See a different side of Central Florida in Ocala, where the allure of outdoor exploration brings countless opportunities for adventure.
Find yourself flying admist the treetops on a zip line or traversing windind bike trails, comfortably shaded by lush woods. Swim in crystal clear springs waters or let the calm currents carry you downriver. Ocala is a horse country, here you can see a lot of horse stables and farms.
There are a lot of historic houses, bars and restaurants in downtown of Ocala.
Appelton Museum of Art7 mi
The Appleton Museum of Art is a leading cultural center that enriches the quality of life for the people of Central Florida and beyond. The Appleton Museum of Art brings art and people together to inspire, challenge and engage present and future generations through our wide range of collections, exhibitions, programs and educational opportunities.
The Appleton Museum of Art houses a permanent collection of around 18,000 works including art and artifacts representative of European, American, Asian, African, Contemporary and pre-Columbian styles.
Daytona Beach78 mi
Daytona Beach is a city on Florida’s Atlantic coast. It’s known for Daytona International Speedway, which hosts February’s iconic Daytona 500 NASCAR race. The beach has hard-packed sand where driving is permitted in designated areas. Near the boardwalk’s rides and arcades, Daytona Beach Bandshell stages free summer concerts. Steps from the beach, Daytona Lagoon water park offers go-karts, laser tag and waterslides.
Gainesville is a city in northern Florida. It’s known for the University of Florida. Set on the sprawling campus, the Florida Museum of Natural History houses fossils and ethnographic exhibits. It includes the Butterfly Rainforest, home to hundreds of free-flying butterflies and birds. Harn Museum of Art has a huge collection of Asian and African works. The Matheson History Museum has a vintage postcard collection.
Orlando, a city in central Florida, is home to more than a dozen theme parks. Chief among its claims to fame is Walt Disney World, comprised of parks like the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, as well as water parks. Another major destination, Universal Orlando, offers Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter straddling both.
Salt Springs33 mi
Salt Springs Recreation Area is one of the recreational jewels of the Ocala National Forest. The recreation area is located in the lush, semi-tropical setting of central Florida. Within the recreation area is a natural spring rising from vertical fissures (cracks) from deep within the earth. The presence of potassium, magnesium and sodium salts give the waters in the spring a slight salinity.
Salt Springs offers plenty of activities for the family; including, fishing, camping, biking and hiking. The neighboring body of water known as Lake Kerr is also a place to enjoy a variety of water sports.
Santos Trailhead1,5 mi
Santos is the largest and best known mountain biking park in the Ocala, Florida area. Santos official designation is Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway.Greenwa**tretch many miles throughout the state of Florida.The greenway was born out of the failed Cross Florida Barge Canal which was terminated in the late 60s.
Santos is named for the small town where the main trailhead is located. Standard trail markings are in place here – yellow trails ae beginner, blue intermediate and red markings for advanced.
Silver Springs9 mi
Silver Springs is an unincorporated community in Marion County, Florida, United States. It is the site of Silver Springs, a group of artesian springs and a historic tourist attraction that is now part of Silver Springs State Park. The community is part of the Ocala metropolitan area.
One of Florida’s first tourist attractions, the springs drew visitors even before the U.S. Civil War. Glass-bottom boats have been a popular way to see the 242-acre (98 ha) complex. A small amusement park with various animals, a concert stage, a carousel, and exhibits also developed.
Tampa is a city on Tampa Bay, along Florida’s Gulf Coast. A major business center, it’s also known for its museums and other cultural offerings. Busch Gardens is an African-themed amusement park with thrill rides and animal-viewing areas.
The historic Ybor City neighborhood, developed by Cuban and Spanish cigar-factory workers at the turn of the 20th century, is a dining and nightlife destination.
Towering cliffs, sparkling lakes, old growth oak trees, massive canyons… and zip lines running through it all! You won’t find this terrain anywhere but at The Canyons Zip Line & Canopy Tours. Long, long zip lines and the highest heights get together to make this a zip experience that’s one of a kind.
Tours feature 9 zip lines, 2 rope bridges and a rappel. For those who like to stay closer to the ground The Canyons also offers horseback riding throughout this amazing park.
The Villages16-20 mi
The community is the center of The Villages, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area, which consists of all of Sumter County; Lake County is included in the Orlando–Kissimmee–Sanford, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area; and Marion County is included in the Ocala, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area.
In 2017 Forbes magazine named The Villages to the list of The 25 Best Places To Retire in the United States for the second time. Also in 2017, 55Places.com rated The Villages was the number one spot in the list of most popular active adult communities for the fifth year in a row.