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In 1880 James Shelfer moved his family to Florida, settling in Joshua Creek near Arcadia.  He planted his first orange tree soon thereafter and the rest is history.  A little over one hundred years later we established Joshua Citrus, Inc. and began shipping the fresh Florida citrus that our family had been growing in this area for generations.  Over the years, our goal has remained the same – to provide the highest quality, best tasting, freshest Florida citrus!  Located in the heart of Florida’s Peace River Valley, our warm tropical climate and near perfect growing conditions produce some of the best tasting oranges and grapefruit in the world!
Whether you order from our catalog, order online or come by our packing house and grove stand we will give you friendly personal service you won’t get anywhere else.  Satisfied customers are our most valuable asset!!

The tradition continues with Florida’s Finest Citrus from our family to yours…

Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo

The Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo is a non-profit organization that was established in 1952 by the Arcadia Rodeo Association, which evolved from a group of American Legion Members who held the first rodeo in 1929.  It is the oldest rodeo organization in the state of Florida, and benefits all of Arcadia and DeSoto County.


The Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo Association is made up of members of the local community. These members volunteer their time and energy to make each of the events enjoyable for all. We want to say thank you to each of these members for their devotion to the Association and the community as a whole.

Canoe Outpost Peace River

ome paddle with Canoe Outpost-Peace River and enjoy a quiet, peaceful float along Florida's most popular State Paddle Trail. The beautiful Peace River offers wildlife viewing, fishing, swimming, hiking trails, wilderness camping, fossil hunting, and of course, canoeing and kayaking. 

View towering cypress trees with moss beards and soaring birds, hear the rippling water, and the meaning of the true Florida becomes apparent. Be transported back to the days of the Spanish explorers, Indians and first settlers as you explore this piece of Florida from days past.

For the novice or experienced paddler, the Peace offers something for all. Wilderness half-day, full-day, and overnight camping trips from two to eight days. Located in Arcadia, Florida, close to the center of the state, Canoe Outpost-Peace River is centrally located in the state. Located 2 miles west of Arcadia, Canoe Outpost is just a short drive from Orlando, Tampa, the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area, Naples, Sarasota, Bradenton, Fort Myers, and Sanibel. Come find a little peace and become a Peace Paddler!

Lions, Tigers & Bears

Lions, Tigers, and Bears is a 501(c)3 Tax Exempt Refuge for animals. We have 40 acres of prime Florida upland oak habitat and pastured land just north of Arcadia, Florida. Our mission is to provide a permanent loving home to unwanted exotic pets, non-releaseable wildlife, and endangered species. We are also a rehab facility for injured and orphaned native wildlife. Lions, Tigers and Bears Inc. believes that education about animals and their connection to the environment are the keys to conservation and the future of the world.

Myakka River State Park

One of the oldest and largest state parks, Myakka protects one of the state´s most diverse natural areas. The Myakka River, designated as a Florida Wild and Scenic River, flows through 58 square miles of wetlands, prairies, hammocks, and pinelands. Visitors can enjoy wildlife viewing from a boardwalk that stretches out over the Upper Myakka Lake, then take to the treetops with a stroll along the canopy walkway. The park´s river and two lakes provide ample opportunities for boating, freshwater fishing, canoeing, and kayaking; a boat ramp provides access to Upper Myakka Lake. Hikers can explore trails that cross large expanses of rare Florida dry prairie. Scenic lake tours are offered daily on the world´s two largest airboats. Safari tram tours of the park´s backcountry are offered from mid-December through May. Full-facility campgrounds and primitive campsites are available. Five palm log cabins, built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, have been modernized for comfortable lodging. Located nine miles east of Sarasota on State Road 72


Solomon's Castle

Welcome to the home and galleries of internationally known artist and sculptor, Howard Solomon. Join us for a guided tour through the castle galleries and enjoy Howard's tongue-in-cheek sense of humor and puns!  While you are here, you can have lunch on the 'Boat in the Moat' restaurant, walk the gardens, enjoy the nature walk along the banks of picturesque  Horse Creek, visit Howard Solomon in his workshop or you may find him having coffee on the Boat in the Moat!



Hermann's Original Lipizzan Stallions Of Austria


See the fabulous flying white Lipizzans

perform the rare and beautiful

 Airs Above the Ground as seen in

Walt Disney's "Miracle of the White Stallions".


Experience the thrill of seeing wildlife in nature – alligators, birds, perhaps deer, wild hogs, wild turkeys, Sandhill cranes and more, often coming within a few yards. Travel through four different ecosystems of Florida including Telegraph Cypress Swamp.

Our expert guides are knowledgeable and passionate about the history, wildlife, and various ecosystems you will see and will enhance your experience with their commentaries. Get back to nature and enjoy the excitement of a true wilderness adventure.

Horseback Rides


We are now excited to offer one hour horse back trail rides which is another great addition to your time here on the river. Our trail rides are a great experience for all ages and any level of experience rider. You will embark on a wilderness trail along side the river and back in the Florida cypress hammocks.


You will be accompanied by a highly experienced guide and Florida native who will provide you and your group with a personalized one on one experience. Peace River Horseback rides are a must do and a great addition to any of your tours.


Swamp Buggy Rides

A swamp buggy is the ultimate off-road vehicle for your outdoor adventure of South Florida. With its HUGE tires and lifted platform, the views from on top of a swamp buggy give you a rare chance up close view of the outdoors. While weaving and winding through the thick Florida hammocks you’ll be able to view all that South Florida nature has to offer from a safe and comfortable twelve foot elevation. There is no terrain we can’t cross! Our swamp buggies give new meaning to the word “off-road”! Through thick mud, uneven terrain, thick brush, shallow water passages, you’ll see and experience it all! If this sounds extreme, keep in mind that our swamp buggy trips are safe,and comfortable . Your experienced guide will be giving a personal one on one experience as he takes you on an adventure of a lifetime!


Airboat Tours

Our Peace River airboat tour is fun,exciting and family oriented, moving at fast speeds covering over 20 miles of river you will travel down the lower peace river as Captain Zac shows your various wildlife and reptiles and amazing scenery. Our goal is to give our customers a personalized tour for all ages. The river has so much to offer with its amazing scenery with hundreds of species of animal and plant life.  Come on a memorable REAL FLORIDA RIDE .


Canoe Rentals/Airboat Canoe Excursion

While your in town try one of the Peace Rivers most popular activities canoeing. We offer 8 mile(half day) exursions. Set out on the airboat and enjoy a fast pace exciting ride up river and then enjoy a fun filled adventure paddling along with a relaxed current down the river. This is a must do for all ages. Canoes are also available to rent without the airboat transport.







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Office Hours

 In Season

Nov 1 - May 1

Monday - Friday

9:00 am - 12:00 pm 

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Closed Holidays

and Weekends.


Saturday & Sunday  Manager on duty


Off Season 

May 1 - Oct. 31

Friday's Only

10:00 am - 12:00 pm



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