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Ocala Pumpkin Run 2015

October 9, 2015 Ocala Pumpkin Run 2015

Ocala, FL, September 22,2015 - Marion County declares October ‘Ocala Pumpkin Run Month’ as Ocala becomes the backdrop for a premier community event once again.  Hosted on the beautiful 400 acres of Castro Farms on Highway 27 and scheduled for the weekend of October 23rd- 25th The Ocala Pumpkin Run will hold it’s 5th Anniversary Showdrawing more than 1,000 show cars and over 20,000 visitors to the area.  It is perfect for car enthusiasts and families alike. Of course there is a focus on the classics and customs parked on the show field, but guests enjoy entertainment all weekend, great food, special performances, vendors, and artisans.  Families enjoy FREE Halloween Activities on Saturday and Sunday.   Hay rides, pumpkin patch, pumpkin decorating, bounce houses, pony rides, Trunk or Treating, games, and much more! It’s a true Fall Festival with an automotive flair! Children under 12 are FREE. Alongside the Show Cars, this year’s entertainment will be action packed....

The University of Florida Symphony Orchestra Concert

September 28, 2015 The University of Florida Symphony Orchestra Concert

This Fall Imagine yourself sitting and listening to beautifully executed masterworks, ballets, and operas from the 18th century. The University of Florida Symphony Orchestra will be presenting these fine works on Thursday October 8th at 7:30pm. This event is free and fun for the whole family. You will get to see students excel in a beautiful art. The address to this wonderful event is Newell Dr, Gainesville, FL 32611

LPGA Coates Golf Championship

February 6, 2015 LPGA Coates Golf Championship

The 2015 LPGA tour is set to kickoff here in our own backyard at the Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club from January 26-31, 2015. Theinaugural Coates Golf Championship is the tour’s season-opening event this year. The championship boasts 120-player field with 72 holes of play.The purse is set at $1.5 Million! The Ocala, Florida community is very excited to see an event of this magnitude coming to our area. Our Howard Johnson Inn of Ocala, Florida is the closest hotel to the Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club.  Join us for sparkling cleanaccommodations within minutes from the course!Volunteers are needed for the event and applications area available on the Coates Golf Championship site. Tickets available here.

Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™

February 6, 2015 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™

Our very own HITS, Inc. is set to host the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ CSIO-4* February 10-15, 2015.  This is a huge privilege bestowed upon HITS!  Equestrian riders from across the globe will be here in Ocala, Florida to compete for the $200,000 prize purse.  Eight nations will be invited to participate in this prestigious event.  Spanning five days, the Nations Cup series lineup includes Jumper Division, Jumper Prix, Jumper Classic and the Grand Prix.  For a complete schedule visit HITS Website.

Central Florida Kayak Tours

February 6, 2015 Central Florida Kayak Tours

Are you looking for a new and refreshing kayaking tour for you and your family? Then look no further than Central Florida Nature Adventures.Central Florida Nature Adventures will provide a truly unique experience for each member in your party; Kenny Boyd, the owner and guide, is the man with plan. Mr. Kenny will personally guide your group to the riches of the wilds, pointing out birds, flora, and fauna with his expert eye.These tours are perfect for up to 12 people, with countless reviews and a 5-Star rating that shows absolutely no negative reviews on Trip Advisor! This family owned business wholeheartedly believes in bringing the best to the table for their valued customers. They always deliver a memorable experience to each of their customers, bringing them back time and again!Our Howard Johnson Inn Ocala is not far from many of the fabulous locations that you will be able to experience on their tours. So come stop by if you are in the neighborhood and relax with us after a...

Ocala Pumpkin Run 2014

February 6, 2015 Ocala Pumpkin Run 2014

Castro Farms here in our beautiful, sunny Ocala, Florida will host the 4th Annual Ocala Pumpkin Run on October 24-26th, 2014.  This classic car show brings horsepower to horse country!  Car enthusiasts and spectators alike will enjoy three days of beautiful cars in all makes and models and from all eras.  Our Howard Johnson Inn Ocala is a great lodging choice as we are minutes from the Ocala Pumpkin Run venue.  Enjoy a hot, deluxe continental breakfast prior to heading out for day!   This is a wonderful family-friendly event which includes a children’s area full of activities such as:Pumpkin PickingPumpkin DecoratingPony RidesHay RidesTrain RidesTrunk or TreatGlitter Tattoos and ArtPutt Putt GolfGiant SlidesSpeed PitchMonster Truck MoonwalkLocal bands, a wild animal rescue expert and many radio stations are sure to entertain!  The event is open daily from 8am to 4pm.  The cost is $12.  Children 11 and under are FREE!  Our Ocala, Florida hotel is minutes from Castro Farms and has...

K Country 93.7 Acoustic Concert 2014

February 6, 2015 K Country 93.7 Acoustic Concert 2014

K Country 93.7 along with the Ocala Civic Theatre are bringing to Ocala, Florida some of the biggest names in country music!  The 21st 93.7 K Country Acoustic Concert is only a few weeks away on May 27, 2014.  Do you have tickets yet??Vocal Duo and husband-wife team, Thompson Square, is coming to town along with country music giants, Big & Rich!  If you’ve got a hankerin’ for a bit of fiddle playin’ or banjo pickin’ you won’t want to miss Charlie Worsham’s performance.  This kid is a country music wonder and can play pretty much anything in any genre of music.  His website features covers of “Gangnam Style” and Katy Perry’s “Roar.”  He does a smash-up job!  Scotty McCreery stole the hearts of many country  music enthusiasts when he won Season 10 of American Idol.  Since the big win, Scotty has skyrocketed within the country music scene reaching Platinum levels with his album.Don’t miss out on seeing some of country music’s huge artists in a smaller venue...

Big Sun Soccer Showcase 2014

February 6, 2015 Big Sun Soccer Showcase 2014

Big Sun Junior Showcase is the premier soccer tournament for finishing out your season!  Big Sun Youth Soccer League Sports Complex here in our beautiful Ocala, Florida is host to this season-ending premier tournament.  On May 10th and 11th, teams will face off to see who has what it takes to be number one.  This tournament is open to Boys and Girls U9-U18 for divisions 1, 2 and 3.  Coaches this tournament is the perfect way to gauge your progress throughout the season.  Come out  and play at a fantastic local complex with awesome fields.  Our Howard Johnson Inn of Ocala, Florida is a short commute to the Big Sun Youth Soccer League Sports Complex.  Book your rooms today and enjoy a great breakfast before heading out to the fields, or play some Putt-putt when you return.  Our beautiful outdoor swimming pool is so inviting after a day in the sun!  Make Howard Johnson Inn of Ocala your choice of lodging.For tournament information please...

Cal Ripken Baseball Tournaments 2014

February 6, 2015 Cal Ripken Baseball Tournaments 2014

Take me out to the ballgame…take me out to the crowds!  Ocala, Florida is again home to the Cal Ripken Rookie Qualifier Tournament and the Cal Ripken ‘B’ Tournament this June 2014.  Teams and families we welcome you to our beautiful Ocala, Florida area!  Our Howard Johnson Inn of Ocala hotel is only a few minutes from the Ocala Rotary Sportsplex.  Families can enjoy a delicious, complimentary breakfast before heading out to the tournament!  Return and enjoy a relaxing swim in our outdoor swimming pool after a long day at the fields or a game of Putt-putt golf.  We are truly a great, budget-option hotel that offers plenty to entertain your little ones.  Book your rooms today for the Cal Ripken Tournaments.  Tournament information can be found below.Cal Ripken Rookie Qualifier TournamentJune 12, 2014 to June 15, 2014For more information click here. Cal Ripken ‘B’ TournamentJune 24, 2014 to June 28, 2014For more information...

Japanese Students Visit HoJo

February 6, 2015 Japanese Students Visit HoJo

International Student Visitors ~ Howard Johnson Inn of OcalaOur Howard Johnson Inn of Ocala, Florida was honored to host a group of Japanese students this week!  The students were traveling throughout Central Florida brushing up on and perfecting their English as well as taking in many of our natural attractions.  Silver Springs State Park, Homosassa Springs in Homosassa, Florida and Ichetucknee Springs in Fort White, Florida were on their travel agenda.  The students were very inquisitive with our staff, asking questions regarding the English language and inquiring about our area here in Ocala.  They are bound for Orlando to continue their unique learning opportunity!  How amazing it was to meet this brilliant group of students.  We hope they do visit us again soon and wish them well on their Florida excursion.  Sayonara! 

Feel Downtown LIVE 2014

February 6, 2015 Feel Downtown LIVE 2014

Feel Downtown LIVE ConcertFeel Downtown LIVE Spring Concert Series has kicked off for the Downtown Ocala area and our Howard Johnson Inn of Ocala, Florida is just minutes from the concert venue! Sister Hazel of Gainesville, Florida will be rocking the stage during their rescheduled concert on June 14, 2014.  This local area band hit the big time with their 1997 single “All For You” which was released on their album titled, “Somewhere More Familiar.”   Sister Hazel is back on tour and they’re coming here for the Feel Downtown LIVE Spring Concert Series.April brings American Country Singer, Brett Eldredge, who is known for his catchy single, “Don’t Ya.” He released his first ever single, “Raymond” in October 2010.  With performances at the Grand Ole Opry and on Taylor Swift’s Red Tour, Eldredge certainly has a rocketed into the country music scene in the last few years. Tickets for the Feel Downtown LIVE concerts are $10.00 and are available at the gate.  Kids...