In 1884, the town was originally called Disston City when Hamilton Disston bought a land in the district. Conflicted with a town in Hillsborough County, the US Postal Service would not recognize the name so it was named Bonifacio instead. However, the town’s name was changed to Veteran City in 1890 but in 1910, it was officially renamed to Gulfport. read more…
Gulfport is a funky community distinguished by its colorful shops and festivals. This city in Pinellas County, Florida, United States is bordered by St. Petersburg and Boca Ciega Bay. Gulfport is part of the Tampa-St. Petersburg-ClearwaterMetropolitan Statistical Area, the 19th largest MSA in the country.
In 1884, the town was originally called Disston City when Hamilton Disston bought a land in the district. Conflicted with a town in Hillsborough County, the US Postal Service would not recognize the name so it was named Bonifacio instead. However, the town’s name was changed to Veteran City in 1890 but in 1910, it was officially renamed to Gulfport.
Often used to describe Gulfport’s waterfront district, “Old Florida” was the phrase most people call it based on the mature oak trees where a blend of eccentric independent shops, artsy small-scale cottages and fab waterfront restaurants stand among brick-paved streets and recognizable benches. Across the bay is a view of Tierra Verde and the Free Waterfront Trolley hailed anywhere along the route offers a method to visitors as well as locals to park offsite and explore many destinations in Gulfport’s downtown area.
Among the many attractions in Gulfport is the small-town street festival called GeckoFest, celebrated yearly every end of summer. Beach and Shore Blvds. offer shopping and dining experiences in Gulfport. At Art Village Courtyard, you will find offbeat street performers; groovy music like it’s a circus event with people in crazy attires, typical old fashioned Florida style while you shop at the artsy street stores. Other events you shouldn’t miss include Art Walks among others. This is held every first Friday and third Saturday monthly.
Another one is the Farmers’ Market featured every Tuesday. You’ll find locally caught fresh fish, organic and local produce, home-made dog treats, nuts, cheese, freshly baked breads, granola, flowers, herbs, plants, candles, hand-made soaps and body care products, local art and crafts plus fabulous jewelry. Live music also enhances the festive ambiance.
For nightlife, you may discover Salty’s Gulfport waterfront bars or Low Tide Kava Bar located at the Beach Boulevard as well as the Little TommiesTiki for an enjoyable experience with craft beers and music performances live in a Key West-themed venue. For romantic dinners or perfect party venue, The Backfin Blue Café can be found in the heart of the gateway to the Gulf with its attractive pink and green cottage themed in the 1920s era. They offer succulent backfin blue crab cakes south of the Chesapeake.
The beach waterfront complex on Boca Ciega Bay can be found on Shore Boulevard South which is conveniently situated near restaurants and shops, alongside covered picnic tables and children’s playground near a fishing pier. At Gulfport, there is also an intimate theater where you can watch concerts or live band performances as it is available for rental. There is also a Clam Bayou Nature Park on Miriam Street where people can discover various native environments from the highland natural vegetation, mangrove forests, to the Boca Ciega Bay deep waters. Here, habitat and food are provided to diverse species cush as clams, fiddler crabs, wading birds, dolphins, small animals, manatees among others. To witness wading birds feeding, people use the trails and observation decks at the brackish water estuary. This 10-acre park offers not just hiking, but also canoeing and kayaking.
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