Introduction to Dade City, Florida
Dade City, Florida, in Pasco county, is 20 miles SE of Spring Hill, Florida (center to center) and 33 miles NE of Tampa, Florida. The city is part of the Tampa-Saint Petersburg-Clearwater metropolitan statistical area (MSA).
Dade City History
The Tocobaga Indians, who were the original inhabitants of the region, had small villages in the northern part of Tampa Bay. In December of 1836, construction of Fort Dade began. Thomas R. Tucker and Sarah Tucker were the first white residents of what eventually became Pasco County. In December 1842, James Gibbons was issued a permit for 160 acres, which later became Dade City. The Fort Dade post office was established in 1845, and Gibbons served as the postmaster. This post office was later abandoned but a new one was constructed in 1884. The community was officially incorporated in 1889. During World War II, Dade City was home to a prisoner-of-war camp. The name "Dade City" was given in honor of Major F.L. Dade, a martyr of the Seminole warfare.
Dade City and Nearby Attractions
- Pioneer Florida Museum.
- Crystal River State Archaeological Site.
- Hillsborough River State Park.
- Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
- Dade Battlefield State Historic Site.
- Lowry Park Zoo.
Things To Do In Dade City
Pioneer Florida Museum, located in Dade City, displays exhibits depicting the life of pioneers. It has an old train depot, a 1913 locomotive, a pre-American Civil War house, a school and a Methodist church. The Crystal River State Archaeological Site, Dade Battlefield State Historical Site, Historical Bok Sanctuary, and Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins Historical State Park are several historical sites near Dade City. Hillsborough River State Park, which covers almost 4,000 acres, offers swimming, fishing, camping, canoeing, and picnicking opportunities, as well as nature trails. Opportunities to play golf are available from the Hidden Creek Golf Club, Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club, Lexington Oaks Golf Club, Plantation Palms Golf Club, Silver Oaks Golf & Country Club, Tampa Bay Golf & Country Club and Southport Springs Golf Club. Among other popular attractions are the Lowry Park Zoo, the Florida Aquarium, Adventure Island Tampa Bay and Busch Gardens.
Dade City Transportation
Air transportation is available from the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport.
Dade City Higher Education
Pasco-Hernando Community College-East Campus is located in Dade City. University of South Florida, Saint Leo University, Florida College and Southeastern University are also close by.