Gulfport, MS

Travel Guide
Bayou View featuring a park
The second largest city in Mississippi benefits from a favorable climate and coastal location to offer first-rate beaches and memorable wildlife experiences.

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.

Where to stay in Gulfport

Comfort Inn & Suites Crystal Inn Sportsplex
Comfort Inn & Suites Crystal Inn Sportsplex
2.5 out of 5
9379 Canal Rd, Gulfport, MS, 39503
The price is $62 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
$62
per night
Jan 30 - Jan 31
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Gulfport. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms ...
3.6/5 Good! (1,025 reviews)
"Pretty clean house keeping staff was knowledgeable am has excellent service"

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2023

Comfort Inn & Suites Crystal Inn Sportsplex
Grand Centennial Hotel - Gulfport
Grand Centennial Hotel - Gulfport
2.5 out of 5
200 E. Beach Blvd, Gulfport, MS, 39507
The price is $115 per night from Feb 19 to Feb 20
$115
per night
Feb 19 - Feb 20
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Gulfport. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (519 reviews)
Historic gounds and great stay.
"Incredible grounds and very nice renovated interior and rooms. Huge room and convenient bar in the lobby. Nice location just across the street from the beach and easy to find. Also really cool fountain light show on grounds synchronized to music like a mini Bellagio fountain. And really quite and ..."

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2023

Grand Centennial Hotel - Gulfport
Best Western Seaway Inn
Best Western Seaway Inn
2.5 out of 5
9475 US 49, Gulfport, MS, 39503
The price is $69 per night from Feb 5 to Feb 6
$69
per night
Feb 5 - Feb 6
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Gulfport. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,376 reviews)
Great stay in Gulfport
"Great facilities. The people were very friendly and helpful. The location was convenient to restaurants and shopping. Would definitely recommend this hotel."

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2023

Best Western Seaway Inn
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Legacy Towers II
Legacy Towers II
3.5 out of 5
2228 Beach Drive, Gulfport, MS, 39507
Stay at this 3.5-star golf condo in Gulfport. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a casino. Popular attractions Coliseum Beach and Great Southern Golf Club are ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"My stay was outstanding and we will be back"

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2022

Legacy Towers II
Legacy Towers I Penthouse
Legacy Towers I Penthouse
4 out of 5
2230 Beach Drive, Gulfport, MS, 39507
Stay at this 4-star golf apartment in Gulfport. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a casino. Popular attractions Coliseum Beach and Great Southern Golf Club ...
Legacy Towers I Penthouse
Gulfport Home w/ Deck & Grill, Walk to Beach!
Gulfport Home w/ Deck & Grill, Walk to Beach!
Gulfport, MS
Stay at this vacation home in Gulfport. Enjoy a garden, barbecue grills, and a patio. Popular attractions Friendship Oak and Island View Casino are located nearby. ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (29 reviews)
Perfect weekend getaway!
"It was perfect! Conveniently located! Near beach and shopping center . Comfortable for my little family. Would definitely stay again !"

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2022

Gulfport Home w/ Deck & Grill, Walk to Beach!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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