Rated as one of Outdoor Life’s top 200 best towns in America, this city boasts incredible antebellum architecture and a rich 300-year history. Pirate Jean Lafitte, Andrew Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant and Zachary Taylor all spent time in Pascagoula and considered it home, a hideaway or a respite throughout the years. Visit La Pointe-Krebs House, circa 1718, in all its rugged splendor with a panoramic view of Krebs Lake. Spend the afternoon at Scranton Nature Center at I.G. Levy Park, featuring a variety of exhibits. Or simply relax with a picnic at Beach Park for the day, overlooking the Mississippi Sound.
A 70’ Shrimp Boat (once a working shrimp boat) with exhibits. Glimpse the life and ways of coastal shrimpers. Docked in River Park, floating on the Pascagoula River it provides a unique setting to learn about many Gulf Coast marine topics.
Directions - Take Highway 90 to Jerry St. Pe’ Highway, turn left at the first traffic light, then left at the stop sign and continue until you reach the park. 228-938-2356
Sea life, birds, mammals, rocks, minerals, fossils and insects are among the exhibits. The exhibits are complemented with artwork to give a natural setting to what visitors will experience. Adults love this place as much as children! The center provides environmental education that promotes natural resource conservation practices and provides support to the cultural and ecotourism industry.
The center has new exhibits where children can look through a glass hole and be face-to-face with what's inside, and there's a small stuffed alligator guarding a display of ships that operated on the Pascagoula River from 1878 to the turn of the 20th century. 228-938-6612
The Round Island Lighthouse, c. 1859, once stood off the coast of Pascagoula on Round Island. Damaged by various hurricanes over the years it was moved to the mainland in 2010. It is whitewashed to reflect the look it had originally. Now it sits at the western gateway to the City welcoming visitors and residents alike. Tours are available 10am to 5pm on Fridays and Saturdays. 228-938-6612