SENIORS RETURN TO SUNNY FLORIDA



Seniors Enjoy Gulfport

Historic_Slider-980x400Gulfport is a city in Pinellas County, Florida, bordering St. Petersburg and Boca Ciega Bay and senior visitors will enjoy it for it’s wide variety of dining experiences. Fact is, Gulfport was one of six finalists in the Rand McNally “Best of the Road” out of 600 competing towns for ”Best of Food.

The quaint city of Gulfport was established in 1910 in central west coast of Florida. With a population of 13,000 residents, it is home to 1,500 licensed businesses, services, entrepreneurs, inns, artisans, boutiques, restaurants and shops.

Gulfport is a beach community overflowing with parks, piers, culture, and fine dining. The town is continuously 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.

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Gulfport began its life as a quaint fishing village and later became a Mecca for snowbirds in the 1920s and 30s. The Historic Waterfront District features a fine beach, several enticing shops and a host of family owned restaurants.

The dining scene in Gulfport is booming with over 15 independently-owned restaurants within a few blocks of the historic downtown area.

Over the years, Gulfport became a magnet for area artists who have found the quiet city a great place in which to nurture their creative spirit. The city is said to be a little oasis of “Old Florida” comfort and friendliness and the heart of town is filled with quaint cottages.

Seniors Like the Art Walk And GeckoFest

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GeckoFest, Gulfport’s celebration of the end of summer, is dedicated to the town’s unofficial mascot and favorite reptile, a Gecko. The festival has grown to become one of the most anticipated events of the year. Regular events include a twice-monthly “Art Walk”.

Senior visitors are always invited to wander through the Clam Bayou Nature Preserve, take in the view from Williams Pier and explore the Historic Waterfront District’s shops and restaurants. 

The Blueberry Patch is a place of art and beauty, music and good times since 7-7-77 and four celebrations are held each month. Every Saturday is volunteer day and everyone is invited to help clean and improve the patch, make art out of anything available, work in the vegetable garden, and make new friends.

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Senior travelers will always be welcomed in both Gulfport and South Pasadena.  They share a common border and depend on one another for commerce, healthcare, culture and recreation. With St. Petersburg to the east and glitzy beach communities to the west, these two cities are often overlooked when describing southwest Pinellas County.

Food, art, festivals, the beach, the sun and so much more. What else could one ask for? jeb

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