The Top 10 Things To Do And See In Gulfport

Photo of Shay Lee
9 February 2017

Located next to the Gulf of Mexico, Gulfport was originally a lumber port, but today it stands as a diversified city in Mississippi. The city is home to white, sandy beaches. Tourists and locals can visit the beach or play their luck at various casinos. If this doesn’t interest them, there is always more to do. We have listed some of the best things to do in Gulfport.

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The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies

The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS) is a non-profit organization seeking to understand and protect marine mammals in the wild and under human care. The institute works to care for sick and injured mammals. Visitors can learn about conservation, education, and research related to these animals and their habitat. IMMS provides funding and facilities to students pursuing an education in marine biology. In addition, the organization developed and supervised a marine mammal veterinary program for final year veterinary students. Students were able to help with dolphin rescue rehabilitation.

Address & telephone number: 10801 Dolphin Ln, Gulfport, MS, USA +1 228 896 9182

Lynn Meadows Discovery Center

Lynn Meadows is dedicated to inspiring children and their families through interactive educational experiences. The center encourages visitors to touch, talk, interact, and have fun. The exhibits inspire questions, exploration, and discovery. Children can use this facility as a mental and physical playground. There are six acres of outdoor play space and a theater. Although it is a children’s museum, Lynn Meadows also caters to adults. Every Tuesday, the museum holds an adult cooking class. The Viking kitchen is filled with food and fun as chefs help the community prepare delicious food. Some of the chefs come from local restaurants and others are private chefs. At LMDC, everyone is welcome.

Address & telephone number: 246 Dolan Ave, Gulfport, MS, USA +1 228 897 6039

Mississippi Coast Model Railroad Museum

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Mississippi Coast Model Railroad Museum (MCMRM) is an organization which promotes knowledge of trains. Those of you who love trains and railroads can come visit this museum and become a kid again. This museum is perfect for children because they can learn about the history of railroads. They can also take a ride on some of the trains.There are five running G scale trains and one LEGO train and town display. While the children play, adults can admire MCMRM’s majesty. They can learn about the oldest railroad in Mississippi and take a ride down history lane.

Chandeleur Brewing Company

University of Southern Mississippi’s students Cammack and Cain Roberds started the endless pursuit of finding the best craft beers to support their home-brewing. After finding some great beers, Chandeleur Brewing Company was born. The name is inspired by the Chandeleur Islands, located along Mississippi’s coast. The islands are their favorite place to fish. As the brothers’ passion for beer grew, their idea to open a brewery developed. Chandeleur opened in December 2013 and features some of the Gulf Coast’s most excellent ales. The finest, freshest malted barley, hops, and local ingredients are used in the preparation of their beer.

Address & telephone number: 2711 14th St, Gulfport, MS, USA +1 228 701 9985

Half Shell Oyster House

Half Shell’s charbroiled oysters are legendary in Gulfport. The restaurant serves the delicacy raw or charbroiled over an open flame with barbecue, Rockefeller, special herbs and more. For those who aren’t interested in oysters, there are other delectable treats on the menu. Customers can enjoy New Orleans style barbecue shrimp, a seafood stuffed portabella, chicken and steak pasta, and rib-eye. The restaurant features daily and monthly specials which are made using locally caught fish and seafood. Half Shell serves good food with warm Southern hospitality in a unique atmosphere. French Quarter lighting and architecture adorns the interior to create a beautiful dining environment.

Price: Fine dining

Opening hours: 11am-10pm (Sun-Thu), 11am-11pm (Fri-Sat)

Watch out for: the charbroiled oysters

Address & telephone number: 2500 13th St, Gulfport, MS, USA +1 228 867 7001

Gulf Islands Water Park

On July 16th 2005, Gulf Islands Water Park opened to the public. The water park is perfect for children, with water slides, wild rides, and cool summer fun. Kids and their parents have the opportunity to meet celebrities from Disney Channel and Nickelodeon at the Celebrity Meet and Greets. There are a wide variety of special events such as DreamFest, Sea Lion Shows, and Frisbee Dog Shows. While guests are enjoying the attractions and special events in the park, they can satisfy their hunger at Petit Bois Island Cafe and Dockside Pizza. These restaurants serve chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, cotton candy, funnel cakes, and Dippin Dot ice cream. There is always something fun to do at this adventure water park.

Address & telephone number: 17200 16th St, Gulfport, MS, USA +1 228 328 1266

Wut Sup Standup Paddleboards and Rentals

Wut Sup is committed to promoting the hobbies paddle boarding and kayaking. Guests can enjoy these for birthdays, beach parties, and corporate parties. If there isn’t a special occasion, they can also have guided tours and private lessons. This allows customers who are interested in buying paddle boards or kayaks to try them out before purchasing. The company invites current and new customers to try out the supsquatch 8 person paddle board.

Address & telephone number: 13247 Seaway Rd, Gulfport, MS, USA +1 228 669 1802

North Star Sailing Charters

Captain Jim invites sailing enthusiasts to set sail with him on the beautiful Mississippi Sound and Gulf of Mexico. North Star Sailing Charters is a private charter which holds six passengers. There are many charter packages: Day Charters, Sunset and Moonlight Cruises, Dinner Cruises, and Half or Full Day Charters. As guests embark on a nautical journey, they will feel the wind in their hair and the mist in their face. Captain Jim ensures customers feel safe and comfortable as they enjoy the magnificent views. North Star is an ASA (American Sailing Association) certified and approved company.

Address & telephone number: 1133 20th Ave, Gulfport, MS, USA +1 228 617 8057

Salute Italian Restaurant

In June 2008, Salute Italian Restaurant opened its doors and has been a local favorite since. The restaurant overlooks the Gulf of Mexico and offers authentic and affordable Italian cuisine. Some of the menu’s highlights are grilled shrimp skewers, panneed oysters, shrimp scampi bruschetta, and blackened seared tuna. To complement the dining experience customers can enjoy an extensive martini bar. The bar offers a view of the Gulf and a features an incredible happy hour. Guests can enjoy cocktails and wine on the patio while gazing at the waves. They can also check out the eatery’s other rooms: the Harborview, Tower, and Wine room. Each location is great for personal and professional events. Salute welcomes locals and tourists to stop by and try their delicious meals in a beautiful setting.

Price: Budget

Opening hours: 11am-9pm (Mon-Thu), 11am-10pm (Fri-Sat), 11am-8pm (Sun)

Watch out for: the garlic bread

Address & telephone number: 1712 15th St, Gulfport, MS, USA +1 228 864 2500

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Joseph T. Jones Statue

The Joseph T. Jones Statue was built to honor the memory of Joseph T. Jones, co-founder of Gulfport. He funded Mississippi’s Gulf and Ship Island Railroad and developed Gulfport’s seaport. He took an interest in Mississippi when he discovered a railroad venture. The unfinished Gulf and Ship Island Railroad was in bankruptcy, so Jones bought it and funded its construction. He also bought the Bradford Construction Company and merged it with the railroad. Since the railroad company was booming, it allowed him to found Gulfport. Although he wasn’t a Mississippi native he spent most of his time in the state to watch over his business.

Address: 1300 21st Ave, Gulfport, MS, USA
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