Deer Prairie Creek

Presented by Great World Adventures, LLC


Horseback riding at Deer Prairie Creek Preserve in Venice, Florida USA

Join us for a customized, individual or small-group equestrian trail ride at Deer Prairie Creek Preserve, a large and pristine nature preserve located in Venice, Florida, about half-way between Tampa and Naples.


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We offer professionally-guided horse rides for adults and children 8 years of age and older October through May.  
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Expect to ride a well-bred, expertly trained horse.  Western saddles. No Experience required.

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Prices start at $60.00* (plus 7% Sarasota County & Florida sales tax) for a one hour trail ride. And now only $15 for each additional hour of riding!
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* Our minimum is one hour for two or more riders, two hours ($120) for a single rider.

Tickets sell out fast and can be sold out weeks in advance, so secure your date soon as possible!

Frequently Asked Questions



What age can ride?
Children must be at least 8 years of age unless they are very experienced riders.

Are there any weight restrictions?
Yes. The maximum weight allowed on our horses is 300 lbs. No exceptions. We have a limited number of horses that can accommodate larger riders. Please let us know if you weigh under/over 220 lbs (100 kg) so that we may know in advance which horses to use.

Do you have helmets we can use?
Yes.

How do I make a reservation?
Call 941-907-7272 or book online.

What if it rains?
We will ride in a light rain: however, if it is raining too hard or if there is lightening within range, we will either (a) wait until conditions improve or (b) offer you a rain check. Please call us at 941-907-7272
on the day of your ride if you are concerned about the weather. Please keep in mind that Florda weather is difficult to predict, so we usually have to wait to make a determination at the trail head at the time of your ride.

What is your refund policy?
We do not issue refunds. Please make certain that everyone in your group wants to ride prior to booking. We do issue rain checks in certain situations. If you need to reschedule, please call us at 941-907-7272 as soon as possible. We will do our best to accommodate you if you give us at least 3 days’ notice. There is a rebooking fee of $25 if you need to reschedule.

What should I wear?
We suggest long pants and boots or some type of closed-toed shoe. Boots/shoes with a short heel are safer than sneakers.

Do I need to bring anything?
Most people show up with nothing more than a desire to have fun. Others come prepared for every contingency. You may want to bring: bottled water, snacks, picnic supplies, a camera, sun glasses, extra cash, insect repellant, sunscreen, a hat/cap, and a riding helmet.
A parent/legal guardian must sign a release form for any minor children prior to mounting any of our horses. If a parent/guardian will not be there, please print a release form and bring it with you.

What if I don't know how to ride? What if I’m an expert rider?
Not a problem. We have horses for all experience levels.

Can my child ride on my horse with me?
Riding double can be unsafe. Everyone will ride a horse matched with their experience level.

Directions to Deer Prairie Creek Preserve



Directions from the North:  (e.g., Daytona, Orlando, Ocala, Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater)
  • Take I-4 or I-275 to I-75
  • Take I-75 south to exit #193 
  • NORTH (left) on Jacaranda to the end (less than a mile)
  • RIGHT on Border Rd to end (less than 3 miles)
  • RIGHT on S Moon Dr
  • LEFT at stop sign (still S Moon Dr), continue over interstate
  • LEFT at Forbes Tr, follow to dead end about 1 mile
  • RIGHT into Deer Prairie Creek Preserve
  • 7100 Forbes Trail map

Directions from the South:  (e.g., Sanibel Island, Ft. Myers, Naples, Marco Island, and Miami)
  • Take I-75 north to exit #193 
  • NORTH (right) on Jacaranda to the end (less than a mile)
  • RIGHT on Border Rd to end (less than 3 miles)
  • RIGHT on S Moon Dr
  • LEFT at stop sign (still S Moon Dr), continue over interstate
  • LEFT at Forbes Tr, follow to dead end about 1 mile
  • RIGHT into Deer Prairie Creek Preserve
  • 7100 Forbes Trail map

Instructions

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Prices start at $60/person. Book Online 24/7 or, if you prefer to book via phone or if you have questions, please call us M-F, 9-5 at (941) 907-7272 or email us here.

If you don't know when you want to ride, consider a Gift Certificate.

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