Attractions

Ocala, FL has long been a hub for classic Floridian attractions, unique local destinations, and exciting outdoor recreation. Booking your hotel rooms at the Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Ocala makes it convenient to see everything our community has to offer.

The Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing is owned by local racing legend Don Garlits. With 17 world championships under his belt, no one knows drag racing, or its history, quite like he does. The Gypsy Gold Farm offers an unforgettable tour of a local prestigious horse farm. This farm has been voted by TripAdvisor as being the #1 local Ocala attraction and should not be missed. Florida Agriculture Center and Horse Park is a massive 500-acre park that regularly hosts large events, horse riding competitions, and fun and exciting community events to enjoy. On-site facility rentals are available as well as golf cart rentals to help you get around.

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Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing

Fans of professional car racing will love a trip to Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing. Since 1984, living racing legend Don Garlits has been educating visitors on the history of drag racing, while his private collection is also featured. Visitors can find over 90 classic cars, some of which have memorabilia from other notable drag racers. Also on-site is the Drag Racing Hall of Fame which has annual inductees. Whether you consider yourself a gear head or just want to try a different type of museum, this is a great stop on your trip.

The Gypsy Gold Horse Farm

The Gypsy Gold Horse Farm is owned by a local husband and wife duo that have perfected their breeding techniques. Here, visitors can see stunning Gypsy Vanner horses up close and personal. Visitors can take a tour of the facilities which includes the history of the culture, a walking tour of the premises, on-site gift shop, and more. Tours typically last for two hours and are offered Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, at 10 am. Be sure to arrive early and wear closed toe shoes.

Florida Agriculture Center and Horse Park

The Florida Agriculture Center and Horse Park is the place to be for thrilling horse riding competitions and unique public events to enjoy. This large 500-acre event space is an outdoor arena specifically designed for horse riding in a variety of styles. Privately owned horses can be ridden as well, with proof of negative Coggins test and a $50 charge per horse. There are no food concessions on site, but there are dining options within the area. Golf cart rentals are available, as well as stadium seating during events.

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Dining

  • Sonny's BBQ 0.2 mi
  • Waffle House 0.4 mi
  • Mi Tierra Latina 0.6 mi
  • Las Margaritas Restaurant
    & Gallery 10.3 mi
  • Southern Pig & Cattle 10.3 mi
  • Carmine's Café 10.6 mi
  • Bonefish Grill 10.6 mi
  • Grace Sushi 10.8 mi
  • Hardwood Smokehouse 11.0 mi
  • Chandler Hills Restaurant 11.7 mi

Shopping

  • Paddock Mall 10.4 mi
  • Shady Oaks Shopping Center 10.7 mi
  • Shops at Foxwood 14.2 mi
  • Marketplace at Ocala Shopping Center 14.9 mi
  • Ocala North Shopping Center 15.7 mi