Four things to do in Dade City

Posted on March 30, 2023 by Brooke Jones

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There are endless possibilities when it comes to activities and attractions in Florida. Dade City is no exception! Just a 30-minute drive from Tampa and an hour away from Orlando, this charming city is the perfect stop to slow things down and relax.

Whether you already call Dade City home or are looking for a change of scenery, there’s plenty to do in this hidden gem full of history, wildlife and culture.

Learn about Florida’s railroad origins

Explore Dade City’s rich Florida history with a visit to the Dade City Heritage and Cultural Museum. The museum preserves the heritage of the city through artifacts, storytelling and events. Take a walk through the J.R. Hibbard Memorial Train Room and discover the history and value of railroads in Dade City’s past and present.

Plenty of shopping

This city’s historic downtown is full of charming antique shops with something for everyone. Take a stroll down 7th Street to find an assortment of antique shops featuring jewelry, furniture and even toys. Pop into Antiques on the Main Street to find rustic and handmade items. Or visit Thaila's American Antiques, Too and discover collectable items ranging from dish sets to wall art.

Take an adventure outdoors

For those looking to enjoy active senior living in Florida, there are plenty of things to explore outdoors in Dade City. Withlacoochee River Park offers fishing, hiking trails and an observation tower. It’s ideal for anyone wanting to get out and enjoy the elements. Or get up close and personal with exotic animals at Giraffe Ranch. Take a drive-through safari ride and learn more about the 70+ species living on the farm. Adventurous visitors and locals alike can also feed giraffes, otters and ring-tailed lemurs.

Discover the “the little gold gem of the citrus family”

Dade City is home to Kumquat Growers, the nation’s largest producer of kumquats and kumquat products. These small orange colored fruits have been grown in Florida for over 100 years. Try these distinctive tasting fruits with a trip to Kumquat Growers. From Nov. 1 to March 31, it hosts open houses to educate on the origin and history of kumquats in Dade City.

Fisherman’s Cove

If you’re thinking of making your stay in Dade City permanent, Fisherman’s Cove is the perfect 55+ community in Florida to call home. This active retirement community is situated on a rolling hill overlooking beautiful Lake Pasadena and offers resort-style amenities like a heated pool and a clubhouse with a screened-in porch. Fisherman’s Cove hosts game nights, potlucks and other activities year-round to help you get to know your neighbors and make the most out of Florida retirement living.

If you’re ready to call Dade City home, click here to learn more about Fisherman’s Cove or call 407-949-8629 to schedule a tour.