The Essential
Centered in the rolling green countryside of Marion County, Ocala is synonymous with horses. The "Lexington of the South," as it has been dubbed, contains some 200 farms for Arabians, Clydesdales, thoroughbreds and quarter horses, and ranks high in the world of breeding and training horses. Each February the city hosts a raft of hunting and jumping competitions.

Must see

Michelin's recommendations for Ocala

Appleton Museum of Art
Appleton Museum of Art
An axial sculpture fountain adds drama
Silver Springs River
Silver Springs River
On the site of Silver Springs State Park