Solo Travel - Always in Good Company

Solo travel is growing in popularity, and Ocala/Marion County is a destination full of fun activities for those looking for a trip to treat themselves. Whether you are seeking an outdoor escape or tasting your way through a destination, there is something for every type of solo traveler.

For the Outdoorsy Traveler

For the solo traveler, an outdoor escape into Florida’s beautiful natural world makes for a perfect self-love vacation. With the many springs, rivers, naturally-shaded trails and farms, pressing the refresh button is easy. To spend a serene day on the water, bring your own paddle craft or rent one (you can even float down Rainbow River in a tube during the warmer months). Zip lining is a great solo travel venture with stunning views and guides who, are not only very safe, but always have the best sense of humor. You can also enjoy exploring the many miles of naturally air conditioned trails hiking, biking or even horseback riding.

Paddle boarding

For the Art and History Lover

Art and history is always a great way to explore a destination on your own. There are a number of self-guided public art and historic trails in Ocala. A visitor can follow along for free enjoying the beautiful murals throughout the city, larger-than-life sculptures at Tuscawilla Art Park, historic buildings in Downtown Ocala, and the Fort King National Historic Landmark. Additionally, the Appleton Museum of Art showcases world-class collections of European, American, Asian, African, Islamic, Contemporary and pre-Columbian art and antiquities.

Woman posing in front of a mural

For the Foodie Traveler

What makes a reset vacation even better? Delicious dining! Ocala/Marion County is full of local tasty flavor for the foodie traveler! Anywhere you go, you will be close to a memorable meal or fun spot to sip craft beer. Find a generous selection of locally-owned restaurants and bars, as well as, an award-winning brewery in Historic Downtown Ocala. You can even take a guided food tour of Downtown Ocala, tasting your way through many of the local restaurants. On top of that, for unique waterfront eateries, visit the western edge of the destination and have a taste of Dunnellon.

Tacos and a margarita

For the Animal Lover

If you want to bring your pup with you there are lots of dog-friendly fun things to do in Ocala/Marion County! With plenty of outdoor dining options, animal-friendly trails and even events that you can bring a furry friend along to, your dog and you will have a great getaway together.
If you are not bringing your dog, but you are a lover of animals, there is no lack of ways to meet some Ocala/Marion County natives. Take a tour of one of the many horse farms in the Horse Capital of the World, where you can meet the horses and learn about the farms who breed, raise and train champions. There are also a number of horseback riding tours that allow for a fun way to hit the trails and explore Florida’s natural landscape. Add a bit more of furry fun to your travels at one of the animal sanctuaries.

Dog and owner at the water

No matter the type of traveler you are, you will almost always want fabulous pictures to document your trip. Check out these Top 10 Most Instagrammable Spots in Ocala/Marion County.