Ocala: An Outdoor Destination

Ocala is a city in Marion County, Florida. In the last decades of the twentieth century, the greater Ocala area had one of the highest growth rates in the country for a city its size: the population increased over 150,000 people in a mere 25 years. Ocala developed around the Silver Springs River, and in the 19th century, the site become Florida's first tourist destination. Today, it is well-known for its glass bottom boat tours of the area. Other natural attractions include the Ocala National Forest and the Florida trail. For those who prefer man-made attractions: families should check out the Wild Waters water park, which guarantees fun for all ages. It is clear that there is something for everyone in the growing city of Ocala!