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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.