Arcadia: A City of Relics, Adventure and Great Food

Arcadia is known for its rodeo, antiques and watermelon. But, this small city in the State of Florida offers more than that.

A little bit about its demographics

Considered as the county seat of DeSoto County, the city is located between Orlando and Sarasota, near the crossroads of US 17. It has an estimated population of 8,025, with around 2,900 households, 1,600 families, and nine constituent neighborhoods. Arcadia is considered 226th largest community in Florida. The population is so diverse, in a sense that 42.11% consists of American, 33.62% Hispanic and Puerto Rican, 28.09% African-American, and the rest are mixed races.


If you’re into antiques, then Arcadia is the place for you! Arcadia is known throughout the State of Florida for its antique district that is quite historic. The people here even have their own tradition. On the fourth Saturday on a monthly basis, vendors from various places take over the city’s streets with stalls filled with precious antique finds, which give the place a touristy feel. Aside from its aesthetically pleasing antiques, in between the antiques are local cafes, old fashioned ice cream parlors, and many more historic places for you to enjoy.

So, if you want some antique shopping, visit shops like, The Arcadia Opera House, Cory’s Antiques, and the rest of the shops in Oak St., selling top quality relics from America or Europe.


From cheap eats to local cuisines, you’ll experience great old Florida with your palate. There are around 33 restaurants in Arcadia, serving varieties of food like American, Mexican, Latin, and Vegetarian Friendly options. With a few dollars, you can enjoy fresh Mexican pastries, apple fritters and great Sloppy Joes! Or, if you have a few more dollars to spare there are medium priced restaurants serving mouthwatering sirloin and fried shrimp, broiled scallops, deep fried mushrooms, and other original recipes served in large portions.

Outdoor adventure

There are two golf courses, one biking trail and two 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours just around the corner. You can also go horseback riding; take nature and wildlife tours or simply watch lions, tigers and bears. Those who want to have a peaceful yet stimulating outdoor activity could simply go kayaking and canoeing.


A city isn’t complete without a seasonal holiday of its own, so without further ado, we give you the Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo! Every March, this rodeo is held, for the people of all the cities of Florida to enjoy. But wait, there’s more! The city also has the Annual Watermelon Festival, which is celebrated in the month of May during the peak of the harvesting season. Aside from these two amazing occasions, the place also offers various types of extra curricula like and parades, car shows, and other special events take place throughout every single year.


Although the size of Arcadia is quite small, the city still has schools littered all over it. From elementary, middle, and high school- it’s got them all! Memorial Elementary School, West Elementary School, Desoto County High School, Nocatee Elementary School, and Desoto Middle School are all located in this small city. Although the city has many schools, the graduates here have a very low rate of college education. About 8.95% of the people who live here have graduated with a bachelor’s degree or advanced degree, having been compared to the Nation’s average of 21.84% for all of the cities.

Arcadia is a great tourist destination, but more than that-it is a good place to build your home, with its family-friendly places, events, schools and a great weather.