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 A wAlK down mAin street
 Once you have experienced Ocean Springs like a local, there’s no going back. Part of
the charm of this small town are the many intricacies that make it unique, like the woven fibers of a tapestry.
Often described as “quaint and quirky,” Ocean Springs is a gem that has gained some national attention in the last several years, making it both a popular tourist destination and local hotspot. With a one-of-a-kind walkable downtown district, it’s easy to see why.
At the heart of this city is a passion for
arts an adventure. We invite you to come with us on this journey of discovery. Explore the hidden gem that’s right here in Coastal Mississippi!
Miner’s Doll & Toy Store statue dedication and block party.
The mission of a Main Street is to help manage the changes that occur in a downtown area over time. Combining forces to work with City partners, these organizations help to preserve the character of a town, encourage authenticity, create events and activities for the community, grow its sales tax base, and provide a sense of place.
Ocean Springs Main Street has been supporting this community since 1989 when it became a part of the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce’s tiered structure. From revitalization and historic preservation to economic development, Ocean Springs Main Street works hard in the community. Incorporating more than a dozen community events and festivals annually, Ocean Springs Main Street helps to create a sense of community as well as provides a huge
and businesses, to the bronze statue in front of Miner’s Doll & Toy Store, its touch can be seen throughout the city.
Ocean Springs Main Street loves its community and invites you to take a walk through Main Street, visit with our locals, shop and dine with our businesses, and look for
the public art sprinkled throughout downtown. Check out the art trail created by our partners with the Public Art Project of Ocean Springs!
     Downtown Ocean Springs.
economic impact.
In addition to promoting the downtown
district and local businesses, Ocean Springs Main Street helps organizations introduce new audiences to the workforce through personal interaction, media coverage, accolades, business, recruitment, and retention. The Ocean Springs Main Street team has a passion for its local business community, authentic character and charm, and preservation of the history that has made this community what it is today. Take a look around the community of Ocean Springs and you’ll
be sure to see some of this Main Street’s partnerships. From the green trash cans and park benches labeled “Ocean Springs Main Street” thanks to a partnership with the City
   2022 Best Coastal Small Town, USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice & 2023 Best Small Town for Shopping
Known as the “City of Discovery,” the historic coastal town of Ocean Springs is the perfect place for visitors to relax and enjoy. And the nation has taken notice. In 2022, Ocean Springs won the title of Best Coastal Small Town. And in 2023, Ocean Springs was voted again as winner of another coveted national title, Best Small Town for Shopping, by USA Today.
Ocean Springs is a cozy seaside town overflowing with unparalleled arts, festivals, culture, restaurants, shops, and galleries . We are truly honored to be recognized for our unique, yet large shopping areas and creative character. This really does help visitors feel welcomed to town.

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