Summer Tourism Hotspots

Today is not the official last day of summer but for some people, Labor Day weekend is the final hoorah of the summer season. What were some of the hot spots for tourists here on the Coast this summer?
For many families along the Gulf Coast, summer is one big splash of fun. Kathy Broussard typically spends her days soaking up the sun at the river just off of Three Rivers Road. “We hang out at the river. We go camping sometimes at Flint Creek and just hang out with our friends.”
Summer on the Coast also attracts many tourists from all over the world, whether it is to go the beaches, to watch the new Shuckers team or to test their luck at the casinos. Tanner Cook, assistant manager at the Biloxi Visitors Center, said, “It always amazes me at these people that find Biloxi, Mississippi from some of the farthest corners of earth.”
Since March, Cook says 30,000 visitors have walked through the halls of the Biloxi Visitors Center. Many of them visiting the Coast for one event in particular: the Katrina +10 exhibit at the Ohr O’Keefe Museum. “With the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, that has been the main objective. People are really interested and curious about that to actually come and see the land mass in between Mobile and New Orleans and how it was affected,” said Cook.
But, as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. Labor Day marked the last day the Katrina +10 exhibit would be on display and tourists and locals did not disappoint in catching the art work one last time. Carol Messer, assistant director for the Ohr O’Keefe Museum of Art, said, “We have seen over 30,000 people since March when the exhibit opened. Just today, we have seen over 850 people.”
Even though one of the biggest summer events to draw in tourism on the Coast is coming to an end, Tanner Cook believes the tourists will still come. “People are very interested and so impressed with our recovery and how strong we have come back, cleaned up. How pretty it looks.”
By the end of the day today, nearly 1,000 locals and tourists visited the museum one last time. Messer says the key to bringing tourists to the museum is making the exhibit interactive

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