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Close to one of the largest National Forest sites in the USA, Ocala is popular with those who want to enjoy breathtaking hikes, taking in unique water features, and even snorkeling in its warm, clear lakes. The city itself is small and friendly with a historic downtown area that has been kept well preserved, and a rich calendar of community events happening throughout the year.

Things to see

The Paddock Mall has dozens of stores set in bright, contemporary settings, and you'll find several large department stores, smaller boutiques, gift shops, and kiosks. There's also a food court if you need a break from your hard day of shopping, and nail bars where you can enjoy a relaxing manicure. If you want to pick up a bargain then the busy I-75 Super Flea Market has a wide range of products, from fresh produce to electronics, second hand books to clothing, and everything in-between. Along the way you'll also find plenty of food vans and coffee stalls to keep you refreshed while you browse the dozens of stalls. The market is set on the site of the Ocala Grand Prix; a go-kart racetrack where you can rent a kart and enjoy a ride around the twists and turns of the track, have your own kart serviced, or even enter one of the thrilling competitions that are held here. Those who love the great outdoors often visit the Ocala National Forest which has clear lake waters that are warm and inviting for most of the year, and you can wander through the shady trails to find waterfalls, springs, and other natural delights.

Hotels in Ocala

There are several cheap hotels in Ocala meaning it's easy to find a room to suit your budget. Many of them are part of major chains, and offer rooms and suites with amenities such as coffee makers, microwaves, complimentary toiletries, video game consoles, cable television, free WiFi, and air conditioning. These modern hotels also offer plenty of general facilities for both leisure and business travelers, and these can include free continental breakfasts, outdoor swimming pools, fitness facilities, spa tubs, conference rooms, and laundry facilities. You can also enjoy high levels of service, with many hotels offering 24 hour front desks for your convenience, and daily housekeeping to keep your room fresh.

Where to stay

At the heart of Ocala is the historic downtown square, and here you'll find the city's gazebo which is often the centerpiece of community events. Surrounding the square are several different shops, cafés, and cozy restaurants all housed in colorful, historic buildings that give Ocala its small town charm. It's also the cultural center of the city, and you'll find several art galleries showing work from both local and national artists. Downtown is also home to regular live music events and outdoor festivals, including plenty of free shows.

How to get to Ocala

Gainesville Regional Airport is about 40 miles north of Ocala, and there are flights arriving here from major hubs across the USA, including regular arrivals from Miami. Another option is to arrive at the large Orlando International Airport which has services across the world, and is a popular arrival point for tourists less than 90 minutes from Ocala. Both airports have car rental desks, as well as taxis and private shuttles that can be booked in advance. Greyhound and the local SunTran bus service have regular services to and from Orlando airport, with the stop located in the old Ocala Union Station.

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