Next to Jackson, Mississippi’s state capital, Gulfport is the second-largest city in Mississippi. Gulfport was founded by William Hardy, president of the Gulf and Ship Island Railroad, which connected inland lumber mills to the coast in 1898. Eventually, Joseph Jones took over the Gulf and Ship Island Railroad, dredged the harbor, and opened the sea’s shipping channel. By 1902, the harbor was completed, and the Port of Gulfport became a working seaport, which now accounts for millions of dollars in annual sales and tax revenue.
Since Gulfport is the second-largest city in Mississippi, it’s no wonder Gulfport is where you can find a large majority of the Gulf Coasts’ local entertainment. Offering several golf courses, fishing charters, a lounge movie theater, trampoline park, a 1500 sq ft splash pad, Gulf Island water park, a Discover Center for the kiddos, Island-view Casino, Bone Fish Ally, annual concerts and festivals in Jones Park, The Harbor Lights Winter Festival, shopping malls, and a soon to be aquarium on the beach, Gulfport is where many go to have fun in the sun or to mingle at night.
With a wide variety of property such as beachfront, countryside estates, new construction, and waterfront properties, Gulfport offers a little bit of everything. No matter what type of property you may be looking for, Gulfport probably has it. Some of the most scenic properties in Gulfport can be found at the beach or on Second Street in downtown Gulfport, but there are many gorgeous neighborhoods throughout the city. Some of the most prestigious Gulfport neighborhoods are Brighton Place, Stanton Place, Florence Gardens, Bayou View, Swan Lake, and Bayou Oaks. Florence Gardens is a relatively new subdivision with its own private elementary school at the neighborhood’s back. One of the largest and most established neighborhoods in Gulfport is Bayou View. The Bayou View area offers some of the best public schoolings in Gulfport and various homes, including waterfront, new construction, and homes dating back to the 1950s.
Things To Do In Gulfport:
Some of our favorite restaurants:
Chimneys – You must sit on the front porch of Chimneys overlooking the beach and oaks while enjoying one of our favorite restaurants on the Gulf Coast.
C.A. Sarducci Pizzeria – Specialty pizzas – my personal favorite is the spicy buffalo pizza.
Rack House – Fantastic steak house with a great selection of bourbons and a bourbon club!
Half Shell – Amazing Seafood – You can’t go wrong with the Orleans Fish or Shrimp dish!
Murky Waters – Delicious BBQ with live music
Salute – Local Italian favorite!
Triplett-Day Drug Co – It’s a drug store and a restaurant. Take a walk back in time when you eat at Triplett’s.
Cruisin’ the Coast Annual Event:
“America’s Largest Block Party.” “Cruisin’ the Coast” is a festival celebrating classic cars and the nostalgia they invoke. It began in 1996 with only 374 registered vehicles. In 2017, that number has grown to over 8,000 cruisers from 41 states, and even Canada & Sweden have participated in Cruisin’ over the years.
Jeepin’ the Coast Annual Event:
“Jeepin’ the Coast Topless” is an annual event to benefit breast cancer awareness. The ride starts at the Bay St. Louis bridge and goes all the way to the Ocean Springs bridge on the other end of the coast. Many Jeeps will then hang a U-turn to circle back to Bay St. Louis for the after-party. Funds are raised by buying shirts or simply giving what you can.