City of Ocala, Florida

Ocala is a city located in Marion County, Florida. The city is well-known as the “Horse Capital of the World” as it has established one of the most successful Thoroughbred industries that exists today. As host to one of the largest horse shows in the country, Ocala has lodged over 100 different breeds of horses attracting thousands of people from all across the world. Ocala downtown area is also a favorite attraction by many locals and visitors. Serving as an epicenter of art, history, fine dining and entertainment Ocala’s downtown is also a huge attraction for many locals and visitors.  Whether it’s a nostalgic movie-going experience at the Marion Theatre, an enchanting evening at The Wine Experience, or something in between, Downtown Ocala is your one stop, one-of-a kind destination experience.

Whether you're hiking, picnicking, or just looking for a place to take in some fresh air on a mid-morning run, the Historic Santos Recreation Area has an activity waiting for you. Located near a former historic Negro League baseball field, the site offers plenty of recreational opportunities, as well as an annual celebration of Historic Santos on the last Saturday in February. 

Historic Santos Pavillion

The Landbridge Trailhead is the first of its kind, providing access to the I-75 Landbridge over stunning natural trails. The trailhead was designed to minimize ecological damage to the surrounding area and is framed with native plants. The trail boasts a unique parking experience with natural bike trails, hiking trails, horseback rides, and shaded picnic areas to explore.

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Born from an incomplete barge canal that would have connected the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico through northern Florida, the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway is now a protected greenway with diverse wildlife and a multi-use trail that spans 300 miles.

Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway

Santos Trailhead and Campground has the best mountain biking experience in Florida! 80 miles of single-track bike trails for all levels of experience. There are built "wooden" features and a Vortex Freeride area built in a former limerock quarry that provide extreme terrains in Florida's flatlands. There are several bike stops along the trails for bike repairs, or refreshments, as well as picnic pavilions, bike wash stations, and restrooms at the top of the track to rest and recoup for the riders. Santos Trailhead and Campground also offers other trails and camping areas leading into the Ocala National Forest. Whether you are looking for a place to take your mountain bike, or just a scenic family outing, the Trailhead and Campground has something for everyone. 

Santos

Bike, hike, or horse-back ride and then pop a tent at the Shangri-La Trailhead and Campground! The campgrounds are available year-round - walk amongst tall pines and oaks, following in the steps of the local inhabitants such as whitetail deer and bobcats.

Shangri-la Trailhead and Campground

Come for the famous glass-bottom boat rides and explore the submerged ecosystem of one of the largest springs in Florida at Silver Springs State Park - a popular major destination dating back to when guests would arrive by steamship.

Silver Springs State Park
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This is a country radio station that covers 14 counties in Florida playing a variety of today's best country hits. Listen to win concert tickets and other prizes, or text 877-937-7883 for song requests, questions, or comments. 

The mission of The Cornerstone School is to inspire students to be passionate learners who think creatively and independently, and to nurture in them a sense of purpose guided by the values of tolerance, integrity, and mutual respect.

There are quite a few attractions here at Easy Street Ocala. Lazer Maze is their newest attraction where when the lights go down, the laser beams pop up to create a maze. Can you make it through the maze without bumping one of the laser beams? Also featured here is a game called Water Wars, which is essentially the ultimate water balloon challenge and whoever is the driest wins. Along with a rock wall, a kid zone, arcade, go karts, and mini golf, it's really easy to spend an entire day here with the family and having fun. 

These are two local gated parks that large and small dogs can come to. They are closed on Wednesdays & Thursdays. 

The Ocala Civic Theatre is a community theatre located in the Appleton Cultural Center in Ocala. It is one of the largest community theatres in Florida. 

Paddock Mall is Ocala's only indoor mall. It has lots of great shops to choose from so you can shop for every occasion in this comfortable space. Come to the mall for some of their special events or just for a fun day out.

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