Dubbed the horse capital of the world, Ocala and its surrounding areas have a vast equine industry that includes ranching, thoroughbred breeding, and training and equestrian events. Opportunities to enjoy the outdoors abound in and around Ocala. The nearby Ocala National Forest, which covers more than 600 square miles, is great for day trips, camping and water-related activities such as boating, fishing and swimming. There also are trails for horseback riding, mountain biking and off-roading. Also located close to Ocala is Silver Springs State Park, which is home to the world's largest artesian spring and the Wild Waters waterslide park. The avid golfer will be happy to know that there are more than 20 local courses in the city. In addition to outdoor recreation, Ocala offers plenty of opportunities to shop and dine.

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Ocala, Florida, is an All-America City Award winner that is home to more than 57,000 people. This beautiful city offers homebuyers an ample inventory of single-family homes, condos and townhouses at prices far below the national average. Ocala boasts attractive tree-lined streets and an abundance of charming architecture reminiscent of the Old South. Sitting between Gainesville to the north and Orlando to the south, and less than two hours from Daytona Beach, Ocala provides the perfect home base from which to explore all that northern Florida has to offer.

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