Located 30 miles from northeast Tampa sits the naturally abundant city of Zephyrhills. It is known for its spring water and sunny weather. Zephyrhills was once known as the ideal location for retirees looking to get away from the busy neighborhoods in Florida. Now the ever-growing city is more than just a nature destination. Residents enjoy outdoor activities, entertainment options, delightful restaurants, and shops within walking distance of one another. Architecturally, Zephyrhills is firm in its modern-American design. It features single-family homes with impressive yard space.
The laid-back, outdoorsy city of Zephyrhills is adding new, bustling attractions. Downtown Zephyrhills is in the historic district bordered by 9th Avenue and 11th Street. There are over 100 buildings downtown and most were built over a century ago. Zephyrhills is a short drive from Tampa, allowing for an easy commute for working residents and easy access to Tampa’s fantastic amenities. The city has picturesque miles of countryside, ranches, and local parks, such as Zephyr Palms RV Park, which is excellent for a convenient yet luxurious stay in your RV.
Zephyrhills has a walkable downtown area with a dining and shopping haven and attractions in the surrounding area. Foodies attend the annual Pigs in ZHills BBQ and Blues Fest where they enjoy non-stop blues music and a variety of BBQ options to enjoy. Fifty teams compete for the title of Best BBQ. The Kidz Fun Zone has carnival rides, inflatables and bounce houses, climbing walls, and pony rides for the kids to enjoy.
Located on 7th Street, Tubbys Q & Smokehouse serves slow-smoked, wood-fired BBQ with specialty ingredients and spice blends. From sausage to ribs or even homemade dessert, diners can enjoy their BBQ favorites in a homey atmosphere.
Sunrise Eatery is the perfect spot for breakfast, though they also serve a fabulous lunch and dinner menu. Diners can choose from Belgium waffles, fresh salads, or amazing eggplant parmesan. The Sunrise Creamery has traditional favorites, like strawberry cheesecake, apple pie, and rice pudding. They also have fun creations like Baklava cheesecake. It is a second-generation family-owned business in Zephyrhills.
One of the newer businesses in Zephyrhills is Commandoughs Pizza. They have fun pizza toppings like the Tampa Cuban made with a beer mustard base and topped with pulled pork, ham, salami, and a sprinkling of diced pickles.
Not many cities have famous skydiving activities such as Zephyrhills. First-time divers and professionals alike can experience a one-of-a-kind bucket list activity. Skydive City is Florida's best skydiving school. They also teach group skydives and provide jumps from differing altitude jumps.
A calmer activity in the area is found at the Zephyrhills Museum of Military History. There are several stunning exhibits, such as a World War II exhibit, a C-53D aircraft display, and other prominent relics.
On every 3rd Saturday of the month, locals can indulge in the Main Street Market in downtown Zephyrhills, where you will also find bookstores, wonderful cafes, and a vintage marketplace to name a few.
Children enjoy Waterplay at Zephyr Park. It’s a large splash pad open all summer where kids can jump through jets of water and play in shallow pools. Zephyr Park has 34 acres with lighted tennis courts, fishing areas, picnic pavilions, a playground, and walking trails under giant oak trees that date back to the Civil War era.
Zephyrhills is under the Pasco County School District with 29 preschools, 12 elementary, 8 middle schools, and 7 high schools.
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