Biloxi is one of the oldest communities in the country, having first been settled in 1699. In the past, it was known as The Seafood Capital of the World. Today, the city is a cultural melting pot, with a year round schedule of celebrations, set against a backdrop of sugar-white sand beaches, great deep-sea or freshwater fishing, an array of championship golf courses, museums and historic sites, tantalizing seafood restaurants, and the excitement of 24-hour non-stop casino resorts. Within its boundaries, much diversity can be uncovered.
Biloxi is a Mississippi Main Street Community dedicated to historic preservation. Historical landmarks include the Biloxi Lighthouse, dating back to 1848, and Beauvoir, home of former President of the Confederate States of America, Jefferson Davis. You will find state of the art museums with the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art and the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum. Celebrations and festivals abound with the annual Biloxi Seafood Festival, Crawfish Music Festival, Blessing of the Fleet, and Mardi Gras parades and celebrations. The Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center offers year round entertainment and trade shows. Known for great fishing, Biloxi is host to many tournaments including the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic. The newest sporting event is the Biloxi Shuckers baseball team and new stadium to be completed in 2015. The Traditions campus of William Carey University is located just north of the city. Biloxi is also home to Keesler Air Force Base, one of the largest technical training wings of the Air Education and Training Command, as well as home base for the Hurricane Hunters.
Biloxi has grown to a major tourist destination with eight casino resorts offering entertainment, nationwide artists and performers and outstanding dining opportunities.