If Being Outdoors Is Your Thing, Check Out New Port Richey!

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New Port Richey is located northeast of greater Tampa, and is home to a sight-for-sore-eyes waterfront. For one, Sims Park beckons visitors to drop by and spend some quality time amidst its lush greenery and still waters. If you’re feeling more on the adventurous side of things, go for a kayak ride or try fishing at the Southern Outdoor Sportsmen. Prefer to stay indoors? There’s a couple of fantastic places to learn about the city and its historical origins.

Whatever your pick may be, New Port Richey surely has a thing for you to do. And then some!

1. Sims Park

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The park was recently renovated, lending a fresh and uplifted look to its entire area. There are nice pathways for you to walk around and explore while you see some truly distinct shrubberies here. There’s even a decent concert venue in Sims Park. Festivities do take place here from time to time, so you might want to check in to see if there’s any celebration going on while you’re here!

The biggest attraction here? The public boat ramp. Did we mention that there’s no cost to use the launch itself?

Sims Park

Address: Grand Blvd & Bank St, New Port Richey, FL 34652

Website: Sims Park

2. Go golfing at Seven Springs Golf and Country Club

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This semi-private golf course will fix any golfer’s itch, what with its 36 holes of golf across 12 km (7.5 miles). When you’ve worn all your muscles out at the golf pitch, go for the club’s “After Golf” experience; one which comes with the usage of its recently refurbished Golf View Lounge, pool access and yep, good old digital entertainment on the wall.

Seven Springs Golf and Country Club

Address: 3535 Trophy Blvd, Trinity, FL 34655

Website: Seven Springs Golf and Country Club

3. Jay B Starkey Wilderness Park

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This wilderness park has a hosts of activities for its visitors. For instance, you could go bird-watching in its western segment, where close to 150 species of winged beings are available for you to spot through your trusty binoculars. The equestrian trail runs for 7.5 miles (12 km), while the Suncoast Trail of 42 miles (67 km) reconnects to another trail of 7.5 miles (12 km).

Spend a few hours here and enjoy a quiet picnic with a cold-cut sandwich, or enjoy the sounds of the crickets here as you camp outside and below the stars. Whatever your choice, the Jay B Starkey Wilderness Park is a must on your list here.

Jay B Starkey Wilderness Park

Address: 10500 Wilderness Park Boulevard, New Port Richey, FL 34655

Website: Jay B Starkey Wilderness Park

4. Richey Suncoast Theater

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The community theater of New Port Richey offers its visitors music shows, plays and stage productions throughout the months of September to May. There’s even a tie-in with local restaurants - flash your show ticket and get 10% off of your bill. It is a small, intimate arena which shows off the best of its homegrown talent.

Richey Suncoast Theater

Address: 6237 Grand Boulevard, New Port Richey, FL 34652-2603

Website: Richey Suncoast Theater

5. James E. Grey Preserve

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Old Florida lives here, with the Pithlachascotee River stealing the entire show. The preserve was named after the pioneer member of the city, who passed on in 1985. While the James E. Grey Preserve is part of the famed Great Florida Birding Trail, be sure to keep a lookout for manatees, deer and even wild boar.

James E. Grey Preserve

Address: Plathe Road, New Port Richey, FL

Website: James E. Grey Preserve

6. West Pasco Historical Society

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This museum was one a school; the Seven Springs school house to be exact. It subsequently became a private home, and then a library. The building was renovated and reopened as its grand name today in 2011. The collections of the West Pasco Historical Society include African art, Timucuan Indian artifacts and Mayan pieces. A fascinating place for readers and historical geeks, as well as curious individuals who want to know more about New Port Richey.

West Pasco Historical Society

Address: 6431 Circle Blvd, New Port Richey, FL 34652

Website: West Pasco Historical Society

7. Fishing at the Southern Outdoor Sportsmen

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Fancy a line, a hook and a worm to bait a fish? Tread on over to the Southern Outdoor Sportsmen, with Captain Sean leading the way and showing you just how fishing is done. What else could possibly beat the feeling of reeling in your own catch, and holding it in your hands for a picture to take home? Especially when all of the action takes place at Florida’s gulf coast waters.

Southern Outdoor Sportsmen

Address: New Port Richey, FL 34652

Website: Southern Outdoor Sportsmen

8. Caposey's Whole Works Restaurant

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Good grub is easy to find anywhere, but it truly takes a legend to stand out. Caposey’s is just that, with some of the best breakfast platters in the county. Prices are reasonable, with a meal with kids costing a family of 7 around 70 USD.

Caposey's Whole Works Restaurant

Address: 5250 Green Key Rd, New Port Richey, FL 34652

Facebook: Caposey’s Whole Works Restaurant

9. Anclote Key Preserve State Park

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Four islands make up the preserve state park - South Anclote Bar, North Anclote Bar, Anclote Key and Three Rooker Island. The place can only be accessed by a private boat or a ferry, but what awaits you is a 403-acre (163 hectare) park with more than 40 bird species, including the elusive piping plover and American oystercatcher. Just a tip; there are no shops on the island for snacks and drinks, so you might want to pack your own before you head over.

Anclote Key Preserve State Park

Address: Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

Website: Anclote Key Preserve State Park

10. Kayaking and canoeing

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Another water sport that begs to be tried out while you’re in this sunny end of Florida; you’ll definitely need to find some time for kayaking and canoeing. Windsong Charters and Boat Rentals pretty much guarantees you a good time, with an easy check-in process. You’d even be pointed out some good fishing spots and more by their informative staff.

Windsong Charters and Boat Rentals

Address: 5015 US Highway 19, New Port Richey, FL 34652-4254

Website: Windsong Charters and Boat Rentals

The final say

New Port Richey is a capsule of fun, and has much to offer its travelers. It will exhaust you with its engaging activities, but isn’t that what fun is all about?

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