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Ocala/Marion County is a central Florida visitor destination offering a diversity of eco tourism and nature attractions as well as a rich history. Also known for its charming local color and culture, Ocala/Marion County has a rich history in breeding champion thoroughbred racehorses as well as world-renowned equine sporting activities.
The county is internationally known as the “Horse Capitol of the World” for its more than 700 horse farms covering more than 30,000 acres with 450 of the farms in the thoroughbred. Ocala has capitalized on this with a variety of international horse shows including dressage, jumping and driving events. Due to the equine events and the addition of other sporting events including golf, baseball, softball and fishing, Ocala/Marion has excelled in hosting group sporting events. Ocala/Marion County boasts more than 20 championship golf courses.
Ocala/Marion County is the northern most county in Central Florida, with a commute of two hours or less from Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando and Daytona Beach. Historically, the county is a premier vacation destination with three first-magnitude natural artesian springs, most famous being Silver Springs State Park with the iconic glass bottom boats rides and family activities.
The Ocala National Forest, the second largest national forest in Florida encompassing 380,000 acres, attracts nature enthusiasts, hunters and avid outdoorsman with its variety of wildlife, miles of trails and water activities, and is on the Florida Birding Trail.
Ocala/Marion County has more than 110 miles of hiking and biking trails, and has more than 80 square miles available to water sports including, fishing, boating, diving, kayaking, canoeing and much more.