Seniors Enjoy Another Best Coastal Small Town
USA TODAY and 10best.com selected Ocean Springs one of the best. Senior visitors will find this city, whose population is a little over 17,000, about 2 miles east of Biloxi. The name Ocean Springs was coined by Dr. William Glover Austin in 1854. He believed the local springs had healing qualities.
Ocean Springs became a prosperous resort town and after several years reinvented itself as a historically-oriented residential community. The history of the town is celebrated annually in reenactments depicting Pierre LeMoyne d’Iberville’s landing, over 300 years ago, near a replica of Fort Maurepas (1699).
“The splendor and allure of Ocean Springs and her awesome oaks remain to this day as one of the utmost experiences for its locals and out of town visitors.”
It’s known as the City of Discovery in recognition of the French establishment of a settlement.
Seniors Drawn By The Arts and Festivals
Wikipedia notes that the town has a reputation as an arts community. Its historic and secluded downtown streets are lined by live oak trees. Ocean Springs is home to several art galleries and shops, and to a number of ethnic restaurants.
A couple of the major festivals that senior visitors enjoy in Ocean Springs are the Peter Anderson Festival and The Herb Festival.
Each year, on the first weekend of November, thousands of folks come from all over the country for The Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival.
The Ocean Springs Artwalk gives senior visitors an opportunity to watch artists in action. This festival takes place in August and features potters, painters, sculptors, mixed media artists. Senior visitors enjoy the Art Walk and shop for local art, dine at more than 30 restaurants, and mingle with locals and tourists alike in attractive small boutiques, shops and galleries.
Seniors Love The Seafood
And bring your food loving palate to Ocean Springs as from colonial times to present day, seafood has been celebrated. The abundance of seafood allowed French and French-Canadian explorers and settlers to thrive within the Fort Maurepas/Old Biloxi area.
In the late nineteenth century, the development of ice plant industries along the coast increased seafood sales. Locals and visitors alike can still purchase freshly harvested shrimp, fish, crabs, and oysters because of this thriving industry.
Senior visitors will enjoy the Walter Anderson Museum of Art and the Gulf Islands National Seashore. A pair of other major draws include the Ocean Springs Museum of History and Fontainebleau Nature Trail, that is loaded with beautiful flowers, shrubs and trees.
The local Chamber of Commerce invites you to consider staying for a few days in Ocean Springs. -jeb