Things to do in Gulfport, Florida

Morgan Ellis
Morgan Ellis
Published on August 31, 2020

Eclectic, artsy, unique and funky, there is a never ending list of events to attend, things to see and things to do in Gulfport, Florida. It is a small town with a lot of heart and has a charming “Old Florida” feel.

The waterfront district features many of the original historic cottages and the neighborhood is sprinkled with independently owned shops and restaurants. The streets are lined with ancient oak trees and some of the residential areas still have brick streets.

Gulfport makes it easy to make yourself at home. If you want beach living but don’t necessarily want to deal with all of the tourists, Gulfport living might be for you! It is more low-key than St. Pete Beach and Treasure Island, but it is definitely a strong competitor. Featuring beautiful ocean views, boutique shopping and delicious restaurant options. There’s a little something for everyone.

Gulfport Art Walk

The town has a huge art influence so the fact that Gulfport features an art walk twice a month is no surprise. Number one on our list of things to do in Gulfport, Florida is the Gulfport Art Walk. This event takes place on the First Friday and Third Saturday of every month, year-round.

It is the perfect place to browse and shop from local independent artists down a half-mile scenic stretch Beach and Shore Boulevards. There is live music by local bands scattered among the local venues. St. Pete Astronomy Club allows visitors to view the sky with state of the art telescopes, weather permitting, every first Friday.

While taking in all of the art and craft booths, be sure to check out the unique shops and galleries that the town of Gulfport offers. There are also many delicious restaurant options within the Art District to stop and grab a bite to eat before you continue shopping till you drop.

 Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market

Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market occurs every Tuesday, year round, from 9 AM- 3 PM. Located in the historic Waterfront District, this market is similar to the Art Walk. It offers a variety of independent shops, boutiques, galleries, its own beach and a large cluster of restaurants, all within easy walking distance.

Vendors at the Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market offer fresh produce and a wide variety of locally sources foods including pastries, cheese, desserts, candy, jams, sauces, local honey, olives, prepared foods and much more. Other products offered include local handmade bath and body products. Similar to the Art Walk, local artists will showcase and sell their hand-made paintings, jewelry, pottery, textiles, wood, photography and more.

GeckoFest

To celebrate the end of summer, Gulfport throws its largest festival of the year, GeckoFest! Dedicated to the town’s unofficial mascot and favorite reptile. The festival has grown to become one of Tampa Bay’s most anticipated events of the year and a must-do event on our list of things to do in Gulfport.

The streets are filled with art vendors, food options, live music and kid friendly activities. The event features a quirky walking parade and colorful costumes. The event is free but includes other options such as the Gecko Ball, the Gecko Bar Crawl and the Art Gecko Show. The theme of Geckofest changes each year, some including ‘Geckos of the Round Table’, ‘Geckostock’, ‘20,000 Geckos Under the Sea’, and ‘Gecko Gras’.

The Village Courtyard

Another thing on the list of things to do in Gulfport is The Village Courtyard. A business courtyard with places to relax, refresh yourself, grab a bite, get a drink, or shop. A bandstand located in the center of the Village Courtyard frequently provides music and other entertainment. It’s a good place to spend the day with the family or on date night to shop, explore and soak in the culture of Gulfport, Florida.

Please enjoy the shops, services and restaurants. The Village Courtyard hosts the following businesses: Perfect Ten Nail Salon; Skin by Bobbi; Mildred Maloney Flowers and Gifts; LowTide Kava Bar; Wendy Ohlendorf, Atelier; Vintage Wine and Small Bites; LocalShops1 Gallery and Gift Shop; Red Hot Tiki Spicy Gourmet Market; The Art of Massage; Stella’s Restaurant; Let It Be Ice Cream; Gulfport Realty; The North End Tap House and the Debbie Wolfe Photo Art Gallery and Portrait Studio.

Check out homes in the neighborhood, and if Gulfport seems like the place for you, be sure to reach out so we can help you find a home that makes your life better.

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