Gulfport, FL is a small beach community with the feeling of “Old Florida." Gulfport has gaining popularity for its vibrant arts and culinary scene and for being the colorful town that is full of parks, piers, culture, and fresh local cuisine. Located on the north side of Boca Ciega Bay off 22nd Avenue South, Gulfport’s waterfront district includes a sandy beach and a long municipal fishing pier, called Williams’ Pier. Every Tuesday brings a Fresh Market to the waterfront, with vendors offering freshly baked breads, locally grown produce, and hand crafted arts and clothing. Numerous restaurants dot the main street and provide the opportunity for alfresco dining along the quaint boulevard.
Gulfport’s Beach Boulevard and Shore Boulevard form the heart of the town’s historic arts district. On the first Friday and third Saturday of every month, Beach Blvd comes alive with street performers, artists, and craftspeople creating a relaxed cultured atmosphere for Gulfport’s famous Art Walks. There are many popular dining options along Beach Blvd and Shore Blvd. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner can be enjoyed leisurely, followed by a walk down Shore Blvd to take in the scenic views of the Pinellas Bayway across Boca Ciega Bay.
Fact: Beach Boulevard is #1 of 20 Things to Do in Gulfport According to TripAdvisor
Local residents enjoy Gulfport’s annual festivities including a Labor Day street fair called Gecko Fest, A Christmas lighted boat parade, and SpringFest highlighting local artists in March. Recreational activities are abundant with municipal parks and the Clam Bayou Nature Preserve.
Gulfport continues to thrive as a popular real estate market with colorful single-family homes and condominiums sitting on tree covered streets.
Activities and Events to check out:
- Enjoy a meal at Isabelle’s, O’Maddy’s, Tangelo’s or Neptune Grill to name a few.
- Take dancing lessons at the Casino Ballroom with scenic views of Boca Ciega Bay.
- Participate in Gecko Fest or the Lighted Christmas Boat Parade
- Take part in Art Walk or Tuesday’s Fresh Market
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