The Dade City Kumquat Festival is held every year in the wintertime. Though I missed the last Kumquat Festival, I have been. Basically, it consists of some arts and crafts fairs, a car show, a lot of beauty contests for girls of various ages (Little Junior Miss Kumquat, Little Miss Kumquat, Misses Junior Kumquat, Miss Teen Kumquat, etc.), and a...more
The Withlacoochee River, during dry seasons, is litterally nothing, but when the water level is high enough you can kayak / canoe down it. I didn't really like my canoe trip here - - if you want to canoe head into Tampa and visit Hillsborough River State Park or drive down to Sarasota County and visit Myakka State Park. At Withlacoochee, the most...more
Kokopelli's is a very hip place for being in Dade City. The food is actually good and available in non-deep-fried versions. In fact, I don't think there's one thing on the menu with "country gravy" (that white blubbery stuff that has mystery black spots and runs in the veins of each Dade Citian). Don't get me wrong - it's still what I would call a...more
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The Osceola is located inside a big, old house that has been converted. It's got a touch of the haunted vibe to it, but it feels a lot safer than other bars I've been to in Dade City. It's an okay place to hang out, and if you are in Dade City, you'll be looking for something - sweet Jesus, ANYTHING - to do. The drinks are fairly cheap, and there's...more
Ralph's (San Antonio Liquor Store)The official name is the San Antonio Liquor Store but it is actually a bar that all the locals call Ralph's. It was sold a few years back. The new owners changed nothing except the name, and the town didn't even like that changed- so everyone still calls it Ralph's. Ralph's is the kind of red neck bar you picture...more
There are some parts of Dade City that are a little too . . . a little too Deliverancey (like, as in the movie Deliverance starring Burt Reynolds) for me. A lot of people in Dade City are a-okay, but when straying outside of the downtown parts, I've had some rough encounters.
My ex-boyfriend was born and raised here and he even felt uncomfortable in some parts of Dade City. There's nothing - and I mean NOTHING - to see outside of downtown, so I just wouldn't wander too far.
See the Azelias blooming in the spring.
Fondest memory: Every spring, Dade City is bathed in pink and white as the Azelias, which grow so well, all bloom at once. The town becomes this magical place!