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Finding Family Fun: South Mississippi is rich with eco-tourism opportunities

Sunrise from the Pascagoula River (Photo Source: WLOX News) Sunrise from the Pascagoula River (Photo Source: WLOX News)

"Whether you want adventure and excitement, or just time to unwind, the Coast has what you're looking for."  That is what tourism leaders want people to know about south Mississippi. 

Eco-tourism is a large part of that message. In fact, if you go to the Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast website right now, you'll find an entire section devoted to the diverse eco-systems and serene nature you'll find in our own backyard. Tourism leaders have even posted a video showcasing what south Mississippi has to offer nature lovers.

Tuesday morning, Meggan Gray climbed aboard McCoy's River and Marsh Tours to see what it is that attracts people to the Pascagoula River. It was evident almost immediately. Graceful birds emerged from the marsh grasses as the boat cruised by. Alligators scurried under water, seeking safety from the approaching 'outsiders.' The still waters and lush green landscape surrounding the boat served as the serene backdrop for observing Mother Nature.

The Pascagoula River is the last unregulated major river system in the lower 48 states. Its rich with life, everything from rare birds to giant grasshoppers, abundant fish, otters, gators, even manatees at times. It's one of many hidden gems along the Mississippi Gulf Coast where families can enjoy all that nature has to offer.

Join Meggan Gray this week on Good Morning Mississippi for more "Finding Family Fun" adventures.

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