If you’re new to the area, or a lifelong resident, you’ll find plenty of choices for staying fit and having fun within our local communities.
And, with 2024 just beginning, it might be the right time to try something new.
Here’s a sampling of sports and recreation offerings that you might find appealing.
If you like to swing through the trees, check out TreeHoppers
TreeHoppers, at 27839 Saint Joe Road, in Dade City, offers rope nets to climb, rope bridges to scale and zip lines to glide at what has been described as Central Florida’s largest aerial adventure park.
Think it would be fun to jump out of an airplane?
If you’ve often wondered what it feels like to jump out of an airplane, you can satisfy that curiosity by taking the plunge at Skydive City, at 4241 Sky Dive Lane, at the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport.
This legendary place has attracted skydiving enthusiasts from around the globe.
The center trains skydivers at all levels, from beginners to seasoned veterans, and offers all types of skydiving activity, including tandem jumps, group jumps and water landings.
How about trying your hand at curling?
The Tampa Bay Curling Club has competitive leagues at AdventHealth Center Ice, 3173 Cypress Ridge Boulevard, in Wesley Chapel. The club also offers lessons for people interested in the sport. To find out more, call Tampa Bay Curling at 813-758-2279.
Do you like to golf?
Of course, there are dozens of golf courses within the region, including Saddlebrook in Wesley Chapel, Silverado Golf Club in Zephyrhills and Heritage Harbor in Lutz, but there are some local putt-putt courses, too.
One of those putt-putt ventures is called PopStroke Tampa, at 25297 Sierra Center Blvd., in Lutz.
It offers two 18-hole putting courses designed by Tiger Woods. The synthetic grass, bunkers, rolling hills and undulated greens aim to challenge golfers of all ages.
The putt-putt golfing destination also offers a dining area, with a full menu and craft beer, wine and signature cocktails. It has an ice cream parlor, outdoor game area and a playground, too.
Hey, how about a little flag football?
Those looking to try a new sport may want to check out the Pirate Bay Flag Football League that operates out of the Land O’ Lakes Recreation Complex, 3032 Collier Parkway, in Land O’ Lakes. Hundreds of girls, from kindergarteners through high schoolers, are competing in the league, which began with 16 girls.
Now, five years after it was founded, Pirate Bay League has had to branch out to add a boys’ division because it has become so popular.
The league will begin its two spring seasons March 3, with a mandatory Player Combine on Feb. 18. Registration deadline is Feb. 9.
For more information or to register, visit PirateBayFlag.com.
Ever thought about fencing?
The Land O’ Lakes Fencing Academy, which meets at the Land O’ Lakes Recreation Complex, 3032 Collier Parkway, began last summer. But it’s an expansion of the Tampa Bay Fencing club that has been operating out of Northdale for about 30 years. Both clubs have dual members. The idea of expanding to the Land O’ Lakes complex was to provide space and opportunities for fencing enthusiasts to hone their skills and prepare for competitions.
For more information, visit LandOLakesFencingAcademy.com, or contact Alex Kossmann at 813-841-0984 or .
Check out this BMX race track
Lake Park, at 17302 N. Dale Mabry Highway in Lutz, has several activities available all year long, including the Tampa BMX track where bikers of all ages can ride.
Tennis or pickleball, anyone?
The Sarah Vande Berg (SVP) Tennis Center, at 6585 Simons Road, in Zephyrhills, features courts for tennis and pickleball, and fitness center, too. Several youth programs also are available through the center.
To find out more, visit SVBTennisCenter.com.
There is also a pair of pickleball enthusiasts, Kathay McCausey and Val Thomopalos, who call themselves PickelballFanatics. They are working to expand opportunities for people to play the sport. They offer lessons, run tournaments and coordinate impromptu meetups. To find out more, visit PickleballFanatics.biz, or email
Need some more ideas? Check with the Pasco County Parks, Recreation, and Natural Resources Department, the Dade City Armory, area recreation centers, local hospitals and local YMCAs to find out what low-cost or free activities are available to help you to have fun, and stay fit.