Ocala, Florida


For tourists who want to enjoy the outdoors of Florida, a must-visit is the city of Ocala. Ocala is at the northern part of Florida, close to Orlando. The city’s history began as a horse capital with its areas filled with thoroughbred farms. When it comes to travel, Ocala already has a tourist spot even at the early part of the 20th century with Silver Springs.

Today, it has integrated into the Silver Springs State Park with visitors enjoying various activities like hiking, kayaking, and canoeing. For those who opt to skip sports, glass bottom tours and picnics are the best things to do. Ocala is charming with its tree-lined streets and heritage homes of its Historic District. History buffs shouldn’t miss East Fort King Street and be awed with its Victorian architecture. Other historical buildings include the Coca Cola Building and Union Train Station. The Ocala Pumpkin Run is the city’s main event that attractions visitors. Old-South charm, beautiful outdoors, and myriad of options from dining to lodging, Ocala is no doubt one of the best places to live in Florida and a no-fail destination to experience.


Hotels

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  • Best Western
  • Budget Inn
  • Comfort Suites
  • Country Inn & Suites by Carlson
  • Courtyard
  • Days Inn
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites
  • Hampton Inn and Suites
  • Hilton
  • Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
  • Holliday Inn Express
  • Homewood Suites at Health Brook
  • Howard Johnson Inn
  • La Quinta Inn & Suites
  • Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham
  • Motel 6
  • Quality Inn
  • Quality Inn
  • Red Roof Inn
  • Residence Inn
  • Shamrock Inn
  • Shangri La Motel
  • Silver Springs Motel
  • Sleep Inn & Suites
  • Super 8
  • Travelodge
  • Value Place


Things to Do

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  • Silver Springs State Park - Home to Ocala’s first tourist attraction, it is the world’s largest artesian spring formation. On top of that, visitors can have a glimpse of the wildlife within the park like armadillos and the Florida black bear. Other activities include kayaking and hiking. The park also has a museum.
  • Ocala National Forest - Established way back in 1908, Ocala’s national forest is the 2nd largest in Florida. Its main feature is the sand pine scrub forest along with various springs like Salt Spring, Jupiter, and Alexander. Visitors will also enjoy the pond and lake within the forest.
  • Florida Trails - Ocala is start and birthplace of the famous Florida Trails, also known as the Florida National Scenic Trail. The trail in Ocala spans 72.3 miles.
  • Wild Water Waterpark - A sister park of Silver Spring State Park, this man-made waterpark features an open-park layout complete with shade and verdant trees. The waterpark has slides and wave pools.
  • Appleton Museum of Arts - One of Florida’s top cultural center, this museum houses European, Contemporary and American arts.

Restaurants

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  • A Taste of Everywhere
  • Amrit Palace Indian Restaurant
  • Arthur’s American Bistro
  • Artisanal Dish
  • Aunt Fannie’s Restaurant
  • Ayuttaya Thai Cuisine
  • Beef O’ Brady’s
  • Big Lee’s – Serious About Barbecue
  • Blue Highway Pizzeria
  • Bob Evans
  • Bonefish Grill
  • Boston Market
  • Braised Onion Restaurant
  • Brooklyn’s Backyard
  • Burger 21
  • Café Havana
  • Carmine’s Café
  • Carrabba’s Italian Grill
  • Chick fil-A
  • China Lee Buffet
  • Cody’s Original Roadhouse
  • Cracker Barrel
  • Crossroads Country Kitchen
  • Cuvee Wine & Bistro
  • Darrell’s Dog Gone Good Dinner
  • Denny’s
  • Edo Sushi & Steak House
  • Eggs Over Easy
  • El Toreo
  • Fat Boys Barbeque
  • Feta Mediterranean Cuisine
  • Fiore’s Café
  • Firehouse Subs
  • First Watch
  • Five Guys
  • Formaggio Pizza
  • Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
  • Gator’s Dockside
  • Grace Sushi
  • Hardwood Smokehouse
  • Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille
  • Horse & Hounds Restaurant
  • IHOP
  • Ipanema Brazilian Steakhouse
  • Ivy House
  • Kotobuki Japanese Steak House
  • La Cuisine French Restaurant
  • La Hacienda Restaurant
  • Laki’s Greek Restaurant & Pizza
  • Las Margarita’s Mexican Restaurant & Gallery
  • Latinos Y Mas
  • Little Joey’s Pizza & Restaurant
  • LongHorn Steakhouse
  • Lorito’s Italian Kitchen
  • Mark’s Prime Steakhouse and Seafood
  • Mary’s Cuban Kitchen and Bakery
  • McAlister’s Deli
  • Mesa De Notte
  • Mi Terra Latina
  • Miller’s Ocala Ale House
  • Mimi’s Café
  • Ocala Wine Experience
  • Ocean Buffet
  • Olive Garden
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Panera Bread
  • Pavarotti’s
  • Pdq
  • Pepe’s Mexican Store Meat Market & Restaurant
  • Pho Kim Long
  • Pi on Broadway
  • Pizza Hut
  • Red Lobster
  • Richard’s Place
  • Rocky Cola Seafood
  • Roma Italian Restaurant
  • Royal Orchid
  • Ruby Tuesday Restaurant
  • Sammy’s Pizza & Restaurant
  • Sans St. Johns Seafood
  • Scrambles Café
  • Sky Asian Fusion
  • Sonny’s BBQ
  • Southern Pig & Cattle
  • Southside Deli
  • Steak N’ Shake
  • Stella’s Modern Pastry
  • Stone Creek Grille
  • Sushi Bistro of Ocala
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Taco Bell
  • Taco N Madre
  • Terry’s Place
  • The Crazy Cucumber
  • The Egg and I
  • The Gyro Hut
  • The Lunchbox
  • The Mojo Grill & Catering Company
  • Tijuana Flats
  • Titled Kilt
  • Tony’s Sushi
  • Waffle House
  • Wendy’s
  • Wolfy’s Restaurant
  • Yum Yum Kitchen
  • Yummy House
  • Zaxby’s

Hospitals

  • Ocala Regional Medical Center
  • West Marion Community Hospital


Airports

  • Gainesville Regional Airport
  • Daytona Beach International Airport

Military Bases

  • Camp Blanding Army Base
  • Blount Island Command Marine


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