New Adventures to be had in Ocala/Marion County in 2016
Northern Central Florida Destination Kicks off New Year with Exciting Additions
Visitors to Ocala/Marion County will have a variety of new venues, exhibits and activities to choose from in 2016. These exciting additions will only add to the well-rounded experience that visitors to the area have come to enjoy.
While Ocala/Marion County is already the proud home of more than 20 championship golf courses accommodating players of any ability, the new year brings with it even more opportunities to play your greatest game. In 2016, Adena will treat residents and visitors to one of the most highly anticipated new golf destinations in the United States. Featuring a Frank Stronach designed course, clubhouse, organic restaurants, pool and spa, tennis courts, fitness center and kids’ putting green, Adena has something for just about everyone.
Known internationally as the “Horse Capital of the World®,” Ocala/Marion County also boasts more than 700 horse farms, 450 of which are home to thoroughbreds, covering over 30,000 acres. Due to the popularity and legacy of the sport in the region, there are a wide variety of equine activities available in the area. Adding to these opportunities is BG Trail Rides, where riders of all experience levels can explore the tranquil beauty and gorgeous scenery of shade-lined, winding trails. Professionally trained staff and horses ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all members of the family, making it an ideal stop on any itinerary.
For those looking for arts and entertainment opportunities, the Reilly Arts Center, home of the Ocala Symphony Orchestra, is the County’s home for the arts and live entertainment. Featuring state-of-the-art acoustics and production equipment, the 700-seat venue hosts an eclectic assortment of events, concerts, meetings and parties, and has become a hub for the arts in Ocala. The Reilly opened in October 2015 after a $2.7 million renovation to the City Auditorium—a WPA project that was built in 1936.
Truly offering excitement for every line of interest, history buffs will also revel in a trip to this picturesque county. Those interested in not only Marion County’s history but also Florida’s heritage will want to schedule a visit to Fort King. Originally built in 1827 and named for Colonel William King who had commanded the Fourth Infantry, this fort served as the military headquarters for large portions of the Second Seminole War. One of 52 National Historic Landmarks in Florida, a to-scale replica of the fort is being constructed at the site in 2016 and will offer visitors the opportunity to experience a piece of the region’s rich history.
The northernmost county in Central Florida, with a commute of two hours or less from Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando and Daytona Beach, Ocala/Marion County is an unforgettable destination offering a diversity of ecotourism and nature attractions, as well as a rich history and a legacy of equestrian ties. In addition to these new opportunities, visitors to the area can still experience some of its best-known attractions. These include renowned equine events; sporting events including golf, baseball, softball and fishing; Silver Springs State Park and its iconic glass bottom boats rides; and the Ocala National Forest, the second largest national forest in Florida, encompassing 380,000 acres, attracting nature enthusiasts, hunters and avid outdoorsman with its variety of wildlife and miles of trails and water activities. As always, there are endless ways to explore, discover and relax in Ocala/Marion County.