Jones Park is often referred to as the "Front Yard of the State of Mississippi." You see, it's the first thing you see coming into the Port of Gulfport by water. It's the transition zone between the waterfront and the downtown area.
Jones Park sits on over 60 acres of some of the best waterfront property on the Gulf Coast. Begins such a shining star, Gulfport and all of the locals are proud of it.
One of the more prominent features of the park is the replica lighthouse at the entrance. It towers over the road like the beacon that it is, guiding you right to the Park.
Another noticeable monument is at the traffic circle as you enter the park and marina area. There, you'll see the 40,000-pound ship anchor that the Seabees donated.
Elsewhere around the park, you'll find a .86 mile walking track, a fishing pier, and several spots where you can enjoy the beach. There's a lot of parking throughout the park, so stop by and take a stroll during your stay. Bring a picnic or your beach chairs, and enjoy the Mississippi sunshine.
The park has several pavilions for events and festivals. The 23,000 square foot Barksdale Pavilion is near the marina office. There's also a smaller 5,000 square foot Harbor Market Pavilion and an amphitheater area. All of the spaces have beautiful views of the Gulf and the beaches.
The Splash Pad is a fun and interactive water fountain near the playground. It's got a tropical theme and water jets that move at various speeds and spray patterns. It's one of the best summer-time kid-friendly activities in Gulfport, MS.
Kids and kids at heart will love the Splash Pad. Everyone will love a stop by the Splash Pad during the summer. There's no better way to beat that Mississippi summer heat than the flowing, misting, and jetting water.
The Splash Pad is open seven days a week from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, meaning you can even stop by in the early evenings when you're out touring around sunset. The pad operates during the summer months only, from May to September.
One of the most prominent features at Jones Park is the 319-slip city marina. The marina is used by a variety of private vessels and crewed charter boats. There's no better place to hop on a fishing charter or sightseeing trip. Check out Ship Island Excursions for trips out to the Gulf Islands National Seashore.
The marina also has a Bait Shop at the base of the fishing pier on the south end. There's a small beach down there, farther away from town, and it offers a quiet spot when the main beach is packed.
Jones Park is a great place to explore and stroll around. Its central location in Gulfport means that you can park here and walk to nearly everything you'd like to see--from restaurants to the beaches. If you're looking for other kid-friendly activities in Gulfport, MS, don't miss the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center.