Green space and city parks are plentiful in Zephyrhills, Florida, which is in Pasco County and has a population of nearly 15,000. With its lush countryside, the area is also known for skydiving. If you'd rather be firmly rooted to the ground, you may prefer the Zephyrhills Brewing Company downtown. The microbrewery has 24 taps, 16 for beer, four for soft drinks, and four for other beverages. Products on tap change regularly.
Zephyrhills started out as Abbott on April 18, 1888, in the space of 280.74 acres. In 1909, Captain Harold B. Jeffries, a Union Army veteran of the Civil War, bought 35,000 acres to create the Zephyrhills Colony Company, envisioning the community as a home for veterans of the Civil War. Zephyrhills was officially founded in March 1910, and the city was incorporated in 1914. The community celebrates its roots with a Founders Day celebration each year in March. Zephyrhills also is home to the Zephyrhills Museum of Military History.
The Zephyrhills bottled spring water company is headquartered in the city. The water primarily comes from Crystal Springs in Pasco County and Cypress Springs, Blue Springs, White Springs, and Spring of Life in Lake County. The company was started in 1964 and was acquired by Perrier in 1987. The Zephyrhills area is known for its spring water.
Best Times to Visit Zephyrhills, Florida
Summer is hot and humid in Zephyrhills, with average temps in the high 80s. Winter is more comfortable, with average highs of 79 degrees. You'll find the best temperatures if you visit between mid-October and mid-May, which is the busy season. Hotels will have high rates during this time, but you can save by booking a room in advance. March is the busiest month in Zephyrhills.
If you love the heat, you can save on hotel costs by traveling between mid-June and mid-September. Early fall and late spring also offer some opportunities to save and have slightly lower temperatures.
Below is a chart of the current pricing seasonality of hotels and motels in Zephyrhills, FL:
Zephyrhills by Star Rating
Below we've posted 3 graphs demonstrating mean price patterns by star rating class in Zephyrhills, FL. You can use these charts to calculate the most cost effective dates to make a reservation in Zephyrhills for any future trips.
Luxury Hotels in Zephyrhills, FL
4 Star Average Prices: $103.00
For a luxurious adventure, head 9 miles west to Wesley Chapel, Florida, to stay at the Saddlebrook Resort, located within an upscale gated community. The resort is ideal for both leisure travelers and business travelers. Space is available for meetings or conferences, from small gatherings to large trade shows. Golf, tennis, and a luxury spa are on the grounds. A huge outdoor pool and a jogging path provide opportunities for exercise and outdoor beauty, and you can relax afterward in the hot tub or on the terrace.
Rooms are beautifully decorated and have rich wood furniture; 75 percent of the rooms are suites. Some rooms feature marble bathtubs and private patios or terraces, and some suites have meeting accommodations. A restaurant and bar are on-site, and rooms feature minibars, televisions, and wireless internet. A small park with flower gardens and stone benches offers opportunities for strolling and reflection.
Hyatt Place Tampa/Wesley Chapel is 13 miles from Zephyrhills in Lutz. The hotel is just steps away from the more than 110 stores at Tampa Premium Outlets. The Hyatt, which overlooks the bay, is also just a short drive from Busch Gardens and downtown Tampa. Each room features a Cozy Corner with a sofa sleeper and a large work desk. Comfortable beds feature upscale linens. Bathrooms are equipped with luxury bath and skin-care products. TVs and free Wi-Fi will keep you entertained. Among the premium rooms are rooftop accommodations and a 767-square-foot one-bedroom suite.
The hotel has a restaurant and gathering space for guests, and you can take a dip in the outdoor pool after a workout in the fitness center. Business travelers will appreciate the business center, meeting rooms, and laundry valet service. Free breakfast is available daily.
Budget Hotels in Zephyrhills, FL
3 Star Average Prices: $99.88
The Magnuson Hotel Zephyrhills is conveniently located in the city center on U.S. Highway 301, providing easy access to dining, shopping, and entertainment. The quaint hotel has gazebos on the property and an outdoor pool for your enjoyment. Rooms have microwaves, mini fridges, hair dryers, and irons and ironing boards, as well as TVs and free high-speed internet. Business services and meeting space are available. The Maguson is 2 miles from Westgate Shopping Center and 9 miles from HIllsborough Fair State Park.
Microtel Inn & Suites, located between Zephyrhills and Dade City, places travelers between two cities that are both known for their restored downtowns and antique shops. Rooms have relaxing Dream Well bedding, televisions, mini fridges, free Wi-Fi, microwaves, hair dryers, ironing facilities, and coffee and tea, and a swimming pool is outdoors. You'll be within walking distance of several restaurants and a Super Walmart. Free hot breakfast is available daily. The hotel caters to guests with disabilities or special needs.
2 Star Average Prices: $73.12
Zephyrhills, FL Hotels with Discounts
Sleep Inn Wesley Chapel Tampa North in Wesley Chapel offers senior, AAA, and government/military discounts. The upscale rooms are modern and smartly decorated and have televisions with cable and free wireless internet access. The hotel is a short drive from Lexington Oaks Golf Club and Wesley Chapel District Park. Business travelers will appreciate the 24-hour business center, free newspapers, and 24-hour front desk. Free breakfast is served daily. The large outdoor pool will refresh you when temperatures are high.
AAA, CAA, AARP, seniors, government employees and members of the military can enjoy discounts at Hampton Inn Dade City Zephyrhills. Located in Dade City on U.S. Highway 301, the hotel is bright and modern and features roomy common areas with coffee and tea provided. A business center, dry cleaning and laundry services, and a gift shop are also on the property. You can go for a swim in the spacious outdoor pool and work out in the fitness center. Your spacious room will feature a refrigerator, LCD TV, and free wired and wireless internet service.
Best Values in Zephyrhills, FL
Ramada By Windham Zephyrhills is centrally located and provides great value for money. You can relax in your spacious, comfortable room and watch TV or go online with free wired and wireless high-speed internet. Some rooms have refrigerators and microwaves, and each bathroom has upscale bath products. The hotel has an outdoor pool and fitness center so you can stay active. The large lobby provides gathering space and computers, with coffee and tea available, and the hotel hosts a reception every day for guests. A grocery/convenience store is on-site, and the Golden Corral restaurant is right next door.
The recently renovated Best Western Wesley Chapel is 3 miles from Wesley Chapel District Park. Ideal for business travelers, the rooms have refrigerators, coffee and tea makers, desks, dataports, speakerphones, high-speed internet access, and televisions with in-room movies. Guests can get dry cleaning services and free 24-hour guest laundry facilities, as well as ironing facilities in their rooms. A business center is also available. The hotel has an outdoor pool, a 24-hour exercise facility, and a free full breakfast.
Activities and Attractions in Zephyrhills, Florida
Zephyrhills offers enough things to see and do to make everyone happy. There are 12 city parks, as well as 34 more parks in the greater Pasco County area for the whole family to enjoy. Kids can splash and swim at the Waterplay Interactive Water Park at Zephyr Park. The city also boasts a modern skate park designed by nationally acclaimed designers.
Zephyrhills will entice your taste buds with an amazing variety of cuisine, from American and Mexican to Peruvian and Sicilian.
After dinner, catch some top blues performances at the Rhythm & Brews Blues Club, or work off the calories by trying line dancing at Hatfield's Country Music Club.
In the restored downtown, you'll find boutiques, antique shops, restaurants, and the award-winning Zephyrhills Brewing Company. You can choose a flick at the Cinema 10 Movie Theater or try one of 32 lanes at the Pin Chasers Bowling Alley.
If you want something more exciting, how about skydiving? Skydive City is one of the world's top skydiving centers and the largest woman-owned drop zone. The full-service company was founded by Joannie Murphy and Susan Perkins Stark in 1990 at Zephyrhills Municipal Airport. Skydive City can accommodate large groups as well as individuals.
The Barracks Museum honors the hundreds of Army fighter pilots who trained at the Zephyrhills Army Airfield in the early 1940s before going to war. The airport was donated to the city after the end of World War II. Although the barracks were demolished, the infirmary building was restored. The museum features memorabilia from the veterans who trained in Zephyrhills, along with other war veterans. You'll see a 48-star flag, military recruiting posters, photos, ration coupons, and much more.
Railfans should head to the historic Depot Museum. The restored 1927 Atlantic Coast Line Depot is 200 feet west of the original location. The museum focuses on train history with four exhibit wings: the Abbott Station Room, the Community Room, and the Zephyrhills Alumni Room. A gift shop, displays, and a model train layout are also featured.
There's something for everyone in Zephyrhills, whether you enjoy history, shopping, entertainment, scenic parks, or the excitement of skydiving. Book your hotel early for the best rates!
Recent traveler guest reviews of Zephyrhills, FL
Below are reviews of the city of Zephyrhills, FL from an actual visitor's perspective.
"Very Hilly and Clean"
Score 5.0 / 5
Zephyrhills is best known for its delicious spring water. Great city, very clean, and the locals are super friendly. Its also close enough to big attractions in Tampa.
The average traveler rating of the city of Zephyrhills, FL shown above is 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 reviews