This is just a small sample what Ocala and its surrounding areas have to offer! You can also follow the link to the Ocala/Marion Visitors Bureau website for a very comprehensive list of things to do while you explore the area!
Just east of Ocala, Silver Springs is one of the world’s largest artesian springs, gushing up to 550 million gallons of clear water to form the Silver River, a 4½-mile shorty that feeds the Ocklawaha River and eventually the St. Johns. Glass-bottom boats were invented and launched here in the 1870s, and in the 1920s a pair of developers created what became the theme park — and what many call Florida’s first tourist attraction. Animal exhibits, rides and a water park joined the glass-bottom boats, from which visitors still eye fish and fossils beneath the surface, and turtles, alligators and myriad birds above it.
Drop your tube in the crystal-clear waters of the Rainbow River and the first thing you'll notice is that it's an even spring-fed 72 degrees year-round. Plan your visit for the fall, when the air's a little cooler, and you'll have the river mostly to yourself — yourself, that is, and the birds, gators and other wildlife that call it home. The Rainbow is one of the largest springs in the state
Nearby you can visit Disney World! The Magic Kingdom where you can explore lands of endless enchainment. The Epcot, take flight above breathtaking landmarks on Soarin' Around The World. Disney's Hollywood Studios, to join a secret mission against the First Order on Star Wars: Rise Of The Resistance. Or Disney's Animal Kingdom, delve into the magic of nature and the awe inspiring land of Pandora - The World Of Avatar!
The theme parks and water parks are endless!!
The Butterfly Rainforest is a can’t-miss living exhibit that features hundreds of free-flying butterflies and birds from around the world along with an assortment of other animals including turtles and fish to experience firsthand. The lush landscape is planted in tropical trees and colorful flowering plants amid waterfalls and a walking path. Skilled interpretive staff are available to help answer questions and provide visitors with a personal and highly engaging experience.
Opened in 1987, the Appleton is located in Central Florida and is home to an extraordinary permanent collection of over 18,000 objects, plus an outdoor sculpture walk and garden, and a wide variety of temporary exhibitions and special events throughout the year.
Nationally acclaimed, award winning zip lining through the canyons of central Florida. Experience an All-In-One Adventure with this Big Cliff Canyon Zip Line Adventure Tour including 9 Zip Lines, 2 sky bridges and a rappel. This is the only tour that takes you through Big Cliff Canyon. The longest zip on this tour will have you soaring 1,100 feet across Gator Lake. You'll zip through the forest, between cliffs and through both the Big Cliff Canyon and Sky High Canyons! Cliffs, lakes, canyons and forest combine to make this property one of Florida's finest hidden gems.