Explore Ocala. Looking for a restaurant, an attraction, a medical facility or something else nearby? Follow these easy steps to find a list of choices, most with relevant information and reviews :
- Click on any map marker and select “view on Google maps”.
- On the next screen, go to the sidebar and click the “Nearby” button. Three options will appear, “restaurants”, “hotels” and “bars & pubs”. Select one or type an alternate category or business name in the address bar and watch a list of informative options pop up. Its Simple!
- Click on any map marker and select “view on Google Maps” in the popup.
- On the next screen select “nearby” to see similar choices, or type an alternate category or business name in the address bar. Then watch a list of informative options pop up. Its simple!
Ocala, a Great Home Town
Explore Ocala, a rapidly growing metropolitan area in North Central Florida. Many choose to settle here because of our reputation as the “Horse Capital of the World”. This title is reflective of a bucolic countryside of rolling hills and pastures dotted with innovative horse farms. Of course, these enterprises are famous for breeding and training almost every equine species known to man. We also excitingly note that Ocala’s thoroughbreds represent us with distinction in the Triple Crown races every year. As an outstanding example, Triple Crown champion Affirmed, was foaled and trained here. Additionally, the opening of Ocala’s Word Equestrian Center mid year in 2001 is a game changer. As a result, the local economy will flourish and grow exponentially over the next decade. With this growth will come an ever expanding array of dining, recreational and entertainment options.
The area is also becoming a center for the arts. Of course, the College of Central Florida Theater, the Central Florida Symphony and the Ocala Civic Theater lead the way. Additionally, the Brick City Center for the Arts Improv Troupe and the Marion Ballet Theater offer stimulating performances throughout the year. However, we saved the best for last. The Appleton Museum of Art truly put Ocala’s art scene on the map with its outstanding collection of masterworks and ancient artifacts
Ocala Lifestyle Choices
But our city caters to more that just equestrian pursuits. We offer amazing lifestyle choices for golf enthusiasts, tennis aficionados and lovers of innumerable other activities. There are neighborhoods offering everything from homes sure to delight the rich and famous, to those designed to please seekers of an active, but economical adult lifestyle.
Nature lovers will also find this area to be a Mecca of amazing choices. However, the most versatile of these is clearly the grand Ocala National forest. Spreading many miles north and south of our city, the forest features beautiful landscapes and lakes. Whether you rent a cabin or merely come for a day’s adventure, you will certainly have many ways to enjoy nature here. The lakes offer the best fresh water fishing available. Nature trails present a wonderful way to get some fresh air, while learning to appreciate Florida’s flora and fauna. Additionally, picnic grounds offer an echanting opportunity to barbecue and enjoy a more leisurely way to commune with nature. Therefore, explore Ocala. Do so because this area offers dream fulfilling quality of life choices.