With more than 70,000 acres of thoroughbred
breeding and training farms, the Ocala area has
long been known as a horse country haven.
Indeed, whether you love the thrill of competition
or just enjoy a leisurely ride via horseback, this
Marion County city situated between Gainesville
and Orlando is a true equestrian escape and a
place world champions have called home for decades. In the last few years, thousands of retirees
and new families have moved into this thriving
metropolitan area, driven by a number of factors:
affordability, convenience, and the unique combination of peaceful country-like living packaged
with a sophisticated and vibrant medium-sized city
just minutes away. But nature always calls in Ocala,
and a relaxing escape is the massive Ocala National Forest for hiking or just a leisurely picnic outing
with the family.
Ocala and Orlando
Put Ocala and Orlando in the same sentence and two things probably come to mind about these Central
Florida locations: horses and theme parks. To be sure,
these two growing metropolitan areas certainly have their
fair share of equestrian and entertainment elements.
Ocala is known for being one of the world’s leading
destinations for equestrian enthusiasts and home
to renowned thoroughbred breeders and trainers.
Meanwhile, tens of millions annually take a trip to
Orlando, drawn by the plethora of family-oriented
entertainment led by the likes of Mickey Mouse, Harry
Potter, Shamu, and so much more.
;ough separated by no less than 80 miles via I- 75
and the Florida Turnpike, these two locations are actually
worlds apart in character and feel. Ocala, of course,
gallops along at a nice leisurely pace, with numerous
active-adult communities enjoying the peaceful rolling
hills of horse country. Orlando, on the other hand, is
becoming one of the country’s most dynamic and fastest-
growing cities with a North American record of 66
million visitors in 2015, and a place drawing newcomers
of all ages throughout its neighboring towns.
Basically, fun and the good life have no age limit in
Central Florida. Indeed, if Central Florida is truly the
heart of Florida, the stretch from Ocala to Orlando is the
lifeblood of this ageless good life.
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Relaxing Spot on the Silver River - Ocala, FL
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