Kids Activities in Ocala

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The indoor and outdoor attractions at Easy Street Family Fun Center make it their mission to entertain visitors both young and old. Driven to succeed by Honda motors, single and double gasoline-powered go-karts whip around an outdoor track during seven-minute heats, speeding down straightaways, roaring through turns, and dodging spiked tortoise shells. The 18-hole mini golf course draws the eye with creative scenery such as a downed, half-submerged plane, and each hole takes players up hills, around rocks, and over bridges in search of low scores. Inside Easy Street lies an arcade with 60 games and an indoor gym where kids 8 and younger can pretend to be intrepid explorers climbing a mountain made of jungle-gym parts. After fun and games, the snack bar kindly offers to refuel families and friends with pizza, burgers, and high-octane ice cream.

2727 SW 27th Ave.
Ocala,
FL
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On Wayne's World of Paintball's 60 acres of land, safety-mask-clad players square off in a variety of different games coordinated by trained referees. Strewn about 15 distinct areas of play, multilevel forts, shacks, and abandoned aircrafts provide ample cover from opposing enemies and unwanted kisses blown from fans on the sidelines. Wayne's battlegrounds include open fields, a woodsball area, and a 2-acre post-apocalyptic town replica. Those seeking fast-paced showdowns can also test their reflexes on a full-size speedball playing field. Wayne's World of Paintball is also known for its regularly scheduled, 24-hour scenario games. Between battles, a covered pavilion gives players a place to rest up, and a pro shop provides paint slingers with reloads of air cartridges and hoppers. Patrons must be at least 10 years old to play at Wayne's.

4841 S Pine Ave.
Ocala,
FL
US

The playful steeds with Makin Tracks Trail Rides appear to love swimming just as much as riding. On certain trips, the horses will ford spots along the Oklawaha River, and horses and their riders can swim and splash. This is just one example of the interesting quests the Makin Tracks horses embark on. The company also offers guided trail rides through the woods along the Cross-Florida Greenway trails, horseback rides by moonlight, and overnight camping trips, and sometimes the horses go on the ultimate adventure: getting adopted. Makin Tracks rescues many horses, and while some live there the rest of their lives, charming Makin Trails' owners and customers alike, others are adopted into loving families.

15901 NE 137th Ct.
Fort McCoy,
FL
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Established: 1984

Staff Size: 11?25 people

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Parking: Parking lot

Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Works in the permanent collection

Recommended Age Group: All Ages

Q&A with Cindi Morrison, Director

What is the one feature of your business that you're most proud of?

Our permanent collection and temporary exhibits present a wide variety of types of art, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, decorative art, and antiquities. There is something for everyone.

What is the experience customers can expect, and how do you make it special?

Visitors can learn something about different cultures and different eras, from pre-Columbian artifacts to contemporary art. Our temporary exhibits change frequently and there is always something new to see.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

We offer a scavenger hunt for children that encourages them to look more closely at the art and find the answers to the questions. After completing their scavenger hunt the children are rewarded with a prize to remember their visit to the Appleton.

4333 East Silver Springs Boulevard
Ocala,
FL
US

In the wide pastures of The Gypsy Gold Farm, sunlight dances playfully upon the long, flowing manes of Gypsy Vanner mares and stallions. The rare horses, which were first bred in the Gypsy camps of Great Britain nearly 70 years ago, made their North American debut at The Gypsy Gold Farm after a chance discovery by owner Dennis Thompson and his late wife Cindy.

The couple had been driving through the countryside of England when the oddly compelling sight of a far-off stallion prompted them to pull over. Soon after, the two tracked down the owner and found themselves immersed in a culture rich with vibrant caravans and music.

The selectively bred horses currently roam the Ocala farm where Dennis educates visitors on their smart, affectionate nature and origin. The farm is home to America's first Gypsy Vanner horses and has been lauded by TripAdvisor as the number one activity in Ocala and has been praised by Martha Stewart as an "amazing tour".

12501 SW 8th Ave
Ocala,
FL
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Just beyond the wrought iron gates and cobbled stone walls that stand at the entrance to Young’s Paso Fino Ranch, Paso Fino horses from some of the breed’s most esteemed bloodlines gallop across green fields and rustic meadows. Renowned for their naturally smooth gait and personable dispositions, the steeds whinny their greetings to visitors who arrive at the ranch for farm tours, riding lessons, and leisurely trail rides. To further endear themselves to the horses before saddling up alongside the ranch’s experienced guides and instructors, new riders are encouraged to bring along carrots and wear their finest hay-scented perfumes. When the afternoon sun beats down on the farm’s open pastures, riders can seek shade in the on-site tack and gift shop, where saddles, reins, and souvenirs swing from wooden walls. Aside from daily rides and lessons, the ranch offers full-service boarding in a barn with clay flooring and a covered viewing pavilion.

8075 W Highway 326
Ocala,
FL
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