Find Apartments for Rent in Ocala, FL
Ocala may be a smaller community, but there's still something for everyone. There's always plenty to explore in the great outdoors, and if you ever get bored with what Ocala has to offer, Gainesville, Orlando, and Tampa are all just a short drive away. In fact, one of the biggest benefits to living in Ocala is that there are wide open roads with few congestion points, so you aren't just limited to your own neighborhood. Of course, that doesn't mean that there aren't plenty of great neighborhoods that you wouldn't want to come home to.
Top Neighborhoods in Ocala, FL
Ocala is small enough that it doesn't have as many formally named neighborhood as bigger cities do, but there are still a few areas of interest. Downtown Ocala is located east of Interstate 75 and stretches out to US 301, and it's the place to be if you want to be close to Ocala's shopping and business areas. Outdoors lovers should either look west towards the horse farm areas or east towards Silver Springs and the nearby Ocala National Forest.
Cultural Attractions in Ocala, FL
If you find yourself calling Ocala boring, you're probably doing it wrong. While it's true that it doesn't have the in your face, instant entertainment of a big city, there is still plenty to see and do in and around Ocala. Silver Springs State Park is one of Florida's most famous attractions after Walt Disney World. Its most popular attraction is the glass bottom boats that let visitors see the bottom of the springs and the headwaters of the Silver River. The park also has amusement park rides, a water park, and kayak and canoe rentals.
Nearby, is the Silver River Museum, an educational center that gives children an interactive look at prehistoric life in Florida. Also popular is the Appleton Museum of Art. Operated by the College of Central Florida, the museum has a wide selection of European, American, and Contemporary art and sculptures. To get a look at the city's beginnings, you can head to the Fort King National Historic Landmark and see the site where it was first settled.
Sports in Ocala, FL
Ocala is known for its horses, and they dominate its sports market. Horse races and auctions are held year round, and they're open to the public for little to no cost. Riding on that theme is the Ocala Stampede Soccer Club, a minor league soccer team playing during the summer months at Trinity Catholic High School. If you ever want to catch big league action, driving down to Tampa for NFL, NHL, or MLB games or Orlando for NBA or MLS games won't keep you up too late at night. And of course, you're an even closer drive away from Gainesville and the University of Florida's always dominant teams.
Weather in Ocala, FL
Ocala is hot and humid for most of the year. Some people will love it, and some people will hate it. But what most people will come to enjoy is that there's great weather to enjoy the outdoors almost every day of the year. Even the hottest days will feel cool once you get used to the heat thanks to Florida's breezes. In the winter, there will be a few days that are freezing, but you'll still be in shorts and sandals while your northern friends are buried in the snow. The only thing you really have to worry about is those near daily afternoon thunderstorms during the summer, and they only last a couple of hours. As for those hurricanes you've heard about, Ocala is so far inland that they aren't much more than a nuisance by the time they reach it.
Transportation Options in Ocala, FL
Ocala is primarily a driving city, but there is some bus service in its population centers from the SunTran bus system. However, owning a car is a breeze as there is always ample parking wherever you go. If you want to get away, Ocala International Airport offers a small number of regional flights, or you can head to the larger airports in Tampa and Orlando. The Amtrak railroad provides service to the city in the form of shuttle buses connecting passengers to its routes.View Apartments in Ocala, Florida
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