Ocala, Florida

The Location

Ocala is located in Marion County, Florida, and is home to more than 57,000 residents.

The local economy is powered by education, healthcare, government services, retail, manufacturing and defense.

Ocala is served by the Ocala International Airport, bus service and several major highways.

Arts and Entertainment

The town may be best known for its beautiful horse farms and has been named the “Horse Capital of the World.” It hosts a number of equestrian events each year, including Live Oak International, Ocala Breeders’ Sale and HITS Ocala Winter Circuit.

Popular local attractions include Silver Springs State Park, Ocala National Forest, the Florida Trail, Wild Waters water park, agritourism at the area’s farms, Discovery Center, Ocala Historic Downtown Square and Petting Zoo Ocala. Ocala’s Downtown Square is home to antique shops, eclectic restaurants and charming independent stores.

Ocala’s arts and culture community includes the Ocala Civic Theatre, Ocala Symphony Orchestra, Fine Arts for Ocala, Inc., First Friday Art Walk, Appleton Museum of Art and the Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition.

Residents enjoy a variety of year-round outdoors activities, such as ziplining, river tubing, horseback riding, biking, birding, hunting, canoeing, kayaking, motorsports, fishing, hiking and more. The area is also home to many golf courses.

Education

The city is served by the Marion County School Board as well as several private schools.

Institutions of higher education include the College of Central Florida and Webster University.

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