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Ocala Community Links

 

Amusement Parks

 

Busch Gardens  - Tampa Bay. Open since 1959. Rides, shows, animals and other attractions.

 

Walt Disney World - Orlando, Florida. There's Epcot, Magic Kingdom, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Blizzard Beach and of course, Mickey Mouse.

 

Universal Studios - Orlando, Florida. The number one movie and TV based theme park in the world.

 

Weeki Wachee - The only city of live mermaids! Diving, Canoe and Kayaking, Animal Shows, and River Boat Cruise.

 

Boomers - Boca Raton & Ft. Lauderdale. Family ride park, batting cages, go karts, bumper boats, bowling, game room, laser tag, and miniature golf.

 

Bubba Raceway Park - Okay, so it's not an amusement park, but loads of fun for all you NASCAR fans. Super late model, open wheel modified, hobby stock, mini stock, V-8 Thunderstock, Gladiators, and visiting series.

 

Ship Wreck Island - Panama City Beach, Florida. Water park - The Ocean Motion Wave Pool, White Knuckle River, Tree Top Drop, The Pirate's Plunge Racing Slide, and The Zoom Flume.

 

Dinosaur World - Plant City, Florida. Fossil dig, museum, bone dig, caves, skeleton garden, playground and picnic area.

 

Marineland - St. Augustine, Florida. Marineland's Dolphin Conservation Center offers a wide variety of opportunities for meeting dolphins.

 

Animal Parks

 

Discovery Cove - Orlando, Florida. Swim with the dolphins, freshwater swimming, tropical reef, and Wind-away River.

 

Sea World - Orlando, Florida. Beluga whale interaction program, Sharks Deep Dive, Marine Mammal keeper experience, shows, rides, and special events.

 

Gatorland - Located in Central Florida at the head of the Florida Everglades. A one of a kind, protected habitat for man and beast.

 

Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park - Walk along the boardwalk and view cougars, bear, white-tailed deer, bobcats, otters, and fox.

 

Captain Mike's Swimming with the Manatees - Swim with the manatees in the Crystal River, upwards of 250 manatees.

 

The Gulf Breeze Zoo - Gulf Breeze, Florida.  More than 1200 animals. A petting zoo and a train that winds through more than 30 acres of free-roaming wildlife.

 

St Augustine Alligator Farm - St. Augustine, Florida.  Alligators of course. 23 different species of Crocodiles, exotic birds and mammals, a wading bird rookery, albino alligators, and a komodo dragon exhibit.

 

Butterfly World - Coconut Creek, Florida. A butterfly farm, the country's largest free-flight humming bird aviary.

 

Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens - Naples, Florida. Naples Zoo, fun shows, cruise, and animals all in a historic garden.

 

Monkey Jungle - Miami, Florida.  Where the humans are caged and the monkeys run wild.

 

Arts & Entertainment

 

Performing Arts Conservatory - High caliber training opportunities that develop an artist's passion, poise, and technique in a positive, energetic, value - centered and safe environment. 352-237-5678.

 

Bruno's Self Defense - The place to learn self defense as well as impart the skills for life empowerment. 352-861-5425

 

Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing - Drag racing museum and classic car collection. 877-271-3278

 

Marion Cultural Alliance - Devoted to increasing and supporting cultural activities in Marion County. The primary mission of MCA is its cultural grants program. 352-369-1500

 

Ocala Art Group - Established in 1950,  A not for profit educational corporation with a membership open to all who share an interest in developing and promoting fine art.

 

The Grand Oaks Resort & Museum - Home of the Florida Carriage Museum, Weirsdale, Florida. Over 400 acres of beauty. Re-live history as you experience one of the finest collections of carriages in the world.  Take a carriage ride through tall oaks, gardens and an exotic Japanese Koi pond. 352-750-5500

 

The Appleton Museum of Central Florida Comunity College - Exhibitions and Art Shows. Permanent collections, in addition to a special exhibition gallery.  352-291-4455

 

Ocala Civic Theatre - The Ocala Civic Theatre produces more than 12 fully staged productions each season, in addition to hosting touring companies.  Live productions at a reasonable price.  Season tickets available.  352-236-2274

 

Ocala Symphony Orchestra - The orchestra averages a dozen concerts throughout the year in front of nearly ten thousand area citizens.

 

Florida Fishing

 

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission - Information about the types of licenses and permits you'll need to hunt or fish in Florida - including prices and where to buy them.

 

Sea Spirit Fishing - Daytona Beach, Florida.  The Sea Spirit crew offers the finest deep sea fishing experience for the novice or avid angler alike. 50 years of combined fishing experience.

 

Florida Deep Sea Fishing Charters - Venice, Florida.  Florida deep sea fishing on the charter boat Legacy on the Gulf of Mexico for grouper and snapper almost any time of year. Other offshore fish such as kingfish, cobia, tuna, amberjack, Spanish mackerel, dolphin, shark, barracuda, tarpon, permit, mahi and other giant red fish are seasonal.

 

Hubbards Marina - Madeira Beach, Florida - Historic fishing village and boardwalk at John's Pass.  Fishing, deep sea fishing, tours sightseeing cruises, and restaurants.

 

Boatless Fishing - Dedicated to helping shorebound anglers. Find a pier near you. Forums, fishing report alerts, chat, tournament listings, and recommended bait and tackle shops.

 

Pier Fishing Guide - Fishing forum, photo gallery, rigs, knots, reel reviews, tides and fishing piers. Its all about fishing.

 

Florida Fishing Forecast - Weather.com fishing forecast. Find weather information, best time to fish, moon phase, and information on how weather affects fish activity.

 

Florida Gardens

 

Busch Gardens - Located in Tampa Bay. Open since 1959. Rides, shows, animals and other attractions.
 

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden - Coral Gables, Florida. A carefully orchestrated blend of art and science. Horticultural displays and the classic landscape. An outstanding collection of taxonomically arranged and well documented tropical plants, emphasizing palms, cycads, flowering trees, vines and fruit trees.

 

McKee Botanical Garden - Vero Beach, Florida.  This garden is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a historic Florida landmark. McKee Botanical Garden is known for its 18-Acre subtropical jungle hammock, filled with plants appropriate for horticultural growing zone 9B.

 

McGuire Center Butterfly Rainforest - Gainesville, Florida. Come face-to-face with exotic, vibrant butterflies fluttering atop a lush tropical canvas of foliage and flowers as you experience the Butterfly Rainforest. Live butterfly releases on Saturday & Sunday weather permitting. The Florida Museum of Natural History (McGuire Center) is located on the campus of the University of Florida.

 

The Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens - Delray Beach, Florida. Rotating exhibitions in its galleries, tea ceremonies performed monthly in its Seishin-an tea house.

 

The Florida Botanical Gardens - Largo, Florida. Inspires and educates visitors by showcasing flora, fauna and natural resources in motivational surroundings that promote environmentally friendly techniques.

 

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens - Jacksonville, Florida. Escape to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens for the only walking safari in Northeast Florida. Discover the earth's wildlife through interactive and educational experiences.

 

Central Florida Zoo and Gardens - Enter the enchanted, tropical world of the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens. A relaxing, entertaining, and educational experience for the entire family.

 

Ocala Golf

 

Country Club of Ocala - 18-hole championship course will challenge every level of golfer. Since opening in 1994, the Country Club of Ocala has hosted numerous USGA, regional PGA and Florida State Golf Association events.

 

Ocala Palms Golf & Country Club - A beautiful, master planned gated community. Magnificent Oaks, sparkling ponds, breathtaking waterfalls, pearly, white sand bunkers and unpredictable retention areas offer refuge to golf balls that stray from the immaculately groomed fairways and greens. 18-hole.

 

Candler Hills Golf Club - Offers an expertly manicured golf course, shot-making long and short game practice area, PGA and LPGA professionals on staff, and regularly scheduled special golf and social events. Designed by renowned golf course architect Gordan Lewis. Five sets of tees ranging in length from 4877 to 7333 yards.

 

Rolling Greens - 18-hole executive course, Pro Shop, and Putters Cafe.

 

Huntington Golf Club - This championship golf course is the ultra smooth 328 Bermuda greens. The tree lined fairways and multiple elevation changes create the perfect venue for golf.

 

Ocala National Golf Club - Surrounded by the natural beauty of majestic oaks and towering pines, Golden Hills Golf & Turf Club is set among rolling hills and thoroughbred horse farms. An 18-hole championship golf course redesigned by famed Rees Jones.

 

Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club - Championship golf on a Ron Garl designed course with 8 tribute holes, practice facility, and driving range.

 

 

Ocala Horses

 

"The Horse Capital of the World"

 

Equestrian Springs - Ocala's newest gated horse community. Located in Ocala's horse country, Equestrian Springs provides a beautiful natural setting for your home surrounded by trees and pastures.
 
Golden Ocala Equestrian Club & Equine Homes - Gated Community. Ideally situated in the heart of Central Florida horse country. This stunning community will include meandering bridle trails that weave their way through the rolling hills and mighty oaks of the property culminating in a state of the art Equestrian Center.
 
Ocala Stud Farm - Ocala Stud has bred and sold one "Horse of the Year," four Divisional Champions, 26 winners of at least $200,000 and over 90 stakes winners.
 
Horse Country Carriage Company and Tours - Ocala Horse Farm Tours & Horse - Drawn Trolley Service.  Take a horse-drawn trolley or carriage ride through some of Marion County's finest horse farms. Don't forget your camera.
 
Arabhorse - The Arabian Horse Network was created to meet the changing advertising needs of Arabian horse owners, exhibitors, breeders, trainers, and horse enthusiasts.
 
Ocala Breeder Sales - Ocala, Florida in Marion County is home to thousands of national and world championships in nearly every equine event and breed imaginable. More than 200 farms and training centers are devoted to breeding, training, and showing of these horses.
 
The Florida Horse Park - This year round world class facility is fast becoming the centerpiece of Florida's Equestrian lifestyle community.

 

Ocala Hotels & Motels

 

Please check the hotel - motel website for specifics, not all amenities have been listed and are subject to change.

 

Courtyard Marriott - Wireless high speed internet, certified green lodging, breakfast buffet, laundry, business services available, and safe deposit boxes. No pets, smoke-free policy. Service animals allowed.
 
Country Inns & Suites - High speed Internet, indoor pool, fitness center, suites, free breakfast, hair dryers, and coffee makers. Pets allowed. 100% non smoking facility.
 
Hampton Inn Ocala - Swimming pool, fitness center, high speed internet, wireless, wheelchair access, and hot breakfast. No pets allowed.
 
Hilton Ocala - High speed internet access, dual line phones with voicemail and data-ports, climate control, cable television, pay per view, complimentary HBO, coffee maker, iron w/ ironing board, and well-lit work areas. Non-smoking rooms and accessible rooms for travelers with disabilities are also available. Pool, whirlpool and carriage rides. Pet friendly hotel.
 
Fairfield Inn Ocala - Free extended continental breakfast, Smoke free facility, heated pool, free cable TV with HBO, in room hair dryer, iron, and ironing board, coffee maker, complimentary High Speed Internet Access in public areas, and wired rooms.
 
Howard Johnson Inn Ocala - Free high speed internet, Free Rise 'n Dine Breakfast, gym/fitness center, meeting/banquet facilities, pets allowed, pool and restaurant.
 
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites - Pool, sauna, whirlpool,  laundry facilities, same day dry cleaning, business services, convenience store, kids eat free. Service animals allowed. Non smoking rooms available.
 

 

Ocala Information & Government Offices

 

Marion County Property Appraiser - Do property searches, sales searches, and find tax information. There is also a tax estimator.

 

Marion County Property Appraiser Forms - Download the Homestead Exemption Form and other forms. Mailing instructions for the form can also be found here.
 
Ocala Police Department - The Ocala Police Department maintains a Community Policing philosophy with an Intelligence based problem solving component.
 
Ocala City Fire Station - (No website) Non Emergency 352-629-8503
 
Florida Department of Transportation - Drivers licenses, disabled parking permits, handicap permits, disabled toll permits, Sun Pass, vehicle registration, and updates.
 
Poison Control -1-800-222-1222 AAPCC member poison centers maintain a 24-hour Poison Help hotline. It is continuously staffed by pharmacists, physicians, nurses, and poison information providers who are toxicology specialists.
 
Marion County Clerk of Courts - Get passports, tax deed sales, land available for taxes, marriage licenses, and case look up.
 
City of Ocala - City of Ocala website. Find out what's going on around Ocala, public meetings, events & news.
 
Department of Education - The Florida Department of Education Next Generation Strategic Plan Vision is to change the culture of our schools from pre-kindergarten to post secondary by raising the ceiling and raising the floor to better enable our students for success in the 21st century.
 
Department of Health -  Florida's Health Department takes on three main roles: health protection, health promotion, disease prevention, and health treatment.
 
Department of Law Enforcement - Promoting public safety and strengthening domestic security by providing services in partnership with local, state, and federal criminal justice agencies to prevent, investigate, and solve crimes while protecting Florida's citizens and visitors.
 
Florida Medical License Search - This site allows an easy search for health care provider information. It is good practice to check the license of your health care provider.
 
Florida Smart - Great Florida resource. Get facts, data, demographics, history, churches and reconnect with friends.
 
The Florida Senate - Statutes, Constitution and Laws of Florida.  Find out how an idea becomes a law. Find out who your legislators are.
 
My Florida - The official portal of the state of Florida. Government headlines, government services, licensee search, and hot topics.
 
Chamber of Commerce - This site provides valuable information for our members, visitors, and those interested in relocating to the heart of Florida.
 
Ocala Community Credit Union - Not for profit, member owned financial cooperative established in 1953 as Ocala City Employees Credit Union to serve Ocala City employees and their families.
 
 
Local Ocala Hospitals

 

Ocala Regional Medical Hospital - Ocala Regional Medical Center is a 200-bed facility located in the heart of Ocala. It is a full service hospital that offers a host of medical services.
 
Munroe Regional Medical Center - At Munroe Regional Medical Center, our job is to provide you with the best medical care available and to identify the most appropriate setting and level of care for you.
 
Kindred Hospital Ocala - Kindred Hospital Ocala is a Medicare-certified acute care hospital that specializes in the care of medically complex, long-term patients. Our hospital and laboratory are fully accredited by The Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO).
 
West Marion Community Hospital - West Marion Community Hospital is Marion County's newest hosptial. Built in 2002, the hospital is a 70-bed facility located in the rapidly growing southwestern part of Marion County.
 
The Vines Hospital - The Vines Hospital is a Comprehensive Behavioral Health Facility located in beautiful Ocala, Florida. We provide 24-hour 7 day a week services for those dealing with psychiatric and/or substance abuse issues.
 
North Florida Veterans Health System -  Primary Care - Main Clinic. The Ocala OBOC provides a broad range of general and specialized medical, psychiatric, nursing, and ancillary services.
 

 

Ocala News, Weather & Magazines

Ocala Local 6 News - Local channel 6 news. WKMG. News, weather, entertainment, sports and events.

 

Ocala Local 9 News - Local channel 9 WFTV.  Orlando news, sports, weather, & traffic.

 

Ocala Local 2 News - Local channel 2 news. WESH. Local & State news, politics, health, weird news, and sports.

 

Ocala Star Banner -  Ocala's local newspaper. You can have it delivered or view it online.

 

Ocala Magazine - The ultimate in gracious Central Florida Living.

 

Ocala Style Magazine - Some features include: Ocala Style, Lake & Sumter Style, Ocala Style Health, Home & Garden and Ocala Social Event Photos.

 

OcalaPride Magazine - OcalaPride Magazine is offered as a free public service to the people of Ocala, Marion County, Florida.

 

Ocala Restaurants, Shopping & Movies

 

Paddock Mall - Take a break from your hectic day and escape to the newly renovated Paddock Mall. Anchored by department store favorites - Belk, JCPenney, Macy's and Sears.

 

Regal Hollywood 16 - Movie Theatres. Visit the website for what's showing & times. Enjoy a movie, have some popcorn and Ju Ju Bees. Located near Paddock Mall. 

 

Ocala Center 6 - Movie Theatres. Located on Silver Springs Blvd. Enjoy the show.

 

Ocala Utilities & Transportation

 

Duke Energy - Duke Energy serves two fast-growing areas of the country, and the company is pursuing a balanced strategy for a secure energy future.

 

Clay Electric - Clay Electric Cooperative is an incorporated, member-owned, non-profit electric power supplier.

 

Seco Energy - Sumter Electric, more commonly known as SECO Energy, was founded in 1938. It is one of the largest electric distribution cooperatives in the nation, serving homes and businesses in seven counties of Central Florida.

 

Cox Communications - Digital cable, internet and phone. Cox makes everything easier to enjoy.

 

Spectrum - Ranked highest in customer satisfaction. Digital internet, cable & phone.

 

Xfinity Ocala Florida - High speed internet, digital television & phone. Xfinity Ocala Florida provides superior service when it comes to digital cable TV programming.

 

CenturyLink - CenturyLink is dedicated to providing customers with practical, innovative products and competitive pricing.

 

Ocala Water & Sewer - The Water & Sewer Department is dedicated to providing the highest quality and most economical service possible, and doing it in a way that protects our natural resources.

 

Teco Peoples Gas - Unbeatable service. That's what you'll get with Peoples Gas. Trust that your natural gas will be delivered when you need it.

 

Waste Management - Residential waste collection with more than 25 million satisfied residential customers. Waste Management is number one in providing courteous and dependable curbside collection and recycling services to homes all across the United States.

 

Sun Tran - Local bus transportation. Riding a SunTran bus is easy. A SunTran system map can give you the information you need to get started.

 

Greyhound Lines Inc. - The largest provider of intercity bus transportation, serving more than 2,300 destinations with 13,000 daily departures across North America.

 

Amtrak - Here you'll find information to help you research your trip, find the best fare, book your tickets and get the most out of your Amtrak experience.

 

Daytona Beach International Airport -  General airport information, airlines, passenger travel info, and flight information.

 

Gainesville Regional Airport - Real time flight tracking, traveler information, and general aviation.

 

Ocala International Airport - Jim Taylor Field. Engineering airport - general aviation facility, tiedown and T-hangar clientele.

 

Recycling Centers - Locations and maps. All eighteen recycling centers are located throughout the county. These centers are fenced, lighted and staffed.

 



Need to set up utilities for your new Ocala home, or looking for Ocala government offices such as DMV, Property Tax Office or maybe you need a homestead exemption form. This is the place to start looking. If you don't see what you are looking for, let me know, I will try to help.


I hope you find these links helpful in finding things in and around the Ocala Community. In addition to Disney World being close by there are many other great amusement parks, museums, gardens and things to do.