5 things to do near New Port Richey, Florida

Posted on November 17, 2023 by Garber Communities

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Here at Garber Communities, we have locations all over our beautiful state. Whether you want to take in some coastal sunrises or sunsets or take life easy in some Florida small towns, we have options to fit every personality.

Want a little bit of everything? New Port Richey, Florida—where Orchid Lake RV Resort is located—might be the place for you.

New Port Richey is a smaller town on the west coast of Florida—but it’s anything but sleepy. From a cute downtown with plenty to do to some of the most beautiful spots you’ve ever seen, there’s so much to do in this community.

Keep reading for some of our favorite things to do in New Port Richey. Who knows? Maybe you’ll find yourself visiting soon!

Head downtown

Historic downtown New Port Richey is a quintessential slice of old Florida. Take a stroll downtown and check out the shops, from boutiques to antiques. Or, treat yourself to some great eats. There are awesome coffee shops, bars, breweries, restaurants and more. Don’t forget to stop in to the Richey Suncoast Theatre, a former movie theater, to catch the latest play. There are also tons of events on the downtown schedule, so keep your eye out for jam nights, live music, concerts and trivia nights. You can also mark your calendar for a variety of community events, from the Chasco Fiesta to the Kia Fest Main Street Blast for the Fourth of July. No matter what you do, there’s always something to do in New Port Richey.

Be one with nature

The James E. Grey Preserve is an 80-acre park, just waiting to be explored. Visitors can launch a kayak or canoe and let all of their thoughts drift away as they paddle along. This Preserve also has a 1.3-mile trail and boardwalk loop to venture out, plus an observation deck that is perfect for fishing. If you are someone who enjoys wildlife, fresh air and the chance to relax, the James E. Grey Preserve is calling your name!

Experience Anclote Key

Anclote Key is truly the place to be. Anclote Key Preserve State Park is comprised of four islands: Anclote Key, North Anclote Bar, South Anclote Bar and Three Rooker Island. Sandy, salty and serene, this state park is right off Tarpon Springs and is only accessible through ferry or boat. Those who brave the trip can visit an 1887 lighthouse and enjoy a day with breathing in the sea’s breeze. Looking a truly unique beach day? This state park will be happy to see you!

Have some fun at Sims Park

Sims Park has everything in one—a splash park, boat dock, riverfront walk, amphitheater, kayak/canoe launch….you want it, this park has it! Sims Park encourages activity, whether it be lounging in the open green space for a picnic or cruising down the water. The park is wheelchair accessible, dog-friendly and comes complete with free parking. The entire park has restrooms readily available and five pavilions with two grills, if you want to have a celebration. Sims Park truly lives up to its reputation as the people’s park!

Get a taste of the big city

New Port Richey has plenty going on to keep anyone busy. But another great thing about this location? It’s just 35 miles from the big city of Tampa. Take a day trip and enjoy some special shopping, dining or nightlife. Or, take advantage of Florida’s Sports Coast and catch a football or hockey game. Tampa also has some fun attractions, from Busch Gardens to the Florida Aquarium. When you’ve had your fill, it’s just a short drive home.

New Port Richey truly has so much to offer. Whether you’re looking for a small-town feel or big-city culture, this town delivers.

That’s just one of the reasons residents love Garber Community’s Orchid Lake location. This 55+ community is perfectly located, and it offers residents gorgeous surroundings and resort-style amenities.

If you’re thinking about calling New Port Richey home, let us show you some affordable manufactured homes. Click here to see the available homes at Orchid Lake.