September 15, 2015

Florida Savages: Accommodations, Restaurants, & Activities in Pasco County

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Savage Race Florida Fall 2015 is taking place in Dade City, FL on October 24th & 25th. We can’t wait to get muddy with all the Florida Savages out there, and we’ve put together this guide on the local area to help you make the most of your weekend at the race.

PascoDade City is located in Pasco County. Pasco County, referred to as the “Nature Coast,” is approximately 30 miles north of Tampa and 50 miles west of Orlando. Historic Dade City was established in 1889 and is known as an Old Florida town with a variety of unique places to explore, shop, dine, and stay.

We want you to make the very most of your time at Savage Race, so read on for all the information you’ll need when planning your visit to Savage Race Florida Fall 2015 in Dade City.


The closest campground to Savage Race, only 20 minutes from the race location, is the Withlacoochee River Park Campground. Offering cabins, RV spots, and tent campsites, there’s something for everyone at this site. 13 miles of trails over 406 acres in the wilderness park will give you a rugged yet tranquil spot to stay for Savage Race. Canoeing, kayaking, and fishing are also available. The campground has restrooms and showers – perfect for getting all that mud off of you after the race. To learn more and make a reservation, please go here.


If you’d like to reside in luxury and add a round of golf or two to your Savage Race weekend, you’ll want to check out the beautiful Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club. With 36 holes of championship golf and some serious elevation changes, it’s sure to challenge even the most experienced golfer. Lake Jovita offers “stay & play” accommodations in luxurious villas with 4 queen sized beds. Click here to learn more.


Other nearby hotel accommodations include:

Hampton Inn (12 minutes away)
St Charles Inn Bed & Breakfast (20 minutes away)
Microtel Inn & Suites (20 minutes away)
Quality Inn & Suites (20 minutes away)
Magnuson Hotel (25 minutes away)


Beef ‘O’ Brady’s sports bar restaurant & The Brass Tap craft beer bar are favorites of the Savage Race crew.

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s offers “Good Food, Good Sports” and has something on the menu for everyone to enjoy. Only 10 minutes from the Little Everglades Ranch where Savage Race is held, it’s a great place to stop in to devour a meal. If you wear your finisher medal in to Beef’s after the event, you’ll be rewarded with a discount and some high-fives from the Savage Race HQ team.


Just next door is The Brass Tap, which features over 40 taps and offers more than 300 craft beers from around the globe. With live music and the option to “order in” from nearby restaurants (and another discount if you wear your finisher medal), The Brass Tap is a great place to celebrate your victory on the Savage Race course.


MANY other fantastic restaurants in the Dade City and surrounding areas of Pasco County can be found here.


The new TreeHoppers Aerial Adventure Park is opening on September 15th and will be open daily from 8am to 7pm. With eight different courses ranging from beginner to expert level, you’ll have the chance to test your physical and mental grit as you move from platform to platform suspended in the trees. The adventure park includes over 100 different elements like bridges and ladders built from cable, wood, rope, and zip lines. Rates range from $29 to $49 for 2-3 hours of climbing. This is a perfect adventure for both adults and children. To learn more, please visit the TreeHoppers website.


The Pioneer Florida Museum “recalls the basic, simple values of our forebears, asserts the dignity of labor, and emphasizes the value of craftsmanship.” The museum displays tools of the Florida Pioneer Man, a one-room schoolhouse, a restored house that reflects everyday experiences from the Florida Pioneer Woman, and more. The museum “hopes to show that the men and women who were here before us struggled, made do, and sometimes won and sometimes lost their battles with nature.” (Sounds a little bit like the Savage Race experience, doesn’t it?) The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm and admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children.


Other upcoming featured events in Pasco County include:

Cotee River Bike Fest (10/9-10/11) – From stunt shows to contests, this bike fest will be an action-packed weekend of fun.


San Antonio Rattlesnake Festival (10/17) – Not just a snake show, the rattlesnake festival is family-focused and includes food, arts & crafts, live music, local history, and more. This event is FREE to the public.


Florida Bug Jam (11/7-11/8) – Love Volkswagen Bugs? Then you’ll love the 27th Annual Florida Bug Jam – the largest Volkswagen show in the Southeast.


Register Now!

Savage Race Florida Fall 2015 is right around the corner. Register now for the experience of a lifetime as you conquer the world’s best obstacles at Savage Race, and enjoy your stay in Pasco County! We’ll see YOU in the mud!



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