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Things To Do in Gulfport, Florida

Updated on December 16, 2012

Discover Gulfport, a Small Town City With Wide Appeal

I love visiting Gulfport, a small beach town close to St. Petersburg, Florida. The city hosts community events, like bi-monthly art shows (with their local artists), Springfest, 4th of July celebrations, Gecko Fest, a Christmas celebration with lighted yacht parade, and more.

It's a liberal town that embraces all its diversified residents. Gulfport is home to a huge art community, Stetson University, families, and singles. Everyone is welcomed.

Enjoy this mini-tour until you travel to Gulfport yourself.


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Palms Line the Streets on Gulfport's Main Street

Palms Line the Streets on Gulfport's Main Street
Palms Line the Streets on Gulfport's Main Street

A Video Tour of the City of Gulfport

Check out the city of Gulfport in this video tour.

Gulfport News from Dallas' Star Times

Get the Scoop from a Local Resident

Dallas' Star Times - News and Notes from Gulfport

Do you want the latest news from a Gulport resident? Twelve-year old entrepreneur Dallas is the founder, publisher, writer, and advertising manager of Dallas Star Times. He writes about local happenings and sells advertising to local businesses. The newspaper is his brainchild, and the whole family supports him by helping with web layout and contributing a story or two.

I applaud this rising star, as Dallas is a very focused, young man. Check out his paper for Gulfport news and events. If you're a local business, you may want to contact Dallas about advertising in his paper.

Gulfport Hosts Many Year 'Round Events

You'll love these videos about Gulfport's many, year 'round (and typically free) events.

"Sunsational" Evening on Gulfport's Pier

"Sunsational" Evening on Gulfport's Pier
"Sunsational" Evening on Gulfport's Pier

We Love Gulfport's Fourth of July Celebration

All-day Celebration

Our family always goes to Gulfport's 4th of July celebration. An all day event, it starts with a fishing tournament and sand sculpture competition in the early morning. A children's pagent, for boys and girls up to age 12, is held in the casino. Some events require pre-registration.

Daytime events include face painting, with lots of vendors displaying handmade art, food, beads, holiday beads or hats, and much more.

Gulfport's Parade

Around 6 p.m., everyone lines the main street to watch the parade. Floats have included the mayor of Gulfport, the Gabber (the oldest family-run local paper), exotic cats, hot rods and motorcycles, dancers, school bands, scout troops, retired military, and more from local businesses.

Artsy and quirky are clearly part of Gulfport's charm, as evidenced by floats for healthy living, recycling, belly-dancing, unicyclists, Red-Hat society, and dog club. A family-friendly parade, the band plays and introduces each float.

Spectators' claps and waves are rewarded with beads and candy (and sometimes, business cards, fresh fruit, and water bottles too!)

The Fireworks

Fireworks start at 9 p.m., from a barge close to the Pier. In recent years, the Pier's been closed in preparation of the fireworks. Grab your foldable chairs and stake a piece of paradise to watch the fireworks.

We usually claim a small sidewalk close to the beach and watch the fireworks right over our heads. Spectacular!

Most of the day's events are free. With so much to do and see, everyone has a great time. Gulfport certainly beats the bigger city 4th of July celebrations with fun for everyone.

Watching Gulfport's Parade and Catching Beads

Watching Gulfport's Parade and Catching Beads
Watching Gulfport's Parade and Catching Beads

Bobby & The Rockets - One of Gulfport's Favorite Bands

Bobby & The Rockets - One of Gulfport's Favorite Bands
Bobby & The Rockets - One of Gulfport's Favorite Bands

Gulfport Florida Community Events & Activities - Find a fun thing to do in Gulfport!

Check out these videos on more fun activities to do in Gulfport, Florida. It's a wonderful, artsy city that gives back to its residents and community. Most of all, residents know how to have fun!

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Gulfport FL ~ Fourth of July 2008

Gulfport FL ~ Fourth of July 2008
Gulfport FL ~ Fourth of July 2008

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      If only traveling was in the budget, I love would want to see many places. This looks like one place I wouldn't want to miss.

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      Kiwisoutback 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      I'm ready now to visit! The weather in New England is cold already, and the winters are long. I wouldn't mind visiting right about now. Squid Angel blessed.

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      JenniferAkers LM 6 years ago

      RMS, Julie, AJ, and ShirlW - you're welcome to visit anytime you can. It's a wonderful little city. I like Shirl's comment on the relaxing, artsy things to do there. Small town feel, and they have neat events happening all year 'round.

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      JenniferAkers LM 6 years ago

      RMS, Julie, AJ, and ShirlW - you're welcome to visit anytime you can. It's a wonderful little city. I like Shirl's comment on the relaxing, artsy things to do there. Small town feel, and they have neat events happening all year 'round.

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      sheriangell 6 years ago

      When I lived in Tampa (technically Palm Harbor), I rented a house in Gulfport for a month one year. My son fished off the pier hours and hours every day. I was so content there living in my ideal image of a town. I could walk my dogs any time of the night and felt completely safe, the shops and historical homes are so charming. My favorite restaurant was Back Fin Blue, but a I really liked a Cuban restaurant that was on 22nd Avenue also. If I could, I would live in Gulfport in a heartbeat and hope to visit again very soon. You made me "homesick".

      Blessed by a Squid Angel today!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have been to St Pete's Beach but never made it to Gulfport - I certainly envy the town the 86 degrees it has today, while we experience a very damp day here in the UK!

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      Well I do really THINK I will have a chance to visit their really really soon! Can't wait.

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      Robin S 6 years ago from USA

      Beautiful place! I want to go there sometime!

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      JenniferAkers LM 8 years ago

      Wow - thank you for the Angel Blessings!! It's a neat little town, and I'm honored you blessed the lens. [in reply to spirituality]

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      Tony Payne 8 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Sounds like a great place, and a very nice lens, 5*****

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :)

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      Laraine Sims 8 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Well done! I'd just love to visit and walk the 8 acres of walking trails at the Habitat. 5*s, fav'd, lensrolled and already a great fan of yours.

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      Glenna Jones 9 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      Haven't been to Gulfport per se but have been to St.Petersburg Beach. Totally different beaches than the ocean coast. I live near Orlando :0)

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      bigjimj 9 years ago

      Thanks for joining the Squidoo City Guide.

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      chloecavanaugh 9 years ago

      Sounds fabulous, I enjoyed my mini-tour, it sounds so inviting. I would love to visit, maybe someday!

      Very informative, and very well done. Thank you for sharing it with us.

      *****

      ~Chloe