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A horse at an Ocala, Florida, farm
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Six Kentucky Derby winners have come from Marion County’s thoroughbred horse farms, including Triple Crown winner Affirmed in 1978.

Touring Silver Springs in an iconic glass bottom boat
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Dating back to the 1870s, the glass-bottom boat rides at Silver Springs State Park are considered one of Florida’s first tourist attractions.

Aerial view of the Ocala National Forest in Ocala, Florida
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The Ocala National Forest is home to the world's largest population of Florida scrub-jays, red-cockaded woodpeckers, Sherman's fox squirrels and Florida sand skinks.

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Festival goers at the McIntosh 1890s Festival in Ocala, Florida
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Ocala/Marion County Visitors and Convention Bureau

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McIntosh 1890s Festival

October

Chefs compete in an event at the Ocala Food & Wine Fest in Ocala, Florida
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MAVEN Photo + Film

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Ocala Food & Wine Fest

November

The HITS Ocala Winter Circuit in Ocala, Florida
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HITS Ocala Winter Circuit

January-March

Colorful bear mural at the First Friday Art Walk in Ocala, Florida
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Ocala/Marion County Visitors and Convention Bureau

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First Friday Art Walk

September-May

The Grandview Invitational Horse Show in Ocala, Florida
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Santos Fat Tire Festival in Ocala, Florida
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Ocala/Marion County Visitors and Convention Bureau