Ocala Rotary Sportsplex
5220 Southeast Maricamp Road Ocala, FL
With 11 separate baseball diamonds, there is no shortage of clay to bury your cleats into at the Ocala Rotary Sportslex. The Ocala Rotary Sportsplex has long been known as the go-to location for baseball players and spectators in the Marion County area. In 2012, the Ocala Rotary Sportsplex hosted the Babe Ruth Baseball events and tournaments, a notable little league program. The tournaments are scheduled to return for the summer of 2013 also.
As the host of Marion County’s National Youth Baseball teams, the Sportsplex is brimming with activity. Kids from all over North Central Florida flock to the fields to practice and compete in games and tournaments. With district and state tournaments held in June, guests staying at our hotel during the summer months are welcome to get in on the action as spectators. Or, if you are more of an athlete than a fan, the sports complex is open to the public during the off-season.
Jervey Gantt Park
2390 Southeast 36th Ave, Ocala, FL
1 (352) 624-2410
The Jervey Gantt Park is a wonderful place for a picnic or for a fun-filled day of wet and wild entertainment. Although the park offers hiking, picnic areas, shady and grassy areas, and all of the typical park fare, it also is home to the Jervey Gantt Aquatic Fun Center. The Aquatic Center has two kid-friendly pools. The main larger pool is 5 and ½ feet and is the location for local swim lessons. A nearby kiddie pool is shallow with water slides, cascading waterfalls to play under, a sloped entry, and lots of deck chairs for the grownups.
Shocker Park Softball Complex
2371 Southeast 44th Court, Ocala, FL
Home of the 2012 Babe Ruth Softball State Championships, Shocker Park is the destination for little league softball in Florida. This year, the annual tournament brought in 65 teams that played a total of 120 games at the Shocker Complex.
Games are held in the summer and late fall. The summer season ends in mid-July and registration for the fall season begins in August. Admission is charged for all games but you can purchase your tickets in advance of the game days. Although the complex is a county-owned facility, it is completely run and supported by parents, volunteers, donors, and event attendees.
Big Sun Soccer Complex
2811 SE 36th Ave, Ocala, FL
With seven full-sized fields and four smaller practice fields, Big Sun allows Ocala soccer players and enthusiasts a perfect venue to enjoy a good game. There are both youth and adult soccer leagues hosted at the Big Sun Soccer Complex. The Big Sun Soccer Complex occasionally hosts games and clinics by the Ocala Stampede adult soccer team, a member of the United Soccer League.
405 Hwy 316, Citra, Florida
The newly opened Wrigley Fields of Citra, Florida is a state-of-the-art baseball and softball facility that hosts Babe Ruth and Cal Ripken little league events. This beautiful facility was donated to Marion County Parks and Recreation and has been developed into a fantastic sporting venue. Wrigley Fields boasts 3 baseball fields, 1 T-ball field, and 2 softball fields. Additionally, these is a football and soccer field.
Wrigley Fields is extremely simple to reach. It is located along a stretch of highway 301 north of Ocala, Florida. Along with the actual fields, Wrigley Fields has a notable concession stand and a park at its entrance with 3 pavilions (all with BBQ grills) and a large children’s play place. The fields cover an area of 72 acres and are very visible from highway 301.