A trip with the whole family is exciting, but a vacation for just the guys can be a real adventure. You can plan activities and excursions that the girls wouldn’t be interested in. The Gulf Coast is full of things that will keep you and the boys entertained. Whether you seek a few hours of fishing or a few rounds on the golf course, you will be able to plan enough adventure to fill your days.
Charter a Fishing Boat
No trip to the Gulf Coast is complete without spending a little time on the water. There are many charter companies along the coast that offer both full and half day fishing vacation packages. You and the boys can try out your sea legs and throw out a few lines while trying to reel in a wild variety of fish, from sharks to redfish to King mackerel. Most charter fees include your license, bait and tackle, and ice.
Even if you aren’t an avid fisherman, simply being on the water and riding around the gulf makes for a great day. Pack a lunch and some drinks and get ready to take in the view from the deck and keep your eyes alert for playful dolphins.
Hit the Golf Courses
The Gulf Coast is also known as the “Golf Coast” because there are so many golf getaways to swing your clubs. Along the Mississippi coast there are more than 20 courses to choose deom. You can even set up accommodations at one of the local golf resorts with courses designed by top golf pros like Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer.
Travel the River
If you want to get a little closer to nature, rent a few kayaks and paddle your way up the Mississippi River to get a good look at local wildlife. Pull out the binoculars and admire the many species of birds and reptiles along the way. Pull up onto the bank for a midday lunch and a quick hike.
Sign Up for an Eco-Tour
Eco-tourism is a big part of the Gulf Coast. You and the boys can visit nature preserves and alligator farms. Plan a long hike along popular trails and the state parks. You can see animals like beavers and alligators out in the natural habitats.
Visit the Barrier Islands
There are five barrier islands along the Mississippi Gulf Coast: Deer Island, Cat Island, Horn Island, Ship Island and Petit Blois Island. You can charter a boat to travel out to the islands. A ferry travels between the mainland and Ship Island. Cat Island was once a military base during WWII. Deer Island got its name supposedly because deer flee to the island during hunting season. There, you can search the island for artifacts like arrowheads or fish and relax in the sun.
Horn Island is a great spot for swimming and exploring lagoons. You can enjoy the small wooded area on Petit Blois Island. Take the ferry to Ship Island and tour Fort Massachusetts, built in 1868.