About Dade City

A Local Community with a Smile

Dade City boasts a rich history dating back to its founding in the late 19th century. Named after Major Francis L. Dade, the town has preserved its historic roots through well-preserved landmarks and charming architecture. Stroll through the historic downtown district to admire the historic courthouse and quaint storefronts, offering a glimpse into the past while fostering a strong sense of community.

Situated roughly 10 miles from I-75 along U.S. 301, Dade City is a historical town in northeast Pasco County. With around 7,500 residents in a 7-mile land area, local residents enjoy the remnants of a historic Floridian city. Sitting at 118 feet, Dade City is one of the more elevated parts of Pasco County, while also being its county’s seat. Pasco County’s East Courthouse, constructed in 1909, serves as the city’s pristine landmark, noted for its classical revival architectural style.

Dade City’s location is hard-to-beat, as it offers both convenient living and adventurous opportunity. It sits 45 minutes from Lakeland, an hour from the greater Tampa area, and 90 minutes from Orlando. In its greater area, Dade City is close to two universities: Saint Leo University and Pasco-Hernando State College.

Unlike most Floridian landscape, Dade City sits on elevation changes with sweeping hills along its streets. Previously renowned for citrus groves, Dade City has developed into a modern-small town atmosphere, adding a slew of services and unique activities in its central core while not sacrificing its peaceful essence. This town has retained its former glory of a heritage-rich downtown. It’s hard to believe that such a town having a unique tradition and feel exists in Florida.

Come and see why Dade City states: “Come for the day…Make memories that last a lifetime!”

Things to Do

Local Entertainment in Dade City

Dade City provides a plethora of activities for residents and visitors alike. Outdoor enthusiasts can explore the scenic Withlacoochee River Park, offering hiking trails, canoeing, and picnicking spots. For a family-friendly adventure, visit Giraffe Ranch, an ecotourism attraction that allows you to get up close and personal with exotic animals. Golf enthusiasts will appreciate the picturesque Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club, featuring championship courses amidst the natural beauty of the area.


Although its relatively small, Dade City has no shortage of activities that any resident can enjoy. Downtown you will find a slew of venues, events, and shops that residents and guests alike can spend quality time in.  Downtown is the heart of many community events including parades, festivals & car shows.  Here are just some of the possible local venues where you can happily spend your time.



Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club

Snowcat Ridge

Pioneer Florida Museum and Village

Dade City Heritage and Cultural Museum

Dade City Raceway

Scotland Yards Golf Club

Many Local Parks and Trails

Antique shops around every corner

For additional tips on local entertainment, visit https://discoverdadecity.com/play/ for further details!

Where to Eat

Local Dining

Dade City prides itself of the rich heritage and charm that it exudes. The eateries emulate the same “charm” Dade City holds in its culture. Its restaurants exemplify the tight-knit community which this town loves. In the heart of downtown, many local restaurants line the streets with a range of tastes for everyone to enjoy.  Beautiful character buildings surround the Historic Courthouse in the center of town which make it a perfect place to walk and relax after a satisfying meal at one the many delicious restaurants. Here are just some of the different dining options within the town.

OLIO Italian

Dade City Brew House

Le Garden Bistro

Kafe Kokopelli’s

American Pizza Oven

Green Door on 8th

Dinner’s Ready


For additional tips on dining, visit https://discoverdadecity.com/dine/ for further details!

Did you know…

Every year, Dade City hosts a local Kumquat Festival in downtown Dade City.

Music, vendors, and themed-cuisines are set out in the heart of the streets, reminding the town of “Old Florida.” Local residents in Dade City, along with the surrounding towns, fill the downtown streets with Kumquat-themed goodies for all to enjoy!