Destination guide

Discover Dade City and beyond

Choose a vacation rental in Dade City to explore this welcoming town's antique stores, restaurants and historic downtown architecture. Dade City vacation rentals range from modern family homes on smart gated resorts to secluded lakefront cabins with scenic views. This part of Central Florida is dotted with natural parks where you can hike, bike, fish and birdwatch. What's more, in Dade City, you're just an hour away from the beautiful white sand of the Gulf Coast beaches. In the other direction, the theme parks of Orlando are just 90 minutes' drive away. But don't miss a leisurely stroll around Dade City's sleepy downtown while you're here!

Things to do

Family-friendly attractions near Dade City

If you're staying at your Dade City vacation rental with kids, don't miss making a visit to Dade City's Giraffe Ranch. Just outside town on 47 acres of land you can see the animals on guided safari expeditions in customized 4wd vehicles. It is possible to enjoy a day at Orlando's theme parks from your Dade City vacation rental – they're just a 90-minute journey away. Closer to home, the 16-acre Pioneer Florida Museum illustrates the state's history. Here, you can enjoy the annual Pioneer Days Festival that aims to bring the Civil War era back to life every fall.


Fun things to do near Dade City

The Hillsborough State River Park was one of the first of Florida's state parks and remains a popular fishing and kayaking spot, just 30 minutes from Dade City. Close by, you can enjoy great discount shopping at Tampa Premium Outlets, a large mall just north of Tampa and 30 minutes to the southwest of Dade City. The closest beach to your Dade City vacation rental is Alfred McKethan Pine Island Park on the Gulf Coast – just don't forget to call in and see the mermaids at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park on the way back to Dade City.


Dade City seasonal events

You can expect warm temperatures year-round when you stay at a Dade City vacation rental with December through March being the driest months. Local events run throughout the year. At Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, a 30-minute drive north, a re-enactment every January commemorates the battle that started the Second Seminole War. The 80-acre park is well worth a visit – you can enjoy the playground and picnic area and may spot gopher tortoises, woodpeckers and hawks among the pinewoods. Then, every January, Dade City hosts its very own Kumquat Festival – a celebration of the little citrus fruit grown locally.

Natural features

Outdoor adventures near Dade City

There are plenty of outdoor activities to be enjoyed near your Dade City vacation rental – from local zipline adventures to fishing in local lakes. The closest natural park is Withlacoochee River Park. Popular with anglers and kayakers, its 406 acres are home to 13 miles of trails where you might be lucky enough to spot animals including alligators, gopher tortoises and river otters. The River Park is also a popular birdwatching spot; its possible to see bald eagles, swallowtail hawks and herons. Meanwhile, the neighboring Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve offers outdoor enthusiasts another 60 miles of multi-use trails to explore on foot, bike or horseback.

How to get there

How to get to and around Dade City

The nearest airport is in Tampa, FL (TPA-Tampa Intl.), located 34.1 mi (54.9 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into Tampa, FL (TPF-Peter O. Knight), which is 35.5 mi (57.1 km) away.

Where to stay around Dade City?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 916 vacation rentals near Dade City. From 442 Houses to 58 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Dade City for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Dade City?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Dade City:

  • Northwest Tampa: 744 vacation rentals
  • Old Homosassa: 48 vacation rentals
  • Paradise Lakes: 18 vacation rentals
  • South Seminole Heights: 41 vacation rentals
  • Tampa Heights: 86 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Dade City?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Dade City. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Dade City Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Depot: 105 vacation rentals
  • Pioneer Florida Museum & Village: 112 vacation rentals
  • Giraffe Ranch: 91 vacation rentals
  • Dade City Station: 105 vacation rentals
  • Busch Gardens Tampa Bay: 3,048 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Dade City listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Dade City?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 442 Houses in Dade City. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Dade City include:

  • Cabins: 58 rentals available
  • Cottages: 58 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 58 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Dade City?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 362 vacation rentals with pool available in Dade City. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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