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What to Expect at Mississippi Aquarium

Here are a few things to expect when you visit the Aquarium:

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Adult: Ages 12 - 64
Military discounts will be available for purchase upon opening. ID required at time of purchase.


Children Admission: Ages 3 - 12 Free admission for children 2 and under

All tickets are final sale and non-refundable. No rain checks.

Hours of operation 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily, subject to change.Last ticket sold for entry is 1 hour prior to closing.

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2100 E. Beach Boulevard Gulfport, Mississippi 39501
For Google Maps enter:
1401 20th Avenue, Gulfport, Mississippi 39501

Getting Here with CTA!

Getting to MSAQ just got a lot easier, thanks to the new bus routes by Coast Transit Authority! The CTA Transit Hub and Parking Center is conveniently located next to the Aquarium.

$2.25 for 1 hour
$4.50 for 2 hours
$11 for 2 plus hours

SUNSHINE EXPRESS: Daily trips from the Biloxi Hub to the Gulfport Hub (by the Aquarium) round trip from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm (with hourly intervals) for $3 per person per trip.  The first day – opening day – will be free.  After that it will be $3 per person per trip.

From US HWY 49
From Lorraine Cowan Road
clock for daily schedule
Hours of operation
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily,
subject to change.

Last ticket sold for entry is
1 hour prior to closing.

The schedule is subject to change at any given moment. Please check with Guest Experience for the most up to date schedule upon arrival.

daily schedule & programs

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Daily schedule

10:00 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
11:15 a.m.
11:45 a.m.
12:30 p.m.
1:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m.
3:30 p.m.
4:00 p.m.
Croc Talk
Ambassador Appearance
Aviary Feed & Chat
Otter Chat
Narrated Dolphin Training Session
Ambassador Appearance
Rulers of the Sky
Close Encounters of the Aquatic Kind
Narrated Dolphin Training Session

Pelican Pointe CafÉ

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Daily

Pelican Pointe Café offers a variety of tasty treats, including nachos, burgers, tacos, salads, grilled cheese and more! Dine al fresco and observe the wonder around you, or grab and go your meal. The Café is situated between the River and the Aviary.

Full Menu

The Gulf Shop

On your way out, stop by The Gulf Shop to pick up a memento to capture your experience, or a gift for someone else. The Gulf Shop is open during regular Aquarium hours and is located near the main entrance. Members save 10% on all purchases.

Aquarium Map

Third Floor Touch Experience

Third floor touch

  • Invertebrate Touch Experience
  • Shark and Ray Touch Experience
  • Upper view of Oceans
  • Sea Trek Experience
  • Back of House Experience

Mid level tunnel

  • Swirl Experience
  • Life Support Experience
  • 360 Tunnel
mid level tunnel in aquatic wonders mississippi aquarium

First Floor

  • Kid Crawl Bubble
  • Shark Viewing Window
  • Grouper Grotto
  • Eel Experience
  • Big Window
First floor layout of Mississippi Aquarium

Accessibility & Inclusion

Mississippi Aquarium welcomes all guests. We strive to provide accessible and inclusive experiences and programs that allow all people to enjoy and learn about Mississippi and the Gulf Coast.

We encourage you to contact us in advance of your visit with any questions or specific needs. info@msaquarium.org.

Hotel Partners

Mississippi Aquarium was founded on three pillars: Education, Conservation and Community. It is because of our Hotel Partners we are able to offer specials to our members and guests.
Residence Inn logo
Almanett Hotel and bistro logo
Courtyard Marriots logo

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a code of conduct?
Can I bring food and beverage to the Aquarium?
Is photography allowed inside the Aquarium?
How much are tickets?
Do you offer a military discount?
How do I become a member?
How do I get a group rate?
Do you have a dress code?
Are strollers and wheelchairs allowed?
Are service animals allowed?
Smoking and Vaping
Prohibited Items
What happens if it rains?
Does the Aquarium have a lost and found?
Nursing and baby changing
Animal Safety
First aid and emergencies
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