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The whole point of Our Redonkulous Life is to promote family adventures and to make memories. When finding things to do we try to stick with things that are either educational, outdoors, or plain ol’ fun for us. So without dragging the post on let’s get into the fun, cheap, or free things to do in Pasco County Florida.
Places to win in Pasco County
Stop N’ Play
The first stop on the fun, cheap or free things to do in Pasco County Florida… is when we want to stay semi-close to home we head to Stop N’ Play. This place has been around for as long as I can remember. When we started going I was about Mikayla’s age (10) and to see it still there… operational is amazing. I can now take my kids to my favorite spot and they think its cool.
Stop N’ Play is an arcade with lots of games for kids and toddlers as well as indoor mini-golf. They always have deals going on. Our Favorite is for 20 bucks you get 100 tokens and 2 rounds of mini-golf. Check out the promotion here. You earn tickets and get little prizes from the gift shop. Nothing fancy, but it’s still fun.
We can’t forget to mention the concession stand… that has slush puppies. Slush Puppie is my favorite kind of “Icee”. It’s perfect for summer and it tastes amazing. We always have a good time here at Stop N’ Play and think more people should come to enjoy it!
Places to play
Again, because I was born and raised in Pasco County. You best believe I will be including Sim’s Park in the fun, cheap, or free things to do in Pasco County Florida. This, as well as Stop N’ Play, were my 2 favorite places to go as a child. Sim’s Park has come a long way from when I was a kid. New Port Richey has put money into making this a hang out for all ages.
When I was a kid Sim’s Park was wooden, but oh man it had so many twists and turns. Going to the park to play tag was the best ever.
Now that they have put money in to build it up, they have more festivals, carnivals, and events there. On the Weekends we enjoy a movie in the park. The car gets loaded up with our dinner, drinks, and blankets. Playtime on the jungle gym till the movie starts and then enjoy the movie they are playing that weekend.
We enjoy the festivals and carnivals that Sim’s Park offers as well. In March they have Chasco Fiesta, to celebrate Indian heritage. You can’t forget the New Port Richey Caribbean Carnival and Festival in August. Most of all we celebrate Pride in October.
Don’t skip out on the day trip either, It is such a good place to go during the day. Go enjoy a picnic, play on the jungle gym or in the water at the splash park. There is so much to enjoy at this park.
Places to hike in Pasco County
When we want to get a good hike in, this is where we go. Starkey has so many trails and jungle gyms to play on. We spend our days exploring off the trail and finding hidden treasure spots. It’s a popular spot to have birthday parties because of the pavilions and picnic tables.
They use the wide-open field when you first enter for stargazing. You bring your telescope and they bring the stars. That’s not true, but they give you the open space to get an awesome view of them.
Not only do they have all that I mentioned above, but they make great use of their rental cabins in the offseason. In October for Halloween, they turn the cabins into haunted houses and it only costs a dollar to get in.
Around Christmas, they turn the cabins and some trails into a light show. One of our must-sees every year. Starkey is another one of those places we pack up lunch and head out for a day in nature.
Places to soak up the sun
New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center
A lot of the events that happen in Sim’s Park are in huge part to the NPR Aquatic Center. Anyone can enjoy their amenities for a small fee. Straight from their website, it says: “One need not be a City of New Port Richey resident to enjoy the amenities at the Aquatic Center!”
This is the place we went to Fusion Con, here is the post if you wanna check it out. The Aquatic Center does Pool movie nights as well. You can chill in the pool in a floaty and watch a movie or just swim around.
What I find amazing here are the waterslides they have. They only have 2 but the kids love them. We also enjoy watching the kids at the skate park. Anyone can come to use that at any time at their own risk.
What more could you ask for? For a small fee for the day you have access to the diving boards, basketball/tennis courts, and a ballet studio, plus so much more…
Places to enjoy movies in Pasco County
Joy-Lan is one of 2 drive-in theaters semi-close to us. Going to the drive-in was another one of those great childhood memories I have growing up in Pasco. Coming up October 31st, they will have been operating out of Dade City, Florida for over 69 years. They are also the last drive-in theater in Pasco County.
Granted we could watch a movie at home, but what is the fun in that? There is something so fun about packing up the car with our dinner, drinks, and snacks. You can’t forget the pillows and blankets, though.
It costs 6 bucks per person 10y + and 2 bucks for 4-9-year-olds. Joy-Lan is only open Wednesday- Sunday. They play the newest movies and do also provide a snack bar, with reasonable prices. We either see a matinee show at the Spring Hill theater on Saturdays or we are at Joy-Lan.
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There you have it guys… I hope you enjoyed the fun, cheap or free things to do in Pasco County Florida. Coming up next will be either Hernando County, Hillsborough County, or Pinellas County. I am working on them all at the same time.
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