Destination guide

Why people love visiting artsy Ocala

Enjoy the area's museums, art galleries and entertainment and make a vacation rental your home during your stay in Ocala. This welcoming city is known for its horseback riding, shopping and restaurants. Local cultural sights include Appleton Museum of Art and Don Garlits Museum of Racing. Whether you're planning a family vacation, friends trip or romantic retreat, HomeAway has a great selection of vacation homes. Many rentals come with a full kitchen and separate dining area, perfect if you need a space for entertaining.


Sightseeing in and around Ocala

Are you searching for top things to see and do during your stay? Venture out of your vacation home and experience everything that Ocala has to offer. These are some of the major attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Silver Springs Nature Theme Park (8.8 mi / 14.2 km)
  • Easy Street Family Fun Center (1 mi / 1.7 km)
  • Hampton Aquatic Fun Center (2.9 mi / 4.7 km)
  • Ocala Grand Prix (5 mi / 8.1 km)
  • Stone Creek Golf Club (5.6 mi / 9.1 km)
  • Petting Zoo Ocala (7.5 mi / 12.1 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Ocala

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Ocala is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. Here are some of the area’s most stunning natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park (26.1 mi / 42 km)
  • Ocala Downtown Square (3.5 mi / 5.7 km)
  • Sholom Park (5 mi / 8 km)
  • Florida Horse Park (7.3 mi / 11.7 km)
  • Silver Springs State Park (8.5 mi / 13.6 km)
  • Rainbow Springs State Park (15.7 mi / 25.3 km)
How to get there

Transportation options to and around Ocala

Fly into Ocala, FL (OCF-Ocala Intl.), the closest airport, located 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to Leesburg, FL (LEE-Leesburg Intl.), which is 32.3 mi (52 km) away.

How many vacation rentals are available around Ocala?

Our 2020 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 182 house rentals around Ocala. From 106 Houses to 23 Cottages, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Ocala is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Ocala?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Ocala:

  • Santo Domingo: 49 vacation rentals
  • Liberty Park: 72 vacation rentals
  • Collier: 46 vacation rentals
  • Dixie Shores: 25 vacation rentals
  • Belvedere: 54 vacation rentals

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Ocala?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Ocala. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Appleton Museum of Art: 286 home rentals
  • Ocala Regional Medical Center: 335 home rentals
  • Ocala Equestrian Complex: 229 home rentals
  • Stone Creek Golf Club: 314 home rentals
  • Ocala Grand Prix: 149 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Ocala listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Ocala?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 106 Houses in Ocala. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Ocala include:

  • Cottages: 23 lodging choices
  • Condos/Apartments: 12 lodging choices
  • Villas: 3 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Ocala?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 41 vacation homes with pool available in Ocala.

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