Travel & Tourism

Gulfport, the hub of the Gulf Coast

AMANDA McCOY/SUN HERALD/FILE 
 The Harbor Light Festival at Jones Park in Gulfport ends Sunday night. Officials say more than 40,000 people visited the Chrismas-themed attraction.
AMANDA McCOY/SUN HERALD/FILE The Harbor Light Festival at Jones Park in Gulfport ends Sunday night. Officials say more than 40,000 people visited the Chrismas-themed attraction. SUN HERALD

The second largest city in the state, Gulfport has a multitude of attractions to offer visitors such as beautiful beaches and a variety of golf courses. The Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo and the Memorial Day Blowout are just two of the many festivals that call Gulfport home. The only children’s museum on the Coast, Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, is here as well. The city has the largest airport on the Coast. It is also home to the Naval Construction Battalion Center.

Population: 71,750

Points of Interest

Bayou Vista Golf Course, 13756 Washington Ave., Gulfport, 868­-9953

Busted Wrench Garage Museum & Gift Shop,  2311 29th St., 617­-6660

Cinemark 16, 15171 Crossroads Parkway, 1­800­cinemark 539­5294

Cross Roads Center, 15082­15280 Crossroads Parkway, 497­-9299

Garden Park Medical Center, 15200 Community Rd., 575­-7000

Gulf Islands Waterpark, 17200 16th St., 328­-1266

Gulfport­-Biloxi International Airport, 14035 Airport Rd., 863­-5951

Gulfport Dragway, 17085 Racetrack Road, 863­-4408

Gulfport Little Theatre, 2600 13th Ave., 864­-7983

Great Southern Golf Club, 2000 Beach Dr., Gulfport, 896­-3536

• Gulfport Harbor Farmers Market, Harbor Market Pavilion at Jones Park, 1070 23rd Ave., April to November, Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturdays 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on 27th Avenue between 13th and 14th streets, 257­-2496

Institute for Marine Mammal Studies, 10801 Dolphin Lane, 896­-9182

Island Strikz Bowling, 2302 E. Pass Rd., 896­-1450

• Jones Park, 2250 Jones Park Dr., 868­-5881

Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., 897­-6039,

Memorial Day Blowout, Memorial Day weekend annually, May 27­30, 2016, at Gulfport Dragway, 17085 Racetrack Road, 863­-4408

Memorial Hospital at Gulfport, 4500 13th St., 867­-4000

Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo, July 1­4, 2016, Small Craft Harbor, 863­-2713

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Jefferson Davis campus, 2226 Switzer Rd., 896­-3355

• Gulfport Premium Outlets, 10000 Factory Shops Blvd., 867­6100, premiumoutlets.com

• Naval Construction Battalion Center, 5200 2nd St., 871­2555, cnic.navy.mil/gulfport

• Windance Country Club — Island View Casino Resort, 19385 Champion Circle, Gulfport, 832­4871,

windancecc.com

• Ship Island Excursions, 1040 23rd Ave., 864­1014, msshipisland.com

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