From Tampa, Florida as you travel I-75 south to Bradenton you will find Rt. 70 as the second exit. Head west for 30 minutes to DESOTO COUNTY. This is cattle country, but situated in the middle of the county is the city of Arcadia. In the eighteen hundreds Arcadia was the center of an area that now includes DeSaoto, Charlotte and Highlands counties. When broken into these counties, Arcadia’s center of activity and population diminished.
It should be noted that another Florida town claims some significant fame for antiques. Micanopy, named for an Indian chief, also supports a few antique shops in the town center. We have been to both, but Arcadia seems to have many more options.
The Town is From Another Era and Remains Quite Satisfied!
Many of the shops and restaurants are located in historic buildings from a century ago. You can spend a day or more just antiquing! If you like 19th century architecture there is plenty of that.
We have seen claims from many small towns about being the largest, the best, the most, etc., but Arcadia lives up to the hype about being the antique capital of Florida. Military antiques, agricultural antiques, iconic antiques, artwork antiques and just about any other combination of old relics. What is old junk to some is a valuable find for that decorator or collector. Visit Arcadia for a day of shopping for antiques.
Oh yes, on the way home the Ellenton Outlet Mall is just off I-75 in Bradenton, Florida!
About an hour day trip from Tampa, Florida. About an hour day trip from Orlando, Florida.