Adventure

Plan Your Next Adventure in Ocala/Marion County

Whether the thrills you seek involve flying through the treetops, traversing challenging trails or unbelievably high speeds, Ocala/Marion County offers unlimited options to get your adrenaline pumping.

Experience the longest, highest and fastest zips in Florida and the longest zips over water in the U.S. at the Canyons Zip Line & Canopy Tours. While most of Florida spans over flat terrain, Ocala/Marion County is home to massive limestone canyons within a vast wooded wonderland, providing the ideal setting and elevation for an unforgettable adventure. Full tours include nine zip lines, two rope bridges and an exhilarating rappel to lower you back down to ground level following your two and a half to three hour tour.

Ocala/Marion County is also home to some of the best mountain biking trails in the world. The Santos Mountain Bike Trails have received the prestigious designation of a bronze-level Ride Center by the International Mountain Bicycling Association, one of only six designated Ride Centers in the nation! Riders of all skill levels can find a fun challenge through the 80 miles of unpaved Santos trails, with color-coded difficulty levels ranging from yellow (easy) to red (extreme).

For those who can’t get enough of Florida’s natural beauty and want to further connect to their surroundings, horseback-riding offers a unique perspective on Ocala/Marion County’s scenery. Navigate through the cool forest underneath the canopy of centuries old trees as the sounds of streams and springs bubble nearby and experience the wild, untouched side of Florida. During your ride, you may see some of the state’s unique wildlife, including the great horned owl, Sherman’s fox squirrel, red tail hawk, barred owl, and coyote. If you don’t have your own horse, Ocala’s Cactus Jack’s Trail Rides offers rides through the Cross Florida Greenway Trail System and welcome riders of all skill levels.

Shift gears and take on a completely different type of adventure at Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing, just off of I-75 in Ocala. “Big Daddy” Garlits is drag-racing royalty and has been voted the number one drag racer in the second half of the 20th Century. His museum chronicles the history of the sport by displaying close to 150 racing and antique vehicles. The museum also boasts the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame, with notable inductees such as Ray Godman, Kenny Bernstein, and the trail-blazing Shirley Muldowney (“Cha Cha”), the First Lady of Drag-Racing. Don Garlits is often on site at the museum, creating an even more memorable experience for racing enthusiasts.

If adventure is what you are after, look no further than Ocala/Marion County. To develop your personalized travel itinerary, book accommodations and learn more about the destination, visit www.OcalaMarion.com.