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Plan Your Corporate or Private Meetings in Centrally Located Ocala/Marion County

With its picturesque scenery, world-class equine culture and convenient, central location, Ocala/Marion County is the perfect destination for your corporate or private meetings. Create a truly unforgettable experience for your attendees with diverse facilities, fine amenities and endless adventures to be had after the day’s events are through.

Located in the north-central region of Florida, Ocala/Marion County is conveniently accessible from many major cities throughout the state. The County is located less than two hours from Sarasota or Jacksonville, roughly an hour and a half from Tampa/St. Pete or Daytona, just about an hour from Gainesville or Orlando and less than three hours from our State Capitol in Tallahassee. Wherever you are arriving from, Ocala/Marion County offers unique venues capable of hosting meetings and events across a broad range of industries and sizes.

For an elegant event, make a statement by hosting your special gathering at the sophisticated Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala. Its stunning architecture and manicured grounds create a gorgeous backdrop for private events like weddings and receptions, family reunions and other celebrations, as well as corporate and non-profit meetings and events. Non-profit organizations can even receive a 30 percent discount on rental fees. Whether you need a classroom for a special meeting or seminar, an auditorium for up to 250 guests, or a picturesque outdoor venue, the Appleton Museum of Art is a worldly, stylish space for your next event.

The Southeastern Livestock Pavilion and Extension Auditorium (SELP), renowned as Marion County’s premier agricultural showplace since 1945, also offers plenty of space for your meeting needs. And while many of their meetings and events feature agriculture themes (rodeos, 4-H events, Cattle and Horse shows and sales, etc.), they have also hosted garden shows, chili cook-offs, weddings, graduations, hot rod shows, trade shows and even Cirque Italia, an Italian water circus! Available rental spaces include a field event area, an open arena with seating for up to 4,200 people, an adjacent, air-conditioned reception hall for up to 800, an exhibition building, a picnic pavilion and electric hookups and a paved parking lot for up to 1,000 vehicles.

With well-known names and fine accommodations, area hotels can also welcome your meetings and work with you to create just the right setting for your event. For a complete listing of specifics on hotel meeting spaces, download the Meeting Planners Guide for Ocala/Marion County.

From formal and elegant to down home and casual or more traditional meeting settings, Ocala/Marion County is home to a host of venues to meet your unique needs. Start planning your next meeting in Ocala/Marion County today! To develop a personalized group itinerary, book accommodations and learn more about the destination, visit