Fudge - Ocala Florida

We offer many different types of fudge:

  • Chocolate
  • Chocolate Walnut
  • Cookies and Cream
  • Chocolate Pecan and Fudge (Turtle Fudge)
  • Rocky Road
  • Peanut Butter
  • Maple Walnut 
  • Vanilla

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  • Hope Hall Farm

    A nearby hotel to Farm Tours of Ocala

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    Hope Hall Farm

    A nearby hotel to Farm Tours of Ocala

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    Hope Hall Farm Bed n' Breakfast is located on our horse farm surrounded by wonderful Grand Daddy Oaks and large green pastures. 

    We pride ourselves on being a friendly family-run B&B and guarantee to do our very best to see that your stay here will be a memorable one. Whether you are passing through Ocala, traveling on business, or intending to spend some of your vacation here, we would love to have you as our guests.
    We are sure that once you have stayed here, you will want to come back again and again! Our aim is to make our home your home for the duration of your stay with us.

    We invite you to relax in the peaceful quiet of horses, barns and training arenas while only minutes from Ocala restaurants, the HITS show grounds, Ocala Breeders Sales Grounds, and the many other attractions in and near Ocala, known as "The Horse Capital of the World".

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  • World Class Golfing

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    Marion County has a wealth of golf clubs.  With crisp manicured greens, beautiful vistas, and a variety of challenging course layouts, it is now wonder that golfers from all over the country flock to central Florida for premier golfing.  To find out about golf clubs in the vicinity of our hotel, please check out the course descriptions below.

    Ocala National Golf Club
    4782 Northwest 80th Avenue, Ocala, FL * (352) 629-7981

    This private Championship 18-hole course was designed by Rees Jones and is located in the heart of horse country.  It has many event facilities including a ballroom that seats 250 people, tennis courts, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a fitness center, and a pro golf shop.  Ocala National is known for hosting many notable golf events such as the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championships.

     

    Ocala Municipal Golf Course 
    3130 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, FL *(352) 401-6917

    Conveniently located on Silver Springs Boulevard in Ocala, Florida, the Ocala Municipal Golf Course offers a paradise of Bermuda grass fairways, Emerald Dwarf Bermuda grass greens, 5 sets of tees, and 34 sand bunkers.  A practice facility is available and includes a driving range, putting green, short game area, and bunkers.    Rental clubs and golf carts are available upon request.  Traditional golf attire is required.

     

    Candler Hills Golf Course
    8137 SW 90th Terrace Road, Ocala, FL *(352) 861-9712

    The beautiful Candler Hills Golf Course, designed by Gordon Lewis, is located within On Top of the World Communities, one of Florida’s premier retirement communities.  Among its other significant attributes, Candler Hills is a Par-72 Championship Golf Course.  Practice areas are available for both shot-making long and short options.  Candler Hills is a semi-private course offering five tees ranging from 4,877 to 7,333 yards and contains the longest par 5 in Florida.

     

    Country Club at Silver Springs Shores
    633 Silver Rd, Ocala, FL * (352) 687-2828

    This semi-private, par-72 course offers a challenging game for any golfer.  The combination of several different landscapes means that you will play through both parkland and typical Florida settings.  This Desmond Muirhead designed course has a rating of 73.5 and a slope rating of 133 on grass.  Additionally, the course offers a large clubhouse with banquet facilities perfect for weddings or other such events.  A golf shop is also available on-site.

     

    Baseline Golf Course and Lighted Driving Range
    9000 Southeast 58th Avenue, Ocala, FL * (352) 245-4414

    The stunning scenery of Ocala’s Baseline Golf Course will inspire your golf game.  Perfectly manicured greens are juxtaposed with stylish tropical landscaping and a view that goes on forever.  Golf cart trails are well maintained and allow easy access throughout the course.  This public course does not do tee times, you just walk on.  Prices are Baseline are exceptionally reasonable and as are concessions at the course snack bar.  A lighted driving range allows play until 9pm.

     

    Huntington Golf Club
    799 Marion Oaks Manor, Ocala, FL * (352) 347-3333

    This semi-private golf club boasts a Par-72 of Bermuda grass greens, and Bermuda grass fairways and tees.  Landscaping includes tree-lined fairways and various elevation changes.  An on-site golf shop and restaurant offer golfers the opportunity to purchase needed equipment or snacks throughout the day.

     

    Lake Diamond Golf & Country Club

    16 Golf View Drive, Ocala, FL * (352) 680-0269

    Lake Diamond Golf & Country Club offers a secluded woodland setting in Central Florida.  This semi-private golf club offers tight fairways that encircle beautiful Lake Diamond, a steep slope, and a #9 hole that was featured as one of the best in Marion County.  Additionally, Lake Diamond Golf & Country Club offers a practice range, a pro golf shop, and a snack shop.

     

    Marion Oaks Golf & Country Club
    430 Marion Oaks Golf Way, Ocala, FL * (352) 347-1271

    Marion Oaks offers 18 holes of manicured Bermuda grass greens, tree-lined fairways, and tricky sand bunkers.  This championship golf course is a Par-72 and provides ample elevation changes with rolling topography.  Marion Oaks has an on-site practice facility as well as a pro shop and clubhouse with event hosting available.

     

    Royal Oaks Country Club
    11220 SW 69th Circle, Ocala, FL * 352.861.1818

    This challenging course will offer you 6,703 yards of manicured greens, changing slope angles, hazards, interesting approaches, and towering old Blue Jack Oaks and Slash Pines lining the fairways.  The front nine and back nine of this stunningly beautiful Par-72 course is very different.  The front nine are more secluded and feature 35-foot elevation changes whereas the back nine offers a meadow landscape.  Royal Oaks also boasts a notable clubhouse restaurant which offers light meals during the day and fine dining in the evenings.  Live music is provided in the clubhouse on weekends.

     

    Ocala Palms Golf & Country Club
    5174 NW 26th St, Ocala, FL * (352) 732-4653

    The Ocala Palms Golf Course is nestled into a beautiful country club and retirement community.  This Par-72 course features 18 holes of green fairways, ponds, sparkling waterfalls, white sand bunkers, old growth oak trees, and interesting topography that offers a challenge to skilled and amateur golfers alike.  Ocala Palms is a semi-private course that offers four sets of tees and is open seven days a week.  A pro shop is available on-site.

     

    Pine Oaks of Ocala
    2201 Northwest 21st Street, Ocala, FL * (352) 401-6940

    This municipal Par-72 golf course offers amazing greens, landscaping, and wildlife to delight you during your game.  Flowering trees in bloom provide a stunning background to this 18-hole course.  A practice facility with full driving range and 4 acres of short-game area will help you hone your skills.  Unlike most Ocala courses, Pine Oaks offers Disc Golf, a fast growing sport similar in principle to golf.  Additionally Pine Oaks offers a snack bar and a fully stocked golf pro shop.

     

    The Country Club of Ocala
    6823 Southeast 12th Circle Ocala, FL * (352) 237-6644

    This Par-72, 18-hole course was designed by Steve Nugent, and showcases the best golfing that Ocala has to offer.  The Country Club of Ocala has hosted USGA, State Golf Association, and regional PGA events amongst others.  A full tournament schedule is posted along with regular charitable events.   The Country Club of Ocala also hosts a state-of-the-art practice facility which includes three putting greens, instructional tee, a short game practice area, a private practice tee, and a full driving range with complimentary range balls.  A pro golf store and restaurant are available on-site.

  • Ocala – Horse Capital of the World

    Ocala – Horse Capital of the World

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    Ocala – Horse Capital of the World

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    Horse Country – Ocala


    There are only four places on earth that are designated “Horse Capital of the World“. Ocala-Marion County is one and the other three are Lexington, Kentucky; Newmarket, England; and Chantilly, France.

    Even to the uninitiated, it is quite obvious why the U.S. Department of Agriculture branded Ocala the title of Horse Capital of the World back in 1999. With over 600 horse farms scattered all throughout the county, it is almost impossible not to see one when driving around town.

     

    History

    The beginning of Ocala’s horse industry can be traced back to one man named Carl G. Rose who in 1916 came to Florida from Indiana to supervise the construction of the state’s first asphalt road. After experimenting with limestone as an asphalt additive, he theorized that the abundance of the mineral in Ocala’s soil meant that it was an ideal location for breeding and raising strong horses. In 1943, Rose bought acreage along State Road 200 and the Rosemere Farm was born. The farm would later become the site of Paddock Mall and Central Florida College. By the time he died in 1963, Rose was said to be responsible for establishing at least 30 thoroughbred farms in Marion County.

     

     


    Home of the Champions

    Champions of the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes have been bred, raised or trained in Ocala, Florida. Most famous of all is “Affirmed” who is also the most recent winner of the Triple Crown (winning all three above races) – considered to be the greatest accomplishment in thoroughbred racing. In all, Ocala’s horse farms have produced 45 national champions, 6 Kentucky Derby winners, 20 Breeder’s Cup champions and 6 Horses of the Year.


    Horse Events in Ocala, Florida

    Horse Shows in the Sun (HITS) – For five weeks each winter, HITS hosts one of the largest hunter/jumper shows in the United States. Held at the Post Time Farms, the annual event draws thousands of competitors and horse enthusiasts all around the world. HITS brings the area an estimated $30 million, to Marion County hotels, motels, restaurants, tack and feed stores.

    Live Oak International – Since its inception in 1993, the Live Oak Combined Driving Event has become one of the premier Combined Driving Events in North America. Since 1995, the Event has hosted Selection Trials for both the United States and Canadian Equestrian Teams and in 1998, was granted international sanctioning by the Federal Equestre Internationale.

    Ocala Breeder Sales Auctions – The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company sells over $100 million worth of thoroughbreds a year in its seven auctions. OBS also features an Inter-Track Wagering Teletheater where fans can watch and wager on horse racing simulcasts from around the country.

    Florida Horse Park Events – An official training site for the US Equestrian Team, the park now hosts World- and Olympic-level equine sports competitions. All-year events in the Florida Horse Park ranges from combine driving, dressage, eventing, foxhunting, hunter/jumper, polo and trail-riding.

    Horse Drawn Carriage Rides – Ocala has a wonderful horse culture which includes competitions, breeder sales, invitationals, horse farm tours, and also the wildly popular horse drawn carriage rides.  A unique attraction in Downtown Ocala in the Christmas season are carriage rides on the square provided by Horse County Carriage Company. This festive tradition does not have to stop after the holidays are over, however, as Horse Country Carriage Rides is open all year at Kimberden Farms.  Group tours and family tours are ideal.  You can find out more by clicking the link above.

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  • Howard Johnson Inn Ocala

    A nearby hotel to Farm Tours of Ocala

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    Howard Johnson Inn Ocala

    A nearby hotel to Farm Tours of Ocala

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    Go Happy and Go Ho-Jo at the Howard Johnson Ocala hotel in the heart of beautiful Marion County, Florida – Horse Capital of the World. Offering unbeatable value for the money, our Ocala hotel is known for exceptional service and hosts of complimentary amenities all at very affordable rates. Through continuous renovations and improvements, the Howard Johnson Ocala hotel is always getting better to accommodate vacationers and business travelers alike.Ideally located along I-75 on Exit 354, our interstate hotel in Ocala provides easy access and convenient location for Florida visitors and travelers. Famous horse farms and ranches are just few minutes away as well as Florida's original theme park, the Silver Springs Attractions.

    Whether you are traveling for business in the area, just passing through Central Florida or on a vacation in the horse country – Ocala, you will find the savings, comfort and relaxation you need by staying at the Howard Johnson Inn Ocala.

  • Ocala Speedway

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    As the Horse Capital of the World, sometimes people forget that there is much more to Ocala than horse farms and equestrians. This North Central Florida city is actually home to a large population of racing and automobile fanatics, and has the venues to support their habit. One of the most famous venues is the Ocala Bubba Raceway Park, also known as the Ocala Speedway.

    Established in 1951, and officially opened for operations in 1952, the Bubba Raceway Park is the oldest track in the state of Florida, marking its 58th anniversary this year. With its 3/8 of a mile, clay track it is the perfect location for a variety of racing events. The Raceway hosts a variety of race classes including: Late Model, Open Wheel Modified, Hobby Stock, Mini Stock, V-8 Thunderstock and Gladiators.

    Racing series from around the state and the nation are also held at the Ocala Speedway. Series such as the Florida Sprint Car Association, the Dirtcar Pro Modifieds and the Summer Jam Monster Truck Series are all hosted regularly at the track. So whether you modify and race cars, or just love the rush of sitting in the stands during a race, the Bubba Raceway Park is sure to be holding an event you will love during your stay at the Howard Johnson Ocala.

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    Stay in comfort with up to four adults in our King Room. This room type offers one King size Perfect Sleeper Serta mattress that makes it a perfect choice for couples.
     
    Standard amenities you’ll enjoy in the Ocala-Silver Springs King Room include a 32″ flat screen television with premium movie channels, a mini-refrigerator and microwave for in-room dining, an iron and ironing board, a coffee maker, and a desk with chair. For your business and leisure needs, a complimentary high-speed wireless Internet connection is available.

    Standard amenities you’ll enjoy in the Ocala-Silver Springs, Florida Two Queen hotel room include a 32″ flat screen television with premium movie channels, a mini-refrigerator and microwave for in-room dining, an iron and ironing board, a coffee maker, and a desk with chair. For your business and leisure needs, a complimentary high-speed wireless Internet connection is available.

    Step inside our award-winning Ocala-Silver Springs, Florida hotel rooms to experience comfortable, luxurious accommodations and excellent service in the heart of Central Florida. The conveniently located Holiday Inn Express & Suites of Ocala-Silver Springs is home to a fantastic selection of desirable lodging options including a free high-speed internet access, free hot breakfast, 24-hour business center, large outdoor heated pool and on-site fitness center.

    Take a closer look at the many amenities that await you inside our fine Ocala-Silver Springs hotel. View our gallery of photos, watch our video or take a virtual tour.

    • Complimentary high speed Internet
    • Microwave & fridge
    • Speakerphone
    • In-room coffee maker
    • State-of-the-art shower head
    • Free hot breakfast buffet
    • 100% Non-smoking
    • Radio alarm clock
    • Handicap accessible
    • Curved shower rod
    • LCD TV with free HD movies (HBO)
    • Pet-friendly rooms
    • Iron & ironing board
    • Hairdryer
    • Specially formulated toiletries

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  • The Market of Marion

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    The Market of Marion

    The Market of Marion

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    12888 SE US Highway 441 Belleview, FL
    (352) 245-6766

    With over 1,000 booths, the Market of Marion offers a shopper’s paradise. They have all of the typical Flea Market fare (produce, antiques, souvenirs, collectibles, electronics, clothing, and food) as well as a variety of fun events throughout the year including a Chili Cook-off a Home & Garden Show, vehicle swap meets, bikers’ events, and various festivals. The Market of Marion is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with hours on Thursday during the winter months. Parking is free so so there is no reason not to come. It is very easy to reach the Market of Marion from our hotel. Just follow 135th street (484) East until you come to HWY 441. Then take a left and go one mile. The Market of Marion will be just on your left.

    Another nearby flea and farmer’s market is the I-75 Super Flea Market (15 miles North of our hotel on I-75).   The I-75 Super Flea Market is easy to find and offers some of the most enticing shopping in Marion County.  With over 13,000 shoppers each weekend, the flea market is outgrowing its current facility and is expanding to include room for over 1,000 new covered vendor spaces as well as additional parking.  You can find great bargains at this flea market including clothing, produce, antiques, furniture, electronics and so much more.  Additionally, the flea market has an air conditioned restaurant that serves up some great snacks to keep you full while perusing all the great deals.  The I-75 Super Flea Market is open from 9am-2pm on Fridays and from 9am-4pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

  • Florida Horse Park

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    Florida Horse Park

    Florida Horse Park

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    Marion County is named “Horse Capital of the World” for a reason. Right in the center of beautiful Central Florida, in Marion County, is the official site for the United States Equestrian Team. The Florida Horse Park is situated on 500 acres of rolling pastures on the Florida Greenway, and the Sleep Inn and Suites Ocala is located less than a mile away from this national attraction.

    With hundreds of miles of riding trails throughout the natural landscape of Central Florida, this is the perfect place for horse enthusiasts of all kinds to spend an afternoon. The Florida Horse Park also offers international-level competition courses to challenge even the most seasoned equestrians. Local, national and international competitions in all equine disciplines for both individuals and teams are also hosted regularly at the Florida Horse Park, making it one of the top competition sites in the nation. Events and activities hosted regularly include polo, dressage, horse trials, trail riding and foxhunting.

    By visiting the park, you can see what draws competitors and spectators from all over the world to the lush pastures of Marion County. Whether you are a trainer, competitor, a spectator or you just ride horses as a hobby, the Florida Horse Park is an attraction you don’t want to miss.

    11008 S Hwy 475, Ocala, FL 34480
    (352) 307-6699 ‎ · flhorsepark.com

  • Ocala Livestock Pavilion

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    Ocala Livestock Pavilion

    Ocala Livestock Pavilion

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    The Southeast Livestock Pavilion has been North Central Florida’s go-to event facility since it was constructed in 1945. The venue hosts several facilities available for rent at various prices including: both covered and non-covered arenas, a covered grandstand with seating capacity of 4,212, stall rentals, a reception hall with a complete kitchen and seating capacity of 299 and picnic pavilions.

    The Pavilion, which is jointly owned by Marion County and the Florida Department of Agriculture, is home to over 100 events per year. Such events continuously draw large crowds of enthusiasts and include the Florida Australian Shepherd Show, Master Gardener classes, the Florida Horse Sale, the Ocala Shrine Rodeo and more. For Howard Johnson guests who are interested in the agriculture and livestock, the Southeast Livestock Pavilion is sure to be hosting an event during your stay.

    The pavilion is also available to those looking to book rentals for any size event; however, many of the facilities are booked far in advance, so it is important to reserve them early.

  • Youth Sports Venues

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    Ocala is a hub for sporting events in central Florida. With facilities for soccer, baseball, football, lacrosse, volleyball and more, teams travel from all around to compete at our various tournaments. Check out some of our wonderful sports complexes below.

    Ocala Rotary Sportsplex
    5220 Southeast Maricamp Road Ocala, FL
    (352) 694-7118

    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
    (352) 624-0458 ‎

    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
    352.694.4778

    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.


     

    Wrigley Fields
    405 Hwy 316, Citra, Florida
    (352) 671-8560

    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.

  • Two Double Bed Guest Room

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    Two Double Bed Guest Room

    Double Beds Howard Johnson

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    Relax in comfort with two beds in our Ocala, Florida Two-Double Bed hotel room. This room type offers two double-sized deluxe mattresses that make it a perfect choice for families, youth sports teams, or church groups.

    Standard features you’ll enjoy in our Ocala hotel Two Double Bed room include a 40″ flat screen cable television with premium movie channels, a mini-refrigerator and microwave, an iron and ironing board, a coffee maker, and many more. For your business and leisure needs, a complimentary high-speed wireless and wired Internet connection are available.

    Take a closer look at the many amenities that await you inside our comfortable Ocala hotel. View our gallery of photos or take a virtual tour.
     
    Guest Room Features
    • Complimentary high speed Internet
    • Microwave & fridge in all rooms
    • In-room safes
    • In-room coffee maker
    • Free local calls
    • Free deluxe breakfast buffet
    • Free newspaper
    • Radio alarm clock
    • Handicap accessible
    • Permanent non-smoking rooms
    • 40″ Flat Screen TVs with free HBO
    • Pet-friendly rooms
    • Iron & ironing board
    • Hairdryer
    • Large work table

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  • Don Garlits Drag Racing Museum

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    Don Garlits Drag Racing Museum

    Don Garlits

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    ***Big Daddy Don Garlits Inducted Into the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame***

    We extend our congratulations to Don Garlits and his family on this wonderful accomplishment.  The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame accredits Garlits as the person to put drag racing on the map in Britain.  ”By most measures, Don ‘Big Daddy’ Garlits is the greatest and most successful drag racer ever,” said the Hall of Fame.  We wholeheartedly agree!  

    For motor-heads staying in the Ocala area, the Sleep Inn and Suites Ocala hotel may just be the perfect place to be. Drag racing legend “Big Daddy”Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing is just across the street from the property. The museum is home to over 75 racing cars including hot-rods, muscle cars and more, as well as racing memorabilia and history.

    The name Don Garlits is well known by hot-rod fanatics all over the world, and for good reason. With 17 World Championship Titles, Don has made his mark on the drag racing industry. The racing legend has accomplished many feats during his time as the “King of the Dragsters” including winning the National Hot Rod Association, N.H.R.A., Nationals eight times, receiving the title of the number one drag racer in the last 50 years by the N.H.R.A. and branding his own line of record-breaking racecars, the Swamp Rats.

    Named to celebrate Don Garlits southern roots, his collection of 34 Swamp Rats has been breaking records since he manufactured the very first one. The racecars have broken an astonishing amount of previously recorded top speeds, being the first automobiles in the N.H.R.A. to go over 170, 180, 200, 240, 250, 260 and 270 mph throughout the years. One of his finest creations, Swamp Rat XXX has been so celebrated in the racing community it is on display at the Smithsonian Museum of American History.

    While guests to Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing cannot view this spectacular piece of machinery, many of the other Swamp Rats are on display as well as other displays of automobile history and innovation. Because of his knowledge and dedication, Don Garlits is the authority on automobiles in the area, and his museum is a must-see for those staying, right next-door, at the Sleep Inn and Suites Ocala-Belleview.

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    13700 SW 16th Ave.
    Ocala, FL 34473

    phone: 352-245-8661
    fax: 352-245-6895
    e-mail: garlits@mfi.net
    web: www.garlits.com

  • Going Green

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    Going Green

    Going Green

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    Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites of Ocala-Silver Springs has undergone many changes in our efforts to Go Green.  What does that mean exactly?  We have one earth…One chance to get it right.  

    How has our hotel made advances in the Going Green initiative?  Here are some of our best practices for going GREEN:

     
    • Conversion to all LED lighting interior/exterior
    • Implementation of a preventative maintenance program
    • Purchasing the most energy-efficient equipment available
    • Team member training on best green practices
    • Use of Eco-friendly, green chemicals
    • Planting indigenous landscaping which requires less water
    • Install water censors on sprinkler systems
    • Replace aerators on all bath sinks reducing 2.5gal per minute to 1.5gal
    • Implement a Linen Reuse for our guest rooms
    • Provide recycle receptacles throughout hotel vending areas and exterior areas

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    The Grand Oaks is one of Florida’s hidden gems. It is called a resort, but it is far more than that. It's a scenic wonderland consisting of 400 acres of rolling hills and picturesque forest. The Grand Oaks contains the world’s largest private collection of antique carriages and equine artifacts, a spa, a deli and a market. It also features moonlight hayrides, driving competitions, concerts, fly fishing and so much more!

    The Grand Oaks is a prime venue for weddings. They offer the grace and elegance of traditional Southern hospitality with breathtaking outdoor settings. The landscape is defined by still ponds, vast meadows, white fences, arching arbors, galloping horses, and antique carriages. Over ten antique carriages are available for hire including the Golden Carriage, built in 1840 for the Emperor of Austria.

    The Carriage Museum offers a delightful and educational look back in time with over 160 European and American Carriages. These include an Armbruster Dress Chariot, an English Omnibus, a horse-drawn fire fighting apparatus, a World War I supply wagon, the colorful and ornate Sicilian Caretta, and a Dutch Tikker.

    Whether you come for a wedding, reunion, carriage ride, the museum, or simply to soak up the beautiful surroundings, you will enjoy every second! The friendly staff and docents are eager to share the magic of this place with you!

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    3000 Marion County Road
    Weirsdale, FL 32195

    phone: 352-750-5500
    fax: 352-750-3342
    web: www.thegrandoaks.com

  • Holiday Inn Express Silver Springs

    A nearby hotel to Farm Tours of Ocala

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    Holiday Inn Express Silver Springs

    A nearby hotel to Farm Tours of Ocala

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    The Holiday Inn Express and Suites Ocala-Silver Springs hotel welcomes you to the heart of horse country, Florida. Located in the center of Ocala, the "Horse Capital of the World", our hotel provides guests with convenient access to the best of Central Florida.

    Our Ocala-Silver Springs hotel is surrounded by the finest activities perfect for family friendly vacations. Silver Springs State Park, full of naturally formed cold-water springs, and Wild Waters Theme Park, the perfect place to cool down on a hot summer day, are just around the corner. We also invite you to visit the Historic Downtown Ocala – full of historic buildings, local shopping and fine dining located just four miles away. For the ultimate nature adventurer, the Ocala National Forest entrance is just about a mile east of the hotel offering endless land and water-based activities.

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    At A Glance
    • Free Breakfast with Hot Items
    • Free Wireless Internet Access
    • Large Heated Outdoor Pool
    • Next to Popular Restaurants
    • Smoke-Free & Green Certified
    • Easy Access from I-75, Exit 341

    # 1 Ocala Hotel in Guest Satisfaction

    Perfect for both business and leisure travelers, this multiple award winning Sleep Inn & Suites hotel near Florida Horse Park is situated at the intersection of Interstate 75 and Highway 484, in the heart of the “Horse Capital of the World – Ocala/ Marion County”.

    We are located next door to Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing and is less than one mile away from the Florida Horse Park, an official training site of the U.S. Olympic Equestrian Team.

    This Marion County hotel provides easy access to many popular destinations, including:
    • The Villages
    • Historic Downtown Ocala
    • Ocala Equestrian Complex
    • Orlando theme parks, including Walt Disney World, SeaWorld Orlando and Universal Studios
    • Tampa theme parks, including Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

    These nearby natural attractions offer outdoor adventures like hiking, jogging, biking, ATV, horseback riding, kayaking, fishing, swimming, bird watching and much more:
    • Cross Florida Greenway
    • Belleview-Santos Bike Trail
    • Ocala National Forest
    • Silver Springs Nature Park
    • Silver River State Park

    Guests of this Ocala, FL hotel are invited to enjoy many amenities, including free deluxe continental breakfast with eggs, Belgian waffles, yogurt, fruit, pastries, cereal, juice, coffee and tea. Free local calls, a free Wall Street Journal newspaper, free parking and free coffee in the room and the lobby are also offered. A fitness center and outdoor heated pool are also on the property.

  • Rainbow Springs

    Rainbow Springs is located near our Howard Johnson.

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    Rainbow Springs

    Rainbow Springs is located near our Howard Johnson.

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    Florida’s beautiful Rainbow Springs is the fourth largest spring in the state. There are many things you can do at the spring such as: snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, and canoeing. This property also includes tables, pavilions, and grills great for friends, and family gatherings. Pavilion reservations are available for large gatherings or parties.  



    The Campground Entrance with a full-facility campground is about nine miles from the day use area. If you are interested in tubing, the launch area is on SW 180th Avenue Road.



    Restrictions include the following: swimming is only allowed in designated areas, no scuba gear, motors on watercraft, etc. Please call ahead to inquire about restrictions.



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  • HITS

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    HITS, Inc. Is a special events management company primarily focused on producing hunter/jumper horse shows. Based in upstate New York in the village of Saugerties, HITS produced its first horse show circuit in Gainesville, Florida in 1982. Since then, HITS has grown into a nationwide company with world-class hunter/jumper circuits in California, Florida, Arizona, New York and Virginia.

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    13851 Hwy 19N
    Ft. McCoy,FL,32134
    Phone: 352-685-2048

    A favorite spot in the Ocala National Forest is the Salt Springs Recreation Area with it’s constant 74° Fahrenheit waters gushing from vertical fissures from deep within the earth. Believing that the springs provide medicinal healing powers, many people flock to this area to swim and be one with nature. The Salt Springs derived its name from the fact that the spring has trace quantities of potassium, magnesium and sodium salts that give the waters a slight salinity. Other activities in this recreation area include boating, snorkeling, camping, nature watching and fishing.

    The Salt Spring flows from an under ground aquifer, down a short river path and into Lake George, the second largest lake in the state of Florida. Canoe rentals are available at the Slat Springs Recreation Area Marina and you can travel along the path of the spring and observe Florida’s lush tropical foliage. A simple boat ramp is also available at the recreation area.

    Ample camping is available at the Slat Springs Recreation with 160 spots available including both RV spots with hook ups and also simple spots for tent camping. Picnic tables, drinking water and restroom facilities are available in these camping areas. You can even make reservations for camping spots online by clicking here, or your can pamper yourself at our hotel with a heated pool, jacuzzi suite, complimentary breakfast, and wireless internet before spending the day in the forest.

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    Our hotel is located adjacent to the world-famous Silver Springs State Park.  Formerly know as Silver Springs Theme Park, Silver Springs has changed from what you may remember it being a few years ago.  Getting back to Old Florida roots has been the true goal at Silver Springs State Park.  While you won't see any exotic animals here anymore, you're still invited to take an enchanting ride on the World Famous Glass Bottom Boats.  Tours are available daily and range from 30-45 minutes and include a knowledgeable guide who will point out many of the indigenous wildlife species here in central Florida.  


    Additionally, the park has grown to incorporate the Silver River State Park.  This extends the park considerably and includes a longer blueway kayak run.  Those who prefer to venture out on their own will enjoy the hiking and nature trails within the park.  Silver Springs now offers a museum, canoe and kayak rentals, and camping.  The newly opened state park also includes new concessionaires and gift shops as well as a new banquet, event and weddings services.

    In addition to the nature trails, the glass-bottom boats, and the canoe and kayak rentals, the newly opened park will also include horseback rides available through Cactus Jack’s Trail Rides.  We encourage you to get out and visit the new park.  Even if you have been there in the past, you’ve never seen it like this!

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    Relax in comfort with a Serta Perfect Sleeper mattress in our Ocala, Florida King hotel room. This room type offers a spacious option with plenty of room for business travelers or couples. With a work desk in the room and free wireless internet, you can stay connected while on the road.

    Standard features you’ll enjoy in our Ocala hotel King room include a 40″ flat screen cable television with premium movie channels, a mini-refrigerator and microwave, an iron and ironing board, a coffee maker, and many more. For your business and leisure needs, a complimentary high-speed wireless or Internet connection are available.

    Take a closer look at the many amenities that await you inside our comfortable Ocala hotel. View our gallery of photos or take a virtual tour.
     
    Guest Room Features
    • Complimentary high speed Internet
    • Microwave & fridge in all rooms
    • In-room safes
    • In-room coffee maker
    • Free local calls
    • Free deluxe breakfast buffet
    • Free newspaper
    • Radio alarm clock
    • Handicap accessible
    • Permanent non-smoking rooms
    • 40″ Flat Screen TVs with free HBO
    • Pet-friendly rooms
    • Iron & ironing board
    • Hairdryer
    • Large work table

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    At A Glance
    • Free Breakfast with Hot Items
    • Free Wireless Internet Access
    • Large Heated Outdoor Pool with Jacuzzi
    • Few Minutes from Downtown Ocala
    • Green Certified
    • Easy Access from I-75, Exit 354

    The Best Value Hotel in Ocala, Florida

    Offering happiness and value, the Howard Johnson Inn Ocala FL hotel is situated with easy access from I-75 and 4 Miles from Downtown Ocala, Horse Capital of the World. Kick off your day with a free breakfast including Belgian waffles and free WiFi.

    With 125 rooms located on 10 acres of land, this Ocala, Florida hotel is ideal for families traveling with RV rentals, and includes ample RV and boat parking on-site. This green-certified Ocala, Florida hotel is situated within minutes from the Post Time Horse Farm, home of the annual Horse Shows in the Sun – HITS – Ocala event each winter. As the recipient of Howard Johnsons Best Practices of the Year Award for 2010, the Howard Johnson Inn Ocala FL is dedicated to providing travelers the best combination of cheerful hospitality and convenience with a great value. Find all that this Ocala hotel has to offer within minutes of top attractions including Silver Springs Natural Theme Park, Wild Waters Water Park, Florida State Fire College, Ocala Rotary Sportsplex, Big Sun Youth Soccer League, Shocker Park Softball Complex and Ocala Breeders Sales.

    Fun and convenience are a standard at the Howard Johnson Inn Ocala FL with the areas largest outdoor heated pool, poolside cabanas and a relaxing Jacuzzi. In and around this Ocala, Florida hotel you will enjoy a complimentary Rise and Dine Breakfast along with on-site miniature golf, meeting and banquet facilities, Howard Johnsons Restaurant on-site (Buy 1 Dinner and get the 2nd dinner of equal or lesser value FREE) and nearby dining and convenience at Roma Italian Restaurant and Publix Super Market.

    No matter what kind of traveler you are, the Howard Johnson Inn Ocala, Florida hotel provides the ideal location and incredible value you have been searching for. Go Happy. Go HoJo Ocala, Florida.

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    ​Sleep Inn & Suites Ocala-Belleview Hotel Amenities

    • Free Breakfast - Join us each morning as we serve your favorite breakfast items. Enjoy free breakfast treats such as freshly made Belgian waffles, warm biscuits & gravy, assorted cereals, pastries, fruits & more.

    • Free Internet - Surf the web in the comfort of your own bed using our high-speed wireless Internet. Shop online, post Facebook updates, read emails, stream movies or simply browse the internet – for free!

    • Heated Pool - Take a relaxing dip in our large, outdoor swimming pool that is heated all year round. Do some laps or simply lounge by the deck to soak some of that famous Florida sunshine. 

    • Microwave and Fridge - Have the convenience of cooling your beverages and heating your food right inside your room with a microwave and fridge installed in each of every guest room.

    • Fitness Center - You don’t need to miss a work-out just because you’re on the road. At Sleep Inn & Suites Ocala, our fitness center is equipped with cardio machines perfect for a quick or intense work-out.

    • Business Center - If you need to check your email, update your Facebook status, print a boarding pass or fax some documents, come down to our business center and we’ll set your right up.

    • Guest Laundry - Need to freshen up some clothes? Our coin-operated laundry facility is available 24 hours to our guests. Quarters and laundry supplies also available on-site.

    • Free Movies - Watch recently-released movies for free provided by Showtime in our flat-screen televisions. Available in each guest room, these high-definition and eco-friendly sets are always a hit.

    • Charging Stations - No more fumbling around looking for cellphone/tablet chargers and available outlets as we have charging stations on all rooms. Charge several devices at once right at your desk.

    • Earn Points or Miles - Earn points easily through our Choice Privileges Rewards Program. Points collected can be exchanged for free hotel stays, airline miles, services or merchandise.

  • Ocala's Chocolate and Confections

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    You can have your delight for a one stop shop for all your gourmet, exotic, and everyday chocolate needs. If we don't have your desires on the shelf, simply make an order in advance and we can customize it specifically for you. We are a neighborhood store in a neighborly community, see you at Ocala's Chocolate & Confections!

    We also offer many chocolate fruits, other chocolate products and ice creams at our shop!

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    In the 1930s, federal officials decided that a canal should be built across the state of Florida to allow a quicker route for ships traveling between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. When the plan for the Cross Florida Barge Canal was halted due to environmental concerns, the land stood vacant until the 1990s when it was set into conservation by President George Bush. Named the Marjorie Harris Carr Florida Greenway in honor of one of the key environmentalists who protested against the canal, the Greenway has become one of Central Florida’s key natural attractions.

    The Greenway is home to a number of outdoor activities including equestrian and off-road biking trails. It is an area of extreme environmental diversity that reaches from the Gulf of Mexico to the St. Johns River on over 110 miles of land. With rivers winding throughout both ends of the Greenway, swamplands and a land bridge (pictured above) located near our Ocala hotel that crosses over Interstate 75, the Cross Florida Greenway is the perfect destination for all outdoor enthusiasts.

     

    The Cross Florida Greenway Land Bridge

    Anybody driving along I-75 in Ocala may not easily realize that they are driving under a very unique landmark in Florida. Formally opened in June 2000, the Cross Florida Greenway Land Bridge is considered to be the first modern land bridge in the United States of America. Glancing from beneath, it will certainly look like any other bridges traversing the busy highway. Things will only become apparent and reveal themselves once you step into the marvelous structure itself or view it from above as seen from the aerial photos taken by Mr. Nearous Sizemore or Ocala, Florida.

    Technically speaking, the Cross Florida Greenway Land Bridge is just a giant concrete planter hanging above Interstate 75. Holding tons of organic materials and a watering system not normally found on regular bridges, the Land Bridge serves as both crossing platform and a nourishment container for animals, trees and plants. As a recreational bridge, the Cross Florida Greenway Land Bridge is a favorite destination by hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. It is not uncommon though to see some wildlife cross the bridge from time to time.

  • Ocala's Chocolate and Confections

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    Ocala's Chocolate and Confections

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    You can have your delight for a one stop shop for all your gourmet, exotic, and everyday chocolate needs. If we don't have your desires on the shelf, simply make an order in advance and we can customize it specifically for you. We are a neighborhood store in a neighborly community, see you at Ocala's Chocolate & Confections!

    We also offer many chocolate fruits, other chocolate products and ice creams at our shop!

  • Silver Glen Springs at Ocala National Fore

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    Silver Glen Springs at Ocala National Forest

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    Producing 65 million gallons of pure water everyday, Silver Glen Springs is a first magnitude spring having a constant 72 degree water all year round. The mouth of the spring is 200 feet in diameter and the river that flows from the spring flows 3,300 feet into Lake George, the second largest lake in Florida.

    Silver Glen Springs is located 6 miles north of highway 40 off of state road 19 along the eastern edge of the Ocala National Forest. The Silver Glen recreation area entrance is directly across from the Yearling Trail trailhead and lies north of the Juniper Wayside area. Our hotel is the nearest lodging to this popular destination and is located right on highway 40.

    Snorkeling is one of the most popular activities at Silver Glen Spring. Snorkelers and swimmers can peer down into the gaping underwater limestone fissure that marks the mouth of the spring. The mouth of the spring is typically swarming with fish as they commonly enjoy the temperate waters that flow out of the underwater aquifer. Unfortunately, scuba is not permitted at this spring. Most parts of the spring’s swimming area are 4 feet or less deep and there is a shallow entry area for children. A concession stand is available.

    Boating is allowed outside of the swimming area and this rule and others are strictly enforced. Camping is allowed but no hookups are available at this site. If you go to the springs, be aware that they will check your cooler for disposable food and drink containers. These are not allowed. Reusable and Tupperware are allowed however.

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    Howard Johnson Hotel Ocala Location

     
    Situated in the heart of Marion County, the prime location for all things equestrian, the Howard Johnson Inn Ocala is centered among some of North Central Florida’s premiere businesses and attractions. Easily accessed from Interstate 75, and just four short miles from Downtown Ocala, the Howard Johnson Ocala is easy to navigate to and from while guests explore what Marion County has to offer.
     
    For those interested in exploring the Horse Capital of the World, the Post Time Farm, which hosts the Horses in the Sun Winter Circuit every February is under two-miles from the Ocala hotel, and Ocala Breeder Sales is just minutes away. But horses are not all Ocala has to offer. The Super Flea Market, which boasts Florida’s best Go-Kart track, the Ocala Gran Prix, is literally just around the corner, and Silver Springs Theme Park, Ocala’s original attraction is minutes away.
     
    No matter what you are interested in, whether it is cars, horses, nature, shopping or dining, the Howard Johnson Inn Ocala puts it all at your fingertips.
     


     
    Nearby Attractions

    • Ocala Grand Prix
     3 Miles       
    • College of Central Florida
    4 Miles
    • Ocala Breeder Sales
     4 Miles
    • Florida State Fire College
    5 Miles
    • Lowell Correctional Institution
     5 Miles
    • Ocala Speedway
    5 Miles
    • Ocala Thunder Quad Flat Tracks
     5 Miles
    • Canyons Zip Line
    5 Miles
    • Southeastern Livestock Pavilion
     5 Miles
    • Silver Springs / Wild Waters
    8 Miles
    • Ocala Rotary Sportsplex
     10 Miles
    • Don Garlits Drag Racing Museum
    12 Miles
    • Ocala National Forest
     15 Miles
    • Post Time Farm/HITS Horse Show
    15 Miles
    • Rainbow Springs State Park
     15 Miles
    • Island Grove Vineyard
    20 Miles

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    Ocala Banquets and Meetings

    Our Howard Johnson Inn is the perfect location to host your next meeting that may call for as few as 18 people or as many as 100 people. With nearly 2,000 sq feet of meeting space, we can accommodate both small, intimate meetings as well as large training and charity benefits.

    Our hotel also features on-site catering with an experienced cook and basic bar service available for the enjoyment of your guests.  Our catering menu includes hearty meal options like baked ziti with steamed vegetable or simple finger food like chicken strips and french fries. Treat your conference attendees or company employees to a fun casual buffet dinner featuring items like  of savory chicken Marsala, mixed vegetables, and garlic mashed potatoes. Whatever your catering needs, our experienced staff can handle it.

    Our meeting facilities can provide your event with any standard event amenities. We can provide microphones and sound systems, speaker phones, an overhead projector and screen, easels, and flip charts and markers. Additionally, our banquet staff can arrange our rooms in whatever floor plan best suits you needs. With wireless Internet available to meeting attendants, we will keep your guests comfy and connected throughout your event.

    Boardroom
    Our Howard Johnson of Ocala meeting facilities can accommodate both large events and small.  For gatherings of 20 or less people, you might consider renting our boardroom.  This long room features a boardroom table in the center with seating facing inward.  It is ideal for depositions or planning roundtables.

    With a bar along the back wall, you can have a coffee and water station available during the course of your meeting.  The boardroom is adjacent to our hotel restaurant and catering, or ordering off the restaurant menu, are available should your event go through the lunch hour.  This room has two windows and provides natural light as well as overhead lighting.

    Square FootageBanquet SeatingTheater SeatingClassroom SeatingHalf Day RateFull Day Rate
    300NA20 persons15 persons$100.00$125.00

     


    Meeting Rooms
    Our Howard Johnson Inn is the perfect location for medium-sized events.  Our larger meeting room can hold up to 100 guests theater style and 90 banquet style. This room also has a divider so that it can be split if two separate rooms are needed.  An overflow boardroom can also be reserved if needed.

    The meeting space has both natural lighting and overhead lighting and is recently renovated.  With minimal, tasteful decorations, and comfortable chairs, your guests will be at ease while sitting through trainings, charity fundraisers and other functions.  Plenty of electrical outlets are available and extension cords can be provided upon request.  Each half of the large meeting hall has its own pull-down projector screen.  We do not allow outside food & beverage but catering is available onsite.

    Full Ballroom

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    1,52080 persons100 persons60 persons$200.003-5 Hours$275

    Breakout Rooms

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    76040 persons50 persons30 persons$150.003-5 Hours$200.00


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    Alexander Springs at Ocala National Forest

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    49525 County Road 445, Altoona, Florida
    (352) 669-3522

    One of the few first-magnitude springs in the state of Florida, Alexander Springs is one of the most visited Florida springs all year round. This is because of the spring’s constant hydrothermal water temperature, 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Tourists come from all over to enjoy the wilderness’s pristine condition and unique geography. Other activities guests enjoy include picnics under the towering mighty trees, swimming in its crystalline pool and a leisurely paddle trips via canoe or kayak in Alexander Run – a six mile long canoe run that ends at Alexander Creek.

    The Alexander Springs Recreation Area is open daily from 8am to 8pm. If you are camping in the park, then you will have an access code to get in 24/7. Both Canoe and kayak rentals are available at Alexander Springs. Camping facilities include spots for tent camping, trailer slots, picnic tables, restrooms, parking areas, drinking water, hot showers, and a concession stand open daily for other needs. Power and water hook-ups are not offered at this site.

    One unique activity available at the springs is scuba diving. If you are a certified diver with proof of certification, you may rent scuba gear, or bring your own, and descend into the turquoise waters at the spring boil. This allows an unprecedented view into the limestone mouth of the spring. Another activity available to visitors is hiking. There is a 1.1 mile long hiking trail within the recreation area. Other trails are available nearby also.

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    There is no better way to cool off from the heat of the hot summer sun than taking a dip into one of Florida’s waterways, and the Rainbow River, fed by the sparkling clear, cold waters of Rainbow Springs, is one of the best places to do so. There are two parks available for guests looking to access the river: K.P. Hole County Park and Rainbow Springs State Park.

    Both parks have picnic areas, fully accessible bathrooms, and swimming, tubing, kayaking, canoeing and diving. There are some differences between the two parks that are important to note depending on what you want to do. If you are interested in tubing down the river, the K.P. Hole Park offers a longer ride, but to see the headwaters where the spring formations are you have to visit Rainbow Springs State Park.

    Either park you choose to enter, the Rainbow River is truly spectacular. The springs pump out 72 degree, crystal-clear water all year long and produce sparkling clarity throughout the 5.6-mile long river. With underwater visibility of over 150 feet, guests can view a variety of underwater creatures and plants, including a vast array of fish species and turtles.

    Not surprisingly, archeological evidence suggests that people have been visiting these spring waters for almost 10,000 years. This is the real Florida, and this is one thing you don’t want to miss during your stay in beautiful Marion County.

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    There are many retirement communities in Florida, but only one is so exceptional that it has been named “Florida’s Friendliest Hometown”. When the founder of The Villages, Harold S. Schwartz, came up with the idea for The Villages over 50 years ago, he didn’t want to create just another average retirement center. By committing to the happiness and comfort of each resident, Schwartz created something truly special.

    While The Villages offers many fabulous residential areas and homes, you do not have to be a resident to enjoy all of the activities and attractions the retirement community has to offer. With two town squares filled with a variety of shops and restaurants, there is plenty to take in. Both town squares, as well as other centers in The Villages community, host nightly entertainment, so there is never a shortage of activities to choose from: plays, musicals, musicians, vintage car shows, arts and crafts and more.

    The Villages also hosts many special events including golf tournaments, book signings, polo games, fashion shows, health fairs and parades and festivals. There is literally never a dull moment in this retirement community. One of the appealing activities offered at the retirement community is golfing. With almost 40 executive level and country club style courses, everyone from beginners to professionals can have their turn on the green.

    With so much to offer, it is no wonder that The Villages is Florida’s premiere retirement community and attracts guests from all over the world. For a one-stop day full of entertainment and dining, there is nowhere that we, at the Sleep Inn and Suites Ocala-Belleview, recommend more.

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    Relax in comfort with up to five adults in our Ocala, Florida Two Queen hotel room. This room type offers two Queen-size deluxe mattresses that make it a perfect choice for families, youth sports teams, or church groups.

    Standard features you’ll enjoy in our Ocala hotel Two Queen Bed room include a 40″ flat screen cable television with premium movie channels, a mini-refrigerator and microwave, an iron and ironing board, a coffee maker, and many more. For your business and leisure needs, a complimentary high-speed wireless and wired Internet connection are available.

    Take a closer look at the many amenities that await you inside our comfortable Ocala hotel. View our gallery of photos or take a virtual tour.
     
    Guest Room Features:
    • Complimentary high speed Internet
    • Microwave & fridge in all rooms
    • In-room safes
    • In-room coffee maker
    • Free local calls
    • Free deluxe breakfast buffet
    • Free newspaper
    • Radio alarm clock
    • Handicap accessible
    • Permanent non-smoking rooms
    • 40″ Flat Screen TVs with free HBO
    • Pet-friendly rooms
    • Iron & ironing board
    • Hairdryer
    • Large work table

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  • Hotel Suites

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    Suites Sleep Inn

    Provided by: Sleep Inn & Suites Ocala

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    Sleep Inn Ocala-Belleview hotel suites provide a level of relaxation which far surpasses our standard guest rooms.   With both single king  suites and two queen bed suites, you can enjoy the finer things in life even if you are traveling with family or on your own.  Our suites are ideal for wedding parties and anniversaries.  Suites come with a sitting area featuring a fold out sofa, a coffee table, and a table with chairs.

    Step inside any one of our newly redesigned Ocala hotel rooms to experience comfortable, relaxing accommodations and superior service in the heart of Central Florida. Conveniently located along Interstate 75, exit 341, our Sleep Inn & Suites of Ocala-Belleview is home to a fantastic selection of great lodging options including a heated outdoor pool, a 24/7 fitness center, a 24/7 business center, a suite of useful in-room amenities, and a complimentary deluxe breakfast served fresh everyday. All of the rooms in our Ocala hotel are smoke and allergy-free and come equipped with de-humidifiers to combat the hot and heavy Florida summers.
     
    Our Ocala hotel guest rooms are also outfitted with large 32 inch flat screen TVs with premium movie channels, mini-refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers, work spaces, iron and ironing board, free local calls, and complimentary high speed wireless internet. Pet rooms are available. There is a $25 pet fee up to 50 pounds and a maximum of 2 pets are allowed per room
     
    Take a closer look at the many amenities that await you inside our comfortable Ocala hotel.
    • Complimentary high speed Internet
    • Microwave & fridge
    • Flat Screen TV
    • One cup coffee maker
    • Serta Pefect Sleeper mattresses
    • Free local calls
    • Free hot breakfast buffet
    • 100% Non-smoking
    • Power Station 
    • Handicap accessible
    • Curved shower rod
    • Air dehumidifiers
    • Premium Movie Channels (Showtime)
    • Pet-friendly rooms
    • Iron & ironing board
    • Hairdryer
    • Free newspaper
    • Large work desk
    • Safe 

  • Canyons Zip Line and Canopy Tours

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    Canyons Zip Line and Canopy Tours

    Canyons Zip Lining

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    Adventure awaits you at Canyon Zipline & Canopy Tours!

    Daily tours showcase Florida’s longest, highest, and fastest ziplines and are not for the faint of heart. Professionally certified guides and state of the art safety equipment will give you peace of mind so that you can enjoy the majestic and beautiful vistas, towering cliff walls, huge lakes, exhilarating rope bridges, and a thrilling rappel!

    Tours can accommodate groups of up to 8 people at a time and last from 2 ½ to 3 hours, during which you will be introduced to a beautiful and remote natural area of Ocala that few have ever seen.

    The friendly guides will train you in the proper zipping and safety techniques before you embark on a tour and will provide information regarding wildlife, nature and the history of the area. This eco-friendly tour involves traversing rope bridges, zipping between platforms and tree stands, hiking through stunning wooded areas, and rapelling from dizzying heights.

    Once the tour is concluded, you can take a well-deserved breather at the fenced scenic overlook. The overlook gives a beautiful panoramic view of the landscape and has picnic tables. The main base of the zipline also hosts a gift shop so you can immortalize your adventure with some souvenir items.
    Situated just outside of Ocala, Florida, Canyon Zipline and Canopy Tours is located only a mile from I-75’s exit 358. Furthermore, the Canyons Zipline is less than half an hour’s drive from our Holiday Inn Express and Suites of Silver Springs, Florida.

    Our hotel has partnered with the Canyons to bring you an exclusive deal. If you book your zipline tour together with a hotel stay at our Holiday Inn, you will receive a special room rate as well as a 10% discount per person for your zipline tour. Space on the zipline tours is limited so book today to reserve both your spot on the tour and a comfy room at our Holiday Inn Express and Suites!

  • Ocala's Chocolate and Confections

    A nearby attraction to Farm Tours of Ocala

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    Ocala's Chocolate and Confections

    A nearby attraction to Farm Tours of Ocala

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    You can have your delight for a one stop shop for all your gourmet, exotic, and everyday chocolate needs. If we don't have your desires on the shelf, simply make an order in advance and we can customize it specifically for you. We are a neighborhood store in a neighborly community, see you at Ocala's Chocolate & Confections!

    We also offer many chocolate fruits, other chocolate products and ice creams at our shop!


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  • Juniper Springs at Ocala National Forest

    Juniper Springs at Ocala National Forest

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    Juniper Springs at Ocala National Forest

    Juniper Springs at Ocala National Forest

    Provided by: Holiday Inn Express Silver Springs

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    Juniper Springs State Park offers one of the best canoeing and kayaking destinations in the Ocala National Forest. With sparkling turquoise springs and clement water temperatures for swimming all year round, Juniper Springs is a very popular destination for Floridians and out-of-state visitors alike.

    Juniper Springs is an oasis of beautiful and lush tropical vegetation in the middle of a dry and semi-barren Big Scrub. The natural springs bubbling up from a subterranean river, though fissures in the local limestone, give the water a heavy mineral content and a spa-like quality. This natural resource was developed in the 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corp to be featured as a local eco-gem.

    Juniper Springs offers a variety of services including a picnic area, hiking trails, restrooms, drinking water, ample parking and a large campground for both tent and RV camping. A concession stand has snacks as well as canoe and kayak rentals. You may choose to bring your own kayak or canoe; however, a $6 launch fee will still be assessed.

    There are two hiking trails within the Juniper Springs State Park that provide information on the history, flora and fauna of the park; the Juniper Run Trail and the Hammock Run Trail. Other trails connected to the Juniper Springs Park include the state-wide Florida Trail, the Farles Prairie Trail, and the Juniper Prairie Wilderness Trail.

    Map of the Juniper Springs Recreation Area

  • Farm Tour

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    Farm Tour

    Schedule a Tour

    Provided by: Farm Tours of Ocala

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    Tour Information

    Your experience will include 3 stops with scenic views along the pastoral oak lined country roads. Custom Tours specific to an event can be arranged by appointment. Special Tours for HITS and the OBS sales are planned. Depending on day of the week, and time of year, tours include a selection of the following.

    • Watch thoroughbreds in training Rail side
    • Newborn foals
    • OBS Sales
    • Dressage
    • Sport Horse Breeding Farms
    • Polo


    Advanced purchase required!

    For large groups (5+ people) or afternoon tours, please call 352-895-9302 or email farmtoursofocala@gmail.com for special reservations. 10 Adults maximum, so book early! Larger groups can be arranged with advance notice.



  • Hilton Ocala

    A nearby hotel to Farm Tours of Ocala

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    Hilton Ocala

    A nearby hotel to Farm Tours of Ocala

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    Host your unforgettable conference, group, or special event gathering at Hilton Ocala! 

    Whether you are hosting meeting, conference, convention, wedding or other special event, our modern, 9-story resort-style facility situated on 6 oak-lined acres provides the perfect venue in the true heart of the Sunshine State. 

    You will love our extraordinary style of hospitality, 40,000 square-feet of flexible indoor/outdoor meeting and events space, 196 well-appointed guest rooms and award-winning American Bistro dining. And because we are located just an hour from Orlando and Tampa, less than an hour to either coast, and approximately 300 miles from Miami, Atlanta or Pensacola, Hilton Ocala is your most convenient meeting or overnight travel destination.

  • World Class Golf Courses

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    World Class Golf Courses

    World Class Golf Courses

    Provided by: Holiday Inn Express Silver Springs

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    Marion County has a wealth of golf clubs.  With crisp manicured greens, beautiful vistas, and a variety of challenging course layouts, it is now wonder that golfers from all over the country flock to central Florida for premier golfing.  To find out about golf clubs in the vicinity of our hotel, please check out the course descriptions below.

    Ocala Municipal Golf Course 
    3130 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, FL *(352) 401-6917

    Conveniently located on Silver Springs Boulevard in Ocala, Florida, the Ocala Municipal Golf Course offers a paradise of Bermuda grass fairways, Emerald Dwarf Bermuda grass greens, 5 sets of tees, and 34 sand bunkers. A practice facility is available and includes a driving range, putting green, short game area, and bunkers. Rental clubs and golf carts are available upon request. Traditional golf attire is required.


     

    Candler Hills Golf Course
    8137 SW 90th Terrace Road, Ocala, FL *(352) 861-9712

    The beautiful Candler Hills Golf Course, designed by Gordon Lewis, is located within On Top of the World Communities, one of Florida’s premier retirement communities.  Among its other significant attributes, Candler Hills is a Par-72 Championship Golf Course.  Practice areas are available for both shot-making long and short options.  Candler Hills is a semi-private course offering five tees ranging from 4,877 to 7,333 yards and contains the longest par 5 in Florida.


     

    Country Club at Silver Springs Shores
    633 Silver Rd, Ocala, FL * (352) 687-2828

    This semi-private, par-72 course offers a challenging game for any golfer.  The combination of several different landscapes means that you will play through both parkland and typical Florida settings.  This Desmond Muirhead designed course has a rating of 73.5 and a slope rating of 133 on grass.  Additionally, the course offers a large clubhouse with banquet facilities perfect for weddings or other such events.  A golf shop is also available on-site.


     

    Ocala National Golf Club
    4782 Northwest 80th Avenue, Ocala, FL * (352) 629-7981

    This private Championship 18-hole course was designed by Rees Jones and is located in the heart of horse country.  It has many event facilities including a ballroom that seats 250 people, tennis courts, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a fitness center, and a pro golf shop.  Ocala National is known for hosting many notable golf events such as the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championships.


     

    Baseline Golf Course and Lighted Driving Range
    9000 Southeast 58th Avenue, Ocala, FL * (352) 245-4414

    The stunning scenery of Ocala’s Baseline Golf Course will inspire your golf game.  Perfectly manicured greens are juxtaposed with stylish tropical landscaping and a view that goes on forever.  Golf cart trails are well maintained and allow easy access throughout the course.  This public course does not do tee times, you just walk on.  Prices are Baseline are exceptionally reasonable and as are concessions at the course snack bar.  A lighted driving range allows play until 9pm.


     

    Huntington Golf Club
    799 Marion Oaks Manor, Ocala, FL * (352) 347-3333

    This semi-private golf club boasts a Par-72 of Bermuda grass greens, and Bermuda grass fairways and tees.  Landscaping includes tree-lined fairways and various elevation changes.  An on-site golf shop and restaurant offer golfers the opportunity to purchase needed equipment or snacks throughout the day.


     

    Lake Diamond Golf & Country Club

    16 Golf View Drive, Ocala, FL * (352) 680-0269

    Lake Diamond Golf & Country Club offers a secluded woodland setting in Central Florida.  This semi-private golf club offers tight fairways that encircle beautiful Lake Diamond, a steep slope, and a #9 hole that was featured as one of the best in Marion County.  Additionally, Lake Diamond Golf & Country Club offers a practice range, a pro golf shop, and a snack shop.


     

    Marion Oaks Golf & Country Club
    430 Marion Oaks Golf Way, Ocala, FL * (352) 347-1271

    Marion Oaks offers 18 holes of manicured Bermuda grass greens, tree-lined fairways, and tricky sand bunkers.  This championship golf course is a Par-72 and provides ample elevation changes with rolling topography.  Marion Oaks has an on-site practice facility as well as a pro shop and clubhouse with event hosting available.


     

    Royal Oaks Country Club
    11220 SW 69th Circle, Ocala, FL * 352.861.1818

    This challenging course will offer you 6,703 yards of manicured greens, changing slope angles, hazards, interesting approaches, and towering old Blue Jack Oaks and Slash Pines lining the fairways.  The front nine and back nine of this stunningly beautiful Par-72 course is very different.  The front nine are more secluded and feature 35-foot elevation changes whereas the back nine offers a meadow landscape.  Royal Oaks also boasts a notable clubhouse restaurant which offers light meals during the day and fine dining in the evenings.  Live music is provided in the clubhouse on weekends.


     

    Ocala Palms Golf & Country Club
    5174 NW 26th St, Ocala, FL * (352) 732-4653

    The Ocala Palms Golf Course is nestled into a beautiful country club and retirement community.  This Par-72 course features 18 holes of green fairways, ponds, sparkling waterfalls, white sand bunkers, old growth oak trees, and interesting topography that offers a challenge to skilled and amateur golfers alike.  Ocala Palms is a semi-private course that offers four sets of tees and is open seven days a week.  A pro shop is available on-site.


     

    Pine Oaks of Ocala
    2201 Northwest 21st Street, Ocala, FL * (352) 401-6940

    This municipal Par-72 golf course offers amazing greens, landscaping, and wildlife to delight you during your game.  Flowering trees in bloom provide a stunning background to this 18-hole course.  A practice facility with full driving range and 4 acres of short-game area will help you hone your skills.  Unlike most Ocala courses, Pine Oaks offers Disc Golf, a fast growing sport similar in principle to golf.  Additionally Pine Oaks offers a snack bar and a fully stocked golf pro shop.


     

    The Country Club of Ocala
    6823 Southeast 12th Circle Ocala, FL * (352) 237-6644

    This Par-72, 18-hole course was designed by Steve Nugent, and showcases the best golfing that Ocala has to offer.  The Country Club of Ocala has hosted USGA, State Golf Association, and regional PGA events amongst others.  A full tournament schedule is posted along with regular charitable events.   The Country Club of Ocala also hosts a state-of-the-art practice facility which includes three putting greens, instructional tee, a short game practice area, a private practice tee, and a full driving range with complimentary range balls.  A pro golf store and restaurant are available on-site.

  • Farm Tours of Ocala

    Farm Tours of Ocala

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    Farm Tours of Ocala

    Provided by: Holiday Inn Express Silver Springs

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    Enjoy a morning tour of Ocala's working farms! Discover why Marion County is the "Horse Capital of the World"! One of only four major thoroughbred centers in the world, Marion County's 600 thoroughbred farms have produced 45 national Champions, 6 Kentucky Derby winners, 6 Horses of the Year, and many Preakness Stakes and Breeders' Cup winners.

    Our Tour guides are, avid horse-people and long-time residents of Ocala's Horse Country, You will go behind the scenes of working farms, venues to get you up close and personal with equine athletes and the professionals who train and care for them. You can chat with the professionals and share our guides enthusiasm and knowledge of the Marion Country horse scene.Tours are by reservation only and MUST be approved via phone or email to avoid overbooking. When you request a reservation, your CC will not be charged until Tour is confirmed.Not recommended for kids under 10.

  • Wild Bill’s Air Boat Tours

    Wild Bill’s Air Boat Tours

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    Wild Bill’s Air Boat Tours

    Wild Bill’s Air Boat Tours

    Provided by: Sleep Inn & Suites Ocala

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    While Florida is known for its sandy beaches and tropical sunsets, it is home to a much more diverse natural landscape. With lush wetlands, winding rivers and forests, exploring the wilderness of Central Florida is a treat for any nature enthusiast. One of the best ways to discover this natural beauty is to take an airboat into the heart of it all.

    Wild Bill’s Airboat Tours takes guests on a high-speed airboat ride down the Withlacoochee River and deep into the swamplands that conceal the native wildlife of Florida. For those who have never been on an airboat before; it is a truly unique experience, and Florida, with all of its swamps and wetlands, is the perfect place to take on the adventure.

    The airboat is the perfect way to navigate through the shallow waters where guests will find an abundance of wildlife including the one-of-a-kind Florida Alligator. Tours can be arranged for single passengers and groups, and with U.S. Coast Guard approval, you can rest assured that you and your family will be safe and well taken care of.

    Wild Bill’s Airboat Tours provide guests with a closer look into the real Florida. For an adventurous, outdoor afternoon, there is nothing we, at the Sleep Inn and Suites Ocala, recommend more.

    12430 E Gulf to Lake Hwy, Inverness, FL
    (352) 726-6060 ‎ · wildbillsairboattour.com

  • Blue Wagyu

    A nearby attraction to Farm Tours of Ocala

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    Blue Wagyu

    A nearby attraction to Farm Tours of Ocala

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    At Blue Wagyu we believe that eating healthy doesn't have to be a choice between taste and wholesomeness. Our Wagyu beef - from the same breed that produces Japan's famed Kobe beef - is renowned for its intense marbling, which gives it unsurpassed flavor and tenderness. 

    Stop in today & try our delicious burgers, salads, pizzas, and fries.

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    Welcome to our website. If you continue to browse and use this website, you are agreeing to comply with and be bound by the following terms and conditions of use, which together with our privacy policy govern Farm Tours of Ocala's relationship with you in relation to this website. If you disagree with any part of these terms and conditions, please do not use our website. 

    The term 'Farm Tours of Ocala' or 'us' or 'we' refers to the owner of the website whose registered office is 801 SW 60th Ave Ocala FL United States 34474. The term 'you' refers to the user or viewer of our website. 

    The use of this website is subject to the following terms of use: 

    1. The content of the pages of this website is for your general information and use only. It is subject to change without notice. 

    2. This website uses cookies to monitor browsing preferences. If you do allow cookies to be used, the following personal information may be stored by us for use by third parties. 

    3. Neither we nor any third parties provide any warranty or guarantee as to the accuracy, timeliness, performance, completeness or suitability of the information and materials found or offered on this website for any particular purpose. You acknowledge that such information and materials may contain inaccuracies or errors and we expressly exclude liability for any such inaccuracies or errors to the fullest extent permitted by law. 

    4. Your use of any information or materials on this website is entirely at your own risk, for which we shall not be liable. It shall be your own responsibility to ensure that any products, services or information available through this website meet your specific requirements. 

    5. This website contains material which is owned by or licensed to us. This material includes, but is not limited to, the design, layout, look, appearance and graphics. Reproduction is prohibited other than in accordance with the copyright notice, which forms part of these terms and conditions. 

    6. All trade marks reproduced in this website which are not the property of, or licensed to, the operator are acknowledged on the website. 

    Unauthorized use of this website may give rise to a claim for damages and/or be a criminal offense.

  • Services

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    Services at Howard Johnson

    Provided by: Howard Johnson Inn Ocala

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    • Free Breakfast - Step into our newly renovated restaurant to enjoy complimentary deluxe continental breakfast every morning. Expanded breakfast items also available, made to order.

    • Free Internet - Surf the web on your laptop, iPad, Android or other mobile devices in our free high-speed Internet access – available all throughout the property and in guest rooms.

    • Heated Pool - Take a dip in our large, outdoor heated swimming pool, complete with a large sun deck and cabanas. A cozy Jacuzzi tub is also available in the swimming pool area.

    • Free Movies - Watch your favorite, free HBO movies in the comfort of your own guest room. Sports, news, entertainment and many more channels are also available on our 40″ flat screen TVs.

    • Fitness Center - Stay fit and in shape in our new exercise room equipped with cardio-workout machines. Available from 6a to 11p daily, our fitness room is located next to our lobby area.


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    • Business Center - Need to access your email, print boarding pass or print an important document? Step into our new lobby where a workstation and printer can be accessed from 6a to 11p daily.

    • Microwave and Fridge - For added convenience of our guests, we’ve installed microwave and fridge in all our guestrooms. You can now drink cold beverages and warm food whenever you want

    • Convenience Shop - Our souvenir and convenience shop is full of items that you need the most. Craving for some snacks? Want to to bring home some Ocala memorabilia? Come on over and we’ll set you up.

    • Guest Laundry - Need to freshen up some clothing? We provide an on-site guest laundry facility so you don’t have to look elsewhere for this service. Quarters and supplies available at front desk

    • Putt Putt Golf- Swing like a pro and challenge your self or some one you know in our on-site mini putt-putt golf course. Golf balls and clubs can be borrowed for free at the front desk.

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    Sleep Inn Ocala Hotel Serving Free Breakfast Daily

    A great breakfast awaits you at Sleep Inn & Suites Ocala-Belleview. Offering a free deluxe continental breakfast every morning, this Ocala hotel serves morning favorites such as made-to-order Belgian waffles, flaky biscuits with warm sausage gravy, sausage, hot eggs, hot and cold cereals, breakfast pastries, fresh fruits, yogurts and hot or cold beverages. Complimentary breakfast at Sleep Inn Ocala is available on weekdays from 6:00 to 10:00 in the morning and on weekends from 6:30 to 10:30am.

    For our guests who crave for a caffeine fix, our Ocala hotel provides a 24-hour gourmet coffee station in our lobby. Freshly-baked cookies are also available starting at 5PM to 8PM from Sunday through Thursday.

    Ocala Restaurants Near Sleep Inn & Suites Ocala-Belleview

    Sonny’s Barbeque
    1794 County Road 484, Ocala, FL
    (352) 245-5595 | Distance: 0.01 mile

    Kentucky Fried Chicken
    13545 SW 17th CT, Ocala, FL
    (352) 307-4300 | Distance: 0.01 mile

    Cracker Barrel
    13561 Southwest 17th CT, Ocala, FL
    (352) 307-7222 | Distance: 0.01 mile

    Taco Bell
    13545 S.W. 17th CT, Ocala, FL
    (352) 307-4300 | Distance: 0.01 mile

    484 New York Pizza
    1665 SW County Hwy 484, Ocala, FL
    (352) 347-4484 | Distance: 0.01 mile

    Mi Tierra Caliente Mex Rst
    2105 SW Highway 484 Suite 5, Ocala, FL
    (352) 245-1345 | Distance: 0.2 mile

    Tony’s Sushi
    3405 SW College Road, Ocala, FL
    (352) 237-3151 | Distance: 10.5 miles

    Mojo Grill & Catering
    4496 SW 100th Place, Ocala, FL
    (352) 307-1241 | Distance: 10.5 miles

    Olive Garden
    3363 Southwest College Rd, Ocala, FL
    (352) 854-0900 | Distance: 10.5 miles

    Stumpknockers
    13821 SW Hwy 200, Ocala, FL
    (352) 854-2288 | Distance: 15.5 miles

    Ruby Tuesdays
    3500 SW College Rd, Ocala, FL
    (352) 873-1999 | Distance: 10.5 miles

    Ocean Buffet
    3425 SW College Rd, Ocala, FL
    (352) 789-6266 | Distance: 10.5 miles

    Yamato Japanese Steakhouse
    4714 Southwest College Rd, Ocala, FL
    (352) 304-6077 | Distance: 11.2 miles

    Bonefish Grill
    4701 Southwest College Rd, Ocala, FL
    (352) 873-3846 | Distance: 11.2 miles

    Ipanema
    2023 South Pine Ave, Ocala, FL
    (352) 622-1741 | Distance: 13.2 miles

    Harry’s Seafood, Bar and Grill
    24 Southeast 1st Ave, Ocala, FL
    (352) 840-0900 | Distance: 13.2 miles

    Ocala Banquet Events, Weddings, and Catering
     
    Although our hotel does not have onsite event facilities, we do have local banquet halls and outdoor event venues that we recommend. The local catering service, Mojo’s Grill Catering, offers mobile catering as well as event planning services which work with these local venues to produce a beautiful and tasteful occasion, whether it is a wedding, a reception, a corporate outing, a meeting, or a party.
     
    To find out more about Mojo Grill Catering and their available Ocala area event venues, please click here. Our hotel also has packages available where you can book your event with Mojo, your guest sleeping rooms with our Sleep Inn and Suites, and you can receive complimentary transportation from the hotel to the nearby event venue and back (some restrictions apply). If you are interested in finding out more about this service, please contact us.

  • Silver Springs State Park

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    Silver Springs State Park

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    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    • The Silver Spring’s Attraction is currently closed and will reopen as the Silver Springs State Park on October 1, 2013.
    • The new Silver Springs State Park will be a combination of the previous Silver Spring’s Attraction and the previous Silver River State Park.
    • Beginning October 1, 2013, the new Silver Springs State Park will be open 7 days a week from 7:00 a.m. to dusk.
    • The new entrance fee will be $8/vehicle with a maximum of 8 persons in a vehicle or $5 per individual in one car.
    • The activities available in the new Silver Springs State Park will be riding the World Famous Glass Bottom Boats, renting canoes/kayaks and paddling up/down Silver Springs and the Silver River, visiting Silver River Museum, hiking, bird watching, and picnicking.
    • There will be two public entrances, one using the old entrance off State Road 40 and the other at the Silver River State Park off Baseline Road.

  • Ocala National Forest

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    Ocala National Forest

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    The Ocala National Forest encompasses over 383,000 acres of natural land between the St. Johns and Ocklawaha Rivers. The ONF offers visitors a view of the natural habitats of North Central Florida, including over 600 natural lakes, rivers and springs. While many visitors choose to camp either in one of dozens of campgrounds or camping areas dispersed throughout the forest, there are many activities perfect for those wishing to spend an afternoon in nature.

    For a little exercise, one can backpack through nearly 100 miles of trails winding through the natural habitat, or take the mountain biking trail that runs from the Clearwater Lake Recreation Area with Alexander Springs Recreation Area. There are also trails designated specifically for horse riding and camping. And for those interested in a more motorized view of the forest, there are over 200 miles of ATV and motorcycle trails and 81 miles of off-road trails for Jeeps and four-wheel drive vehicles, making the ONF one of the most-sought after destinations for off-roading in the state.
     
    What can be the most attractive to visitors during the hot summer months, however, are all the water-related activities the ONF boasts. Natural cold-water springs like Alexander Springs and Jupiter Springs draw in thousands of guests yearly with their sparkling clear, refreshingly cold water. While the major springs and lakes attract most visitors, there are hundreds of smaller waterways scattered throughout the forest just waiting to be discovered.
     

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    Provided by: Holiday Inn Express Silver Springs

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    Enjoy Free Hot Breakfast at our Express Start Breakfast Bar
     
    What’s better than a hot breakfast buffet that includes all your morning favorites? How about a FREE Hot Breakfast Buffet at the Holiday Inn Express Ocala-Silver Springs hotel that includes all your favorites – and more!
     
    Come join us every morning as our friendly attendant prepare your breakfast favorites beyond the usual continental options. Enjoy our expanded selections which include fluffy scrambled eggs, warm cheese omelets, crispy bacon and sausage, flaky biscuits and gravy, Holiday Inn Express’ very own signature cinnamon rolls and freshly made pancakes.
     
    For a lighter selection, we also offer fresh fruits and yogurts, assorted breakfast pastries and morning cereals. Of course, our breakfast bar is always over-flowing with beverages such as fresh milk, juices, coffee and tea. In case you don’t have time to sit down and enjoy your breakfast, don’t worry as we got you covered. Take any of your breakfast favorites to go!



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    Nearby Restaurants:

    La Rocco’s III
    5545 E Silver Springs Blvd, Silver Springs | (352) 236-5900
    Distance from hotel: .2 mile

    Bob Evans Restaurant
    4985 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala | (352) 438-0230
    Distance from hotel: .4 mile

    Outback Steakhouse
    4899 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala | (352) 236-0041
    Distance from hotel: .7 mile


    El Toreo Mexican Restaurant
    3790 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala | (352) 694-1401
    Distance from hotel: 1.4 miles

    Fat Boys Bar-B-Q
    4132 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala | (352) 236-3271
    Distance from hotel: 1.4 miles

    China Lee Buffet
    3743 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala | (352) 671-1888
    Distance from hotel: 1.8 miles

    Harry’s Seafood & Bar
    24 Southeast 1st Avenue, Ocala | (352) 840-0900
    Distance from hotel: 5.0 miles

    Mark’s Prime Steakhouse
    30 South Magnolia Avenue, Ocala | (352) 840-0900
    Distance from hotel: 5.1 miles

    The Mojo Grill
    503 South Pine, Ocala | (352) 369-6656
    Distance from hotel: 5.4 miles

    Nearby Bars:
    Tilted Kilt
    3155 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala | (352) 351-5458
    Distance from hotel: 2.5 miles

    Beef ‘O’ Brady’s
    3434 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala | (352) 304-5333
    Distance from hotel: 2.5 mile

    Ker’s WingHouse
    2145 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala | (352) 671-7880
    Distance from hotel: 3.6 miles

    Baseline Bar & Grill
    1903 Southeast 58th Ave, Ocala | (352) 624-0190
    Distance from hotel: 3.1 miles

    Pi on Broadway
    110 SW Broadway St, Ocala | (352) 369-5100
    Distance from hotel: 5.2 miles

    O’Malley’s Alley
    24 South Magnolia Ave, Ocala | (352) 690-2262
    Distance from hotel: 5.2 miles

    Cuvee Wine and Bistro
    2237 Southwest 19th Ave, Ocala | (352) 351-1816
    Distance from hotel: 7.2 miles

    Tony’s Bar & Grill
    2711 Southwest 27th Avenue, Ocala | (352) 390-8188
    Distance from hotel: 7.5 miles

  • Cactus Jack’s Trail Rides

    Cactus Jack's Trail Rides

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    Cactus Jack’s Trail Rides

    Cactus Jack's Trail Rides

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    There are several companies offering trail rides in the Marion County area, but none of them can compare to Cactus Jack’s Trail Rides. The love they have for both their trade, and their horses, shines through with every guided ride. With trails on the Cross Florida Greenway, through the Florida Horse Park and now at the Silver River State Park, Cactus Jack’s is the number one trail ride service in the area.

    With experienced guides, and well-trained horses, Cactus Jack’s provides safety and comfort for all riders, no matter how experienced. Whether you are a beginner, or an advanced rider, as long as you are over the age of six, Cactus Jack’s has the perfect horse and guide for you.

    The trail rides wind through the pine forests that encompass the Florida Greenway and the rolling hills, pastures and giant shade oaks that make up the Florida Horse Park. Guests can spend up to two and a half hours discovering the natural beauty of the Central Florida landscape and wildlife. Some of the wildlife seen on previous trail rides includes a variety of birds including hawks and Cardinals, Gopher Turtles, woodpeckers, snakes, owls, coyotes and armadillos.

    Whether you are an avid equestrian or it is your first time on, or not even near a horse, Cactus Jack’s Trail Rides can provide you with a safe, leisurely and enjoyable afternoon of horseback riding in beautiful Marion County, Florida. Singles, couples and groups are all welcome, but be sure to make a reservation because spots fill up quickly.

    Guests staying at Sleep Inn & Suites Ocala will get huge discounts!

    phone: 352-266-9326
    fax: 352-347-7896
    e-mail: deb@cactusjackstrailrides.com
    www.cactusjackstrailrides.com

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    Provided by: Holiday Inn Express Silver Springs

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    • ​Free Hot BreakfastEnjoy buffet-style hot breakfast items like scrambled eggs or omelets, bacon or sausage, freshly made pancakes plus biscuits & gravy. Fruits, cereals & pastries also available.

    • Free Internet Stay connected with our lightning-fast Wi-Fi access. Shop online, check emails, update your Facebook status or watch streaming movies all in the comfort of your own room.

    • Heated Pool - Always a big hit with our young guests, our heated pool becomes a refreshing oasis after a long journey on the road. Take a dip or simply lounge in the pool deck all day


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    • High Def TV's - Watch your favorite movies in high def from our 32″ flat screen TVs. With six free HBO channels and hundreds more to choose from, you’ll run out of popcorn sooner than you think.
    • Fitness Center - Burn those calories away in our fitness center equipped with state-of-the-art cadio machines. Accessible 24 hours a day, you’ll have plenty of time getting fit and in shape


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    • Business Center - Need to read email, print boarding pass or access a  document online? Our 24-hr business center equipped with workstations and printers could surely become very handy.

    • Microwave and Fridge - Keep your beverages cold and food hot in the comfort of your own room furnished with microwave and mini-refrigerator. For long staying guests, these items are a must.

    • Priority Club - Rack up points and rewards with the world’s largest and the best hotel loyalty program. Exchange accumulated points for free hotel stays, airline miles or merchandises.

    • Simplysmart Bed  - Our SimplySmart Bedding Collection provides clean, fresh, climate-appropriate linens and your choice of pillows to make your stay as much like home as possible.

    • Simplysmart Bath - Our SimplySmart Guest Bathroom features a state-of-the-art shower head, curved shower rod for more elbow room, fluffy cotton towels, and specially formulated toiletries.

  • Island Grove Winery

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    Island Grove Winery

    Island Grove Winery

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    Hawthorne, FL
    (352)-481-9463

    Just North of Ocala in pine shrub forests, is the stunningly beautiful Island Grove Wine Company. This winery is a little know attraction in Central Florida which is starting to make some news in the wine community.  the Island Grove Wine Company of Hawthorne is becoming known for its 100% blueberry wines as well as other fruity wines. These delicious wines are carried at select Sweetbay grocery stores throughout the Florida and more distributors are carrying these wines everyday.

    Island Grove’s predecessor, the Island Grove Agricultural Products company, opened in 1994 as a grower of blueberries for Publix grocery stores. When they had leftover berries from harvest, the idea arose of fermenting them to create a unique and delicious blueberry wine.  Chase Marden, an expert wine maker,was invited to the company to begin experimenting with the idea.  Eventually, he created the beverages which would come to define the Island Grove Wine Company.

    Today the Island Grove Wine Company has over 300 acres of blueberry fields which they harvest to make their wine as well as supply grocery stores. Their suite of wine varieties currently features eight flavors: Sorta Sweet Blueberry Wine, Rustic Raspberry, Back Porch Peach, Bold Blackberry, Southern Strawberry, Crisp Green Apple, Kinda Dry Blueberry Wine, and a Holiday Wine which is seasonal.

    Although the Island Grove Wine Company is growing and busy, they are eager to show off their facility to visitors. Island Grove offers tours daily (please call in advance). Wine tastings and larger tours can be arranged complimentary with advance notice.

    For additional information on the Island Grove Wine Company, Please Click Here.  The winery is located relatively nearby our hotel, the Sleep Inn & Suites of Ocala and Belleview.  To reach the winery, you follow I-75 North to the exit for HWY 301.  Follow 301 North to the town of Hawthorne and the Orange Citrus Stand.  Directions from the highway to the winery can be acquired from the staff of their roadside stand located just adjacent to the Orange Citrus stand.

  • I-75 Super Flea Market

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    I-75 Super Flea Market

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    4121 Northwest 44th Avenue Ocala, FL
    (352) 351-9220

    The I-75 Super Flea Market offers some of the most enticing shopping in Marion County.  With over 13,000 shoppers each weekend, the flea market is outgrowing its current facility and is expanding to include room for over 1,000 new covered vendor spaces as well as additional parking.  You can find great bargains at this flea market including clothing, produce, antiques, furniture, electronics and so much more.  Additionally, the flea market has an air conditioned restaurant that serves up some great snacks to keep you full while perusing all the great deals.  The I-75 Super Flea Market is open from 9am-2pm on Fridays and from 9am-4pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

     

    The Market of Marion
    12888 SE US Highway 441 Belleview, FL
    (352) 245-6766

    With over 1,000 booths, the Market of Marion offers a shopper’s paradise.  They have all of the typical Flea Market fare (produce, antiques, souvenirs, collectibles, electronics, clothing, and food) as well as a variety of fun events throughout the year including a Chili Cook-off, a Home & Garden Show, vehicle swap meets, bikers’ events, and various festivals.  The Market of Marion is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with hours on Thursday during the winter months.

     

    Waldo Flea Market
    17805 NE US Highway 301, Waldo, FL 32694
    (352) 468-3111

    With over 50 acres of bargains, and 40,000 visitors each weekend, the Waldo Flea Market, north of Ocala, provides a fun and family-friendly place to shop.  A 20,000 square foot antique mall offers a comfortable atmosphere to browse through collectables and treasures.  A selection of produce stands offer up a cornucopia of fresh fruits and vegetables.  This market is open every Saturday and Sunday, rain or shine.  Booth pricing is very reasonable and if you are a vendor, you have many options for choice of space, power, and parking.

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    Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ocala-Silver Springs Location

    Conveniently located between the heart of Downtown Ocala and the Ocala National Forest, the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites Ocala-Silver Springs offers easy access to a variety of local attractions. Our Ocala hotel is just across the street from the world-famous Silver Springs Attraction and only three miles from Downtown Ocala and Silver Springs Shores.

    No matter what your reason for visiting Ocala, whether for business or leisure, the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites Ocala-Silver Springs provides guests with a central location surrounded by a variety of activities.

    Take a dip in a cool, natural spring, view the artwork at one of the state’s best art museums, The Appleton, or try your hand at a round of golf. One thing is sure, whatever you do, our Ocala hotel will be the perfect place to come home to after a long day of work or play. 


    Nearby Attractions & Destinations

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       3 Miles6 Miles
    • Munroe Regional Medical Center
       6 Miles
    • Ocala Regional Medical Center
    6 Miles
    • Southeastern Livestock Pavilion
       8 Miles10 Miles
    • Ocala International Airport
       12 Miles
    • Ocala Breeder Sales
    12 Miles
    • Don Garlits Drag Racing Museum
       18 Miles20 Miles
    • Rainbow Springs State Park
       26 Miles30 Miles

  • ​Accessible Rooms

    Accessible Rooms Howard Johnson Ocala

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    Accessible Rooms Howard Johnson Ocala

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    Our accessible rooms all feature safety bars in the shower, extra wide doorways, wide corridors between beds, lowered signage, modified emergency alarm systems, furniture and counters adjusted for reduced reach ranges, and modified beds. Roll-in showers and rooms for the hearing-impaired are also available in some rooms upon request. Wall-mounted folding bathtub seats are also available in some rooms and removable bathtub seats are available for all rooms upon request.

    Take a closer look at the many amenities that await you inside our comfortable Ocala hotel. View our gallery of photos or take a virtual tour.
     
    Guest Room Features
    • Complimentary high speed Internet
    • Microwave & fridge in all rooms
    • In-room safes
    • In-room coffee maker
    • Free local calls
    • Free deluxe breakfast buffet
    • Free newspaper
    • Radio alarm clock
    • Handicap accessible
    • Permanent non-smoking rooms
    • 40″ Flat Screen TVs with free HBO
    • Pet-friendly rooms
    • Iron & ironing board
    • Hairdryer
    • Large work table

  • Farm Tours of Ocala

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    Farm Tours of Ocala

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    Enjoy a morning tour of Ocala's working farms! Discover why Marion County is the "Horse Capital of the World"! One of only four major thoroughbred centers in the world, Marion County's 600 thoroughbred farms have produced 45 national Champions, 6 Kentucky Derby winners, 6 Horses of the Year, and many Preakness Stakes and Breeders' Cup winners.

    Our Tour guides are, avid horse-people and long-time residents of Ocala's Horse Country, You will go behind the scenes of working farms, venues to get you up close and personal with equine athletes and the professionals who train and care for them. You can chat with the professionals and share our guides enthusiasm and knowledge of the Marion Country horse scene.Tours are by reservation only and MUST be approved via phone or email to avoid overbooking. When you request a reservation, your CC will not be charged until Tour is confirmed.Not recommended for kids under 10.

  • Ocala Flying Model Club

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    Ocala Flying Model Club

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    Let’s face it; you don’t have to be a kid to like playing with toys. For those of us who still love the thrill of flying model airplanes and helicopters, Ocala has the perfect destination. The Ocala Flying Model Club (OFMC) has been around since 1989, and their flying pavilion is located just over five miles from the Sleep Inn and Suites Ocala-Belleview.

    Located on the Florida Greenway, the OFMC area is over 200-acres of land dedicated to flying model aircrafts. As an affiliate of the International Miniature Aerobatic club, the OFMC takes the subject of model aerobatics very seriously. With a 48′ x 600′ paved runway, a designated area for helicopters and gliders, four covered pavilions, electrical outlets and a small cooking facility the OFMC has all the amenities needed for flying events. In fact, aerobatics and fly-in events are held at least one time per month.

    The club is always accepting new members and welcomes spectators to all events held at the facility. On a beautiful, sunny Florida day when there is not a cloud in the sky, watching the model airplanes zip across the sky is a great way to spend the afternoon.

    1020 SE 110th St, Ocala, FL
    ocalaflyingmodelclub.com

  • Island Grove Wine Company

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    Island Grove Winery

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    Island Grove Wine Company

    Hawthorne, FL
    (352)-481-9463

    Nestled in the forests of Central Florida, just a short drive North of Ocala, is the Island Grove Wine Company. This well-kept secret is starting to make some big waves in the wine community. Island Grove is becoming famous for its 100% blueberry wines as well as other specialty fruit wines. These desirable wines are currently carried at Sweetbay grocery stores throughout the state and more distributors are carrying them everyday.

    The Island Grove Agricultural Products company began in 1994 as a producer of blueberries for grocery stores. When they had a surplus of berries, the idea formed to start fermenting them into a unique and delicious wine. An expert wine maker, Chase Marden, was brought to the facility to begin the great experiment which would eventually become the Island Grove Wine Company.

    Today the Island Grove Wine Company uses berries from over 300 acres of blueberry fields to make their wine. Their broad selection currently features 8 varieties with the promise of more to come. These include: Sorta Sweet Blueberry Wine, Kinda Dry Blueberry Wine, Rustic Raspberry, Back Porch Peach, Bold Blackberry, Southern Strawberry, Crisp Green Apple, and a Holiday Wine which is seasonal.

    Although this company is growing and busy, they are always happy to have visitors. Island Grove offers winery tours every day (provided you call in advance). Wine tastings and field tours are also provided complimentary to large groups which arrange trips in advance.

    For more information on Island Grove Wine Company, Please Click Here.

  • Florida Equine Champions

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    Florida Equine Champions

    Florida Equine Champions

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    We're working to bring Ocala / Marion County visitors face-to-face with Florida champion horses, through building a museum, barn and visitor's center at the Florida Horse Park dedicated to Florida champion horses, their influence and legacy.

    Ocala is truly the "Horse Capital of the World" - and we're working hard to create a wonderful opportunity to help make Florida's equine champions more accessible to the public.

  • Dining

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    Free Breakfast at our On-Site Restaurant
     
    Start your day off the right way!  Our complimentary breakfast is offered every morning in our lobby dining area from the hours of 6-10am. With items like fresh fruit, cereals, danishes and other pastries, bagels, toast, sausage and biscuits, and Belgian waffles.  Our coffee and tea station is open 24/7 for the convenience of our guests.  We even have newspapers complimentary for the enjoyment of our guests. 
     
     
    On-Site Restaurant / Room Service
     
    So as to accommodate our guests, the on-site HoJo restaurant in the lobby also serves freshly cooked dinner specials liked baked chicken, Lasagna, vegetable pilaf, seafood, etc., come and taste our famous Hamburgers and Club Sandwiches or have them delivered to your room. And also, don’t forget our fresh salads and soups.

    Area Restaurants:
    2015 SW 17th Street, Ocala, FL | (352) 369-6656
    Distance to hotel: 3.7 miles
    3131 SW College, Ocala, FL | (352) 237-4949
    Distance to hotel: 4 miles

    24 SE 1st Ave, Ocala, FL | (352) 840-0900
    Distance to hotel: 4.3 miles
    3500 SW College Rd, Ocala | (352) 873-1999
    Distance from hotel: 4 miles

    3415 SW College, Ocala, FL | (352) 873-8500
    Distance from hotel: 4 miles
    4701 SW College, Ocala, FL | (352) 873-3846
    Distance to hotel: 5 miles

    3215 SW College, Ocala, FL | (352) 237-0022
    Distance to hotel: 4 miles
    3405 SW College, Ocala, FL | (352) 237-3151
    Distance to hotel: 4.2 miles

    Area Bars:

    Pub * 114 NW 5th St, Ocala, FL * (352) 857-7256

    Cuvee Wine & Bistro * 2237 SW 19th Ave Rd, Ocala, FL * (352) 351-1816

    Ocala Ale House * 305 SE 17th St, Ocala, FL * (352) 620-8989

    Pi on Broadway * 110 SW Broadway St, Ocala, FL * (352) 369-5100 ‎

    Beef O’ Brady’s  * 4543 E Windmill Dr, Inverness, FL * (352) 419-6511 ‎

  • Swimming with the Horses

    Take a day to go swim with the horses.

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    Swimming with the Horses

    Take a day to go swim with the horses.

    Provided by: Howard Johnson Inn Ocala

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    You hear about swimming with the dolphins, sharks, manatees, etc., but have you heard about swimming with horses? That’s right, I said horses! This incredible excursion will have you going horseback for 3 hours. 1 hour riding out to the river, 1 hour stop at the river, and 1 hour ride back to the trail head. During your 1 hour break, you will have the opportunity to ride the horses while it swims in the river.



    Optional things to bring: Snacks, drinks, sunscreen, bug spray, towels, and a camera to capture those memories.



    Be sure to dress comfortable and have a blast!



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  • Silver Springs State Park

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    Silver Springs State Park

    Silver Springs State Park

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    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    • The Silver Spring’s Attraction is currently closed and will reopen as the Silver Springs State Park on October 1, 2013.
    • The new Silver Springs State Park will be a combination of the previous Silver Spring’s Attraction and the previous Silver River State Park.
    • Beginning October 1, 2013, the new Silver Springs State Park will be open 7 days a week from 7:00 a.m. to dusk.
    • The new entrance fee will be $8/vehicle with a maximum of 8 persons in a vehicle or $5 per individual in one car.
    • The activities available in the new Silver Springs State Park will be riding the World Famous Glass Bottom Boats, renting canoes/kayaks and paddling up/down Silver Springs and the Silver River, visiting Silver River Museum, hiking, bird watching, and picnicking.
    • There will be two public entrances, one using the old entrance off State Road 40 and the other at the Silver River State Park off Baseline Road.

     


    Silvers Springs has been called “Florida’s Original Tourist Attraction”, and since it has attracted visitors long before Ocala even existed, it is no surprise. The 99.8 percent pure, cold spring water attracted many Indian tribes centuries before the Spaniards settled the area. When commerce on the Silver River sprung up in the 1800s, the tourism began, especially with the invention of the glass-bottomed boat in 1878. And the rest is, well, history.

    The natural springs, the main attraction, pump out 550 million gallons of crystal-clear, refreshingly cold water each day. Guests can view the seven separate springs in shocking clarity by taking a ride on one of the glass-bottomed boats the park is famous for.

    While the springs are perhaps the most intriguing and beautiful area of the park, Silver Springs Theme Park has much more to offer its guests. There are several wildlife exhibits featuring many species including a variety of birds, snakes, turtles, bears, panthers and alligators, including a new exhibit featuring an extremely rare reptile, the white alligator. There is also a petting zoo where guests can hand-feed a variety of farm animals including sheep, rabbits, donkeys and goats.

    More attractions include a giant children’s playground and a lighthouse carousal ride that soars 80 feet above the park to provide a breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding area. Along with shopping and dining, there are many activities to have a full day of fun at Silver Springs Theme Park, all while taking in the natural beauty of Florida and its wildlife.

    5656 E Silver Springs Blvd, Silver Springs, FL
    (352) 236-2121 ‎ · silversprings.com

  • ​How It Works

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    How It Works

    When
    Monday - Saturday
    Begin: 8:45 AM
    End: 12:00 PM
    Where
    Florida Thoroughbred Breeder's and Owner's Association
    Policies
    Rain or Shine
    Should weather be extreme, we will reschedule.
    48 Hour Cancellation.
    Step Tours Available for Tour Operator.
    Capacity
    10 People per tour
    Itinerary
    Visit 3 Farms/Locations for an interactive experience with horses.
    During events such as the Ocala Breeder`s Sales, HITS, Florida Horse Park. These events may be a stop.
    Itinerary is at discretion of Farm Tours of Ocala.
    There is walking and uneven ground.

    Our Tour guides are, avid horse-people and long-time residents of Ocala’s Horse Country. You will go behind the scenes of working farms, venues to get you up close and personal with equine athletes and the professionals who train and care for them. You can chat with the professionals and share our guides enthusiasm and knowledge of the Marion Country horse scene.

  • Historic Downtown Ocala

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    Historic Downtown Ocala

    Historic Downtown Ocala

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     Ocala’s vibrant downtown is unique in Central Florida. With a myriad of quirky restaurants, a theater, art galleries, a weekly farmers market, and one of the most stunning Winter Christmas Lights Display, Downtown Ocala provides hours of entertainment.

    If you are feeling a bit peckish, why not try Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille, Ocala’s most popular restaurant? They even have patio seating on the sidewalk for warm spring nights. If you want to surprise someone special with a different type of dining experience, why not try The Melting Pot, Ocala’s only fondue restaurant. Other amazing eateries include Marks Prime Steakhouse (also with outside dining), and the Sushi Bistro of Ocala.

    If you walk one block west of the Downtown square, at the corner of Broadway and 1st ave, you will come to the Ocala Wine Experience, a quaint little shoppe which specializes in fine wines and cheeses. Enjoy tastes from around the world or pick up the perfect housewarming present. If you want to pick up a more decorative gift, then why not visit one of several art galleries on the square or a gourmet Chocolate Confectioners.

    If your feet get tired from walking and shopping, you can take in a show or some improv comedy at the Insomniac Theater. You can also take in a film at Carmike Cinema, located on Magnolia just a short trot from the downtown square.

    Other businesses located in the downtown are include the Chamber of Commerce & Economic Partnership, the Munroe Regional Medical Centerand the Ocala Regional Medical Center.

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  • Gypsy Gold Vanner Horses

    Gypsy Gold Vanner Horses

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    Gypsy Gold Vanner Horses

    Gypsy Gold Vanner Horses

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    When Dennis and Cindy Thompson stopped to admire Shire Horses while on a business trip in England, they had an encounter that would forever change their lives and the horse breeding industry. After spotting an incredibly beautiful and spectacular-looking black and white horse, the Thompsons had to have a second look.

    After discovering the magnificent horse belonged to a nearby caravan of gypsies, the couple entered into a world few have seen. This group of nomadic people was in fact cross-breeding horses to create a truly unique, and spectacular breed now known as Gypsy Vanner Horses. The Thompsons were so inspired by what they encountered they decided to bring their new finding back to America. In fact, that first horse they saw became the first horse bred by gypsies in the world to be recognized as a breed.

    Visitors to the Gypsy Gold Farm in beautiful Marion County can see the horse that started it all, Cushti Bok. The stallion was named after the gypsy translation for “good luck”, which says it all. In 1997, Cushti Bok became the first Gypsy Vanner stallion in North America, and the legend began.

    The Gypsy Gold Farm is part of an event in equestrian history that is unique to the Marion County area. This is something any horse enthusiast staying at the Sleep Inn and Suites Ocala does not want to miss. Whether you are a breeder, an equestrian or just interested in learning more about an exceptional piece of history and a beautiful breed of animals, the Gypsy Vanner Horses will not disappoint you.

    12501 SW 8th Ave, Ocala, FL
    (352) 307-3777 ‎ · gypsygold.com

  • Cactus Jack’s Trail Rides

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    Cactus Jack’s Trail Rides

    Cactus Jack’s Trail Rides

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    Aside from having the most number of horses and ponies in residence in the country, Marion County also boasts of countless miles of scenic horse trails waiting to be discovered by nature lovers and horse aficionados. For recreational riders, the Silver River State Park which is about 3 minutes from the Holiday Inn Express Ocala-Silver Springs just opened 10 miles of new trail system and is gaining fans quickly.

    In addition to the relaxing shade provided by the thick canopy above, the trail which is part of Ocala National Forest also provides an exciting display of a healthy ecosystem teeming with wildlife. Visitors can bring their own horses or contact our friends at Cactus Jack’s Trail Rides (352) 266-9326 for a guided trail ride any day of the week. Cactus Jack’s is also the leading trail ride provider at the nearby Florida Horse Park and Cross Florida Greenway. Guests staying at the Holiday Inn Express Ocala-Silver Springs are entitled to a huge discount so don’t forget to mention you’re with us when you reserve your rides!

    For trail ride reservation, please contact:
    www.cactusjackstrailrides.com
    phone: 352-266-9326
    e-mail: deb@cactusjackstrailrides.com

  • Going Green

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    Going Green

    Provided by: Sleep Inn & Suites Ocala

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    Sleep Inn & Suites Hotel of Ocala-Belleview, Florida has undergone many changes in our efforts to Go Green.  What does that mean exactly?  We have one earth…One chance to get it right.

    How has our hotel made advances in the Going Green initiative?  Here are some of our best practices for going GREEN:

     
    • Conversion to all LED lighting interior/exterior
    • Implementation of a preventative maintenance program
    • Purchasing the most energy-efficient equipment available
    • Team member training on best green practices
    • Use of Eco-friendly, green chemicals
    • Planting indigenous landscaping which requires less water
    • Install water censors on sprinkler systems
    • Replace aerators on all bath sinks reducing 2.5gal per minute to 1.5gal
    • Implement a Linen Reuse for our guest rooms
    • Provide recycle receptacles throughout hotel vending areas and exterior areas

  • Pet Policy

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    Provided by: Howard Johnson Inn Ocala

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    Why yes...we are pet-friendly!



    Here at our award-winning

    Howard Johnson Inn Ocala

    we welcome your furry family members.


    Small Pets under 15lbs: $20 per pet, per night
    Medium Size Pets 16-25lbs : $30 per pet, per night
    Large Pets 26-50lbs: $50 per pet, per night

    Only 2 pets per room please
    Pets over 50lbs: Call Hotel Directly 352-629-7021



    Service Animals Welcome: No Charge

  • Thank You! We Appreciate Your Business!

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    Thank You! We Appreciate Your Business!

    Guest Satisfaction

    Provided by: Holiday Inn Express Silver Springs

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    Hotel & Suites of Ocala-Silver Springs

  • Local Partners

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    Local Partners

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    Thank You! We Appreciate Your Business!

    Guest Satisfaction

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    ​​Please let us know how your stay has been at Sleep Inn & Suites Hotel of Ocala-Belleview, Florida

  • Ocala Breeder Sales

    Ocala Breeder Sales

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    Ocala Breeder Sales

    Ocala Breeder Sales

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    Ocala Breeder Sales, known by Ocala locals as OBS, is world-famous for its offering of top-quality thoroughbreds. With summer sales of two-year olds, horses of racing age and yearlings as well as a mixed sale in fall, those looking to purchase a thoroughbred have several opportunities to see the best of the best in person. OBS also offers a catalog of available horses listed by sire, dam, consignor and by state in which they were bred.

    For those not interested in purchasing horses, OBS offers a variety of other activities including races and inter-track wagering. With thoroughbred racing, dog racing and Jai Alai there is plenty of action for spectators to soak-up and to bet on if they feel inclined. The venue also boasts its own restaurant, Championship Restaurant, and Ocala Breeders Feed and Supply. The store, which has been open 25 years, produces its own horse feed for the highest quality and freshness.

    For equestrians staying at the Howard Johnson Ocala, a short trip to Ocala Breeder Sales is definitely one thing you don’t want to miss.

  • Two Queen Room

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    Two Queen Room

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    Relax in comfort with up to six adults in our Ocala-Silver Springs, Florida Two Queen hotel room. This room type offers two Queen-size deluxe mattresses that make it a perfect choice for families, youth sports teams, or church groups.
     
    Standard amenities you’ll enjoy in the Ocala-Silver Springs, Florida Two Queen hotel room include a 32″ flat screen television with premium movie channels, a mini-refrigerator and microwave for in-room dining, an iron and ironing board, a coffee maker, and a desk with chair. For your business and leisure needs, a complimentary high-speed wireless Internet connection is available.

    Step inside our award-winning Ocala-Silver Springs, Florida hotel rooms to experience comfortable, luxurious accommodations and excellent service in the heart of Central Florida. The conveniently located Holiday Inn Express & Suites of Ocala-Silver Springs is home to a fantastic selection of desirable lodging options including a free high-speed internet access, free hot breakfast, 24-hour business center, large outdoor heated pool and on-site fitness center.

    Take a closer look at the many amenities that await you inside our fine Ocala-Silver Springs hotel. View our gallery of photos, watch our video or take a virtual tour.

    • Complimentary high speed Internet
    • Microwave & fridge
    • Speakerphone
    • In-room coffee maker
    • State-of-the-art shower head
    • Free hot breakfast buffet
    • 100% Non-smoking
    • Radio alarm clock
    • Handicap accessible
    • Curved shower rod
    • LCD TV with free HD movies (HBO)
    • Pet-friendly rooms
    • Iron & ironing board
    • Hairdryer
    • Specially formulated toiletries

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  • HITS Horse Shows

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    HITS Horse Shows

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    The Post Time Farm in Ocala is one of five, national locations that host the Horse Shows in the Sun, HITS, Circuit. Every winter, the world-renowned horse show takes over the local equestrian scene in Marion County. The show, which is specifically focused on hunting and jumping competitions, allows local riders, horses and breeders to showcase their talent to the nation and the to the world.

    With several competitions and prizes at stake including the Diamond Mills Hunter Prix Final, the Pfizer Million Grand Prix and hundreds of circuit awards, there are plenty of opportunities for a big win at the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit. Even though horses are the star of the show at Post Time Farm, there are plenty of other events and activities for guests at HITS to get involved in. With dog shows, grooming competitions, award banquets, a kid’s day and horse parades, a day at a Horses in The Sun Show is sure to keep you and your family entertained.

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    Silver River State Park

    Silver River State Park

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    Our Holiday Inn Express Ocala-Silver Springs is the closest hotel to the Silver River State Park, a 4,600 acre wonderland for the all nature lovers out there. The park next to our hotel has more than 10 distinct natural habitats, dozens of sparkling, mineral-rich springs and miles of well-maintained trails. Visitors can canoe down the crystal clear river, hike or bike along one of the scenic trails, or just sit and watch for the wide variety of native birds and wildlife that make the Silver River State Park their home.  One of the most fascinating features for most visitors are the wild monkeys that live along the Silver River and can sometimes be spotted in the park.

    The Silver River picnic area features three large pavilions with BBQ grills that may be rented for group outings. A beautiful venue for family reunions, birthday parties, or even weddings, the picnic area provides shelter on sunny days, plenty of seating, and a playground for the youngsters.
    For overnight stays, the park has a full facility campground and 10 luxury cabins. There is also a primitive campground for use by organized groups (scouts, church groups, etc.), however, with our hotel just down the road from the Silver River State Park, there is no need to rough it if you don’t need to.

    The Silver River State Park is home to a pioneer cracker village and the Silver River Museum and Environmental Education Center. The center is operated by the Marion County School District in cooperation with the park and is open to the public on weekends and holidays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00. p.m. Admission to the Museum is $2.00 per person. Children under 6 are free. For more information please visit Silver River Museum website byclicking here.

    The main entrance to Silver River State Park is located east of Ocala, one mile south of our Holiday Inn Express and Suites of Silver Springs, on State Road 35.

  • Accessible Rooms

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    Accessible Rooms

    Accessible Rooms Ocala

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    ​Our handicapped accessible rooms are modified for utmost comfort and convenience. All of these rooms feature safety bars in the shower, extra wide doorways, wide spacing between beds, lowered signage, furniture and counters adjusted for reduced reach ranges, and modified beds. Bathtub seats are also available upon request as are TTY/TTD services.

    Step inside any one of our newly redesigned Ocala hotel rooms to experience comfortable, relaxing accommodations and superior service in the heart of Central Florida. Conveniently located along Interstate 75, exit, 341, our Sleep Inn & Suites of Ocala-Belleview is home to a fantastic selection of great lodging options including a heated outdoor pool, a 24/7 fitness center, a 24/7 business center, a suite of useful in-room amenities, and a complimentary deluxe breakfast served fresh everyday. All of the rooms in our Ocala hotel are smoke and allergy-free and come equipped with de-humidifiers to combat the hot and heavy Florida summers.
     
    Our Ocala hotel guest rooms are also outfitted with large 32 inch flat screen TVs with premium movie channels, mini-refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers, work spaces, iron and ironing board, free local calls, and complimentary high speed wireless internet. Pet rooms are available. There is a $25 pet fee up to 50 pounds and a maximum of 2 pets are allowed per room
     
    Take a closer look at the many amenities that await you inside our comfortable Ocala hotel.
    • Complimentary high speed Internet
    • Microwave & fridge
    • Flat Screen TV
    • One cup coffee maker
    • Serta Pefect Sleeper mattresses
    • Free local calls
    • Free hot breakfast buffet
    • 100% Non-smoking
    • Power Stations
    • Handicap accessible
    • Curved shower rod
    • Air dehumidifiers
    • Premium Movie Channels (Showtime)
    • Pet-friendly rooms
    • Iron & ironing board
    • Hairdryer
    • Free newspaper
    • Large work desk
    • Safe

  • PURE Allergy-Free Rooms

    PURE Allergy-Free Rooms

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    PURE Allergy-Free Rooms

    PURE Allergy-Free Rooms

    Provided by: Holiday Inn Express Silver Springs

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    Our PURE rooms deliver what every traveler wants – a fresh room. The PURE difference is the peaceful assurance that you’re in a place as comfortable as home with the guarantee that every surface you touch is as safe as it possibly can be. If you are one of the millions of Americans affected by allergies, this offers the perfect room option for your stay.
     
    As you open the door to one of our allergy-friendly rooms you will immediately notice the crisp and clean air surrounding you. We sanitize the air handling units and install air purifiers that continuously filter the air as well as kills viruses and bacteria. All of the surfaces in these remarkable guestrooms, including special mattress and pillow covers, are treated to reduce allergens, resist molds, spores, and dust mites. We care about your health and whether you are traveling for business or pleasure we feel confident that our PURE experience will fulfill your every need for comfort and functionality.

    Comforting features of our new PURE rooms include:
    • Sanitized heater and air conditioner, cleaned with PURE Tea Tree Oil to inhibit microbial growth
    • Cleansed and sanitized soft surfaces, to eliminate contaminants that trigger allergies
    • “PureShield™ application on all surfaces, to minimize the growth of bacteria
    • In room air purification system, to render air quality four times cleaner than threshold for asthma patients
    • Hypo-allergenic pillow cases and mattress covers, to eliminate dust and dander associated with bedding.

  • Two Queen Bed Room

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    Sleep in comfort with up to four adults in our Ocala, Florida Double Queen hotel room. This room type offers two Queen-size deluxe mattresses which make it a perfect choice for families, youth sports teams, or church groups.

    Step inside any one of our newly redesigned Ocala hotel rooms to experience comfortable, relaxing accommodations and superior service in the heart of Central Florida. Conveniently located along Interstate 75, exit 341, our Sleep Inn & Suites of Ocala-Belleview is home to a fantastic selection of great lodging options including a heated outdoor pool, a 24/7 fitness center, a 24/7 business center, a suite of useful in-room amenities, and a complimentary deluxe breakfast served fresh everyday. All of the rooms in our Ocala hotel are smoke and allergy-free and come equipped with de-humidifiers to combat the hot and heavy Florida summers.
     
    Our Ocala hotel guest rooms are also outfitted with large 32 inch flat screen TVs with premium movie channels, mini-refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers, work spaces, iron and ironing board, free local calls, and complimentary high speed wireless internet. Pet rooms are available.There is a $25 pet fee up to 50 pounds and a maximum of 2 pets are allowed per room
     
    Take a closer look at the many amenities that await you inside our comfortable Ocala hotel.
    • Complimentary high speed Internet
    • Microwave & fridge
    • Flat Screen TV
    • One cup coffee maker
    • Serta Pefect Sleeper mattresses
    • Free local calls
    • Free hot breakfast buffet
    • 100% Non-smoking
    • Power Station
    • Handicap accessible
    • Curved shower rod
    • Air dehumidifiers
    • Premium Movie Channels (Showtime)
    • Pet-friendly rooms
    • Iron & ironing board
    • Hairdryer
    • Free newspaper
    • Large work desk
    • Safe

  • Santos Bike Trail

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    Santos Bike Trail

    Santos Bike Trail

    Provided by: Sleep Inn & Suites Ocala

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    Mountain biking may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of activities Central Florida has to offer, but the Santos Bike Trails in Marion County provide a great area for bicycling enthusiasts.

    Located on a large section of the Cross Florida Greenway, Santos Bike Trails offer the best mountain biking in the state. With over 30 miles of winding trails, through pine forests and oak hammocks, visitors can spend hours traversing the Central Florida terrain. With three levels of difficulty from beginner to expert, the trails can challenge even the most avid bicyclist. One of the more difficult trails available, which attracts many expert riders, navigates through an old mining quarry.

    While the landscape is fairly level, especially for mountain biking, the sandy soil makes even the most modest hill a challenge to climb. The trails can be easily accessed through the Santos Trailhead, which is just off of Highway 441 in Belleview, Florida. At the trailhead is Santos Bike Shop, where guests can purchase gear and refreshments and learn about up coming biking events.

    While biking is obviously the main attraction of the Santos Trails, there are also hiking and equestrian trails, as well as a campground with water and electrical hook-ups. Exploring the wild side of Central Florida is one of the best ways to enjoy the area, and a day of exhilarating biking on the Santos Trails is a great way to do so.

    If you are visiting the trail and need to rent a bike, repair a bike, purchase cycling accessories, or get info on local trails and maps, please contact theSantos Trailhead Bike Shop located right off the Santos Trail on highway 441.

  • Refund & Cancellation Policy

    Our policies in accordance with MyMoolah

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    Refund & Cancellation Policy

    Our policies in accordance with MyMoolah

    Provided by: Farm Tours of Ocala

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    Our refund policy is All Sales Final unless your cancellation request is received at least 24 hours before the scheduled time of your booked tour. 

    If the tour you have booked does not meet capacity or is for other reasons cancelled by Farm Tours of Ocala the hold on your card will be lifted and you will not be charged.

    Failure to cancel with at least 24 hours notice will result in a charge on your card with no option for a refund on the part of Farm Tours of Ocala.

    Failure to arrive at the scheduled time of your booked tour does not constitute a refund on the part of Farm Tours of Ocala.

    If you have any other questions please call 352-895-9302

  • Going Green

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    Going Green

    Provided by: Howard Johnson Inn Ocala

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    Howard Johnson Inn Ocala has undergone many changes in our efforts to Go Green.  What does that mean exactly?  We have one earth…One chance to get it right. 

    How has our hotel made advances in the Going Green initiative?  Here are some of our best practices for going GREEN:

     
    • Conversion to all LED lighting interior/exterior
    • Implementation of a preventative maintenance program
    • Purchasing the most energy-efficient equipment available
    • Team member training on best green practices
    • Use of Eco-friendly, green chemicals
    • Planting indigenous landscaping which requires less water
    • Install water censors on sprinkler systems
    • Replace aerators on all bath sinks reducing 2.5gal per minute to 1.5gal
    • Implement a Linen Reuse for our guest rooms
    • Provide recycle receptacles throughout hotel vending areas and exterior areas
    • Actively participates and contributes to the Clean the World Organization

  • Local Partners

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    Provided by: Holiday Inn Express Silver Springs

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    The Mojo Grill & Catering 
    4620 East Silver Springs Blvd. Ocala, FL 34470
    Phone: (352) 291-6656

  • Cactus Jack Trail Rides

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    Cactus Jack Trail Rides

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    Cactus Jack’s Trail Rides

    Ocala, FL
    352-266-9326

    Guided horse trail rides are one of the most exciting ways to explore the natural beauty of Marion County, Florida. There are winding trails and rolling hills, rich pastures and giant majestic oaks, which give shade during most of the rides. These horse trails are also home to some of Florida’s natural wildlife which includes a variety of birds (hawks, Cardinals, etc), Gopher Turtles, woodpeckers, snakes, owls, coyotes and armadillos.

    Cactus Jack’s Trail Rides is considered to be Marion County’s official guided horse trail ride provider in the area. That says a lot when you consider that Marion County is known as the Horse Capital of the World. Open for service seven days a week, Cactus Jack’s expert guides and gentle horses provide safety and comfort for all who are ages 6 and up, whether beginner, intermediate or expert riders.

    Our guests and visitors will have three choices of trails that Cactus Jack’s services in the area – the Silver River State Park which is part of the Ocala National Forest, the training site of the US Olympic Equestrian team Florida Horse Park and the Cross Florida Greenway with it’s famous Land Bridge traversing Interstate 75.   All three exotic locations are within 15 minutes drive from Howard Johnson Ocala and one is just as beautiful as the other so why choose one when you can enjoy all three.  Call now and schedule your thrilling and exciting horse trail ride!

  • King Room

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    King Room

    King Rooms Sleep Inn

    Provided by: Sleep Inn & Suites Ocala

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    ​Relax in comfort and style with a Serta Perfect Sleeper mattress in our Ocala-Belleview, Florida King hotel rooms.  This room type offers a larger option with plenty of room for business travelers or couples.  With a work desk and free wireless internet in all king rooms, you can stay connected while on the road.

    Step inside any one of our newly redesigned Ocala hotel rooms to experience comfortable, relaxing accommodations and superior service in the heart of Central Florida. Conveniently located along Interstate 75, exit 341, our Sleep Inn & Suites of Ocala-Belleview is home to a fantastic selection of great lodging options including a heated outdoor pool, a 24/7 fitness center, a 24/7 business center, a suite of useful in-room amenities, and a complimentary deluxe breakfast served fresh everyday. All of the rooms in our Ocala hotel are smoke and allergy-free and come equipped with de-humidifiers to combat the hot and heavy Florida summers.
     
    Our Ocala hotel guest rooms are also outfitted with large 32 inch flat screen TVs with premium movie channels, mini-refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers, work spaces, iron and ironing board, free local calls, and complimentary high speed wireless internet. Pet rooms are available. There is a $25 pet fee up to 50 pounds and a maximum of 2 pets are allowed per room


    Take a closer look at the many amenities that await you inside our comfortable Ocala hotel.
    • Complimentary high speed Internet
    • Microwave & fridge
    • Flat Screen TV
    • One cup coffee maker
    • Serta Pefect Sleeper mattresses
    • Free local calls
    • Free hot breakfast buffet
    • 100% Non-smoking
    • Power Station 
    • Handicap accessible
    • Curved shower rod
    • Air dehumidifiers
    • Premium Movie Channels (Showtime)
    • Pet-friendly rooms
    • Iron & ironing board
    • Hairdryer
    • Free newspaper
    • Large work desk
    • Safe

  • Appleton Museum of Art

    Appleton Museum of Art

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    Appleton Museum of Art

    Appleton Museum of Art

    Provided by: Holiday Inn Express Silver Springs

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    The Appleton Museum of Art offers up a hearty helping of culture in Silver Springs, Florida, just minutes from downtown and our Holiday Inn Express hotel. If you are interested in classical art, contemporary art, or even archaeology, the Appleton is sure to please. Currently, they have a unique exhibit, New World Treasures: Artifacts From Hernando De Soto’s Florida Expedition. This exhibit features never before displayed items recovered locally from the early Spanish explorer and conquistador’s travels in Central Florida.

    In addition to stationary exhibits, the Appleton also participates in botanical displays, children’s art programs, live musical events, film screenings, and other educational activities open to the community. Their large auditorium hosts many of these activities. Adult classes and workshops are also available and include watercolors, abstract art, and 2D drawing.

    The Appleton Museum is an extension of the University of Central Florida, and, as such, included some exhibits of works of students. Tours of the museum can be self-directed or you may choose to go along with a guided group and docent. Permanent exhibits that you can always look forward to include; European, American, Contemporary, Asian, Islamic, African and pre-Colombian.

  • Sleep Inn & Suites Ocala

    A nearby hotel to Farm Tours of Ocala

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    Sleep Inn & Suites Ocala

    A nearby hotel to Farm Tours of Ocala

    Provided by: Farm Tours of Ocala

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    Our multiple award-winning Ocala hotel offers you the best in comfort, location and value whether you are traveling for business or vacation. We take pride in offering the best in accommodations in Ocala, Belleview and Marion County at very affordable prices.

    Conveniently located off of Hwy 484 and I-75 at Exit 341, our newly-refreshed Ocala-Belleview hotel is just next door to Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing and about a mile from Florida Horse Park, a training venue for the US Olympic equestrian team. Easy highway access, large parking area and several restaurants next door makes our Sleep Inn Ocala hotel a favorite among travelers looking for the best hotel deals in Marion County, Florida.

    If you are the type of guest that prefers to stay at a hotel with modern and clean rooms, lots of free amenities, very affordable rates and likes to be greeted with friendly smiles all the time – then we are the right hotel for you!

  • Things To Do at Ocala National Forest

    Things To Do at Ocala National Forest

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    Things To Do at Ocala National Forest

    Things To Do at Ocala National Forest

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    Having year-round favorable climate conditions, the Ocala National Forest is a venue of countless outdoor recreations ranging from camping, bird and nature watching, horseback and ATV riding, hiking and dirt-biking. The Ocala National Forest is also rich in water resources having more than 600 freshwater lakes, slow-moving rivers and crystal-clear springs. For this reason, thousands of visitors enjoy fishing, snorkeling, boating, scuba diving, canoeing or kayaking, and swimming all year long. We also have free boat plug-ins in our parking lot for those who need to recharge their boats overnight.

     

    Boating
    Central Florida’s Ocala National Forest offers more than 600 lakes and 23 small springs for your boating enjoyment. Your adventure can begin at any one of 19 boat launch areas. Some ramps are paved, some are unpaved but improved clay or sand, and others are unimproved clay or sand and may require 4-wheel drive to use. Both motorized and un-motorized boating are available. Motorized boating includes the use of outboard motors, trolling motors, and Jet skis. Areas where motorized boats are allowed include, Beakman Lake, Buck Lake Group Use Area, Chain of Lakes, Doe Lake Boat Ramp, Doe Lake Recreation Area, Farles Prairie Recreation Area, Halfmoon Lake, Lake Bryant, Lake Catherine, Lake Charles, Lake Dorr Boat Ramp, Lake Dorr Recreation Area, Lake Eaton Boat Ramp and Pier, Lake Eaton Campground, Lake Jumper, Lake Kerr, Lake Lou, Lake Mary, Lake Shore Group Campground, Mill Dam Boat Ramp, Mill Dam Recreation Area, Ocklawaha River, Eureka Dam Boat Ramp, Johnson Field Boat Ramp, Moss Bluff Lock & Dam, Redwater Lake, Rodman Recreation Area, Kirkpatrick Dam Boat Ramp, Salt Springs, and the St. John’s River.

     

    Fishing
    Some of the best bass fishing in Florida can be found in the Ocala National Forest. Several record-setting bass have been caught here including one which nearly captured Florida’s record for the longest bass ever caught. Bass species include largemouth and striped. Other types of fish which you may encounter on your Ocala adventure include chubsuckers, gar, and many varieties of small pan fish. You can choose to fish from a bank or from a boat. Fishing in the Ocala National Forest allows an angler to choose open water or heavy cover, crystal clear lakes and ponds or thick, stained waters. Catch-and-release programs have allowed the fish population in the Ocala National Forest to grow to healthy levels and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Concervation Commission (FWC) has even introduced new hybrid species of trophy fish into the local lakes. Three visitors’ centers and two ranger stations are situated in the Ocala National Forest and can provide maps of the local waterways. If you need a fishing license before hitting the water, just call 1-888-FISH-FLORIDA, or visit their website.

     

    Hunting
    The approximately 383,000 acre Ocala National Forest is a perfect destination for the hunting experience of a lifetime. It is the southernmost forest in the lower 48 states and boasts the world’s largest sand pine scrub forest. Both big and small game hunting are available within this national forest. The small game hunting area is limited to the Big Bass Campground and only allows hunting of squirrels and raccoons, however, small game hunting is allowed year-round. Typical hunting in the Ocala National Forest includes either gun or bow hunting of game such as deer and wild hogs. The Ocala National Forest is a wildlife management area (WMA) and is controlled by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). Therefore, certain game can only be hunted during specified seasons and may require a valid Florida hunting license. Hunt camps are available during the regular gun season.

     

    Eco-Tours & Guided Expeditions
    There are many certified hunting and fishing guides in Ocala who can offer an exciting expedition into the heart of Central Florida’s wilderness. Whether you want to shoot wildlife with a gun, bow, or just a camera, these experienced guides can ensure that your adventure is safe and successful. Tours available include gun hunting during defined hunting seasons, bow hunting of wild hogs, pole fishing (as well as bow fishing), boating eco-tours, airboat tours, kayaking tours, and more. One local guide service, West Shore Outfitters, provides customized wild hog bowhunting, bowfishing, and boating tours within the Ocala National Forest. This service is run by USCG certified Captain, Matt Northcutt. West Shore has a unique NO KILL, NO PAY policy where you are guaranteed a wild hog during your hunting trip. You can rest assured that you will not come home empty handed. You will leave with one of several trophies; either some delicious hog meat or a trophy hog. West Shore also offers in-house taxidermy. The best thing about these tours is that no license is required! To book an expedition with West Shore, simply visit their website here.

     

    Bird Watching
    The Ocala National Forest is an ornithological mecca which draws bird lovers from across the country to experience a wealth of avian species.  Birds that one might see in the wetland areas of the forest, include anhingas, kingfishers, egrets, ibises, hummingbirds, blackbirds, coots, cormorants, sparrows, quails, crows, cuckoos, cranes, anis, doves, ducks, eagles, buntings, bitterns, chickadees, herons, gulls, jays, pelicans, loons, owls, spoonbills, sandpipers, storks and many other avian taxa.  Other species that you may encounter in the forests are cardinals, hawks, sand hill cranes, and owls.  The Great Florida Birding Traileven weaves throughout the forest including portions of Alexander Springs and Salt Springs Recreation Areas.

     

    Off-Road Trails
    The Ocala National Forest is an OHV enthusiast’s paradise, boasting 200 miles of ATV / motorcycle trails and an additional 81 miles of off-road trails for Jeeps and other 4WD vehicles. Amongst the many off-road trails is a 14 mile “motorcycle-only” stretch, with an additional 35 miles of trail also accessible to motorcycles, all terrain vehicles (ATVs), and utility vehicles (UTVs) less than 50 inches wide. A further 76 miles of trail allows off-road vehicles to share scenic, maintained corridors with licensed vehicles such as cars and trucks. To find out more about ATV tours, please visit ATV Off-Road Adventure Tours.

  • Meeting and Banquet Rooms

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    Meeting and Banquet Rooms

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    Ocala-Silver Springs, FL Meeting Facility
     
    If you are planning on holding a meeting or business presentation, our Ocala-Silver Springs hotel can provide you with the perfect space to do so. Our on-site 750 sq. foot meeting facility can easily accommodate a variety of small to medium size events.
     
    With seating for up to 30 people, high-speed, wireless Internet and the best in audio and visual equipment, the Holiday Inn Express and Suites Ocala-Silver Springs strives to host the perfect environment for all business functions and social gatherings. Other available equipment include digital multimedia projector, modem lines, white board, and speakerphone.

    Outdoor Events at Ocala-Silver Springs, Florida
     
    Enjoy Florida’s beautiful scenery and weather by celebrating outdoors.  Whether it is a wedding, birthday, a family reunion, a baby shower, a bridal shower, a retirement party or a Bar Mitzvah, it will be all the more memorable to your guests if it is outside in the open air.  Our affiliated banquet catering partner, Mojo’s Grill, offers mobile catering services and has arranged to host such events at scenic local venues.
     
    You can be married under a canopy of mature oak trees draped in Spanish Moss.  You can enjoy a panoramic of equestrian fields, you can hear the sounds of nature as you exchange your vows.  The most desirable feature of an outdoor wedding for many brides is that the photos will be all the more stunning because of the natural surroundings and the unique setting of such weddings.  To find out more about outdoor events and weddings, please click here or call (352) 369-6656 to speak with someone at the Mojo’s Grill restaurant about their catering services.

    Ocala Ballroom
    108 N Magnolia Ave, Suite 104, Ocala, FL
     
    Although we do not have an onsite ballroom, we have partnered with the Mojo’s Grill catering to offer access to the grand Ocala Ballroom. This gorgeous banquet hall is located only a few miles from our Silver Springs hotel and is situated in the historic Sovereign Building on Silver Springs Boulevard.
     
    This beautiful facility has archways, tile mosaics, aesthetic pillars, tall windows, flowing drapes, magnificent lighting and a full A/V setup for all of your audio and video needs.  The stunning elegance of this facility makes it an ideal location for weddings, reception dinners, private parties and other intimate types of gatherings.  This venue is also perfect for banquets and other functions where food is required.  The Ballroom can seat 150 people banquet style.  For more information on catering, please visit Mojo Grill’s website.  Additionally, part of the ballroom can be arranged to allow for dancing and live entertainment.


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  • 40 Fathom Grotto

    40 Fathom Grotto

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    40 Fathom Grotto

    40 Fathom Grotto

    Provided by: Howard Johnson Inn Ocala

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    The 40 Fathom Grotto is a premier Commercial Diving Academy located in Ocala, Florida. This stunningly beautiful, natural sinkhole is the only place in the eastern United States where you can dive over 200 feet below the water’s surface while still remaining in open water. The significant depth and breadth of this feature has made it world famous as one of the best dive training centers on the planet.

    The underground river that feeds the grotto provides a constant supply of clean, clear water, perfect for diving. Water in the grotto is about 72 degrees Fahrenheit at the surface and 68 degrees at depth. The sheltered nature of the grotto means that waters are largely unaffected by wind, waves, tides, or currents and therefore allow for perfect diving conditions year-round. Furthermore, man made structures, such as docks and walkways, enhance the grotto and allow for comfortable access into the sinkhole.

    Special bubbler vents aerate the water at the dive site to clear away duckweed and other surface debris. Once submerged, descend through this freshwater paradise to explore Pleistocene-era marine fossils over 30 million years old, present in the limestone walls of the grotto. Once you reach the bottom of the sinkhole, you will encounter fun artifacts like antique cars, an abandoned airplane, and sunken boat wrecks.

    The 40 Fathom Grotto works with both experienced, certified divers and guides but also offers dive training programs for new divers. The training can be completed in as little as two days at the grotto provided you complete online training in advance of your visit to the grotto. 

    40 Fathom Grotto provides a full-service experience and has parking, changing and restroom facilities on-site. Additionally, a dive store provides state-of-the-art dive equipment for purchase. Tank refills are available and include Air, Nitrox, Oxygen, Helium, Trimix, and custom blends.

    9487 NW 115th Ave
    Ocala, FL 34482
    (352) 368-7974

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    Farm Tours of Ocala Directions

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    Farm Tours of Ocala Directions

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    Directions from I75
    Exit 352
    Go West on Hwy 40
    After 5 minutes, turn left onto SW 60th Ave
    Florida Thoroughbred Owners and Breeder`s Association will be 1/2 mile on your left
    Red brick building with a metal roof
    801 SW 60th Ave

  • Ocala Rotary Sportsplex

    Ocala Rotary Sportsplex

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    Ocala Rotary Sportsplex

    Ocala Rotary Sportsplex

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    Ocala Rotary Sportsplex

    5220 Southeast Maricamp Road Ocala, FL
    (352) 694-7118

    With 11 separate baseball diamonds, there is no shortage of clay to bury your cleats into at the Ocala Rotary Sportslex.  Our Howard Johnson Inn is conveniently located to this popular sports destination.  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 has hosted the Babe Ruth Baseball events and tournaments, a notable little league program.  This program should be returning for the 2013 season.

    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 the Holiday Inn Express 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.

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    Pet Policy

    Pet Policy

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    Why yes...we are pet-friendly!



    Here at our award-winning

    Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ocala-Silver Springs

    we welcome your furry family members.


    Pets under 25lbs: $25 per pet, per night
    Only 2 pets per room please
    Pets over 25lbs: Call Hotel Directly 352-304-6111



    Service Animals Welcome: No Charge

  • Florida Horse Park

    Florida Horse Park

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    Florida Horse Park

    Florida Horse Park

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    This 500-acre, multipurpose facility is poised to become one of Central Florida's premiere sporting and recreational venues, complete with a new covered arena and spacious stabling areas.

    Horse park competitors and volunteers may also download and complete online registration forms. Call the Florida Horse Park at (352) 307-6699 for more information.


  • Ocala's Chocolate and Confections

    Ocala's Chocolate and Confections

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    Ocala's Chocolate and Confections

    Ocala's Chocolate and Confections

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    You can have your delight for a one stop shop for all your gourmet, exotic, and everyday chocolate needs. If we don't have your desires on the shelf, simply make an order in advance and we can customize it specifically for you. We are a neighborhood store in a neighborly community, see you at Ocala's Chocolate & Confections!

    We also offer many chocolate fruits, other chocolate products and ice creams at our shop!

  • Island Grove Wine Company

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    Island Grove Wine Company

    Island Grove

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    Island Grove Wine Company
    Hawthorne, FL
    (352)-481-9463

    Nestled in the forests of Central Florida, just a short drive North of Ocala, is the Island Grove Wine Company.  This well-kept secret is starting to make some big waves in the wine community. Island Grove is becoming famous for its 100% blueberry wines as well as other specialty fruit wines.  These desirable wines are currently carried at Sweetbay grocery stores throughout the state and more distributors are carrying them everyday.

    The Island Grove Agricultural Products company began in 1994 as a producer of blueberries for grocery stores.  When they had a surplus of berries, the idea formed to start fermenting them into a unique and delicious wine.  An expert wine maker, Chase Marden, was brought to the facility to begin the great experiment which would eventually become theIsland Grove Wine Company.

    Today the Island Grove Wine Company uses berries from over 300 acres of blueberry fields to make their wine.  Their broad selection currently features 8 varieties with the promise of more to come.  These include: Sorta Sweet Blueberry Wine,  Kinda Dry Blueberry Wine, Rustic Raspberry, Back Porch Peach, Bold Blackberry, Southern Strawberry, Crisp Green Apple, and a Holiday Wine which is seasonal.

    Although this company is growing and busy, they are always happy to have visitors.  Island Grove offers winery tours every day (provided you call in advance).   Wine tastings and field tours are also provided complimentary to large groups which arrange trips in advance.

    For more information on Island Grove Wine Company, Please Click Here.  If you would like to try these amazing blueberry wines, bottles and glasses of the blueberry flavors are available for purchase in our Howard Johnson lobby gift shop and at our bar.  Take home a true Florida souvenir.

  • Ocala's Drive-In Theatre

    Check out the drive-in for a fun night on the town.

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    Ocala's Drive-In Theatre

    Check out the drive-in for a fun night on the town.

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    ​There is just something so fun about going to a drive-in movie. You can get snacks at the concessions, bring blankets & pillows, and even wear your pajamas if you want! It changes your perspective of what “going to the movies” mean. If you enjoy this kind of outing, be sure to check out Ocala’s Drive-In Theatre. You'll have a blast with friends, family or even a
    special someone!



    Open 7 nights a week.



    Admission Costs:

    Adults | $6.00

    Children (6-12) | $3.00

    Children 5 and Under | FREE


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  • Canyons Zip Line & Canopy Tours

    Canyons Zip Line & Canopy Tours

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    Canyons Zip Line & Canopy Tours

    Canyons Zip Line & Canopy Tours

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    8045 NW Gainesvile Rd., Ocala, FL 34475
    Phone: 352-351-ZIPS (9477)

    Enjoy thrills and chills at Canyon Zipline & Canopy Tours! This local attraction, just 20 minutes from our Ocala Sleep Inn and Suites, provides daily tours which feature Florida’s fastest, longest, and highest ziplines. The professional and friendly staff members at The Canyons are certified guides who outfit you with state of the art equipment to provide you peace of mind while you are flying through the air at stunning heights. The Canyons Zipline features majestic vistas, towering limestone cliffs, sunken lakes, shifting rope bridges, and a breathtaking rappel!

    Tours can take groups of 8 or less people at once. These tours last from 2.5 to 3 hours, during which time you will be shown a beautiful and remote natural area just outside of Ocala which looks unlike any other place in Florida.

    The helpful guides will train you how to properly zip as well as safety procedures before you head to the ropes and line. As you progress on the tour, your guides will provide information on local plants and animals as well as history of the area. Tours are eco-friendly and during you tour you will gain a great appreciation for the habitat of The Canyons. The zipline tour involves crossing rope bridges, zipping from platforms to tree stands at dizzying heights, and hiking through natural areas.

    At the end of your tour, you can take a well-deserved break at The Canyons scenic overlook. The overlook provides a breathtaking panoramic of the landscape and has tables and other seating. A gift shop is available so you can you can bring home souvenirs.  Mention HDG Hotels to get a special rate.  HDG Hotels is a coupon code that will ensure a discount through the end of December.

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    Pet Policy

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    Why yes...we are pet-friendly!



    Here at our award-winning

    Sleep Inn & Suites Ocala

    we welcome your furry family members.


    Pets under 25lbs: $25 per pet, per night
    Only 1 pet per room allowed
    Pets over 25lbs: Call Hotel Directly 352-347-8383



    Service Animals Welcome: No Charge

  • Farm Tours of Ocala

    Farm Tours of Ocala

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    Farm Tours of Ocala

    Farm Tours of Ocala

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    Enjoy a morning tour of Ocala's working farms! Discover why Marion County is the "Horse Capital of the World"! One of only four major thoroughbred centers in the world, Marion County's 600 thoroughbred farms have produced 45 national Champions, 6 Kentucky Derby winners, 6 Horses of the Year, and many Preakness Stakes and Breeders' Cup winners.

    Our Tour guides are, avid horse-people and long-time residents of Ocala's Horse Country, You will go behind the scenes of working farms, venues to get you up close and personal with equine athletes and the professionals who train and care for them. You can chat with the professionals and share our guides enthusiasm and knowledge of the Marion Country horse scene.Tours are by reservation only and MUST be approved via phone or email to avoid overbooking. When you request a reservation, your CC will not be charged until Tour is confirmed.Not recommended for kids under 10.

  • Black Tine Outfitters

    The Black Tine Outfitters is a great place to hunt.

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    Black Tine Outfitters

    The Black Tine Outfitters is a great place to hunt.

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    ​Attention all hunters!


    Living in or visiting Central Florida and don’t know of a good place to hunt? We have just the place for you. Black Tine Outfitters is a professionally operated and family owned company that knows the ins and outs of Florida wild hog hunts, whitetail deer, alligator, and Osceola turkey hunts. They have been guiding hunters of all ages, and experience since the 1930’s. Black Tine Outfitters conduct hunts on their private trophy land that is over 7,000 acres. This incredible location is conveniently positioned in Central Florida just 10 minutes from Ocala.



    The Black Tine Outfitters don't wait for hunting season to come back around. You can hunt the wild feral hog year round with no license required for both residents and non-residents. Their Florida wild hog hunts have No Trophy Fees, No Cleaning Fees, and No Size Restrictions. The cleaning and quartering of your wild hog is also included at no additional charge. This is an experience that has a 99% success rate. You will have the chance to learn and hunt with professionals who have over 40 years of experience and are knowledgeable about hunting in Florida.



    They also have bowfishing that is fully guided by charters. The captains are highly experienced and know the waters like the back of their hand. They will definitely put you where the fish are. Be sure to check this out!



    The Black Tine Outfitters offer different discounts for veterans, groups, and even youth. 


  • Our Location

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    Ocala Hotel Location

     
    Located at the intersection of Interstate 75, exit 341, and Highway 484, the Sleep Inn & Suites Ocala-Belleview, Florida offers the best of two worlds. This Ocala hotel is within minutes of many area businesses including downtown Ocala, but is also centered among the scenic rolling hills and pastures that Ocala is most famous for.
     
    The Sleep Inn Ocala is the perfect location for horse aficionados and equestrians staying in beautiful Marion County and is less than 5 minutes away from the Florida Horse Park. Whether you own horses, breed them or just enjoy their magnificent beauty, our hotel is in the prime location for all of your equestrian needs.
     
    More interested in horsepower than horses? The world-famous Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing is conveniently located right next door to the Sleep Inn Ocala. Test your knowledge of classic cars and drag racing with the “King of Dragsters” Don Garlits’ collection of hot rods and racecars.
     
    Whatever your reason for staying in Ocala, in the heart of Central Florida, the Sleep Inn Ocala provides you with a comfortable place to stay in a convenient location.
     


     
    Nearby Attractions & Destinations

    • Don Garlits Drag Racing Museum
      0.1 Mile            
    • Marion Oaks Community
    1.5 Miles
    • Florida Horse Park
      1.5 Miles
    • Cross Florida Greenway
    2.8 Miles
    • Belleview-Santos Bike Trail
      10.7 Miles
    • Cactus Jack’s Trail Rides
    3.7 Miles
    • Rainbow Springs State Park
      20 Miles
    • Florida Carriage Museum
    19.4 Miles
    • Gypsie Gold Farm
      2.1 Miles
    • Wild Bill Airboat Rides
    21.9 Miles
    • Ocala Flying Model Club
      5.0 Miles
    • Historic Downtown Ocala
    14.7 Miles
    • Appleton Museum of Art
      19.4 Miles
    • Silver River State Park
    21.3 Miles
    • Silver Springs Nature Park
      20.5 Miles
    • The Villages
    15.2 Miles

  • Ocala Gran Prix

    Ocala Gran Prix

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    Ocala Gran Prix

    Ocala Gran Prix

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    The Ocala Gran Prix has been in operation since 1999, and was voted as the best track in the state in 2001 by members of the Florida Karting Championship Series, FKCS. The track hosts many local and regional competitions and is a favorite among local go-kart enthusiasts. However, you don’t have to be a professional to get in on the fun. With kart rentals and track reservations, anyone can have a fun day of racing at the Ocala Gran Prix.

    As a nationally recognized racing venue with a full-service racing facility including a track, kart supply store and an on-site service center, Guests can bring their own go-kart or rent one. The go-karts supplied by the Ocala Gran Prix are top-of-the-line vehicles with 9.0hp Honda Engines that reach speeds of 50 mph that are carefully maintained by trained technicians.

    The Ocala Gran Prix, located just under two-miles from the Howard Johnson Ocala, at the Super Flea Market, could be the perfect place to host your next corporate event, or to spend an afternoon with the family racing or just watching the action.

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    Provided by: Holiday Inn Express Silver Springs

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    At A Glance
    • Free Breakfast with Hot Items
    • Free Wireless Internet Access
    • Large Heated Outdoor Pool
    • Next to Silver Springs Attractions
    • Smoke-Free & Green Certified
    • Near Downtown Ocala & Ocala National Forest

    Ideally situated in what is often called the “Horse Capital of the World,” the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites Silver Springs near Ocala, offers easy access to Central Florida’s best attractions. From equestrian events, to rejuvenating natural springs, guests are sure to find something for the whole family.

    Our choice Silver Springs hotel also offers close proximity to the College of Central Florida, Munroe Regional Medical Center and Ocala Regional Medical Center. Business travelers benefit from our close location to E-One Inc., Lockheed Martin Corporation and the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion.

    During your visit to the Silver Springs-Ocala area, you can take advantage of our hotel’s free high-speed Internet access, an outdoor, heated pool, a fitness center and 24-hour business center. We offer a complimentary hot breakfast bar, which features our signature cinnamon rolls, as well. As you start planning your next Florida vacation, be sure to check out our great hotel room deals and rates.

    For the benefit and convenience of all guests, the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites Silver Springs near Ocala provides free high-speed, wired and wireless Internet access throughout the hotel. Also, the hotel has a heated swimming pool and an attractive fitness facility. Both early and late check-out is available with prior notice.

  • Canyons Zip Line and Canopy Tours

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    Canyons Zip Line and Canopy Tours

    Zip Lining

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    Adventure awaits you at Canyon Zipline & Canopy Tours! Daily tours showcase Florida’s longest, highest, and fastest ziplines and are not for the faint of heart. Professionally certified guides and state of the art safety equipment will give you peace of mind so that you can enjoy the majestic and beautiful vistas, towering cliff walls, huge lakes, exhilarating rope bridges, and a thrilling rappel!

    Tours can accommodate groups of up to 8 people at a time and last from 2 ½ to 3 hours, during which you will be introduced to a beautiful and remote natural area of Ocala that few have ever seen.

    The friendly guides will train you in the proper zipping and safety techniques before you embark on a tour and will provide information regarding wildlife, nature and the history of the area. This eco-friendly tour involves traversing rope bridges, zipping between platforms and tree stands, hiking through stunning wooded areas, and rapelling from dizzying heights.

    Once the tour is concluded, you can take a well-deserved breather at the fenced scenic overlook. The overlook gives a beautiful panoramic view of the landscape and has picnic tables. The main base of the zipline also hosts a gift shop so you can immortalize your adventure with some souvenir items.

    Situated just outside of Ocala, Florida, the Canyons Zipline and Canopy Tours is located only a mile from I-75’s exit 358. Furthermore, the Canyons Zipline is less than half an hour’s drive from our Holiday Inn Express and Suites of Silver Springs, Florida.

    Our hotel has partnered with the Canyons to bring you an exclusive deal. If you book your zipline tour together with a hotel stay at our Holiday Inn, you will receive a special room rate as well as a 10% discount per person for your zipline tour. Space on the zipline tours is limited so book today to reserve both your spot on the tour and a comfy room at our Holiday Inn Express and Suites!

    Book Your Room and Zipline Tour Now!

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    ​Our suites provide a level of relaxation which far surpasses our regular guest rooms.   With both single king jacuzzi suites and two queen bed suites, you can enjoy the finer things in life even if you are traveling with family or on your own.  Our suites are ideal for wedding parties and anniversaries. We also have non-jacuzzi suites. All suites come with partial kitchenettes (sink, microwave, mini-fridge, cabinets with disposable dish set) and larger floor area.

    Standard amenities you’ll enjoy in the Ocala-Silver Springs, Florida Two Queen hotel room include a 32″ flat screen television with premium movie channels, a mini-refrigerator and microwave for in-room dining, an iron and ironing board, a coffee maker, and a desk with chair. For your business and leisure needs, a complimentary high-speed wireless Internet connection is available.

    Step inside our award-winning Ocala-Silver Springs, Florida hotel rooms to experience comfortable, luxurious accommodations and excellent service in the heart of Central Florida. The conveniently located Holiday Inn Express & Suites of Ocala-Silver Springs is home to a fantastic selection of desirable lodging options including a free high-speed internet access, free hot breakfast, 24-hour business center, large outdoor heated pool and on-site fitness center.

    Take a closer look at the many amenities that await you inside our fine Ocala-Silver Springs hotel. View our gallery of photos, watch our video or take a virtual tour.

    • Complimentary high speed Internet
    • Microwave & fridge
    • Speakerphone
    • In-room coffee maker
    • State-of-the-art shower head
    • Free hot breakfast buffet
    • 100% Non-smoking
    • Radio alarm clock
    • Handicap accessible
    • Curved shower rod
    • LCD TV with free HD movies (HBO)
    • Pet-friendly rooms
    • Iron & ironing board
    • Hairdryer
    • Specially formulated toiletries