Situated north of Orlando, Ocala is the epicenter of Florida’s equestrian industry, but also a prime destination for fresh outdoor adventure and fun for those seeking a respite from the ordinary – like paddling down a scenic river, dipping into a crystal clear spring, or traipsing through a pine forest.
Located in Marion County, Ocala is home to more than 70,000 acres of horse farms set amidst sprawling oak trees and rolling green pastureland. But is also a prime eco-friendly destination with a cornucopia of choices awaiting the outdoorsy traveler.
To find some of the best places in the state to experience real, natural Florida kick off your journey by visiting a famous old roadside attraction, now a state park.
Silver Springs, Florida’s first tourist attraction began drawing visitors from up north in the 1870’s with its bubbly artesian springs that feed into the Silver River. Moss-covered oaks and cypress trees frame aquamarine springs in this beautiful “old Florida” setting that became the filming location for Hollywood productions including Tarzan, Creature of the Black Lagoon and the TV series Sea Hunt.