3 PLACES WITHIN
As you approach the rural central Florida city of Ocala, it’s easy to see why this is known as the “Horse Capital of the World.”
For miles, brown and white board fences enclose squares of green pastures. Well-built barns abound. And the sleek, muscular animals themselves graze in fields against a blue horizon backdrop. Marion County is home to more than 600 Thoroughbred farms and is one of a handful of Thoroughbred centers in the world.
Ocala and the region's freshwater streams, rolling hills and clean air remain unspoiled and have been used for Hollywood movies. Nearby Ocala is Silver Springs, a national landmark and nature theme park on 350 acres.
After exploring those underwater wonders, the intrepid are invited to zip 150 feet above phosphate canyons.
For more information, visit Explore Ocala.
Daytona Beach is the ideal destination for friends, families and race fans looking for modern resorts, thrilling amusement rides, breathtaking beaches and one of the most famous race tracks in America.
The eponymous Speedway, a shrine of stock-car racing and the home of Speedweeks and the annual Daytona 500, is a must-see experience. No less significant is the city island ballpark where Jackie Robinson first integrated professional baseball in 1946. The ballpark now bears Jackie’s name and a museum is a memorable tour.
Daytona is the ultimate Florida oceanside park, like a fairground on the beach. One of the few Florida beaches that allows vehicular traffic, it radiates a party atmosphere on its broad, hard-packed sands.
The casual tempo of High Springs, the north central Florida town of 3,600, entices travelers.
Located about 20 miles northwest of Gainesville, High Springs tempts visitors with diverse and unique offerings of art, antiques and outdoor adventures that make it a refreshing getaway.
Surrounded by natural attractions, the town attracts canoeists, cave divers, and campers heading to the nearby Santa Fe River. Yes, High Springs is a place for snorkeling, diving, tubing or swimming in freshwater springs that flow at a steady 72 degrees all year long.