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Ocala

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Ocala is a city located in Northern Florida. As of the 2013 census, its population, estimated by the United States Census Bureau, was 57,468, making it the 45th most populated city in Florida.It is the seat of Marion County and the principal city of the Ocala, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area, which had an estimated 2013 population of 337,362.HistoryArcheological investigation has revealed that the area was inhabited by varying cultures of indigenous peoples from as early as 6500 B.C., and there were two lengthy periods of occupation. The second lasted through 500 A.D. In early historic times, the Timucua inhabited the area.Ocala is located near what is thought to have been the site of Ocale or Ocali, a major Timucua village and chiefdom recorded in the 16th century. The modern city takes its name from the historical village, the name of which is believed to mean "Big Hammock" in the Timucua language. The Spaniard Hernando de Soto's expedition recorded Ocale in 1539 during his exploration through what is today the southeastern United States. Ocale is not mentioned in later Spanish accounts; it appears to have been abandoned in the wake of de Soto's attack.In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, Creek people and other Native Americans, and free and fugitive African Americans sought refuge in Florida. The Seminole people formed. After foreign colonial rule shifted between Spain and Great Britain and back again, in 1821 the United States acquired the territory of Florida. After warfare to the north, in 1827 the U.S. Army built Fort King near the present site of Ocala as a buffer between the Seminole, who had long occupied the area, and white settlers moving into the region. The fort was an important base during the Second Seminole War and later served in 1844 as the first courthouse for Marion County.
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Hidden gems in Ocala

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Ranch
Gypsy Gold Horse Farm
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Garden
Sholom Park
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Ranch
Farm Tours of Ocala
4.8
Duration: 3 hours
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Specialty Museum
Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Ocala

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Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling Crystal River
4.7
Duration: 4 hours
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Historic Site
Stetson Mansion DeLand
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Landmark
St. George Street St. Augustine
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Distillery
St. Augustine Distillery St. Augustine
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min

Popular things to do in Ocala

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Art Museum
Appleton Museum of Art
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Landmark
Adena Club
4.9
Duration: 4 hours
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Bridge
Landbridge Trailhead
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Golf Course
Country Club Of Ocala
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Golf in Ocala

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Golf Course
Baseline Golf Course
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Golf Course
Ocala National Golf Club
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
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Golf Course
Stone Creek Golf Club
4.0
Duration: 2 hours
Golf Course
Golden Ocala Golf Course
3.8
Duration: 2 hours

Trails in Ocala

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Biking Trail
Baseline Road Trailhead
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Biking Trail
Santos - Belleview Trail
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Equestrian Trail
Young's Paso Fino Ranch
3.6
Duration: 2 hours

Nature in Ocala

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National Park
Alexander Springs Wilderness
4.2
Duration: 8 hours
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Cave
Paradise Springs
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
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Water Body
Juniper Springs
4.2
Duration: 2h 30 min

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