Introduction to New Port Richey, Florida
New Port Richey, Florida, in Pasco county, is 11 miles N of Palm Harbor, Florida (center to center) and 26 miles NW of Tampa, Florida. The city is in the Tampa - Saint Petersburg - Clearwater area. There are 16,117 residents in New Port Richey.
New Port Richey History
The city was originally known as Hickory Hammock. It was later renamed after its original settler Captain Aaron Richey, who established it during the 1880s. The city was incorporated in October, 1924 and its first mayor was Dr. Elroy M. Avery, who had formerly been the State Senator for Ohio. Initially this area attracted a number of silent screen stars due to the efforts of Thomas Meighan and Gloria Swanson. They owned the luxurious Hacienda Hotel that was completed in 1927.
New Port Richey and nearby Attractions
- West Pasco Historical Society
- Gulf Harbors Golf Course
- Sims Park
- Starkey Wilderness Park
- Walt Disney World
- Sea World
- Universal Studios
New Port Richey Activities
New Port Richey is very popular as a retirement community. Here people can indulge in a number of exciting activities, from sport fishing to exploration of jungle areas with alligators. People of all ages would be able to find activities that suit their interests, be it swimming, jet skiing, sailing, scuba diving or snorkeling. The various waterways found in the area are ideal for boating, kayaking and canoeing. Besides these, there are a number of high class golf courses as well.
New Port Richey Transportation
Tampa International Airport provides air services to the city.
New Port Richey Higher Education
Pasco-Hernando Community College is the closest college.