Ocala Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) includes Marion County Florida with Ocala and surrounding communities. Ocala is known for its horse industry and equestrian culture, natural outdoor beauty, and historic charm.
Ocala is often referred to as the “Horse Capital of the World” due to its prominent horse industry. The area is home to numerous horse farms, breeding facilities, training centers, and equestrian events. The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company conducts major Thoroughbred horse auctions, attracting buyers and sellers from around the world.
The Ocala metro area is also known for its natural beauty and abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities. The region is characterized by rolling hills, expansive forests, and freshwater springs. The Ocala National Forest, one of the largest national forests in Florida, offers hiking trails, camping areas, lakes, and rivers for boating, fishing, and swimming. Silver Springs State Park is famous for its crystal-clear springs and glass-bottom boat tours.
The Ocala area has a significant retirement community and is known for its active adult communities and retirement villages. Many retirees are drawn to the region for its affordable cost of living, favorable climate, and recreational amenities. For golf enthusiasts, there are numerous golf courses in the region, including both public and private options. The area’s favorable climate allows for year-round golfing, attracting both locals and visitors.
Ocala has a rich history and offers various cultural attractions. The Appleton Museum of Art showcases a diverse collection of art from around the world. The Ocala Civic Theatre presents a wide range of theatrical performances throughout the year. The Historic Downtown Square features beautifully preserved historic buildings and hosts events and festivals. The Ocala Arts Festival, the Ocala Scottish Highland Games, and the Light Up Ocala holiday event are among the annual highlights.
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