With more than 60 years of theatrical experience, Ocala Civic Theatre presents more than a dozen fully staged productions each year in its 401-seat venue at the Appleton Cultural Center. Having nothing to do with amphibians or singing, When Bullfrogs Sing Opera is a charming comedy of manners focusing on two sisters from the country town of Bullfrog Waller. When Millicent, who has jettisoned her rural roots for a big-city lifestyle, is suddenly forced to deal with her thoroughly countrified sister Coreen coming back into her life, she panics and, in an effort to keep her roots hidden, tries to pass her sister off as an actress deep inside a role as a backwoods girl. In ensuing mix-ups, misunderstandings, and deceitful dealings, relationships are threatened, secrets are revealed, and library cards are left unused as Millicent is forced to confront the embarrassment she feels toward her past.
A famous tautologist once said that nothing pairs better with a crawfish festival than crawfish. This thought-provoking maxim is an apt summation of the Ocala Crawfish Fest, an annual celebration of Louisiana-style cooking and live music. In an interview with Ocala.com, festival organizer Deb Cone described the event as an opportunity to combine kids-education fundraising efforts with casual, laid-back fun. As she put it, “We wanted to do something for the entire community where you don't have to dress up.” Attendees can throw down blankets or lawn chairs and kick back to musical stylings that are as Cajun as the cuisine that is being served up, all while reveling in the knowledge that their merriment is helping the independent education facility Hale Academy.
Tree Tops Golf curates competitive fun and practice at a sprawling facility that encompasses a driving range, a miniature golf course, and batting cages. Airborne golf shots take flight at the driving range, where grass tees appeal to those who prefer a natural feel and artificial hitting mats cater to prima donna pitching wedges that demand a perfect lie every time.
A canopy of vibrant palms forms cool shadows over the 18-hole mini-golf course as putters tap orbs across a winding circuit of artificial turf lined with brick rails and rocky outcrops. Two Iron Mike pitching machines lob high-arching, slow-pitch softballs in two batting cages, helping batters to prepare for their next opportunity to ruin a water-balloon-toss competition.
Start Skydiving Florida's tandem jumps pair thrill-seekers with veteran skydiving instructors, who guide them through an exhilarating free fall and scenic parachute ride down to earth. After an aircraft lifts diving duos to 10,500 feet, jumpers who are thoroughly harnessed to a parachute-equipped professional leap out into the blue. For about 50 seconds, divers experience the earth's unbridled gravitational power, ripping through the troposphere like a science teacher ripping apart an inaccurate drawing of the troposphere. The divemaster then pulls the parachute cord, slowing the fall to a leisurely four-minute glide over the area, complete with a breathtaking bird's-eye view.
Novice calorie burners and ripped Michelangelo models alike can take advantage of Anytime Fitness’s three-month membership, which equips bodies with enough treadmills, cycles, elliptical machines, and weights to make them fit enough to run a marathon inside of a swimming pool filled with mud. Plentiful strengthening supplies include circuit sets, plate-loaded barbells, and free weights, and TV-equipped cardio equipment keeps eyes entertained as muscles work. A trio of personal-training sessions under the watchful eye of a certified trainer familiarizes sheepish biceps with their new confidence-boosting dumbbell pals. After a workout, retreat to the sanctuary of private showers and restrooms to freshify your newly sculpted anatomy before leaving with a stronger spring in your step.
For three decades, Ocala Women's Fitness has been shrinking pants sizes with a two-pronged approach to weight loss. On the fitness end, instructors guide motivated calorie incinerators through step and toning classes. Personal-training sessions navigate a full selection of cardio and weight machines culled from anvil orchards. For stationary whittling, infrared heat helps melt away the most stubborn of inches during Formostar Encore body wraps.
Groupon is a combination of the words group and coupon. Each day, we offer an unbeatable deal on the best of Ocala: restaurants, spas, sporting events, theater, and more. By promising businesses a minimum number of customers, we get discounts you won't find anywhere else. We call it "collective buying power."