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We want to visit and bike in Old Town Bay St. Louis Mississippi

QUESTION TO COASTAL90.COM My husband and I are going to be staying at my son’s in law camp we want to drive to Old Town Bay St. Louis. We have been there a couple of times and then ride r bicycles around could you please give us any advice like where to park at and some great bike riding areas to see.

thanks for any advice

ANSWER:

Bay St. Louis Old Town is a great area to visit and bike. For parking I would park on Main Street or when open the Bay St. Louis Parking Garage. (It may be closed due to Construction) Bring plenty of Water because it can be warm especially during the summer months.

Bay St Louis Bike Tour for biking around Old Town Bay St. Louis,Beach Bike Path and Waveland

Once out I would ride the bikes around and hit a few local areas:

  • I would swing by the Depot District and Duck Pond first. This will get you about a 5 minute bike ride from Main Street. The Cypress Cafe is located there. The old train terminal and several other shops and business are located in this area as well.
  • Then I would head back up to the beach to check out the great bike path from Bay St. Louis to Waveland. (If you are adventurous you can take the trek to the Waveland Pier about 3 Miles down. Nice walk for $1.00 per person.)
  • Head back to Main Street and Visit the Sloppy Dog’s Cafe. This is a great little cafe serving gourmet hot dog’s in Bay St. Louis.
  • Check out the Hancock Historical Society located on Cue Street across from the Court House. Great history collection and nice museum of Hancock County.
  • Then hit the other antique and shops on Main Street. Check out our Old Town Bay St. Louis Guide
  • Close out the day at Serious Breads. Oh my god do they have the best bread and cookies in Mississippi! I know because we work above the bakery. Smells good Everyday!

Great bike stop on Bay St Louis Bike tour.
Cypress Cafe has moved to the Old City Hall Building next to the City Park on South 2nd Street.

 

There is so much to see. I will also post a bike ride map shortly to show the points of interest that are great stops as well.

Kayak Fishing under Bay St Louis Train Bridge

Kayak in Bay St Louis to catch fish or a sunrise.

On a morning like this it is time to load the Kayaks and head out to the beach or the Bay St Louis Train bridge for some trout or redfish action. A reliable Kayak is a good choice for a low cost high enjoyment fishing machine. Generally fishing in a Kayak is more work and requires more sitting in a tight space, but the boat note is low and the fish aren't spooked from the larger profile. Fishing in a Kayak is also rewarding with a closer feeling to nature during your kayak fishing trip. Be safe, always wear a life jacket when fishing in a Kayak. It only takes a second to have some real problems in the water.

Many Kayak fisherman like the beach areas of Bay St Louis and under the Bay St. louis train bridge. The water in the bay can kick up quick, so keep a close eye on the weather when fishing from a kayak. Check out our Kayak Fishing Guide for Mississippi

Early Morning sunrise over Old Town Bay Saint Louis Mississippi

Old Town Bay St Louis as seen before sunrise on the Gulf of Mexico

This morning was going to have the perfect sunrise. I convinced myself to hop out of bed to greet the colors of the day. I loaded up the camera and tripod and headed to Washington Street fishing pier in Old Town Bay St. Louis. The weather was cool and the water was calm. Boaters were using the launch in preparation for the great fishing ahead of dawn. The sun rose displaying a magnificent array of colors. 

Here are a few of this morning's best sunrise photos over Bay St. Louis in Mississippi.

Sunrise over Bay St. Louis Mississippi

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The Duck Pond

 

Bay Saint Louis Duck Pond is a great park for family fun.
The Duck Pond By the Train Depot in Old Town Bay St. Louis

Bay St. Louis did a wonderful job making a wide open area into a sweet spot.  The Duck Pond is phenomenal!  Kids and adults both love to come here.  There are benches and swings around to relax and watch the ducks play.  If you want to be more involved, the ducks love to be fed.  The park includes a great water crossing bridge complete with a small waterfall type scene. I know many an hour will be spent enjoying this wonderful scene set in the heart of Old Town.

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Nature Tail with Butterfly Garden

 

Pass Christian Mississippi Nature and Butterfly Garden park located on Menge.

Nature Trail with Butterfly Garden

Menge Avenue  in Pass Christian, MS

The Park is not a playground, but more of a nature spot.  It has a nature trail with a Butterfly Garden.  It doesn’t seem like the park has been maintained lately.  The signs are down or hardly legible.  There are fallen trees and a good bit of over growth.  This might be a good thing if you want to see some wild animals such as deer.  It is located on Menge Avenue not too far off of the beach road.  Although some signs are down it is a great park for a scenic walk through the woods. The path was well worn although some trees were laying across parts of the paths. It is not a good park for Pass Christian area toddlers looking to play, but will surely please nature and hiking enthusiasts.

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