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Things to do at Sports Coast

Redefine your idea of a typical Florida vacation on a trip to Florida's Sports Coast, just a 30-minute drive from Tampa’s International Airport. It is an outdoor lover’s paradise that offers great sporting activities, ecotourism and outdoor adventures as an alternative to the typical theme-park experience. The area boasts 20 miles of shoreline to the west, hilly terrain to the east and more than 100,000 acres of pristine wilderness to explore in between

Did You Know?

Interesting & useful facts

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The county boasts the largest nudist and clothing-optional communities in the U.S with 12 different resorts to choose from.

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The first stilt houses off the coast were likely erected between 1916 and 1918 to shelter fishermen & their catch of mullet.

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Al Pacino played Benjamin “Lefty” Ruggiero in “Donnie Brasco” a movie based on the Mafia being run out of Port Richey.

News About Sports Coast

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Giraffe Ranch

Take a walk on the wild side with a family trip to the Giraffe Ranch. Here, your family will enjoy an intimate safari-style expedition led by experienced guides on 4-WD safari tour vehicles. The tours are a hands-on experience and your family can get up close with giraffes and other exotic animals. Whether you’re taking a guided tour, camel expedition or Segway safari the Giraffe Ranch is an unbeatable destination for family fun.

Antique Shops

Visitors from all over come to enjoy our Southern Hospitality and antique shopping opportunities all within a short walking distance of each other. Experience the best antique shops in central Florida in our historic downtowns. Travel back in time as you visit unique shops and upscale boutiques housed in
early 20th century cottages in Downtown Dade City and New Port Richey. From “old classics” to “shabby-chic,” you’ll find what you’re looking for!

Tampa Premium Outlets

Conveniently located right off Interstate 75 and State Road 56 on Grand Cypress Drive, the outlet is anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH. Guests will enjoy over 110 of the best retail shops in Tampa Bay. While you’re in the area, stop by the Shops at Wiregrass, or the national retailers and entertainment options at The Grove in Wesley Chapel. Destination shopping awaits you!

Parks & Beaches

Get outside and enjoy what Florida’s Sports Coast has to offer – some of the best ways to explore Pasco County’s natural beauty is on foot, by bicycle or by kayak. Take your time as you navigate the waterways and trails, observe wildlife or enjoy a relaxing picnic under a moss-draped oak. The County is home to over 30 parks including: Anclote Key, Green Swamp West, J.B. Starkey Wilderness Park, SunWest Park and Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park. Each park is unique and has something different to offer, from fresh fed springs to off-road bike paths.

Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park features more than 4,000 acres of pristine estuaries and coastal hardwood hammocks. Visitors can enjoy fishing and paddling the inlets and bayous that wander through the salt marsh.

Find your own island paradise by visiting Anclote Island Preserve State Park. Enjoy the blue-green Gulf waters that lap gently along the sandy beaches of the four islands that make up the park. You can even take your 4-legged friends on an exploration of the northern-most island, which the locals refer to as the Sandbar.

Outdoor Adventures

Whether you want your adventure in the air, land or sea, Florida’s Sports Coast has something for you. Hop in a hot air balloon at sunrise and check out the beautiful views. Not adventurous enough? Take a plunge at 13,500 feet and accelerate to 120MPH over breathtaking Zephyrhills at Skydive City. When you’re done, swing through the only Aerial Adventure Park in Central Florida. TreeHoppers has a total of eight different courses with over 100 unique elements. Hop on a jet ski or boat and explore the Gulf of Mexico, or wakeboard on a 2.0 cable system at SunWest Park, the adventures are limitless.

Special Events

Florida’s Sports Coast is home to many types of special events such as: art festivals, county fair, parades, carnivals, seafood & music festivals, 5k races, cyclocross events, motorcycle festivals, Volkswagen meets, youth lacrosse tournaments, obstacle races and much more!

Local Eats

Take a break between adventures and head to one of our many eclectic and award-winning restaurants. They serve up some of the best locally grown ingredients, like the sweet and tangy kumquat, fresh seafood and more.

Dulcet Lounge of New Port Richey is known for an eclectic mix of dishes, fresh ingredients and an upscale atmosphere. Florida Trend Magazine says, “Full-on uptown dining for NPR is as sexy as any enjoyed by the urban crowd. Jazz, salsa and stand-up comedy, plus lollipop wings and bone marrow for starters, veal skirt steak and diver scallops for dinner. Grouper Wellington and duck and waffles or prime rib for brunch, some of it flocked with pistachio dust and cauliflower puree.”

 

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