Just as its name suggests, Gulfport, Mississippi is a bustling port on the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf looms large in this city's identity and, in addition to the nearly 7 miles of white sand beaches, many of the town's other main attractions incorporate the beautiful outdoor surroundings. They tend to be quite family friendly, as well. Travelocity offers many options for Gulfport vacations, with no shortage of Gulfport hotels by the beach and other popular local sights.
In Gulfport, all roads lead to the beach. ... At least they should, and there are plenty of hotels in Gulfport that are mere steps from the water. Cruise down Beach Boulevard to find the perfect spot to set up a blanket and chairs for the day; then just sit, enjoy the view, and take a dip when the mood strikes.
Many people come to this part of the country for the gambling. While neighboring Biloxi has the lion's share of casinos, for those that prefer to stay in Gulfport the only game in town is the Island View Casino. Located across from the port, this waterfront casino has slots and table games, and a restaurant with live entertainment for an unforgettable night on the town.
For a more family friendly adventure, there's the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, located in the Mississippi City part of town. Right by the beach and near plenty of cheap hotels in Gulfport, it has fully interactive indoor and outdoor exhibits that kids can climb, touch, and play with. Additionally, admission to the Discovery Center is free from 5 to 8 p.m. on the last Friday of each month.
It's a coastal town, so seafood is king in Gulfport. The restaurants across the street from the port, concentrated at the intersection of 13th St. and 25th Ave., have plenty of oysters and shrimp, and even a few steaks. Can't wait to visit? Travelocity offers plenty of options for flights to Gulfport, and you can search over 400 airlines and more than 510,000 hotels worldwide.