The Mississippi Aquarium will officially open to the public in downtown Gulfport on August 28. Opening on this date holds much significance for the state of Mississippi, as 15 years ago, Hurricane Katrina transformed the state’s coastline. Mississippi Aquarium is opening its doors to the public on this day, representing a revitalization of Coastal Mississippi.
“There are so many great recovery stories, and now Mississippi Aquarium will be another great story. Our leaders and communities put the hard work into rebuilding the Coast following Hurricane Katrina and it has paid off,” said Kurt Allen, President and CEO of Mississippi Aquarium. “No words can adequately express our gratitude for the support we’ve received from the residents of Coastal Mississippi and across the state.”
The Aquarium, designed by PGAV Destinations and Eley Guild Hardy Architects, sits on 5.8-acres and contains over 80,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibits connected by landscaped walkways with plants that represent all the physiographic regions of Mississippi.
Mississippi Aquarium’s most unique feature is the 360-degree suspended acrylic tunnel in its main habitat. While most aquariums have a 180-degree tunnel on their ground levels, Mississippi Aquarium’s tunnel goes directly through the primary habitat. This will give guests a chance to “walk on water” while having views of marine life from every angle—above them and below them.
The health and safety of our guests, animals and staff are our top priority. Mississippi Aquarium’s team is closely monitoring state and local guidelines regarding COVID-19. Currently, timed arrival tickets are required before visiting, and tickets are on sale now. Reservations are secured in 30-minute time slots, and guests will only be admitted before their scheduled time when capacity allows. The length of your stay will not be limited. The Aquarium will be open 7 days a week from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Visit the Aquarium’s website for the latest and most up to date policies and procedures on Covid-19 at www.msaquarium.org/what-to-expect