6 days in Ocala & Rockford Itinerary

6 days in Ocala & Rockford Itinerary

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6 days in Ocala & Rockford Itinerary

Start: Chicago
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  8​h 15​min
1
Ocala
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
2
Rockford
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
End: Chicago

3
nights
Ocala

Ocala ©
Ocala is a city located in Northern Florida. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ocala: Stetson Mansion (in DeLand), Old Homosassa Veteran's Memorial (in Homosassa) and Crystal River (Stand-Up Paddleboarding & Scuba & Snorkeling). There's lots more to do: get a taste of life in the country at Gypsy Gold Horse Farm, admire the natural beauty at Sholom Park, examine the collection at Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing, and snap pictures at Landbridge Trailhead.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Ocala journey app .

Chicago to Ocala is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, train, and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Ocala. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in November: highs in Ocala hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rockford.

Things to do in Ocala

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Crystal River, Old Homosassa Veteran's Memorial, Stetson Mansion
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Stetson Mansion ©
Stetson Mansion
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Gypsy Gold Horse Farm ©
Gypsy Gold Horse Farm

2
nights
Rockford

Rockford ©
Rockford is the third largest city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): explore the engaging exhibits at Discovery Center Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Severson Dells Nature Center, then admire the natural beauty at Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Anderson Japanese Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, then see the interesting displays at Camp Grant Museum, and then stroll around Sinnissippi Park.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rockford online road trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ocala to Rockford. Traveling from Ocala to Rockford, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Ocala in November, with highs in Rockford at 48°F and lows at 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rockford

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
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Anderson Japanese Gardens ©
Anderson Japanese Gardens
Discovery Center Museum ©
Discovery Center Museum
Severson Dells Nature Center ©
Severson Dells Nature Center

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