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You’ve seen me write about Ocala/Marion County in the past, because of its authentic Florida charm.   It has everything from trail rides on horseback, great dining and shopping to golf, and countless outdoor activities. 

Ocala/Marion County Activities offer a ton of crystal clear springs with swimming holes for everyone to cool off in (Alexander Springs, Juniper Springs, Salt Springs … just to name a few), and during the winter it’s no different. It’s like being in a summer camp movie!  You can snorkel, canoe, kayak, fish and boat in the various lakes and rivers  in the county, too (and stay for a campout).  Or, you can stay in one of the rustic cabins, bed & breakfasts, top hotels or vacation rentals in the area. Ocala/Marion County Lodging has so many options. 


A close up of a pond with a dock.

Outdoor fun does not stop in the winter months, if anything the weather is even more perfect!

Great Things to do as a Family

You can take a tram tour of the longleaf pine forest that teaches the kids about land management practices and how we care for our natural resources.  Plus, you might see white-tailed deer, Gopher Tortoise, Sherman’s fox squirrel, or wild turkey.  

Afterward, be sure to stay up so you and your family can enjoy Florida nights, maybe even make s’mores together. 
A Christmas scene with a crowd of people waiting for Santa.

You can also find great Famer’s Markets in Ocala/Marion like Farmstead Weekend – this is a Farmers’ Market held every Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Crones’ Cradle Conserve.    I love that you can tour a working herb & vegetable garden.  They have freshly picked vegetables, jellies, honey, jam, pickles & more… right from the farm.
A statue of a horse that is standing in front of a fence with Christmas lights in the background.

All in all, you’ll find so much to do with Florida Travel It’s a great way to escape the cold and enjoy Florida in the winter. I promise you will love it! 
🙂 A line of trees at the water\'s edge.

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I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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