side trips

Side trips add much to the Ocala lifestyle. The Ocala lifestyle features much more than equestrian pursuits. We are certainly proud of Ocala’s reputation as the horse capital of the world. However, our city is a short journey away from historic communities, amazing state parks, natural springs and sandy beaches. We are also one hundred miles or less away from research zoos, world class amusement parks and fascinating museums. Therefore, our community’s central location creates opportunities for a wide variety of engaging day trips.

Ocala features several outstanding museums. Heading the list is the Appleton Museum of Art. It features over 80,000 square feet of galleries which famously display the world class art collection of industrialist Arthur Appleton. Included are 18th and 19th century masterpieces by American and European artists, an extraordinary contemporary collection and pre Columbian artifacts.

Additionally, The Brick City Center for the Arts, located downtown, features the works of very talented local artists. Of course, its displays change frequently and the art is tastefully displayed. Therefore, it is not surprising that visitors rave about the gallery’s ambiance.

A stone’s throw from our city is the college town of Gainesville. Notably, it is home to the University of Florida, one of the finest state schools in our nation. This community boasts several world class museums as well. They include the Cade Museum of Creativity and Innovation, the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art.

However, side trips to the Dali Museum and Disney’s parks are only withing an hour and a half’s ride away.


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