|Ocala, population 55,000+, is centrally located in the very Heart of Florida. There is easy access and almost equal distance to the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Ocala is surrounded by some of the most beautiful horse farms in the world, in a county that is famous for its huge oaks, festooned with Spanish moss.
Rolling green pastures lead to crystal springs, gentle rivers and unspoiled lakes, and hundreds of horse farms gallop with thoroughbred natural charm and beauty. Marion County is one of the major thoroughbred centers of the world. There are over 1,200 horse farms in total and about 600 thoroughbred farms on more than 75,000 acres.
Virtually every breed of horse can be found in the area, including the American Quarter Horse, Paso Fino, Arabian and Warmbloods. Whether its reining, roping, polo, hunter-jumper, dressage, vaulting, western pleasure, saddleseat, sidesaddle, eventing, endurance or simply pleasure riding, this is home to the worlds most fantastic equine champions.
Ocala has nearly perfect weather all year long. Snowbirds enjoy November-May which is the dry season when there is almost uninterrupted sunshine with very little rainfall. The cloudless sunny weather typically warms the dry air up to near 70 by the afternoon.
Several major highways pass through Ocala, including Interstate 75, Interstate 95, U.S. Highway 27, U.S. Route 301, and U.S. Highway 441. Ocala International Airport provides general aviation services to the community.
There is an endless panorama of natural beauty to savor, and a wealth of cultural activities. The lively arts are on display all year, with more than 250 civic clubs and organizations promoting festivals celebrating the cultural variety of Marion County.
Golfers may choose from many public, private and semi-private golf courses throughout the area. The City of Ocala operates the Ocala Municipal Golf Course and Pine Oaks Golf Course.They are both very popular with winter visitors.
Ocala has a warm and friendly hometown atmosphere with southern hospitality and genuine affordability. It offers a wide variety of lodging accommodations to suit every taste and budget. Ocala is the perfect place to relax and explore the best of Florida at your own pace. Snowbirds love Ocala!