The World Equestrian Center

Explore sports events, fine dining experiences, diverse accommodations to suit all budgets, and more at this grand equestrian venue.

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The World Equestrian Center is the ultimate destination for equestrian enthusiasts, featuring sweeping architecture and state-of-the-art facilities. Situated in the Horse Capital of the World®, this events hub is the biggest equestrian complex in the country, boasting multiple outdoor rings and temperature-managed indoor arenas. With onsite features such as luxurious hotel suites, expansive multi-use venue spaces, and plenty of barns, the World Equestrian Center sets a grand stage for unforgettable experiences in Ocala.

World Equestrian Center arena with horses jumping over obstacles in competition in Ocala FL

Special Experiences & Events

  • World- and Premier-Class Shows - Watch a variety of equestrian events, including hunter, jumper, polo, dressage, and breed shows. Attend the World Equestrian Center’s array of annual happenings and enjoy an event like the NCEA National Championship. Admire various intelligent dog breeds while attending canine shows at this event center.
  • Spectator-Friendly Features - Discover an immersive equestrian-watching experience with an assortment of seats along the grandstands of the World Equestrian Center. For a dining-centered spin during an event, make your way to the outdoor area of Stirrups, which overlooks the Grand Arena. The World Equestrian Center’s hotel also offers sweeping views of the arena from the comforts of your suite.
  • Modern Facilities & Event Spaces - In addition to equestrian shows, this event center is a must-visit spot for year-round trade shows and conventions, including Ocala Comic Con. Additional facilities include an onsite chapel, a veterinary clinic and a general store.

Location, Parking & Hours of Operation

The World Equestrian Center is located at 1390 NW 80th Avenue, Ocala, Florida 34475. Parking is typically free, but there might be certain events that require an entry fee. Available hours depend on particular shows, dining areas, and shops.

Comfortable Lodgings & Accommodations

Relax in lavish surroundings at the Equestrian Hotel, where high quality amenities and comfy features await. RV drivers will enjoy parking their vehicles in a vast lot which contains showers, a laundromat, a fuel station, and a general store. Traveling with your furry companions? Discover pet-friendly accommodations at the Home Away from Home rental units, which is a quick five-minute drive from the World Equestrian Center.

Coming in spring of 2024, The Riding Academy Hotel is set to open at the World Equestrian Center! Designed to accommodate a lower price point than The Equestrian, The Riding Academy will be family- and pet-friendly, offering a total of 392 comfortably designed suites and studios. The new hotel will feature market places for fresh food, an outdoor pool, gathering spaces, a fitness center and more. It will also be located next to the future Event Center (expected to open in 2025) at WEC.

Fine Dining Spots & Casual Eateries

Relish mouthwatering eats and refreshing drinks at the World Equestrian Center, visiting dining areas that unveil culinary delights and masterpieces. Embark on a foodie’s adventure with Filo’s Mexican Cantina, which showcases authentic Mexican cuisine through street tacos and breakfast burritos. Grab some sweet treats at Miss Tilly’s Lollipops or Emma’s Patisserie, indulging in ice cream and baked goods. Find a one-of-a-kind dining experience at Stirrups, Ralph’s Burger and Sandwich Shop, Viola and Dot’s Italian Kitchen and Pizzeria, or the Yellow Pony Pub and Garden.

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