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If outdoor adventure is what you want, you can find it in Arcadia. Lions, Tigers & Bears is a nature preserve with more than 100 exotic animals. Animals are well treated and have large, realistic habitats, and watching them makes you feel as though you are on safari. If you have a secret desire to pan for natural treasures, Fossil Expeditions gives you a golden opportunity. Shark’s teeth, bone fragments, shells, and even megalodon teeth are available when you sift through the mysterious, murky waters. If you want to see the heart of Florida, Peace River Charters takes you on a spectacular airboat river journey.
Lasso Some Fun
There is always something going on in Arcadia it seems, much to the delight of residents and local businesses. Winter means it is time for the annual DeSoto County Fair. Rev up for a roller coaster and try your luck at one of the many carnival-style games. Grab a cowgirl hat and get along to one of the three rodeos that stampede into town throughout the year, with proceeds going to various local charities. Everybody loves a parade, especially Arcadia, where there is a new one almost every month. Floats and streamers fill the air, and there is always plenty of delicious vendor food.
Downtown Arcadia is an antique lover’s paradise. The local dealers sponsor a monthly antique fair one Saturday a month, showcasing finds from more than 100 vendors. If that is not enough to satisfy your antique appetite, visit the Arcadia Opera House, which is a combination museum and gigantic antique shop. You can easily spend hours searching for just the right treasure here. A hint for diehard antique lovers: Go upstairs. This shop resembles one of the antique sellers of old, and everything is scattered about, so your perfect trinket box may be hiding in a nook or cranny.