Located along Florida’s central Gulf Coast just north of Tampa and Tampa Bay, New Port Richey is a city of about 26,000 residents that’s a key component in the Tampa – St. Petersburg – Clearwater metropolitan area.
1. Chasco Fiesta
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Chasco Fiesta is one of the region’s most popular events, and has been a continual favorite for nearly 75 years.
2. Anclote Key
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Anclote Key lies a few miles off the coast amid the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
3. Werner Boyce Salt Springs State Park
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Located on US Highway 19 in Port Richey, Werner Boyce Salt Springs State Park is home to a variety of relatively untouched natural environments, like marshes, mangrove forests, beaches, and lagoons.
4. Richey Suncoast Theatre
Since the mid-‘20s, the Richey Suncoast Theatre has been a regional historical and entertainment icon. It offers a variety of live entertainment productions, including dramatic theater, comedy, and both on and off-Broadway style shows.
5. Green Key Beach
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Though the coast around New Port Richey is full of beaches, Green Key Beach is the city’s only public beach and is located on the Robert K. Rees Memorial Park.
6. Big Storm Brewing Co.
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Beer and coffee don’t exactly go together like peanut butter and jelly, but since one perks you up and one chills you out, if imbibed in the proper proportions at key points throughout the day, they can keep you going until long after most travelers have packed it in.
7. Miss Daisy Boat Tours
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Sailing out of Port Richey, Miss Daisy Boat Tours has been described by previous guests as relaxing, entertaining, and well worth the cost.
8. Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park
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Comprised of more than 8,000 acres, Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park is one of Pasco County’s largest natural areas. It offers nature and outdoor-minded visitors a wide variety of recreation options.
9. Lyon’s Head Antique Mall
For visitors to a new area who’d rather not pick up boring and character deficient keepsakes at a large national retail chain, antique malls offer a perfect alternative option.
10. Brasher Park
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Port Richey’s Brasher Park is smaller than many of its neighbors, and therefore gets less foot traffic, which makes it a destination that many outdoorsy locals would prefer to keep to themselves.
11. Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks
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Nearby Tarpon Springs is known as ‘The Sponge Capital of the World.’ Its interesting history dates back more than a century to when it was home to a large population of Greek immigrants who harvested the natural sponges in the warm gulf waters.
12. Tarpon Springs Boat Tours
The warm Gulf of Mexico waters off New Port Richey are home to an amazing variety of wildlife, and few species are more loved and sought after than dolphins.
13. Tarpon Springs Aquarium
The Tarpon Springs Aquarium is a family-owned and operated business located on Dodecanese Boulevard.
14. Busch Gardens Tampa
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A zoo, amusement park, and live entertainment venue all rolled into one, it offers activities for those of nearly all ages and interests.
15. The Tampa Bay History Center
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The Tampa Bay History Center is the central Gulf Coast’s premier destination for those looking for an in-depth look into the region’s past.