3 Reasons Floridians Should Visit Marion County

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Ocala/Marion County VCB for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

The kids are out of school and summer has finally reached full swing. If you are like me, you have a little voice in the back of your mind telling you not to let the summer get away from you. How many years have you turned around and suddenly it is early August and you ask yourself, “Where did the summer go? There were so many things we wanted to do this summer. What happened?”

As quick as it came, the summer is gone.

Sure, there are big trips that you and your family love to take. These vacations take a fair amount of time and money to execute and they are worth it. But we always forget about the small, mini-vacations, that are so much easier to plan and afford. These trips can provide great memories for you and your family at a much smaller cost than you probably realize.

Living in Florida, my family is lucky to have many options for weekend staycations. If you are looking for something outside of the usual tourist spots Ocala/Marion County is filled with activities for the whole family to make some warm summer memories.

3 Reasons Floridians Should Visit Marion County


Ocala/Marion County is in Central Florida. This makes it easy to get to from just about anywhere. It is only an hour to two hours from Orlando depending on where you go.


There are a TON of fun things to do here with a wide enough range to keep everyone in your family happy. Ocala/Marion County is known for its outdoor activities. It is considered the horse capital of the world so there are many great trail rides on horseback. Golf? I found more that 30(!) golf courses and tons of other Ocala/Marion County Activities for the family available including shopping, dining, outdoor activities and arts.

There are also many wonderful lodging options for any scenario you are looking for. Whether you and your spouse want a romantic bed and breakfast, your whole family wants to rent a cabin or you need something that accommodates your pets there are tons Ocala/Marion County Lodging ideas to help plan your trip.

Horse Farm Tours


Not only is Ocala/Marion County just a car ride away, there are countless outdoor adventures that don’t cost an arm and a leg. From state parks like Silver Springs that charge only $8 per carload for entrance into the park, there are numerous ways to spend the day with your family for very little money. 

Speaking of Silver Springs State Park, it is must see for Florida families. This beautiful park has been a key part of the Florida landscape for centuries — I used to go with my grandparents. It features one of the largest artesian springs ever discovered and is known for crystal clear water. You can take a ride on glass bottom boat to see all of the underwater wildlife in its natural habitat. There are eco-tourism activities that will educate and entertain the whole family.

Don’t let the summer get away from you. Get online right now and start planning your Florida Travel    trip to Ocala/Marion County.

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