Attractions & Tours

An almost endless array of attractions and tours are offered throughout the year in Pasco County. Visitors and residents young and old can choose from a wide range of activities that offer something for every taste and budget.

The Baker House
5744 Moog Rd, Elfers
In 1882, Samuel Baker built a "cracker style" house that still stands in Pasco County. Visitors can tour the house and learn about this fascinating house style - the house was built entirely of wood, but lacks any structural frame and is held together by distribution of the weight of the roof and second story evenly on the unsupported walls. The Baker House is one of the oldest "cracker style" houses in Pasco County. Free - Sat. 11-3 pm.
727-849-1627

The Pasco Arts Center
5744 Moog Rd, Holiday
Housed in the 1937 Anderson House, this gallery’s main floor features up to eight local artists or traveling shows annually. Volunteers guide you through the galleries, and the Arts Center’s gift shop displays and sells the works of area artists including paintings, fiber arts, pottery and more.
Mon. - Sat. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
727-845-7322

Pioneer Florida Museum
15602 Pioneer Museum Rd, Dade City
Located one mile from downtown, this museum features horse-drawn buggies, a steam-powered locomotive, Indian artifacts, musical instruments, period costumes, and a collection of Roseville pottery. Historic buildings, including the Lacoochee School, the Trilby Depot, and the Enterprise Methodist Church, can also be found here. Other museum features include replicated pioneer doctor and dentist offices, and a miniature doll collection of Florida’s first ladies in their inaugural gowns. Tues. - Sun. 1 - 5 p.m. Tours available for six or more.
352-567-0262

Skydive City
40440 Chancey Rd, Zephyrhills
Just minutes from I-75, you’ll find a world-famous spot for skydiving enthusiasts. Skydive City offers numerous services, and hosts events throughout the year. Amenities include a covered parking tent, food concessions, an after-hours bar, photography and video services, and shuttle service to major airports. These amenities, coupled with the facility’s exceptional staff have contributed to its reputation as one of the world’s premier drop zones.
800-404-9399 or 813-783-9399. www.skydivecity.com

St. Leo University - St. Leo
This Catholic, coeducational liberal arts university was founded by the Benedictine Order and chartered by the State of Florida in 1889. The university remains a favorite historical landmark in eastern Pasco, and tours include the Old Water Tower, Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto, Saint Edward Hall, Saint Leo Abbey Cemetery, Saint Leo Abbey Church, and the college’s oldest structure, the Saint Leo Abbey-Saint Leo Hall. St. Leo boasts 170 acres of rolling hills nestled along a spring-fed lake.
352-588-8283 or 800-334-5532.

West Pasco Historical Museum
6431 Circle Blvd, New Port Richey
Located in the 1913 Seven Springs School House, this museum is home to an extensive library of County and State information and photographs. The museum boasts a collection of memorabilia from historical Pasco buildings, quilts, china, Indian artifacts, glassware and other antiques. The Country Corner Gift Shop sells many unique items. Free - Fri. & Sat. 1 - 4 p.m.
727-847-0680

Historic Downtown Dade City - Dade City
Self-guided walking and driving tours of the historic downtown Dade City yield treasures of yesteryear as well as contemporary styles. See shops housed in early 20th-century cottages and houses. And with over 15 antique and specialty shops, a whole day can be spent discovering Dade City. A shopping guide and map is available at the Pasco County Visitors & Convention Bureau or the Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce.

 

 

J. B. Starkey’s Flatwoods Adventures
12959 St. Rd 54, Odessa
Enjoy an open-air buggy ride through a real working Florida ranch, where you will see some of Florida’s most unique and special ecosystems. Wooded uplands, flatwoods, and cypress swamps, deer, wild turkey, Sandhill cranes, alligators and hawks can be seen throughout the tour. Tour guides provide details about nature, history, and conservation. Wildlife, bird watching, and specialty photography tours are also available.
813-926-1133 or 877-734-WILD

Disney MGM Studios
Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando
This working TV and film studio and theme park features attractions including The Great Movie Ride, SuperStar Television, Monster Sound Show, Jim Henson’s Muppet Vision 3D, Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular and others. Hours vary seasonally. 407-824-4321.

The Magic Kingdom
Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando
This attraction features seven lands with attractions, restaurants, and shops based on Disney themes of fantasy, yesterday, and tomorrow: Adventureland, Liberty Square, Frontierland, Main St. USA, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, and Mickey’s Toontown Fair. Hours vary seasonally. 407-824-4321.

Sea World of Florida
7007 Sea World Dr, Orlando
A marine adventure park featuring polar adventure Wild Arctic, Key West at Sea World, and exciting marine mammal shows with Shamu the killer whale and others. Experience rides including the Journey to Atlantis, a water-coaster thrill ride through the mysterious lost city. Opens 9 a.m., closing times vary by season. 407-351-3600

Universal Studios Florida
1000 Universal Studios Plaza, Orlando
As well as being the largest working motion picture and television studio outside of Hollywood, this facility includes a theme park. Visitors can "Ride the Movies" like Terminator 2 3-D, Back to the Future, and Jaws. Opens 9 a.m., closing times vary. 407-363-8000.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
3000 E Busch Blvd, Tampa
This 335-acre African-themed family entertainment park features world-class animal habitats, thrill rides, live entertainment, shopping, and dining. 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily. 813-987-5082.

The Florida Aquarium
701 Channelside Dr, Tampa
Here, visitors can discover the great outdoors as they come face to face with more than 6,000 native Florida aquatic plants and animals. 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. 813-273-4000.

Lowry Park Zoo
7530 North Blvd, Tampa
A natural habitat setting, exotic birds sanctuary, and children’s petting zoo are featured at this zoo. More than 14 species of primates, the rare Indian rhino, Sumatran tiger, bald eagles, black bear, bison, otters, American alligator, manatees, and other animals call the Lowry Park Zoo home. 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. 813-932-0245.

Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks
Tarpon Springs
Greek sponge divers originally settled this town, and sponge docks and authentic sponge boats still in use can be found here. Shops and restaurants abound, and guided tours are available. 727-937-6109

Weeki Wachee Spring Waterpark
6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee
This "City of Mermaids" features daily underwater mermaid shows, birds of prey, and exotic bird shows, a wilderness river cruise, petting zoo, and more.
Mon. - Thurs. 10:00 - 5:00; Fri. - Sun. 10:00 - 6:00. 877-GO-WEEKI

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