Ocala/Marion County's unique environment is one of the major reasons why people come here to visit, and then to live. Our backyard includes the Ocala National Forest, the rolling green fields of horse farms, historic districts and city streets canopied by 100-year-old trees, outstanding golf courses, friendly communities, rivers teeming with fish, and crystal-clear fresh-water springs. Also, the mild subtropical climate makes Marion County a vacation destination year-round. Little wonder that residents spend as much time as possible outdoors.

Equine Activities 

One can't come to Marion County without becoming aware immediately that this is the "Horse Capital of the World." The U.S. Department of Agriculture in early 1999, put its seal of approval on promotions using that label. The USDA's Census of Agriculture shows that Marion leads all U.S. counties in total number of horses and ponies in residence. As the home to nearly 500 farms, breeding and training facilities with over 54 different breeds represented and nearly 29,000 residents employed in the county's Thoroughbred industry alone, it is easy to see why so many equestrians flock to Marion County.


If golf is your game, you won’t leave disappointed. Public, private and semi-private golf courses offer varied terrain from wooded or open, table flat or rolling hills. The City of Ocala operates two excellent public golf courses. From courses designed by the best in the golfing industry to thousands of yards to improve your swing, private and semi-private courses challenge the experienced golfer. Play on the same course that is home to the Ocala Open, and test your skill with the longest Par 5 in Florida – 662 yards! There are a number of golf driving ranges, and even miniature golf is available for the whole family to enjoy.