Destination guide

Southern charm in laid-back Ocala

Offering serene streets shaded by tall oaks and Spanish moss, old Gothic Victorian architecture, and one of the largest artesian springs in the world, Ocala is more than just America’s horse capital; it’s a great spot for a relaxing getaway. If you’re looking to book an Ocala vacation rental, you’ll discover a laid-back town with all the charms of the old South, as well as the opportunity to hop on a glass-bottom boat, stroll a charming historic district, or get your pulse racing with a zipline tour of a limestone canyon.

Things to do

Must-see spots in charming Ocala

The Ocala Historic District is a quaint neighborhood packed with old-world examples of Southern architecture, and if you can’t get enough of wrap-around porches, turrets, and manicured lawns, this is a must-visit spot. To be close to the action, book an Ocala vacation rental downtown, where you can catch a film at the 1940s Marion Theater, see a live concert in the square, or amble around the laid-back bars. Sports fans will enjoy putting the pedal to the metal at the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing, while a glass-bottom boat tour at expansive Silver Springs is a pleasant way to spend a morning.


Easy like Sunday morning: a day in Ocala

Ocala’s sultry atmosphere and classic Floridian vibe is an invitation to kick back, relax, and enjoy picture-perfect days, but there’s also plenty to do for the active visitor. This is the crown jewel of horse country, after all, and to catch up with the best of Ocala, take in some show jumping or sign up for a horse-riding tour. The Canyons zipline provides a unique way to see some of the area’s lush backcountry, while foodies can head to one of Ocala’s restaurants for a taste of wagyu beef—raised locally in Marion county.


One season fits all: weather in Ocala

Ocala is blessed with warm weather year-round, and even the coldest months—typically December through February—see average daily highs in the 70s. These months draw the most visitors, as the winter also welcomes the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit, a popular equestrian event. Ocala has a rainy season which runs from late May, when high temperatures typically top out in the low 90s, to mid-October, when the dry season arrives. An Ocala vacation rental is likely to have air-conditioning, so the town is a pleasure to visit year-round.

Natural features

Getting wild in colorful Ocala

With its well-groomed lawns and quaint historic district, Ocala looks the part of the gracious Southern town, but it has a wild side. Sholom Park provides a great glimpse of the area’s verdant flora and native fauna, while a kayak journey down Silver Springs River brings you face to face with tropical birds and alligators. The Florida Trail cuts through the picture-perfect wilderness of the Ocala National Forest, where visitors will discover over 600 natural ponds and lakes, as well as Kerr City, a historic ghost town.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Ocala

Fly into Ocala, FL (OCF-Ocala Intl.), the closest airport, located 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to Leesburg, FL (LEE-Leesburg Intl.), which is 32.3 mi (52 km) away.

Where to stay around Ocala?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 170 vacation rentals near Ocala. From 104 Houses to 25 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Ocala for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Ocala?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Ocala:

  • Lake Sumter Landing: 302 vacation rentals
  • Santo Domingo: 44 vacation rentals
  • Duval: 373 vacation rentals
  • Dunedin: 57 vacation rentals
  • Lynnhaven: 40 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Ocala?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Ocala. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Silver Springs State Park: 310 vacation rentals
  • Stone Creek Golf Club: 327 vacation rentals
  • Ocala Equestrian Complex: 228 vacation rentals
  • Ocala Civic Theater: 258 vacation rentals
  • Ocala Regional Medical Center: 320 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Ocala listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Ocala?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 104 Houses in Ocala. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Ocala include:

  • Cabins: 25 rentals available
  • Cottages: 25 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 25 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Ocala?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 41 vacation rentals with pool available in Ocala. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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