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There’s a beauty that exists in Ocala/Marion County that you can’t find anywhere else in Central Florida, and we aren’t just referring to the lush expanses of the Ocala National Forest, the endless number of scenic nature trails, or even the crystal-clear spring waters.
There’s a reason that people from all over the world choose Ocala/Marion County as one of their top destinations to get away from it all, and that’s because it is full of life, love and fun. You are guaranteed to leave Ocala/Marion County feeling rejuvenated and asking yourself why you didn’t visit sooner!
Adventure and fun awaits you, as Ocala/Marion County offers a seemingly endless assortment of activities and events that are perfect for the whole family:
Horse and Carriage Ride in the Square – Start your vacation off by touring Ocala’s beautiful downtown Square in a classic, white carriage pulled by two gigantic Clydesdale horses.
Kimie, your friendly tour guide, will blow you away with her extensive knowledge, and passion for delighting her guests with folklore, facts and personal stories about the historic city of Ocala, FL.
First Friday Art Walk – Looking to discover the next Picasso or Da Vinci? Then you can’t afford to miss the First Friday Art Walk in Downtown Ocala. The walk is appropriately named as it takes place on the first Friday of every month from September to May and is a must-do event for fans of art, culture and entertainment.
Ocala/Marion County’s talented local artists will display their heart and soul in open air spaces and beautiful boutique shops. The art walk spans 15 whole blocks, centered on Ocala’s Downtown Square, and is a guaranteed evening of fun, showcasing local talent, and inspiring artistic intrigue.
Corkscrew Wine Experience – The whole point of a vacation is to experience new things, and the Corkscrew Winery can provide you with just that. Located on Broadway Street in Ocala, this quaint and rustic winery offers you the chance to customize, ferment and bottle your own batch of wine.
Each batch of wine, which comes in more than 20 different delicious and affordable flavors, yields about 30 bottles, making it the perfect souvenir to take back home to friends, neighbors and family members.
Light Up Ocala – On November 19th, the festivities will include musical entertainment, a downtown skating rink, and of course, a visit from Santa Claus himself!
The entirety of downtown Ocala will be decorated in bright, beautiful lights, highlighted by the lighting of a 42-foot-tall Christmas tree. This event will be festive, fun and fitting for the whole family.
Equiventures – Ocala/Marion County is well known as the official Horse Capital of the World™, a fact that you will be delightfully and frequently reminded of if you plan your visit for Thanksgiving weekend, when the Equiventures horse event will take place.
Located at the Ocala Jockey Club, these talented athletes will amaze and entertain crowds for a chance to win $100,000 in prize money; making it the richest purse awarded at a recognized horse show, below the four-star level in North America.
BG Ocala Ranch Trail Rides –The best way to experience the Horse Capital of the World™ is most certainly on horseback. BG Ocala Ranch offers you the ability to travel and explore Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway’s hundreds of miles of riding trails.
Perfect for experienced and novice riders, these hour-long tours are the perfect way to observe the natural landscape and foliage up close.