Riding Horses Over Land & Sea in St. Pete/Clearwater
See the St. Pete skyline from a unique perspective during a horseback swimming tour with Cypress Breeze Farms or C Ponies. You’ll ride along the shore, wade through the ocean to a peaceful sandbar and enjoy a view of the city from out in the water, all while learning about the area’s native marine life and animals from your experienced tour guide.
The 360° Swimming Horse Beach Ride video will make you feel like you’re splashing around on your own horseback adventure and now, you can actually take the reins with this planning information.
Ride, Splash & Swim
Cypress Breeze Farm’s beach ride experience is bound to leave lasting memories. At the start of the tour, you’ll meet the large, draft horses, renowned for being gentle giants, at North Skyway Park. The horses live at the farm in Pinellas Park and, true to the farm’s mission, receive the utmost of care and training. Once you are paired with a horse, it’s time to saddle up and begin your hour-long guided trek.
Traveling in groups of four, your tour guide leads you up the shore and before long, your horse is wading in Tampa Bay’s serene emerald waters. You’ll stop off at a sand bar for a brief overview about the different ecologies and natural environments native to the St. Pete/Clearwater area, all while admiring the view, before heading back to the shore.
Saddle Up with Cypress Breeze Farm
Ready to take a dip with these big beauties? Advanced purchase and registration is required to participate in this adventure, but Cypress Breeze Farm makes it easy with their online registration form. On the day of your ride, you’ll meet the horses and guides at the North Skyway Park. For safety reasons, this beach ride experience is limited to children 12 years and older but younger riders can participate in horseback riding trail tours at the farm. Also, riders under the age of 18 must wear a helmet provided by their guide. Travel lightly for this experience and think beach attire and bare feet!
Other Water Adventures in St. Pete/Clearwater
From kayak rentals to stand-up paddle boarding, and even water jet pack experiences, there’s no shortage of watersports and marine tours here. Once you've ticked horseback riding on the beach off of your bucket list, try your hand at these other watersport adventures.
Take a guided tour with See Through Adventures in a kayak made entirely of clear material for a view of manatees, dolphins and fishes—the kayaks are also available for private rentals. For a 2-hour tour of mangrove islands rich with sea life and birds, Coastal Kayak Charters has daily tours, weather permitting. Test your balance with Tampa Bay SUP, offering lessons, tours and rentals from Clearwater Beach and Safety Harbor, and for the yogis, Sweetwater Kayaks offers SUP Yoga led by an ACE-certified yoga instructor on the backwaters of Weedon Island Preserve. For the ultimate daredevil experience, soar into the sky during the JetLev Experience from the JetLev Flight Center at Tradewinds Island Resorts. Here, you’ll receive a short lesson with an instructor before taking to the ocean for your own test drive!