Here at El Monte RV Rentals, we’re always on the lookout for places our readers can visit within easy reach of top-notch RV campgrounds. The Stennis Space Center in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi definitely fills the bill. Use these tips to plan your own trip to this premier Gulf Coast destination.
What to Do at Stennis Space Center
One thing Hancock County, MS and the folks at Stennis Space Center do well is offering visitors a gracious welcome. The tour bus to the Space Center actually begins at the Hancock County Welcome Center on I-10. This gives visitors a chance to learn more about Bay St Louis area attractions, as well as giving them a guide-hosted ride to Stennis Space Center.
What you’ll find once your tour bus arrives is an amazing complex of space shuttle engine testing areas and the StenniSphere Visitors Center. Inside the StenniSphere, there’s a wide array of exhibits explaining past NASA missions, a fascinating collection of space exploration memorabilia and exhibits that teach visitors about the Gulf Coast.
Plan to spend several hours touring the StenniSphere—there’s even a “RocKeTeria” serving meals to hungry visitors! The kids will love the hands-on exhibits that let them test rocket engines and simulate space travel. RV travelers tells us the outdoor exhibits are equally engaging, giving an up-close view of rockets, space shuttle engines and aircraft used by the NASA.
Once you’ve visited Stennis Space Center, be sure to visit historic Bay St. Louis, a beach-front town that’s weathered the storms and still offers a charming experience to its visitors. A helpful guide to the city’s many attractions can be found at MSWestCoast.org.
Where to Camp in Bay St. Louis
Top-rated campgrounds close to Stennis Space Center in Bay St. Louis include these award winners:
- Bay Hideaway – A Woodall’s Camping Directory favorite in a secluded setting.
- Bay Marina and RV Park – Offers RV campers easy boat access to Edwards Bayou.
- Casino RV parks in Bay St. Louis can be found at the Hollywood Casino and Silver Slipper Casino (camping on the beach!).
There’s really no “bad” place to camp in Bay St. Louis, with ocean-front camping and quiet, tree-lined campgrounds throughout the area.
Stretch your minds with mind-boggling scientific exhibits celebrating our nation’s space exploration, and then stretch out on a beach or in a lawn chair under the trees. That’s what you can look forward to on a trip to Stennis Space Center and Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. Can’t wait to hear about your adventures!