Ocean Springs, Mississippi, lies at the heart of the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast on the eastern shore of Biloxi Bay. It’s known as the City of Discovery in recognition of the French establishment of a settlement here in 1699. Long before the French arrived, however, the area was appreciated for its beauty and natural resources by Native Americans. The attributes that brought these early residents have attracted a diverse stream of people during the past 300 years. Ocean Springs has been flavored by many influences during its rich history, and now in the 21st century, it has a unique character that makes us happy to call it home.
Nestled along the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the City of Ocean Springs is a vibrant and eclectic arts community. It is home to numerous galleries, artist studios, and over 100 restaurants, and recently opened its first micro-brewery. With relatively affordable housing (the median home value is just over $204,000), schools that are among the best in the State of Mississippi, premier healthcare facilities, and a unique beauty found all over town, it is easy to understand why 17,000 people are proud to call Ocean Springs home!
Visit our historical and growing commercial districts for unique shopping experiences. Enjoy City services and facilities by spending time in one of our many parks and green spaces. Find time during your week to enjoy natural beauty, cultural resources, and other aspects of our city and the Coast. We welcome visitors to come and enjoy. Please visit the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce for additional visitor information or call 228.875.4424.
Ocean Springs was discovered in 1699 by French explorer Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville. Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce was established in 1947 as the City’s Chamber of Commerce with an executive director, staff and board of directors.
In 1989, the City of Ocean Springs became a national main street community designating the Chamber as the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce – Main Street. Today, the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce – Main Street – Tourism Bureau is a non-profit, private organization located in the heart of downtown and not only serves to promote and preserve, but also informs as the official city’s visitor center.
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