GULFPORT -- Mississippi's largest trampoline park is coming to Gulfport this summer, but that's just one of the activities families will find.
Altitude Trampoline Park will be housed in a 43,000-square-foot building with a court of inter-connected trampolines, but also a jousting battle beam, kids zone, tumble track, dodgeball courts and 3D dodgeball, an Altitude news release says.
If that's not enough to keep children occupied, there also will be basketball dunking goals, foam pits and a flying trapeze.
Large rooms for private parties and party areas will be available for families and groups.
Altitude is preparing its site, off U.S. 49 next to Wal-Mart, for an early summer opening.
Courtney Skallerup, vice president of operations, said the first Altitude park opened in 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas, followed by a second location in Little Rock and a third in Boston. There are now 14 locations.
The concept was so popular that her family started offering franchises in January. The Monroe, Louisiana, franchise owner is opening the Gulfport Altitude.
"We really take a lot of pride in creating a clean and safe and friendly environment," Skallercup said. "We really treat all our parks like branches instead of individual franchises. We try to set ourselves apart."
She said the weather is a big factor in the company's success, especially up north, but Altitude will also be a good way to escape the Coast's heat and humidity.
The park offers adult fitness classes, teen nights, discounted prices for toddler time (children six and younger) and group events.
Children six and under also have a separate area for jumping and playing so they are not overwhelmed by the bigger children. Altitude parks are typically open seven days a week, with afternoon and early evening hours on Sundays.
Altitude is the second trampoline park with an opening announced for this summer. The Mullet Hop, an 18,000 square foot park, is expected to open in early summer in D'Iberville.