Ocala is the heart of Florida horse and farming country. The town may not have the high-flying thrills of Orlando or the world-class beaches of Miami, but it does have gorgeous public parks, forests, lakes, and rivers. The surrounding area also has plenty of hiking and biking options.
Take a horse-drawn carriage through the lush Ocala countryside and learn about the town’s rich equine history. Afterward, go for a hike in Ocala National Forest, the oldest national forest east of the Mississippi River.
Dress up and head out to the Ocala Civic Theatre to enjoy local and touring plays, musicals, concerts, and live performances. To watch the newest releases on the silver screen, visit Regal Cinemas Hollywood 16 or Barnstorm Theatre.
Slip on a harness, attach yourself to a wire, and go zooming through a 100-acre zip line course at The Canyons Zip Line & Canopy Tours. Afterward, climb the family-friendly rope bridges and obstacle courses.
Ocala restaurants often specialize in seafood and southern cuisine. Local favorites include Harry's Seafood, Bar & Grille, Yummy House Ocala, and Mark's Prime Steakhouse.
The most popular museums in Ocala include the Appleton Museum of Art, Don Garlitis Museum of Drag Racing, and the Silver River Museum and Environmental Education Center.
Take a glass-bottom boat tour to see marine life at Silver Springs State Park. Afterward, grab your paddles and go kayaking or canoeing in the surrounding rivers.