Don’t forget to get out of town to enjoy some outdoor adventure. This is Florida’s Sports Coast, after all, and you can find sporty fun in abundance in Dade City. The area’s unspoiled forests and preserves can be accessed via 60-plus miles of multi-use trails. Approximately 31 miles long, the Florida National Scenic Trail runs through the Green Swamp East and West tracts.
The Withlacoochee River Park and state forest are just outside of Dade City and offer a unique remote wilderness experience. A small boat ramp on River Road does indeed take you to the river.
Extreme Family Fun
Get up close to the gentle giants that usually roam the plains of your TV screen. Giraffe Ranch surrounds you with giraffes that inhabit a verdant wildlife preserve. Along with seeing giraffes, ginormous live oaks and lush flora, including native orchids, make it all more mesmerizing. The 47-acre property also encompasses wide pastures and dreamy wetlands.
At TreeHoppers Aerial Adventure Park, you can make like an orangutan and amble through a series of platforms and elements that interweave throughout the trees, connected by cable, wood, rope and zip lines. Each element presents a different challenge of how to get to the next platform, and there are 10 different courses to keep you both challenged and enchanted.
Snowcat Ridge, Florida’s first snow park, opens next to TreeHoppers in November 2022. The chilly fun will include snow tubing, snow play, and an Alpine Village. One of its attractions, the Snowy Slopes is a 60-foot tall, 400-foot-long snow tubing hill featuring single, tandem and family-style snow tubing. A pair of moving sidewalk/conveyor lifts transport you to the top of the hill. Even cooler, the slopes will stay open after hours on some evenings to feature nightly music and a light show visible throughout the park.’
Also known as “Tree City, U.S.A.,” Dade City neighbors San Antonio, Saint Leo (home of the historic monastery-turned-university; Saint Joseph), Blanton, Lacoochee, Trilby and Ridge Manor take you a world away from the traffic and mayhem of big-city life, where historic homes and churches charm the stress away, cajoling you to imagine a more downsized quality of life.