about gulfport, mississippi
The Goldilocks town of coastal Mississippi, Gulfport bridges the gap between sleepy Pass Christian and bustling Biloxi. Home to numerous water adventures, like the Ocean Adventures Marine Park and Ship Island Excursions, life in Gulfport revolves around, well, the Gulf! Although there are very few beach hotels near Gulfport, MS, all roads lead to the gorgeous beach and Gulfport Harbor, where you can hop aboard a fishing charter or just enjoy a quiet day on the sand.
Jones Park, overlooking the yacht harbor, features a splash pad for the kids and is a gorgeous place to enjoy a takeout picnic. The downtown area is an entertainment district, where you can carry out drinks in go-cups. It spans from Shaggy's Gulfport Beach on 18th Avenue to Island View Casino on 36th Avenue and from the harbor to the CSX railroad tracks downtown.
Just north of the harbor, the downtown area is packed with delicious restaurants and happening bars. If you're staying at a beachfront hotel near Gulfport, MS, between 13th and 14th Streets, you'll find Fishbone Alley. This area has gorgeous murals and street art everywhere, and the surrounding streets are lined with lively entertainment and delicious dining options. Stop in for a cocktail or an amazing dinner.
If you're fortunate enough to be staying at one of the beach hotels near Gulfport, MS, just west of the harbor is your chance to win big at the Island View Casino. Their campus includes the original casino on the north side of Beach Boulevard, plus the new smoke-free Beach Casino right across the street on the sand. Together, the two casinos have over 2,700 slot machines and 49 game tables.
Gulfport is a shopping destination too, with many boutique options in town as well as out by I-10. The Gulfport Premium Outlets and the Crossroads Center are located at the Interstate and Highway 49, and they have pretty much everything you might be looking for.
North of town, you'll also find three other big attractions for an adventurous day out. When all you want to do is cool off on a hot summer day, check out the Gulf Islands Waterpark. Fly through the trees at the Zip'N Fun Adventure Park, or check out the Gulfport Dragway Racetrack. One of the best ways to enjoy the area is to stay in a beachfront hotel near Gulfport, MS.
Quieter diversions can be found around town, too. Take the kids to the Mississippi Coast Model Railroad Museum for an interactive day of hands-on engineering. Or try your luck on the links--the Bayou Vista Golf Course is near the airport, or the quiet and beautiful courses at Windance Country Club and Grand Bear Golf Club can charm you with their country beauty.