
as the Asbury Discovery Center.
“The zoo provides an immersive
environment with lush outdoor
space and pavilions designed for
groups of up to 1,000,” says Kristen
Brock, sales manager for VisitHat-
tiesburg. “No event is complete
without up-close animal encoun-
ters and themed food and decor.”
In Kiln, the Lazy Magnolia is
Mississippi’s oldest packaging
brewery where groups can take a
one-hour educational tour, accord-
ing to Myrna Green, manager of
Hancock County Tourism Bureau.
“A souvenir pint glass and sam-
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rom Presley and Faulkner to maritime and
agriculture history, Mississippi is filled with creative,
historic and scenic off-site options that groups won’t
find anywhere else.
Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum, Biloxi
Lazy Magnolia, Kiln
Asbury Discovery Center, Hattiesburg