Learn about Arcadia

Arcadia is a city and county seat of DeSoto County, Florida, United States. Arcadia is located slightly northwest of the center of DeSoto County at 27°13'N 81°52'W. The Peace River flows past the west side of the city on its way southwest to tidewater at Punta Gorda. Most of Arcadia is more than 40 feet above sea level and portions of Arcadia near the center of the city are as high as 65 feet above sea level giving Arcadia one of the highest elevations for a city in Florida. Arcadia's Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Arcadia Municipal Airport hosts an annual Aviation Day event in the month of March. Currently the event consists of a static display of aircraft, biplane rides, helicopter rides, and a skydiving demonstration, but bigger plans are in the works. Arcadia is located on the Peace River, the major tributary of the Charlotte Harbor estuary. The river offers fine canoeing, shark tooth hunting and natural habitats. Tours, recreational accessories and accommodations are readily available. Arcadia is also the home of three rodeos. These events, which are managed by the local rodeo association, occur during the month of March, the Fourth of July holiday, and in the fall. From the profits of these events many local charities, college scholarships and causes receive funding.


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N/A Early Education Center Preschool - Preschool Public
1 West Elementary School Kindergarten - 5th Grade Public
1 Memorial Elementary School Kindergarten - 5th Grade Public
N/A Hospital And Homebound Kindergarten - 12th Grade Public
N/A Nocatee Elementary School Kindergarten - 5th Grade Public
N/A Reduced Services Kindergarten - 12th Grade Public
N/A Desoto Virtual Instruction Program Kindergarten - 12th Grade Public
1 Desoto Alternative Program 6th Grade - 12th Grade Public
1 Desoto Middle School 6th Grade - 8th Grade Public
N/A Desoto County Adult Education Center 9th Grade - 12th Grade Public
1 Desoto County High School 9th Grade - 12th Grade Public
N/A Children's Choice Academy Private/Charter
N/A Faith Preparatory School Private/Charter
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