Pasco County Office of Tourism
WELCOME, Our distinctive blend of open spaces, in close proximity to the modern conveniences of our many vibrant communities is a quality that helps us standout from the other destinations in the Tampa Bay area. Our diversity offers a unique array of things to do and places to go in both rural and urban settings, where people can visit and play. Pasco County is an outdoor lover’s paradise that offers great ecotourism and an outdoor adventure alternative to the typical theme-park experience. The area boasts 24 miles of shoreline to the west, hilly terrain to the east and more than 100,000 acres of pristine wilderness to explore in between. Located on the Gulf of Mexico at the top of Tampa Bay, Pasco is part of a nine-county region referred to as the “Nature Coast.” Just 30 miles north of downtown Tampa and about 50 miles west of Orlando, Pasco’s central location makes it easy for visitors to enjoy all that West Central Florida has to offer! WEST PASCO This part of the county boasts a coastal lifestyle and laid back atmosphere. There are endless activities to pass the time on the water. Bar hop your way down the Pithlachascotee River, as you kayak or paddleboard towards the beautiful waterfront Sims Park. Once you dock, you’re a three minute walk from historic downtown New Port Richey. It is the largest city in Pasco County and features a historic downtown with shops, restaurants and beautiful Spanish revival architecture that brings out the old Florida feel. CENTRAL PASCO Enjoy the scenic part of Central Pasco in Land O’Lakes. It is nestled among more than 100 glimmering lakes and blends laid back, country living with close proximity to the attractions and conveniences of the area. If nature isn’t what you’re looking for, shop ‘til you drop as you walk the pedestrian-friendly Shops at Wiregrass. It has become a unique community gathering place for visitors and residents, with concerts and special events taking place throughout the year. Bring an extra suitcase if you plan on visiting the Tampa Premium Outlets; they have over 110 of your favorite retailers! EAST PASCO Cycle through the rolling hills of East Pasco County and make your way towards downtown Dade City. It is a quaint Old Florida town with a historic downtown square, unique specialty shops, restaurants, parks and trails. It is known as one of the best antique shopping destinations in Florida. Downtown Dade City draws visitors from around the state and around the world to visit its more than 50 shops and eclectic lunch spots, and numerous festivals year-round. ADVENTURES Whether you want adventures in the air, land or sea, Pasco County has something for you. Hop in an air balloon at sunrise and checkout 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 best 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, throw a tow rope on the back and grab your water skis, the adventures are limitless. TRAILS Get outside and enjoy what the Nature Coast has to offer, some of the best ways to explore Pasco County's natural beauty is on foot or by bicycle or kayak. Take your time as you explore the waterways and trails, observe wildlife, enjoy a relaxing picnic under a moss-draped oak or swim in our spring fed freshwater lake with its white sandy beach at Sunwest Park. SHOPPING Pasco County offers shopping for all, ranging from historic downtown antique shops to upscale boutiques and malls. Travel back in time as you visit shops housed in early 20th century cottages in downtown Dade City and New Port Richey. If modern is more your style, you'll enjoy the Shops at Wiregrass, or the national retailers and entertainment options at The Grove in Wesley Chapel. Looking for a good deal? Make sure you check out the brand new Tampa Premium Outlets. PLAN YOUR TRIP TODAY From sports and nature, to history and culture, Pasco County has a little something for everyone. To find out more, please visit our website at www.VisitPasco.net or call 1-800-842-1873.