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ABOUT PASCO

Pasco County Visitor’s

Magazine

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PA S C O C O U N T Y

Pasco County is an outdoor lover’s paradise that offers great ecotourism and

an outdoor adventure alternative to the typical theme-park experience. The

area boasts 24miles of shoreline to the west, hilly terrain to the east andmore

than 100,000 acres of pristine wilderness to explore in between.

Located on the Gulf of Mexico at the top of Tampa Bay, Pasco is part of a

nine-county region referred to as the “Nature Coast.” Just 30 miles north

of downtown Tampa and about 50 miles west of Orlando, Pasco’s central

location makes it easy for visitors to enjoy all that West Central Florida has

to offer!

West Pasco

West Pasco boasts a coastal lifestyle and laid back atmosphere. There are

endless activities to pass the time on the water. Bar hop your way down the

Pithlachascotee River, as you kayak or paddleboard towards the beautiful

waterfront Sims Park. Once you dock, you’re a three minute walk from

historic downtown New Port Richey. It is the largest city in Pasco County and

features a historic downtown with shops, restaurants and beautiful Spanish-

revival architecture that brings out the old Florida feel.

Central Pasco

Enjoy the scenic part of Central Pasco in Land O’Lakes. It is nestled

among more than 100 glimmering lakes and blends laid back, country

living with close proximity to the attractions and conveniences of the

area. If nature isn’t what you’re looking for, shop ‘til you drop as you walk

the pedestrian-friendly Shops at Wiregrass. It has become a unique

community gathering place for visitors and residents, with concerts and

special events taking place throughout the year. Bring an extra suitcase if

you plan on visiting the Tampa Premium Outlets; they have over 110 of your

favorite retailers!

East Pasco

Cycle through the rolling hills of East Pasco County and make your way

towards downtown Dade City. It is a quaint Old Florida town with a historic

downtown square, unique specialty shops, restaurants, parks and trails.

It is known as one of the best antique shopping destinations in Florida.

Downtown Dade City draws visitors from around the state and around the

world to visit its more than 50 shops and eclectic lunch spots, and numerous

festivals year-round.