Gulfport, Mississippi was hit hard by Hurricane Katrina. What began back in the 1800s as a port town saw itself almost completely destroyed in 2005. In the short time since that occurred, Gulfport has made almost a complete recovery, a testament to the character of the people that call Gulfport home.
Gulfport features almost seven miles of white sand beach. This attracts countless tourists each year who come to enjoy the warm waters of the Gulf. That's not to say the locals don't enjoy it too! Gulfport is a great place to go on a fishing or sightseeing tour.
A lot of people would say that Jones Park is the best thing about Gulfport. This large beachfront park is known endearingly as Mississippi's Front Yard. The park is simply huge, featuring a 319-slip harbor as well as Barksdale Pavilion measuring 23,000 square feet. Enjoy the promenade walk or taking photos of the replica lighthouse. You can often find events here like the Mardi Gras Parade or performances by the local orchestra. Kids will love the Jones Park Splash Pad, where jets spray and mist water in a fun play area.
Casinos are another attraction in Gulfport that see just as many locals as they do tourists. People come from all around to enjoy slots and table games at Island View Casino. This premier casino also features great food and entertainment. Believe it or not, it's really fun for the whole family.
Gulfport combines the excitement of a seaside town with the peacefulness of a small town feel. It is truly a one-of-a-kind town.