Gulfport, Florida

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2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

18 Votes - "Best For Food"
4 Votes - "Friendliest"
2 Votes - "Most Fun"
1 Votes - "Best for Geocaching"

Description

Gulfport, FL is a small beach community full of parks, piers, culture, and delicious dining. The colorful town is buzzing with activity from Fresh Markets every Tuesday showcasing fresh produce, breads, seafood, and condiments to Art Walks the first Friday and third Saturday of every month featuring musicians, artists, and food vendors.

Gulfport celebrates several annual festivals including Get Rescued supporting pet rescues in February, SpringFest highlighting local artists in March, a 4th of July parade, and a Labor Day street fair called Gecko Fest.

Visitors can mosey through the Clam Bayou Nature Preserve, take in the view from Williams Pier, or explore the historic Waterfront District’s varied shops and restaurants. Reviewers rave about Isabelle’s, O’Maddy’s, Tangelo’s and Neptune Grill to name a few.

Locals enjoy recreation at Skyway Fishing Pier and Egmont Key State Parks, let loose at the local Casino, and celebrate the arts in galleries along Beach Blvd. Be sure to visit the All Veterans Memorial Park, which pays tribute to veterans from each branch of the military.

GULFPORT, FLORIDA: Part artist colony, part escape from the intensity of big-city life, Gulfport is one of those special places. Gulfport has lost little of its magic despite some inevitable economic and social pressures like many cities endure. Accessible by boat through Boca Ciega Bay or from I-275, Gulfport has something to offer for ALL. Great restaurant like Pias, Pegs Trattoria, Stella's, O'Maddys Beach Bar - just to name a few - make Gulfport a great destination year-round - check calendars for many of Gulfport's special events .
Reviewed by MikeS
on September 17, 2012
Gulfport is a mix of friendly people, unique characters and nice restaurants. Every first Friday and third Saturday of each month the streets are filled with vendors and artitsts for Art Walk. Some people say it might become the next Key West. Gulfport has some great places to eat. My favourite is Pia's Trattoria on Beach Blvd. I love it!
Reviewed by cansantrantow
on September 17, 2012
In a town approx. one and a half miles wide by two and half miles...one would be surprised at the many outstanding award winning restaurants in addition to smaller delightful and often waterfront eateries. This is also 'destination' fun town with festivities at least twice a month for many years. Friendliness is key here. With only 12,000 residents, we have a Rec. center for kids, senior center, 3 yacht clubs, marinas, mooring fields for boats, floating docks, large fishing pier, 'swings' for two on the beach as well as a childs playground and volley ball courts. Gulfport even has a Performing Arts Center, 2 skate parks, 4 awarding winning parks, state of the art ball parks, tennis courts, even bocce ball and workout equipment on the beach. The 80 yr old Casino ie 'gathering place' for dancing etc. There is even a public library and small post office. All this and Gulfport is only 8 minutes to the Expressway headed to all points.
Reviewed by Daniegirl
on September 17, 2012
There has never been a town that embraces you as gulfport does once you are there you are family,it's like comming home :)
Reviewed by photographybylisab
on September 17, 2012
Gulfport has a little of everything for everyone. it is beautiful, friendly, artistic and old school. The people are always welcoming to visitors. The sites and sounds of festivals and art walks fill the summer air. The have the VERY BEST 4th of July celebration anywhere. Come find out for yourself and try the Neptune Grill or Pia's Tratoria for an evening of fun and great food.
Reviewed by gulfportpatti
on September 17, 2012
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