DeSoto Magazine July 2021

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on the road again | MOSS POINT, MISS.

, t n i o P ssississippi MoM 8:30 Experience the feel of a by-gone era at Burnham Drugs, a pharmacy with an old-time soda fountain and deli known for its hearty omelets and biscuits. Grab a breakfast biscuit with ham or sausage and cup of coffee to start your day at this local gathering spot. 9:15 Head over to the Pascagoula River Audubon Center where you’ll catch a glimpse of the unique ecosystem of the river, along with nature trails that highlight many varieties of birds. Better yet, rent a kayak and paddle around the area for the best views. Kayak rentals for up to three hours are available. The Audubon Center building offers indoor galleries as well. 11:15 In keeping with an appreciation of nature, head to the Grand Bay Coastal Resources Center with its many displays in the Interpretive Center. If you’re so inclined, go paddling, fishing, do more birding, and/or take a stroll on the boardwalk out into the marsh. Be sure to have your camera ready, as you will likely see lizards, skinks, and other unique flora and fauna. 12:30 Edd’s Drive-In has been in business since 1953. This locally owned and operated 50s-style diner is famous for chili cheeseburgers and fabulous milkshakes. You can enjoy your meal from the comfort of your car or in Edd’s dining room. 1:45 Browse the shops in downtown Moss Point, including the Boot Outlet which contains a vast inventory of boots plus outdoor sportswear and an enormous selection of Carhartt merchandise. 3:00 Explore the Gulf Coast Gator Ranch on U.S. Hwy. 90 and take a swamp boat tour into the marshy swamp to view not only gators in their natural habitat but also birds and other marine wildlife. Tour the ranch itself where some of the oldest and largest alligators live in captivity. 5:00 Just down the street diners can enjoy freshly cooked catfish at the Lakeview Catfish Restaurant. The Lakeview is another Moss Point institution, a place where the locals love to dine. Shrimp, crab, oysters, and steak are also available. Expect casual dining as well as good food and service. 6:30 Take in the sunset and a dessert, especially one of the fruit cobblers, at The Boathouse, a restaurant located at Presley’s Outing on Goode’s Mill Lake. RV camping in a peaceful campground is also available if you want to stay awhile to enjoy the freshwater fishing, kayaking, picnicking, and of course, sunset watching.

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