Ocala is a great, family-friendly area with plenty of space for the country-living feel while developing itself into a metropolitan community. Ocala is known as the “Horse Capital of the World,” and many thoroughbreds in North America are brought to Ocala to learn how to become racehorses. Some have even been featured in prominent horse races like the Kentucky Derby. The serene beauty of the area has attracted the creative community and has been a locale featured in movies and acts that amuse painters and sculptors alike. Art enthusiasts can take in multiple exhibits at the Appleton Museum of Art, including European, American, Asian, African, contemporary and pre-Columbian art.
Ocala features a lot of natural spaces for those who want to get back to nature, with places like Silver Springs State Park, home to the largest natural Spring in the United States and the famous glass-bottom boat tours. The Marlone Harris Carr Cross-Florida Greenway, which runs through Ocala, connects the Gulf of Mexico to the St. Johns River with its miles of walking and horse trails and various biking paths. It is a favorite of many residents and visitors to the area. The Ocala Historic District boasts many Victorian-era homes, along with an active food and nightlife scene.