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Visiting Ocala Florida; can you suggest any activities or clubs

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Jim C, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. Jim C

    Jim C Spector#496:More curves than Sophia + better sound Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Will be in Ocala visiting friends and wanted to see if anyone here had suggestions of things to check out.
    The Don Garlit's museum is at the top of the list although not so sure the GF or her sister will be as enthused.

    Any cool clubs or music stores to check out?
    Other stuff?
  2. capnjim


    Mar 13, 2008
    Drive out a bit to Homosassa. One of the last true spots for native Florida ecology. I brought my family there in January and it was wonderfull! Go swim with a Manatee. Absolutely amazing!!! We spent an entire week exploring rivers and had no desire to seek out the tourist parts of Florida.
    If you are into relaxed non-tourist stuff, check out the Chassahowitzka River. 40 bucks gets you a day on a rowboat in what has to be one of the most beautiful unspoiled parts of the entire planet.
  3. sloasdaylight

    sloasdaylight Banned

    Feb 4, 2009
    Tampa, Florida, US
    Ocala's pretty dreary. If you can make your way down south to Weekiwachi springs you'll have a good time for an afternoon or so.
  4. capnjim


    Mar 13, 2008
  5. ha, Ocala.

    Of interest to you, a not too far away is a town called Cassadega. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cassadaga,_Florida

    Basically a very large spiritualist settlement.
    Even further is Saint Augustine, where I live. The nation's oldest city and the historic downtown area is absolutely beautiful. Right on the water, lots of good stuff to eat, live music playing all the time. But that's a few hours north. You can also consider DeLand and Daytona.

    But I don't have familiarity with the Ocala area itself.
  6. Steve


    Aug 10, 2001
    I'm not sure id it's still there but if it is...The frontier Dance Hall is just about as old Florida redneck as you will find and can be a real good time.

    DO NOT leave any food in your car in the parking lot. The local bears will destroy your car to get at it.

  7. I've lived in Florida 15 years and never saw a bear until I went to Tennessee.
  8. Rockin Mike

    Rockin Mike

    May 27, 2011
    Silver Springs theme park is just outside the Ocala National Forest.

    Rides, nature, and concerts:
    Easton Corbin February 23, 2013
    Joan Jett April 13, 2013
    Joe Diffie March 2, 2013
    Night Ranger May 25, 2013
    Sammy Kershaw March 2, 2013
    Kansas May 25, 2013
    Creedence Clearwater Revisited March 9, 2013
    Josh Turner June 15, 2013
    Jamey Johnson March 23, 2013
    KC and The Sunshine Band July 4, 2013
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  9. Art Araya

    Art Araya

    May 29, 2006
    Palm Coast, FL
    Ocala is one huge forest. Been thru there several times. Don't think there's much going on aside from the nature aspect.
  10. Tractorr


    Aug 23, 2011
    I spent my whole life in Florida up until 2 and a half years ago. I guarantee there is a lot of wild Florida left, but you are correct if you go to one of the major cities you wouldn't know it. There are tons of great, unspoiled spots all around north central Florida. Don't forget Florida is a huge state and Tampa, Orlando, Miami/Ft Lauderdale/ West Palm, Jacksonville are only a relatively small part of it. Still tons more to see. I miss being able to float down the springs around Gainesville.
  11. bjabass


    Jan 10, 2011
    Mountain South
    I grew up in SW Fla. and left many years ago. I agree with you guys who are suggesting the natural attractions. Mickey Mouse nearly destroyed the state and I feel sorry for everyone who goes to Orlando and thinks that is Florida. Went to Silver Springs again about 5 years ago. The park is run down but the river, spring and the grounds are still amazing.

    If you want a feel for how old coastal Florida was, try Amelia Island north of Jax or Boca Grande on the west coast south of Sarasota.
  12. Steve


    Aug 10, 2001
    You've never been to Ocala..have you?


    I have a friend that just put a cabin on about 80 acres in Keystone heights. He's a big hunter dude and has game cameras all over. His place is flippin' over run with bears. I wouldn't even think about walking around that ground without a 12 gauge in my hands.
  13. I've been but never stayed more than a day. My girlfriend lives in Julington Creek and had a brown bear go right through her yard. I know they're here. But I've never seen one.
  14. Jim C

    Jim C Spector#496:More curves than Sophia + better sound Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Meant to thank you guys for all the suggestions.
    BTW, there are billions of old people in retirement communities hacking away at golf courses. Tragiaclly, not my cup of tea.
  15. ESPweasel


    Jan 6, 2016
    Charlotte NC

    Moving to Ocala on 7/9 but only staying for 2 months then off to the Carolinas to look for a house. Probably Charlotte but it depends on work.

    Well, Ocala looks pretty anyway :D