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"Best Horseback Riding in Southwest Florida"

Authentic & Unique Horseback Riding Experiences

Locals have been riding horses on our beach at Palma Sola Bay for over 50 years. In 2006, we were the first outfitter to offer horseback riding on the beach at Palma Sola Bay.

If you’re looking for a place to spend a week or a weekend at the beach, you can’t go wrong with Anna Maria Island. And while every beach town has a beach, this is the only place on earth that has HorseSurfing.

Every day is a special occasion for someone at Great World Adventures’ BeachHorses™. And it is not uncommon to have a couple on their first date or celebrating an anniversary. We’ve even hosted a marriage proposal or two.

Everyone learns something during a BeachHorses™ Experience. You might learn about Bradenton and her islands. You’re sure to learn something about horses. And you might even learn something about yourself.

Riding a horse on a beach is on a lot of Bucket Lists. For people who love horses, riding a horse that’s swimming is another Bucket List item. And, since people have been seeing us on television and reading about us in magazines, a surprising number of people have put HorseSurfing™ on their Bucket Lists.

Our horse are specially-trained by us. A certified BeachHorse will swim in the bay with a person on their back. Some horses will panic when their feet can’t touch bottom. When that happens, you get what we call a Palma Sola Rodeo. We see it all the time when amateurs bring their horses to the bay and try to get them to swim. It takes years of training to turn a regular horse into a Certified BeachHorse.

Most of our horse are registered American Quarter Horses, the most popular horse breed in the United States. We also have a few Paint Horses.

Awarded Certificate of Excellence on TripAdvisor

Beachhorses on AMI is bucket list fun!

Great fun for girls weekends, special birthdays, kid fun. They take great care to make it all safe (and much fun) with one on one handling even for beginners!

– J S on TripAdvisor
Fabulous, one-of-a-kind experience

We had no idea the ride would be so wonderful and exhilarating. We got to canter along the beach, swim our horses into the water and do all kinds of fun activities on horseback. Susan a memorable experience. It was worth the money.

– Susan C on TripAdvisor
Love BeachHorses!

My husband and I are total beginners at horseback riding. BeachHorses makes it a fun, thrilling experience. The horses, many of whom are rescues, are expertly trained. They can accommodate any kind of rider.

– Kathy L on TripAdvisor
Enjoyable Trail Ride Near Venice FL

This was the third annual trail ride for my teen granddaughter and me (her spring-break visits) and all have been great fun and memories. That we've returned is an obvious endorsement. The ride is in a large natural preserve - mostly wooded - and a portion along the Myakka river with alligators (safely) on the far bank.

– Papa Ron on TripAdvisor

The trails were fabulous! Wide and clear with good footing and the area was gorgeous! Lots of wildlife and the horse that were provided for us to ride were so well behaved and well trained! Best part of my vacation week!

– Alyssa MW on TripAdvisor


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