Fishing here includes both fresh water and salt water species. You can take a thrilling swamp buggy ride deep into Old Florida woods or zoom 20 miles downriver on an air boat. Visit a working orange grove and taste Florida’s freshest orange juice and amazing soft serve ice cream. Enjoy a round of golf on your choice of beautiful, 18-hole courses. Hunt for rare finds in one of the most popular antique shopping spots Florida (Arcadia has 25+ antique shops downtown). You can even see lions, tigers and bears in DeSoto County (in our wildlife refuge, not the wildnerness!).

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Peace River Campground

Peace River Campground spans 165 acres on the Peace River and offers a number of ways to enjoy a great camping experience only camping to RV’s, shelters and even furnished apartments. In the wilderness area, only tents are allowed (including pop ups). Pick a spot on the river's edge and feel free to fish, hike, bird watch or fossil hunt to your heart’s content. All sites offer full hook ups with 50 amp electrical service. There’s more than a mile of river frontage, and it’s possible to go days without seeing other campers. This is about as close to nature as you can get.

You can rent RV’s and campers with everything included. Groups from Cub Scouts to church organizations love to pitch their tents next to shelters that offer electricity and water (the shelters are like being in a park with neatly trimmed grass). Need a break from roughing it? Peace River Campground has hot showers, heated swimming pool, laundry, LP gas, a campground store, playground and game room. Campers are welcome to bring ATV’s and vehicles smaller than a golf cart (golf cart rentals are available, and there’s an ATV wash area). Make sure you say hello to the pets on hand – Johnny the tortoise, Snickers the miniature horse, Hawkeye the hawk and the well loved dogs, cats and goats.

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Lions, Tigers & Bears, Inc.

Here’s a memorable outing for kids of all ages. Check out the amazing wild creatures at Lions, Tigers & Bears. The wildlife sanctuary provides homes for endangered species and unwanted exotic animals on 40 acres of prime Florida upland oak habitat and pasture land. You’ll find it just north or Arcadia. Their stated mission is to “provide a permanent, loving home to unwanted exotic pets, non-releaseable wildlife and endangered species.” They’re also a rehabilitation facility for injured and orpaned native wildlife.

Lions, Tigers & Bears believes educating people about animals and their connection to the environment is an important key to good conservation practices. You can support their efforts by visiting the online store. It’s on their website at www.lionstigersandbears.us.com. You can visit the wildlife sanctuary Thursday through Sunday between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. You’ll need an appointment for a guided tour. Special educational group rates are available along with Safari Dinners. Lions, Tigers & Bears is closed during July and August.

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Joshua Citrus, Inc.

Joshua Citrus is a family-owned business that traces its roots back five generations, when the great-great-grandfather of current owner Kevin Shelfer planted his first orange tree in Joshua Creek, near Arcadia. The warm, tropical climate and near-perfect growing conditions of the Peace River Valley helped make his business a success. Today, the sixth generation of Shelfer has joined the family business, but the mission remains the same as in 1880: To grow and share the highest quality, best-tasting citrus fruits in Florida. Over the years, the business has blossomed from selling to packinghouses and canning plants to a retail outlet, orange grove tours, and online sales.


The Grove Stand Gift Shop sits in the middle of the old family orange grove. It’s open seasonally, October through May (look for the annual Orange Blossom Festival every March). You can enjoy incredible fresh squeezed juices, fresh citrus, in-season jams and sauces, and the #1 favorite of every kid – soft-serve orange ice cream. Try the delicious homemade orange yogurt or a pineapple orange float (check out the Google reviews; they’re over the top). Take a wagon ride through a real Florida orange orchard, and take home some Florida style gifts. 

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Arcadia Municipal Golf Course

  • Every afternoon, beginning at 1 pm ~ Play 18 holes with a cart for only $15 ! This special is good 7 days a week.
  • Members are allowed unlimited play all year and are NOT subject to a daily Green Fee.
  • Golf lessons are available.

Arcadia Municipal Golf Course presents golf the way it was meant to be. The grounds are beautiful, the players are friendly and the course is challenging, but not overwhelming.  Arcadia offers a par 72 course that plays 5,493 yards from the white tees and 4,556 yards from the red. You can opt to play from blue championship tees (5,900 yards) or gold tees reserved for seniors (5,107 yards). There is a driving range available to sharpen your skills before or after your round. USGA rules are followed and the course asks for your cooperation by wearing proper golf attire. Arcadia is open every day from sunrise to sunset except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Tee times can be booked online. Check in at the Pro Shop before you play. It’s stocked with name brand clubs, balls and clothing. Golf lessons are available, too. There are golf carts on hand along with a limited supply of club rentals for men and ladies. When you reach the 19th hole, you’re invited to visit the snack bar for sandwiches and lunch specials. There is beer on tap and in cans, plus wine and wine coolers. Interested in becoming a member? Choose from annual, 6-month, 3-month, 1-month and Cart memberships. Arcada is an experienced host for corporate outings, charity events and tournaments.

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Kingsway Golf and Country Club

Your Kingsway Country Club experience begins with a tree-lined entrance leading to a majestic, 18,000 sq. ft. Old Florida clubhouse. Inside, you’ll find a fully stocked pro shop, locker rooms and a game room. The large Grille Room features a classic American lunch menu, views of the course, six flat screen televisions and a granite-topped bar. The covered veranda is the perfect place to relax outdoors over lunch or post-round cocktails. Kingsway’s well-appointed facilities are popular for wedding receptions, banquets, business meetings and private parties (there’s a trained, professional staff on hand).

The par 72 championship course was redesigned by architect Ron Garl in the wake of Hurricane Charley. With certified TifEagle greens and seven sets of tees, Kingsway tests golfers of all skill levels. The layout features convenient proximities from greens to tee boxes. You can walk the course or ride a golf cart (either way, Kingsway follows a brisk pace-of-play doctrine). Need refreshment during play? Hail the well-stocked beverage and snack cart. Want to practice? The driving range offers unlimited balls, a chipping green, sand bunker and putting green. Membership options include individual, family, all-inclusive, seasonal (winter), social and dining.

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