Things to do in Ocala

Top Things to Do in Ocala

Things to Do in Ocala

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What travellers are saying

  • Tropical L
    St. Augustine, FL22 contributions
    We went there twice. Great Tours given by professionals. Would highly recommend visiting here and seeing their wonderful Gypsy Vanner Breed Horses. Price has gone up a lot since we were there.
    Written 11 June 2022
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  • Carol S
    Mount Airy, NC6 contributions
    July 2014

    Sholom Park in Ocala, FL was suggested to me to go take some beautiful photography. They weren't wrong! Beautiful & PEACEFUL!! A must-see!
    Written 24 June 2022
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  • Delta H
    Milton, FL33 contributions
    My husband & I loved this museum! My husband is an old drag-racer (local track) and I fell in love with drag-racing in the 70s so this place was a delight. There's so much to see! Could spend an entire day there.
    Written 6 June 2022
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  • frogsqueezerfive
    Inverness, FL37 contributions
    This area is beautiful through all the seasons; worth your time to visit. Of course, springtime is the best time, as everything is just "popping."
    Written 8 May 2022
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  • CBrandt77
    Vero Beach, FL203 contributions
    Ocala is the horse capital of the world, with the equine industry pouring billions of dollars annually into the city's economy. Some of the wealthiest and most powerful people in the world live in Ocala, of all places, because they are obsessed with horses. To get a look at this lifestyle, this passion, this milieu, you need a guide who can get you access...and Karen Grimes is that person. She is a lifelong horse person who has lived in Ocala for over thirty years--she knows EVERYTHING there is to know about the animal and the industry. I paid $68 and change for the tour which meets at 8:30 a.m. at a shop with ample shaded parking across the street from the airport. She'll arrive in a van that is very comfortable, get you on it, and then take you on a three-and-a-half-hour exploration of Ocala's horse scene...

    She understands that if you're on a horse tour you'll want a lot of actual horse time, and you'll get it. You'll be able to feed and pet and scratch horses to your heart's content. You'll see prize Arabian horses at the private estate of a music mogul and you'll visit a private stud farm where'll you'll see mares and foals and two famous horses that were veteran racers. Along the way, you'll get a tour of the moneyed environs of Ocala that most people never will see. This was a great tour, Karen was a great lady, cheerful and happy, obviously besotted with the horses we're all there to look at, and it was a great day where I learned a lot...
    Written 10 May 2022
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  • Patty M
    1 contribution
    The trail is beautiful. We rode our e-bikes for miles and miles it was a great experience, and the scenery is breathtaking.
    Written 4 May 2022
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  • zimmys57
    Delavan, WI717 contributions
    Check out the square after a Saturday morning visit to the nearby Farmers Market. There is a nice variety of restaurants to stop and enjoy lunch at.
    Written 3 May 2021
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  • Rachael S
    9 contributions
    Lovely park- nice trails.. I especially like the boardwalk.. I did the glass bottom boat ride twice on two different visits- first for the 30 minute tour and then later for the 90 minute tour-- I didn't get anything 'extra' on the longer tour we just went further down the river before turning around-- so if you're deciding between the two- go for the shorter one (also its less $$)
    Written 6 June 2022
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  • Tropical L
    St. Augustine, FL22 contributions
    Nice art Exhibits. Recommend. Extra programs here now and then. Close to Silver Springs. Reasonable Cost.
    Written 11 June 2022
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  • Janis H-P
    Ocala, FL3 863 contributions
    So much to see, do and photograph after the cattle drive from downtown Ocala on 2-12-22. The cattle drive ended in Tuscawilla Park but the festivities continued.
    Farm animals to see and pet, food trucks, live entertainment, activities and the usual, but appreciated, feathered friends to take photos of
    Written 13 February 2022
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  • Denise S
    Ocala, FL58 contributions
    We had a most excellent dinner at Katya's Vinyard lat night. The food was absolutely delicious. My husband had the filet and I had beef medallions with pistachio risotto. Scrumptious! We split the lobster roll appetizer. We also split the caramel cheesecake dessert but had to take half of it home as we were completely full by then.

    Service was exceptional and we were very impressed by the extensive wine list. The space itself is lovely.

    Prices are on the high side but well worth it for a special occasion. They post a note on the door that walk-ins can't be accommodated - you must have a reservation.
    Written 26 May 2022
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  • April
    Tampa, FL6 contributions
    Very fair prices to see so many animals. I’m basing my review strictly on animals, bumper boats, & farm generally overall (didn’t do the train ride, pony/camel ride, or water slide that they offer - wish pony/camel ride was available, but it wasn’t, understandably due to Covid pandemic, so we definitely understood). The place was much bigger than I expected, & had so many animals (including the biggest cow I think I’ve ever seen or been up close to). According to other reviews, I was skeptical about going, or what we might see - but I’m glad we chose to go, my kids really enjoyed themselves seeing all the animals, more than we expected to see, & all the staff were VERY nice & respectful. My kids absolutely loved all the animals & they had a great time getting to feed & pet so many (all were very entertaining). The large bag of feed we bought for $4.50 lasted pretty much through the entire visit between the 3 of us. Lowered my rating 1 star mainly because the bumper boats, which cost $4/each for 2 kids. The bumper boats are in a very LARGE (shallow) blowup pool, which could’ve been cleaner (not sure if it’s chlorinated, but should be especially during a pandemic, I debated on letting my kids still do it when I saw it - it wasn’t green at all, but just could’ve been cleaner, maybe caused from rain the day before). All the boats were filled with rain water since it rained the day before, so we had to wait for water to be cleaned out before kids could get in (I think that should be done before guests arrive), they were kind & did a good job getting it out when we asked. The boat my son got in only went in circles no matter what he did to control it (it worked out though, especially once my daughter got her boat & bumped him a few times); the 1st boat my daughter initially got in didn’t work at all, they tried the next & it didn’t work, then the boat she did finally get played ear PIERCING music (which plays as part of the boat timer), it was so loud she cut her ride short because of it. So I don’t recommend bumper boats. But for the price, staff, farm in general & experience overall, 4 stars is very fair - my kids would want to go again.
    Written 7 July 2020
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  • Deborah G
    10 contributions
    Winemaking class was fun and educational. Staff was great, we really enjoyed our night. Good location in downtown Ocala.
    Written 28 January 2020
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  • OBX717
    Florida1 286 contributions
    This was our first trip to this venue, it will not be the last. The new lobby had just opened up and it is beautiful. The venue is beautiful inside and out. We sat front row in the balcony to see Classic Albums Live do a note for note performance of the Let It Be album followed by some of the Beatles favorite classic songs. The seats were comfortable, front row in the balcony gave me lots of leg room. The bathrooms were clean, the parking is ample, the acoustics are fantastic. What a gem of a venue!
    Written 19 February 2022
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  • Safiya Deen
    Coral Springs, FL43 contributions
    After missing Rainbow Springs Covid19 cutoff, we scrambled to find another area Spring for our group of 12. Juniper Springs was a nice find, cool water temps of 72 degrees was refreshing. Hiking the trails was an adventure. Park was clean, lots of picnic areas too!
    Written 3 August 2020
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