Ocean Springs is a small beach community located in Jackson County, Mississippi. Ocean Springs is referred to as the “City of Discovery” and is known for its vibrant art and culinary scene. The city received its name from Dr. William Glover Austin in 1854 who believed area springs had healing powers.
History of the City
Ocean Springs was discovered by French explorer Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville in 1699. In April of 1699, the French settled and established Fort Maurepas. Also known as Old Biloxi, this was the first European settlement in Mississippi. Fort Maurepas was also the first capital of French Louisiana.
Just like its neighbors to the west, Ocean Springs also suffered the effects of Hurricane Katrina. The 28-foot storm surge gutted many of the shoreline buildings and destroyed the Ocean Springs Yacht Club and the replica of Fort Maurepas. The Biloxi Bay Bridge that connected Ocean Springs to Biloxi was also demolished by the storm. Much like the rest of the Gulf Coast, Ocean Springs has rebounded and experienced a surge in tourism due to its thriving art community and beach access.
The current population in Ocean Springs is 17,514 and the median age is 39. There are 6,301 households in Ocean Springs with 4,238 being families. The average number of people per household is 2.6.
Female Population 53.9%
Male Population 46.1%
Married with Children 25.2%
Single with Children 16.6%
Public Schools in Ocean Springs
Public schools in the city are administered by the Ocean Springs School District.
Magnolia Park Elementary
Oak Park Elementary
Pecan Park Elementary School
Ocean Springs Upper Elementary School
Ocean Springs Middle School
Ocean Springs High School
E.H. Keys Alternative Education Center
OSSD Career and Technical Education Center
Private Schools in Ocean Springs
St. Alphonsus Catholic School
Local Gyms and Recreation Centers
Keith Hughes Boxing Club and Fitness
Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA
Places to Be Active
The Ocean Springs-Biloxi Bridge has a 10-foot-wide walking track.
Freedom Field features a walking track.
The Sports Complex has many amenities including four softball fields and five baseball fields. It has four soccer fields and two football fields.
Alice Street Ball Fields, Clay Boyd Ball Fields, Gay-Lemon Complex and Steven Parker all have either baseball fields or football fields.
Gulf Hills Golf Course at Gulf Hills Golf Club is a challenging 18-hole course with rolling hills and well-manicured greens.
Old Fort Bayou Blueway is the perfect place to take a kayaking or canoeing trip.
Things to Do
Ocean Springs is just a short drive from the casinos in Biloxi. These offer plenty of exciting amenities such as many gaming machines and events, fine dining and buffets, championship golf courses, popular musical acts and a variety of entertainment.
The G.I Museum is a great visit for military history buffs. It has over 16,000 pieces of military memorabilia from men and women who served in the armed forces.
Fishing adventures await with local fishing companies Fort Bayou Charters and Strictly Fishing Charters.
There is plenty to do and see while strolling the streets of downtown Ocean Springs. The district has a variety of shops, restaurants and beautiful historic homes and buildings. Stop by the L&N Depot to pick up brochures and tourism information.
Mardi Gras – February/March
Ocean Springs Spring Art Festival – March
Red, White & Blueberry Festival – June
Annual Wesson Memorial Run – July
Ocean Springs 4th of July Fireworks Show – July
MS Songwriters Festival – September
Cruisin’ the Coast in Ocean Springs – October
Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival – November
Annual Christmas Tree Lighting – December