Gulfport, Mississippi has 34 amazing parks and recreational areas, including the huge Gulf Islands Water Park that has miles of slides. You can take a swamp tour, rent a fishing boat, or just hang out at the ocean on one of the beautiful beaches that Gulfport is known for. There are also some great places for Fido to enjoy while you are in town because there are an estimated 13,000 or more dogs living there.
Gulfport Dog Park on 54th and 28th is a wonderful place for pups to let off some steam while they play off-leash in the tubes and other agility equipment. The park provides seating, water fountains, and poop bags to keep the place clean, and they just added double gates for safety with small and large dog areas. It is also lighted for those who like to hang out after dark.
The Dog Park on Popp’s Ferry Road is as big as a baseball field with plenty of room to run for all the dogs. It has agility equipment, lots of seating, lights, lots of friendly dogs and nice owners too. There is a double gate and a separate area for small dogs if they do not want to be around the bigger dogs. A beautiful place to let Fido run off some steam.
Seabee Dog Park is a beautiful off-leash dog park that is perfect for your pup to socialize in and let out some energy. The dog park is separated by large and small breeds and is fenced in to help ensure your pups safety. This dog park is more than big enough for your dog to play fetch or frisbee and not have to worry about running into other dogs. There are also benches for the owners to sit on and take a breather while the dogs still have fun. Seabee Dog Park is in the Seabee Park Recreation Area, so your pup will have plenty to do beside socializing with other dogs. The recreation area also contains paintball fields and walking paths to explore.
Campgrounds of the South is a great place to bring your pup for a spectacular camping experience. Make sure to keep them on leash and clean up after them when they are out of your trailer. It is easy to book your camping experience over the phone and the camp grounds give you more than enough space to let your dog roam around. Locals rave about how close Campgrounds of the South is to everything, including the beach, and they even have their own laundry mat, bathrooms, and WIFI. With the campgrounds being close to everything, you do have the added sounds of the freeway and train tracks by you, so take precautions if your dog gets spooked by loud sounds.
If you’re out and about shopping with your pup, check out Gulfport Premium Outlets which allows your pooch to walk around with you, just not inside the stores. If you are flying into Gulfport, there are numerous dog-friendly hotels that you can stay at. Best Western Plus Seaway, Ramada Inn Gullfport, and Motel 6 are all conveniently located right by the airport for easy access. If you want to grab some grub with your pooch as well, there is a Sonic Drive-In located nearby that has an outdoor seating area for you and your pup to enjoy while you grab a burger and shake.
If you’re looking for a great first-time dog beach to bring your pooch to, then head west of Gulfport and check out Hancock County Beach. This beach is a hidden gem tucked away in Waveland and small enough that your dog won’t feel too overwhelmed when you visit. Since this is a hotspot for dogs, be prepared to meet some off leash- not all owners follow the beach rules. Your dog needs to remain on leash during your visit, and be sure to bring plenty of water for him to drink so he won’t be tempted to drink sea water.