Ocala, a picturesque city in Marion County, Florida, is known as the Horse Capital of the World. You can tour the many farms and horse ranches in the area. Ocala is also home to the meticulously landscaped Sholom Park, where you can take leisurely walks, tune in to bird songs and feed fish in the Koi pond. Silver Springs State Park offers tours on glass-bottomed boats. For a taste of culture, a visit to Appleton Museum of Art exposes you to European and American art and artifacts from Africa and Asia, while the drag racing museum is the perfect precursor for real high-speed action at Ocala Speedway.
Ocala is served by the Ocala International Airport (OCF). A shuttle service, Shuttleliner of Ocala, offers rides to and from the airport. There is a shuttle service from Ocala to Orlando, home to the Walt Disney World Resort, an hour away. The city of Ocala provides SunTran bus transportation services with stops throughout the city.
Ocala is consistently sunny and warm, allowing you to enjoy it year-round. Its centrally located Route 200 offers countless and diverse dining and shopping experiences, while the downtown and historic district are filled with cozy cafes and specialty shops. For the college life experience, the University of Florida and the Gainesville Gators are only a half hour away.
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