Port Richey is a city in Pasco County, Florida. Founded on the banks of the Pithlachascotee River, this city is much older than its neighbor, New Port Richey. The city is named after Aaron M. Richey, who settled near the banks of the river and eventually established the first post office in the area in 1884. Although the city is quite small in size and population, it does not hold back in terms of what it has to offer visitors. Come and explore this city by the river with our 8 best things to do in Port Richey.
1. Take a hike, go on a picnic at Werner Boyce Salt Springs State Park
Port Richey plays host to a state park, the Werner Boyce Salt Springs State Park located US Highway 19 North. This park boasts of pristine and protected saltwater marshes, and because of the presence of mangrove trees, protects the city’s coastline found along the Gulf of Mexico. The park has many bayous and inlets that are home to dolphins, tortoises and gray foxes. Birdwatching is quite a treat in this area because of the presence of a wide range of birds from raptors to migratory birds.
There is a building in the park used for meetings and events, as well as picnic tables and bathrooms for guests. Four walking trails have been established, with boardwalks so guests can walk through the mangroves, and several areas for launching kayaks and paddleboards. Visitors can rent equipment inside the park, as well as arrange for fishing within the park.
Werner Boyce Salt Springs State Park
Address: 8737 US Highway 19 North, Port Richey, FL 34668
Contact Information: Ph +1 7278161890
Opening Hours: 8am - Sunset, Daily
Admission Fees: 2 USD per pedestrian or bicycle; 3 USD per vehicle with up to 8 persons
Website: Werner Boyce Salt Springs State Park
2. Watch the sunset at Brasher Park
Brasher Park is called by most a “hidden” park because it is more difficult to find compared to the bigger parks in the city. But if you are already in the vicinity of Werner Boyce, just head to Koons Road from Old Post Road and you will find this hidden gem of a park. The park features a playground area and an area for launching boats, kayaks or paddleboats.
Parking is readily available, as well as picnic tables and bathrooms. It is a good jump-off point for kayaking or paddleboating on this side of the Gulf of Mexico. The park is open from sunrise to sunset, which can both be magical times to be at the park. Do not fret if you do not have equipment - there are several local shops where you can rent equipment or even get some introductory lessons.
Address: 4951 Koons Road, Port Richey, FL 34668
Website: Brasher Park
3. Tour the city by boat
Since this city has a river running through it, one of the best ways to tour around is by boat. This however is not just limited to Port Richey but also extends nearby New Port Richey. One such tour are the Miss Daisy Boat Tours which originate from Port Richey. The tour takes you along the Pithlaschascotee (Cotee) River in Port Richey and its neighboring city, and then bring you out to the Gulf of Mexico where you will see the Stilt Houses along the coast including the home of Johnny Cash and June Carter. This same operator also offers sunset cruises along the Gulf. You will definitely embrace how important the Gulf is to these communities.
Miss Daisy Boat Tours
Address: Gill Dawg’s, 5419 Treadway Drive, Port Richey, FL 34668
Contact Information: Ph +1 7278191754
Website: Miss Daisy Boat Tours
4. Go for some water sports - kayaking or paddleboating
If you do not have the equipment for water sports, do not worry as there are several local shops that rent out this equipment. One such shop even offers tours and lessons and equipment delivery to your preferred launch points. Gill Dawg is located along Cotee River, along Treadway Drive. Aside from a water sports barn, there is also a Tiki bar for some food and drink after your water sports adventure. Their tours range from using their motorized CatDawgs, to using kayaks and paddleboats.
Gill Dawg Adventures
Address: 5419 Treadway Drive, Port Richey, FL 34668
Contact Information; Ph +1 7278421070
Website: Gill Dawg Adventures
5. Charter a fishing boat off the Gulf of Mexico
If game or sports fishing is your thing, Port Richey is one of the best places to charter a fishing boat for some deep sea fishing off the Gulf of Mexico. There are several charters in the city but among them the highly recommended one is Paladin Fishing Charters located along Treadway Drive. A standard charter package call lasts for 4 hours, up to 48 hours depending on your skill level. Each package includes all the necessary licenses, equipment, bait and tackle plus the expertise of the crew. Their shop is open 24 hours, but you may also arrange your charter over the phone.
Paladin Fishing Charters
Address: 5330 Treadway Drive, Port Richey, FL 34668
Contact Information: Ph +1 7274947377, Email [email protected]
Website: Paladin Fishing Charters
6. Go antiquing at Lyons Head Antique Mall
Antiquing or shopping for antiques can definitely be likened to looking for treasure. And Port Richey has its very own antique mall in town - the Lyons Head Antique Mall. The business started in 1993 and in 2015, they moved to a larger space which occupies about 1,859 sq m (20,000 sq ft) of space. This is filled with all types of items, from houseware, lighting, furniture and even fine art. It is surely a treasore trove and with its helpful staff who are knowledgeable about what’s available, you may be able to find what you are looking for. The mall is open daily from 10am to 6pm and has delivery service for certain areas near the city.
Lyons Head Antique Mall
Address: 10447 U.S. Hwy 19, Port Richey, FL 34668
Contact Information: Ph +1 7278615353
Website: Lyons Head Antique Mall
7. Go miniature golfing at Congo River
Congo River Golf is an award-winning adventure golf company that has several locations in the state including one in Port Richey. The course features playing among rocky summits, waterfalls, caves and other types of terrain. In Port Richey, guests can feed the live alligators during feeding time or take on the exploration game which challenges guests to find artifacts and follow the steps of the great adventurers of Congo. Parties and events can likewise be hosted in Congo River.
Congo River Golf Port Richey
Address: 10555 U.S. 19, Port Richey, FL 34668
Contact Information: Ph +1 7276971300, Email [email protected]
Website: Congo River Port Richey
8. Let the good times roll at SpinNations Skating Center
Another local attraction is the SpinNations Skating Center along Congress Street, which is said to be the largest hardwood skating facilty in Florida. With around 2,788 sq m (30,000 sq ft) of skating fun, the center offers skating lessons for all ages, special themed events as well as hosts private parties and charity events. To encourage family skating outings, the center has special family packages that include skate rentals and food and drinks. Check out the center’s opening hours on their website.
SpinNations Skating Center
Address: 8345 Congress Street, Port Richey, FL 34668
Contact Information: Ph +1 7278474336, Emai [email protected]
Website: SpinNations Skating Center
Adventures, inside and out
Port Richey is no small city when it comes to adventures you can have with family or friends. With its natural beauty and resources, the nature lover in you will rejoice. And with its adventures of the indoor kind, you can continue to have some fun out of the sun.