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Florida Horse Shows
Florida's International Horse Shows
During the Winter season Florida hosts the largest horse population in the United States. Thousands of horses are transported into Florida from all over the world to show in the prestigious world class horse shows held annually.
Show jumping, dressage, and eventing attract the best horses and riders to the Sunshine State.
Additionally, there are many horse breeding farms in Florida that produce Thoroughbred race horses and sport horses. Below you will find links to virtually every equestrian activity in Florida, from horse shows to horse racing.
Polo, one of the most exciting and fast moving equestrian sports, is played at National Polo Center, Wellington, Florida, Ocala Polo Club at Florida Horse Park, Ocala, FL, Sarasota Polo Club, Sarasota, FL, Vero Beach Polo, Myakka Polo Club in Okeechobee, Florida, and the Villages Polo Club in The Villages, FL.
If you have not seen a polo match be sure to check out a match near you and enjoy horses and riders in heart thumping action.
Florida is home to several world class horse show venues that attract horses and riders from all over the world participate in show jumping, dressage, and eventing.
In Wellington, Florida the Wellington International horse shows feature WEF Wellington, GDF Dressage, Gold Coast Dressage and Wellington Classic Dressage. The Ridge at Wellington and White Fences in nearby Loxahatchee, Florida also hold horse shows during the season.
You will find everything you need to know about horses and horse shows in Florida at Florida Horse Shows.
Not to be ignored is the western riding contests including professional rodeos, barrel racing, and cutting teams. If you have not seen barrel racing, there are hundreds of barrel racing events in Florida throughout the year that feature fast paced horse riding skill and speed riding.
Florida has a wonderful network of well maintained horse trails throughout the state. Many of these trails are within Florida State Parks and offer amenities such as equestrian camping sites. You may go with your own horse or choose a guided ride with horses supplied.
Florida has hundreds of horse farms, mostly concentrated in the north central part of the state near Ocala, Florida.
Many of these farms breed future thoroughbred race horses, and Florida has a strong tradition of winners.
In addition to thoroughbred race horses, there are many farms focused on producing high performing sport horses and spcialized breeds for professional level horse shows.
Florida Horse Racing
Florida is home to the iconic Gulfstream Park Race Track where top thoroughbred race horses from all over the country are raced.
Gulfstream Park also features over 20 restaurants, bars, and nightspots plus upscale shops, and art galleries. Special entertainment events are held at the Sport of Kings theater throughout the year.
Tampa Bay Downs
Tampa Bay Downs on Florida's west coast features live thoroughbred races during specific racing date as well as offering off track betting through simulcast races at other tracks. Tampa Bay Downs also features a card room with all the popular poker games such as Texas Hold'em.
Orlando Florida Victory Casino Cruise Ship (Offering the only live roulette and craps in Florida.)
This casino cruise ship sails twice daily from Port Canaveral, about a 45 minute drive from Orlando. Since the Victory Casino Cruise Ship sails outside of US territorial limits, it is can offer whatever it wants in terms of gambling and provides slots, table games, blackjack, and poker. Each Victory Casino cruise is five to six hours and offers a full Las Vegas type casino with full bar and restaurant service available.
The two most popular casinos in Florida are those run by the Seminole Indian tribe. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos, one located in Hollywood, FL and the other in Tampa, FL. Both are similar to Las Vegas casinos, but do not have live roulette and craps tables. The Seminole and Muskogee casinos do have virtual versions of roulette tables at the following locations:
Seminole and Muskogee owned casinos offering virtual versions of roulette.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, FL
Seminole Casino Hotel in Immokalee, FL (Immokalee is a rural farming community.)
Seminole Casino in Coconut Creek, FL
Casino Miami Jai-Alai (Near Miami International Airport.)
The Big Easy Casino in Hallandale Beach, FL
Dania Jai-Alai Casino in Dania, FLp
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Florida hosts the two busiest cruise ship ports in the world among its five cruise ports. This means there is a great selection of cruises at all price levels.
Many new cruises are now available at Cruise Direct.
If you book a cruise through Cruise Direct full refunds are available if the cruise is cancelled.
Disney Cruise Lines
Royal Caribbean Cruises
Carnival Cruise Lines
Norwegian Cruise Lines
Don't wait. Book your preferred dates now for 2022 - 2023.
Rocket Launch Sites
In addition to the well known Kennedy Space Center, there are numerous other launch sites in the United States and around the world. Check them out here.
Ordinary citizens with deep pockets can book rides into space aboard Jeff Bezos's New Shepard sub orbital space craft. Launch Site 1 is located in West Texas near Van Horn, TX.
Another sub orbital space trip is offered by Virgin Galactic with launches from New Mexico.
A more complex and expensive space trip is available aboard a SpaceX craft which includes several days in orbit.
All of these flights have had at least one successful round trip with civilians aboard and are booking future flights.