Whether you’re planning a trip with the family or looking for an adventure-filled getaway with that special someone, summer and travel go hand-in-hand. No other Central Florida destination offers more authentic experiences during the summer months than Ocala/Marion County, making it the ideal place to spend some time in the sun.
Summer Vacation Ideas
Combining the area’s natural history with its past as a staple in famous Hollywood movies, a glass bottom boat tour of Silver Springs State Park gives you a glimpse at this unique juxtaposition. The ride takes you on a journey as you learn about the Indian artifacts and movie props left beneath the spring’s crystal clear waters. For a history tour by land instead, visit Ocala’s Tuscawilla Park to get up close to historic buildings dating back to the 1870s.
No visit to Ocala/Marion County is complete without a swim in one of the natural springs that have made this destination so renowned. KP Hole Park offers a variety of water activities to choose from, from kayaking and canoeing to taking a tube ride down the picturesque Rainbow River. If you opt for tubing, your entire group will be in for countless sightings of the area’s colorful wildlife, including rare birds and unique plants, as you make your way downriver.
Known far and wide as the Horse Capital of the World™, Ocala/Marion County is also home to incredible horse farm tours. One particularly striking tour takes place on the Gypsy Gold Farm, home of the first Gypsy Vanner Horses brought to the United States from Great Britain in 1995. Those looking to learn more about the region’s thoroughbred history can also visit The Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ & Owners’ Association Museum. This museum features collections of past Triple Crown winners as well as an extensive gallery of original art.
When it’s time to refuel for even more activities, Ocala/Marion County delivers just as big on taste as it does on adventure. Enjoy more time in the great outdoors at Eaton’s Beach Sandbar and Grill as you feast on delicious Florisiana™ cooking – inspired by both Florida and Louisiana cuisine to bring you the comfort foods of the South. In the evening, settle down with a rich glass of wine at Ocala Wine Experience, where you’ll be treated to an upscale selection of beer and wine as well as live music.
Summer trips are made for simple pleasures, and you don’t need to go further than Ocala/Marion County to find everything you’re looking for. Discover even more summer vacation adventures on OcalaMarion.com.