Sure, we’re biased, but we think Ocala boasts some of the most beautiful vistas, backroad discoveries, and funky hideaways in the southeast. It’s also home to state-of-the-art healthcare, a bustling downtown, and an economy that’s the envy of many cities. The best part about having a home in Ocala is that you don’t have to choose between making your livelihood or living your life.
Ocala is proud of its historic downtown, truly the heartbeat of a bustling, progressive city. Downtown Ocala is home to numerous eclectic shops, high-end restaurants, and an historic theater, and its Feel Downtown initiative hosts family-friendly events, monthly art walks, and regular free concerts on the square and in front of city hall. The heart of Ocala has never been this full of life.
Known as the Horse Capital of the World for good reason, Ocala is home to over 1,200 horse farms on more than 77,000 acres that represent iconic breeds like Thoroughbreds, Gypsy Vanners, Cyldesdales, Paso Finos, and many others. Ocala also hosts massive equestrian competitions like Live Oak International and HITS and is soon to be the home of the magnificent World Equestrian Center at Golden Ocala, a sprawling eventing facility that will draw horse-lovers from around the globe.
Quality, affordable healthcare is important to any area and Ocala’s hospitals are investing for the future in significant ways. This commitment to the community is worth tens of millions of dollars and thousands of new, high-paying jobs, as well as excellent care to residents of all ages. Munroe Regional Medical Center is currently expanding its ER and is adding many new beds in a year-long expansion project. Other local facilities, including Ocala Regional Medical Center and West Marion Community Hospital, are also in the midst of greatly expanding ER and operating room capacity, adding patient beds, and expanding local services.
Like any good Southern town, Ocala knows how to celebrate the holidays in style. Light Up Ocala is an annual blow-out that ushers in the Christmas season with a downtown party that starts in mid-afternoon and doesn’t end until the switch is pulled on thousands of twinkling lights.
In recent years, Ocala has become home to many national and international companies like FedEx, Chewy, and AutoZone. The FedEx Ground hub is the cornerstone of the newly christened Ocala 489 Commerce Park just off I-75. This gleaming 420,000 square-foot facility has kicked off a logistics mega-center that has made Ocala a significant statewide player in the up-and-coming e-commerce economy.