Mississippi Gulf Coast Hotels

City Of Gulfport Mississippi and Gulf Coast Area Hotels

Sailing Ships off the Coast of MississippiGULFPORT, MISSISSIPPI

Gulfport, MS with 6.7 miles of man-made white sandy beaches is a picturesque beachfront city on the Gulf of Mexico. It is the second largest city in Mississippi, after the state capital of Jackson.

From its simple, humble beginnings as a lumber and port city in 1845, Gulfport has evolved into one of the largest Ports in the nation. In addition, it is the east coast home to the US Navy Seabees, and also the birthplace of American football player Brett Favre.

Photo of Hurricane Katrina DamageThe abundant blend of the many Gulfport casinos, great beaches, Gulf of Mexico cruises, fantastic hotels, and family friendly attitude make the city a perfect place to vacation. The amount of indoor and outdoor activities are easy to mix up during a Gulfport itinerary for a little exposure to a bit of everything.

On August 29, 2005, Gulfport was hit by the strong eastern side of Hurricane Katrina. Much of Gulfport was flooded or destroyed in one day by the strong hurricane-force winds which lasted over 16 hours, and a storm surge exceeding 28 feet in some sections. But the city of Gulfport is making it's way back to becoming a great entertainment center for singles, couples, and families!


Affluent casinos, championship Mississippi golf courses, shopping, museums, historic buildings, cultural displays and exhibits, architectural points of interest and more add intriguing layers to a city that has more than just gaming. City events such as antique shows, outdoor concerts, festivals, and fund-raisers are most prevalent during Gulfport's long summer season. And don't miss such exciting events as the annual World's Largest Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo along the Gulf Coast.

The Lynn Meadows Discovery Center is a children’s museum also popular in Gulfport. Fun activities Lynn Meadows Discovery Center Building Photoand interactive exhibits offer many things for adults and children to do, rain or shine! The Stennis Space Center is a top attraction in Gulfport, Mississippi, too. The Space Center focuses on oceanographic, environmental, and space studies. Visitors can try out the motion stimulator, tour the shuttle facility and explore the many interesting exhibits. The Crosby Arboretum is another breath-taking attraction on the list to see and do in the Gulfcoast, Mississippi area. 64-acres of nature trails, 300 species of plants and a picturesque pavilion designed by one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s students can all be explored.

The Ship Island Ferry will take visitors from the Gulfport Small Craft Harbor to a beautiful expanse of white sand beach on Ship Island. Restrooms, shelters, concession stands, and excellent Mississippi fishing abound on the island. Also along the stretch of soft-sand beach bordering Highway 90 is a great array of sailboat and jet ski vendors.

Please be sure to ask your front desk clerk for directions or more information on these attractions and others listed on our Things To Do page!