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An Active Lifestyle

From golfing, sailing on lakes, running, biking, trail riding to a full range of student activities like baseball, soccer and football; the beautiful weather and over 35 parks lends itself to the popularity of outdoor sports participation.

Golden Ocala was the site of the LPGA Coates Golf Tournament.

Ocala is home to PDL soccer team The Ocala Stampede - 2014 Southern Conference Champions.

Compared to the rest of the country, Ocala's cost of living is 14.10% Lower than the U.S. average.

The weather and the pastures rich in limestone is condusive to raising healthy horses and other livestock. The mild weather permits year-round training. Ocala's equestrian lifestyle is world reknowned and considerably more affordable when compared to many other horse communities, namely Wellington, FL, Saratoga Springs, NY, and Rancho Santa Fe, CA.

Downtown Ocala celebrates its past vibrant history on a daily basis. Recently name a Florida Main Street Community, the city's core boasts buildings and architecture dating back to 1850. The historic square features a gazebo with its own proud past, as well as the Marion Theatre, established in 1941 and one of the few active historic theaters in the state.

The Downtown Art Scene offers live art, sculpture and galleries all within a block square. Ocala offers a variety of dining options from French, Japanese, Greek, Italian, and Creole cuisine to an upscale Steak House.

Our downtown welcomes you to stroll the square while eating ice cream; take a horse drawn carriage ride through the historic neighborhoods; see a movie; enjoy some art; listen to live music, plus savor several fine dining options.

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Marion County expands approximately 1,663 square miles (4,310 km2). Considered the southernmost county in North Central Florida, and the northernmost county in Central Florida, it is surrounded by seven other counties. The city of Ocala lies at the heart of the Marion County. The terrain consists of rolling hills, and it is known for the deep south moss adorned centurian live oaks trees. Many variety of treees grow locally including pine and some royal palms.

Ocala is about a two-hour drive from many of Florida's major cities, Orlando is 75 minutes to the southeast while Daytona Beach is about 90 minutes to the east. Tampa is about 75 minutes to the southwest. Jacksonville is roughly a two-hour drive northeast. Miami is about five hours to the southeast. Fort Lauderdale is about a four-and-a-half hour drive from Marion County.

Marion County also has three large lakes at its opposite borders. Orange Lake is in the far northern part of Marion County, near the border with Alachua County. Lake Kerris in the northeastern part of the county, near the town of Salt Springs, which is near the border with Putnam County. Lake Weir, the largest of the three, is in the far southern region near the border with Lake County. Part of Lake George is in Marion County also.

Marion County is inland, centered between the to the east and the Gulf of Mexico to the west. Because of this, Marion county is not affected as much by hurricanes as the more coastal counties to its east and west.*

*Source Wikipedia

Dedicated to the Arts

Ocala Municipal Arts Commision  and the City of Ocala are currently preparing for the development of a 10 year strategic cultural arts plan for the community. Ocala is home to the Silver Springs Film Festival and the Ocala Symphany Orchestra.

Horse Country Carriage Tours can show you around the Brick City downtown or through scenic backroads in Fellowship.


Within commuting distance to three of the 10 largest universities in the United States - Universtity of Florida, Universtity of Central Florida and University of South Florida, Ocala is a family friendly environment and boasts some fine public and private K - 12 schools as well as well regarded higher education facilities.

Florida Weather - World renowned for its mild winter, spring and fall seasons, North Central Florida is perfect location to spend time with the family year-round. Summer can be hot and humid and have a greater tendency to rain.

Northern visitors enjoy the lighter clothing worn here. Don the casual shorts and sandals around the Summer kitchens for some outdoor grilling and lounging time on the deck or slip into the bathers or swimming trunks for a cooling dip in the pool.

    Marion County is perceived as four quadrants - NW, NE, SE and SW with north-south Magnolia Avenue and east-west Silver Springs Blvd intersecting downtown on the Square.

    The county is made up of numerous Townships. When the county lines were mapped to its current status, it left some of these towns divided by county lines:

  • The city of OCALA is at the center and covers a large area.

  • Northwest towards WILLISTON is FELLOWSHIP and BLICHTON - home to the HITS showgrounds. REDDICK, FAIRFIELD, FLEMINGTON and LOWELL are also in the NW.

  • McINTOSH and ORANGE LAKE on its namesake lake are to the North, while also to the west of Interstate 75.

  • MORRISTON crosses west into Levy County.
  • ANTHONY is in the Northeast, along with CITRA, SPARR, FORT MCCOY and several lakeside communities.
  • SILVER SPRINGS and the Silver Springs State Park sits to the East towards the Oklawaha River and the immense Ocala National Forest that extends south.

  • The Marjorie Harris Carr cross Florida Greenway and Santos Trails traverses through the south part of the county.

  • SILVER SPRINGS SHORES, BELLEVIEW, and SUMMERFIELD - sit to the Southeast and are on the way to LAKE WEIR and WEIRSDALE.

  • Part of THE VILLAGES reaches
    North into Marion County.

  • DUNNELLON is the furthest Southwestern township. Scenic YORK, RAINBOW SPRINGS, MARION OAKS and ROLLING HILLS are all in the SW.
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