This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Ocala/Marion County VCB. All opinions are 100% mine.

It’s July and we’re finally getting some nice weather. But we have nine months of cold and gloom and when the weather turns, I start dreaming of sunshine and the first place I think of when I need sun is Florida! While I’ve done the theme park vacations, I prefer the more authentic Florida charm found outside of those tourist trap areas.

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The places where outdoor activities are available in abundance, but there’s also something for everyone in the family. A location that offers plenty of chances to get out and see the wildlife, but where after a long day of activities, a great dinner can be enjoyed and savored in the warm evening breeze.

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Take a Vacation Getaway to Ocala Marion County, Florida

Once such place in Florida is Ocala/Marion County. Known as the Horse Capital of the World, they, of course, offer great trail rides on horseback. But there’s also shopping, golfing, watersports, and more. So many different activities that you’re sure to find a must-do activity for everyone from kids to seniors!

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Where every day starts with the excitement and anticipation of trying new things and ends with a glowing satisfaction of what you’ve accomplished for the day. You can get this glow whether you’re participating in a daredevil sport or reading a book you’ve wanted to read for months on your hotel balcony.  Satisfaction comes in all kinds of forms.

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The natural beauty of the Ocala/Marion County and its many bodies of water means you cool off in one of their crystal clear springs or lakes surrounded by amazing views for a totally immersive mind and body experience. You can also do everything from taking a dip in a good old-fashioned swimming hole to snorkeling, kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding, fishing, and more.

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Ocala/Marion County Lodging accommodations range from rustic cabins to top-notch hotels. Romantic travelers can book a Bed and Breakfast while those that like it simple can campout at one of the family-friendly campgrounds. Prefer a luxury vacation? Book a massage, manicure, pedicure, facial, body wrap and more at one of the local day spas.

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Spending a holiday with your loved ones in a great location like Ocala/Marion County can create a lifetime of happy memories. Celebrate a good old-fashioned 4th of July by swimming, picnicking, and checking out the food and fun available.

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Add your own spark to the holiday by trying zip lining or any one of the other fun and exciting outdoor activities available.

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The fun doesn’t stop in Ocala/Marion County when summer is over. September is the start of the Fall season which means football and other harvest events. October brings the Ocala Pumpkin Run, a family-friendly event which includes a 3-day classic and custom car and truck show which benefits The Children’s Miracle Network, New Horizon School for Autism, and ARC of Marion. Kids can enjoy the bounce houses, pony rides, a pumpkin patch and pumpkin decorating, face painting, and even trunk or treating!It’s also the perfect time for fall horseback riding and other outdoor activities that can be enjoyed in the cooler weather.

Ocala Marion County, Florida – Easy Weekend Getaway

For those of you living in Central Florida and just about anywhere down in the Southeast corner of the U.S., you’ll find it’s a quick drive to Ocala/Marion County for an easy weekend getaway or even a quick overnight trip to regroup and recharge yourself.

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Make your trip to Florida one you’ll never forget by visiting Ocala/Marion County on your next vacation. Be sure to schedule enough days to do everything you want to do before you head back to life and reality.

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Find out more about Florida TravelOcala/Marion County Lodging, and Ocala/Marion County Activities – you’ll be amazed at how much there is to see and do.

What would you do on your Ocala/Marion County Vacation?