Things To Do In Zephyrhills

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The husband and wife owners of Giraffe Ranch wake up each morning to the squawks, chirps, and growls of rhinoceroses, hippos, ostriches, and a menagerie of other exotic animals. After feeding their giraffes, they tend to the cattle and collect eggs from their free-range chickens that cluck across their 47-acre combination of a working organic farm and a wildlife preserve accredited by the Zoological Association of America. Encompassing four ecosystems, the preserve sprawls under 400-year-old oak trees and across native orchards into wetlands filled with nesting sandhill cranes. With the aid of their son, the owners lead tours through habitats for endangered or otherwise extinct African and South American animals, walking past pens of African crested porcupines, guinea pigs, fossa; as well as lemurs that guests can feed by hand or T-shirt cannon. Their tours never follow the same path, instead changing to skirt around grazing goats or to meet a brood of newly hatched baby ostriches.

Not content to simply lead guests on relaxing strolls, guides also load passengers into four-wheel-drive safari trucks—custom built by the owner after vehicles used in Africa—or onto the backs of camels for extended preserve tours that showcase larger game such as Indian rhinoceroses, pygmy hippopotamuses, llamas, and antelopes. Guides also steer tours toward feeding times, encouraging passengers to pass leaves to the preserve's namesake giraffes from the truck. An onsite shop boasts shelves of glass art, plush lemurs and giraffes, and T-shirts—many designed by the owner's wife—alongside handcrafted African decor. Shop staffers also proffer organic fertilizer, organic free-range eggs, and grass-fed beef harvested on the farm.

38650 Mickler Rd
Dade City,
FL
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The PADI-licensed instructors at Aquatic Adventures of Florida teach new scuba divers to breath underwater and explore worlds filled with fish, vibrant coral, and other aquatic life. Over more than three decades, the instructors have trained thousands of divers and helped them earn certification in areas such as open-water diving. Aquatic Adventures of Florida also partners with Zeagle Express, who manufacture all manner of scuba equipment.

5858 Gall Blvd
Zephyrhills,
FL
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In a zombie apocalypse, running might be the human race’s only hope. The organizers of The 5k Zombie Run understand this better than most—after all, their 5K obstacle course is infested with undead of its own. Each brave soul who decides to make a run for it begins the race with three health flags and tries to reach the finish line with at least one flag intact. That’s no easy task, of course. The course twists through approximately 3.1 miles of wooded trails and swamps, but the obstacles are kept as secret as Fort Knox’s collection of gold-plated presidential diaries. The zombies, on the other hand, are not: hordes of shambling ghouls haunt the course, pawing at health flags and attempting to infect runners before they can make it to safety. Those racers who finish with at least one flag live to brag another day. Zombies have their own contest: the ghoul with the best costume wins a prize, and all zombies can run the course themselves after fulfilling their undead duties.

17951 Hamilton Road
Dade City,
FL
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SUP Englewood operates on a circuit of local beaches, sending seafarers off to explore the waves from several starting points. Under the supervision of an instructor who is a qualified paddleboarder, lifeguard, and tour guide, students learn to control their board before embarking on guided tours or independent rides. The shop stocks a fleet of epoxy SUP ATX paddleboards, which slip easily through the waves and include specialty yoga board varietals . As an experienced yogi, SUP Englewood’s instructor also leads classes on weekly trips to tranquil mangrove pathways and lagoons for yoga lessons atop paddleboards.

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Englewood,
FL
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The water traps at Hidden Creek Recreational Park do more than simply challenge someone's golf swing. They serve as an obstacle in one of the park's regular mud runs, as a scenic treat during a bike race, and as a glimmering jewel seen from above during a hot air balloon race. In the form of eleven ponds and a creek, they add visual interest to a 150-acre landscape full of big oak trees, pines, and scenic picnic grounds. Guests of the park gaze upon the picturesque scene from Hidden Creek's clubhouse in between games of golf, laser tag, or paintball.

35353 Eiland Blvd.
Zephyrhills,
FL
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Piercing drives resonate across the verdant grounds of Zephyrhills Under Par, providing sonic evidence of golf balls advancing through the 18-hole, 5,054-yard course. The par 68—sculpted in 1978—presents a relatively open layout, with extensive landing zones that encourage golfers to either test the limits of their driver or charter a last-minute plane for their swing coach.

Course at a Glance:

  • 18-hole, par 68 course
  • Length of 5,054 yards from the farthest tees
  • Course rating of 70.0 from the farthest tees
  • Slope rating of 113 from the farthest tees
39248 B Ave
Zephyrhills,
FL
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