Stroll to the end of Beach Boulevard to check out the historic Gulfport Casino. Set on the water’s edge, it’s a casino in the old-school sense of the word - an event venue where you’ll find swing-dancing and tango classes as well as other entertainment. Stroll to the back to see the tomb of Morris the Cat, the beloved feline who became the city’s unofficial mascot (and whose spirit is said to wander near the casino). Walking tours of the downtown are offered by the Gulfport Historical Society (check out the museum, too, while you’re in the area).
Looking for some fun on or near the water? The beach here isn’t huge, but it’s quiet and relaxing, and its volleyball courts are a popular spot. Nearby, the massive playground and skate park near the Gulfport Recreation Center is popular with families. If you want to get out on the water, check out the City of Gulfport’s Municipal Marina, where you can find boat tours or rent a kayak to take a tour of Clam Bayou Nature Preserve.