If you’re looking for the perfect picnic spot, a new running trail, or just a place to hang out in the sun, Gulfport has some of the best parks in Tampa Bay! Get in a good workout, let the kids explore the playground, or enjoy the great outdoors in Gulfport. The best part? Many of these parks are super close to amazing restaurants in Gulfport, so you can grab a bite to eat on your way home or snag some picnic food for your day out in the grass.
Here are nine awesome parks in Gulfport that you’ll want to visit again and again.
Located in the Waterfront District of Gulfport is Veteran’s Park. Come here to sit in the grass, read a book, and enjoy the stunning views of Boca Ciega Bay! Being in the Waterfront District means this park is close to shopping, dining, and live entertainment, and this park hosts a Flag Day celebration every year on June 14.
If you’re looking for a great place to kayak in Gulfport, you’ve got to check out Clam Bayou Nature Park. This picturesque area is full of water trails, allowing you to navigate under trees that shade you from the sun. Plus, the area provides lots of privacy if you want to go out for a date or with a small group of friends. No kayak? No problem! You can rent one from a rental shop nearby and enjoy the calm waters of the Clam Bayou Estuary and Boca Ciega Bay.
Clam Bayou Nature Park is 10 whole acres of trails, grassy areas, picnic spots, and waterways. It also provides serene docks on which you can fish or just sit and enjoy the view. It’ll be a great backdrop for the ultimate sunny-day selfie!
Need a place to take the kids on a sunny day? Chase Park is one whole block of fun! There’s a playground complete with a jungle gym, swings, slides, and benches so you can watch over them while they play. If it gets too warm, take them to cool off over at the Gulfport Public Library, which is just a few blocks east!
Chase Park also has tennis courts where you can play some singles or doubles with friends, an off-leash dog park for your pup to run around, and the Gulfport Historical Society Museum if you’re curious about this area’s history or just need some A/C!
Practice tricks on a skateboard or learn how to rollerblade at Gulfport Skate Park. Located at the Yakes Recreation Complex, this skate park offers thrilling concrete fun with ramps, railings, ledges, and flat and curved surfaces for coasting.
Gulfport Skate Park would make a great location for a unique date, especially because of the beautiful water views, or to take the kids out on their bikes, boards, skates, or scooters. Just make sure everyone wears a helmet and pads to stay safe while skating, no matter their skill level.
Enjoy a picnic, read by the water, or take a short, scenic walk around the lake at Ted Phillips Wood Ibis Park. The hike around the lake is just over a quarter mile, making it quick and simple, yet stunning. While you’re here, you can watch the ducks, rabbits, and butterflies that call this little park home. Or, you can hold a small gathering at one of the pavilions on site.
Michael J. Yakes Recreation Complex is home to Gulfport Recreation Center and Recreation Field. At the Rec Center, you and the kids can take part in activities like fitness classes, sports games and leagues, and dance. New to town and want to make some friends who share your love of fitness? Sign up for the Zumba classes or come to the adult basketball league! Plus, they offer a great summer program and events just for teens to everyone busy with arts & crafts, sports, games, and field trips around the area.
And if you want to take the fun outside, hit the Recreation Field where you’ll find exercise equipment, a short track to do laps, swing sets for the kiddos, and a baseball field.
Caldwell Park is a small nature area that packs quite a bit of fun in its quarter-acre size. Relax under the shade of the 30 oak trees. Watch the kids play on the swings, jungle gym, and slides. Or, get your fitness on in the outdoor workout area with plenty of room to stretch out and do cardio.
With its small size, there might not be much parking, but since most people only spend one or two hours here at a time, you should be fine to get a close parking spot.
Clymer Park is one of Gulfport’s outdoor gems! Located in the Beach Boulevard Parkway Complex, you’ll find the beautiful boardwalks and brick walkways, the stunning mosaic and stone art in the Clymer Park Sculpture Garden, and a pavilion. This park is so beautiful that many people decide to host their weddings there!
With 3 acres of open space, Clymer Park is also a great place to have a picnic, go for a serene walk, or just lay in the grass and enjoy the nice weather!
Playgrounds? Check! Baseball? Check! Trails? Check! As one of the best parks in Gulfport, Tomlinson Park Complex has it all! You can watch a baseball or softball game at one of the fields or even join a league and play here yourself. Work up a sweat at the fitness station where you’ll find weight-resistance equipment and park ellipticals.
And the playground at Tomlinson Park puts all others to shame. Your kids will love climbing the spider web and mini rock wall, hanging out on the swinging benches, and making their way across the monkey bars. But this park does get pretty sunny and hot through the day, so try to get to the playground early in the day or late after everything has cooled off.
Have Fun in the Sun
Going to the park is a great way to get some fresh air, warm sun, and a little exercise or R&R, no matter how old you are! Have we left out one of your favorite parks in Gulfport? Let UNATION know!
And if you’re looking for more fun stuff to do in (and out of) the sun, check out our Gulfport Neighborhood Guide!