GulfportUnited States of America

Photo provided by Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast
Photo provided by Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast

4/5Top Destination

Gulfport is calling! Discover its casinos, beaches, architecture, and more.

Gulfport is all about outdoor activities spread across more than 30 parks and water recreation areas. Spend a family day out at the Gulf Islands Water Park, featuring rides, slides and pools. Enjoy more family adventures on the beaches along the Mississippi Gulf Coast's 62 miles (100 kilometers) of shoreline. The city on the Gulf of Mexico enjoys a warm subtropical climate, with hot and humid summers and short, warm winters.

Gulfport has bounced back strongly after Hurricane Katrina devastated much of the area in 2005. Following an intensive planning and revitalization program, visitors are once again enjoying its sandy beaches, museums, wildlife and scenery.

One of the largest populations of dolphins in the United States can be found off the coasts of Mississippi and Louisiana. Learn about their behavior as you watch Atlantic bottlenose dolphins play with their trainers at the Center for Marine Education and Research. Interact with stingrays, sharks, crabs and sea urchins in the center's touch pools. Reservations are required to visit the center. For details and prices check out the website of The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies.

Spot marine life during the one-hour ferry ride over to Ship Island. Look out for dolphins playing in the boat’s wake. The island is situated approximately 11 miles (17.7 kilometers) south of the city and is home to the 19th century Fort Massachusetts and long stretches of beach. Visit the fort, swim and snorkel in the sea and take a hiking trail across the island.

On your return to the city head for the downtown area. Pop into the Gulfport Galleria of Fine Art for an original piece of artwork and dine in one of the restaurants. There are more dining options at the Island View Casino Complex. The resort has several restaurants, live entertainment and gaming facilities.

To get around Gulfport, use the Coast Transit Authority (CTA). This is the city’s public transport provider. Rent a car to hit the highway and head to New Orleans, 80 miles (129 kilometers) south of Gulfport.

Known for

Beaches, Casinos and Live Music

Top Hotels in Gulfport

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Best Western Seaway Inn
2.5 out of 5
9475 Highway 49, Gulfport, MS
$65/night
Sep 24 - Sep 25
4.1/5Very Good! (1,606 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Gulfport Premium Outlets and within 3 mi (5 km) of Crossroads Shopping Center and Bayou Vista Golf ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,606 reviews)

"I just didn't like the gnats. They are everywhere. They were in the room and appeared while we ate breakfast. Not in great population just annoying"…"

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2019

Best Western Seaway Inn
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Days Inn by Wyndham Gulfport
2 out of 5
15250 Poole St, Gulfport, MS
$36/night
Oct 17 - Oct 18
2.4/5 (821 reviews)

Situated in Gulfport, this motel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Gulfport Premium Outlets and within 3 mi (5 km) of Crossroads Shopping Center and Bayou Vista Golf Course. ...

2.4/5 (821 reviews)

"This hotel was good for the price and conveniently located off interstate 10."…"

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2019

Days Inn by Wyndham Gulfport
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Super 8 by Wyndham Gulfport Near Biloxi
2.5 out of 5
9375 Highway 49, Gulfport, MS
$47/night
Sep 23 - Sep 24
3.3/5 (700 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this motel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Gulfport Premium Outlets and within 3 mi (5 km) of Crossroads Shopping Center and Bayou Vista Golf ...

3.3/5 (700 reviews)

"i liked the remolded of the room, it was very nice"…"

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2019

Super 8 by Wyndham Gulfport Near Biloxi

Top activities in Gulfport

Dining at Hard Rock Cafe Biloxi with Priority Seating
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Dining at Hard Rock Cafe Biloxi with Priority Seating

$34

Dine like a rock star among pop, soul, and rock 'n' roll memorabilia like costumes and instruments from your favorite musicians at the Hard Rock Cafe. Skip the lines with priority seating and enjoy a classic meal and a cookie.

Lazer Tag
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Lazer Tag

$7

Visit: My Lazer Tag, Biloxi, Mississippi Big Play offers the Mississippi Gulf Coast's only Lazer Tag Attraction. It is over $5,000ft2, 2 levels and can accommodate up to 26 players at a time.

Cajun Bayou & Swamp Tour - New Orleans
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Cajun Bayou & Swamp Tour - New Orleans

$29

Just outside New Orleans, you can explore Cajun culture in an exotic bayou filled with thriving flora and wildlife. From the comfort of a 22-passenger boat, you can get up close and personal with alligators, wild boars, and native birds while your expert guide provides informative narration about Honey Island Swamp.