This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Ocala/Marion County VCB. All opinions are 100% mine.
What’s inside: This year, try something different than the “ordinary” family vacation. Visit the Horse Capital of the World ™, Ocala/Marion County, Florida for an adventure-filled stay!
The Kentucky Derby last weekend kicked off the Triple Crown and once again everyone is talking about horse racing. As a lifelong horse owner and enthusiast, I can’t help but catch the excitement myself!
Growing up, I was certifiably horse-crazy, heading out for a ride every chance I got and reading my favorite horse-themed books (both fiction and instructional) over and over. I would have loved a trip to a place known as the Horse Capital of the World ™!
Where is the Horse Capital of the World ™?
It’s official! This city of Ocala in Marion County, Florida holds the title of the Horse Capital of the World™. And it’s no wonder! The over 600 thoroughbred horse farms in Marion County have produced:
- 45 national champions
- 6 Kentucky Derby winners
- 20 Breeders’ Cup champions
- 6 Horses of the Year
In fact, Ocala/Marion County is home to more horses than any where in the world. That’s why it is the perfect destination for horse lovers and adventure seekers alike!
Equine Activities in Ocala & Marion County
With activities for kids, beginning riders, and seasoned equestrians alike, a trip to the Horse Capital of the World™ is guaranteed to be a hit!
Here are some of the exciting activities available throughout the year in the Horse Capital of the World ™:
- Take a tour of a stable or horse farm
- Enjoy the scenery on a relaxing trail ride
- Catch an equestrian competition, like the Live Oak International in Spring
- Experience an old-fashioned carriage tour at Christmastime
- Learn to ride with lessons or a camp
- Look for the famous “Horse Fever” statues
Check out Ocala/Marion County Activities for activity dates and all the information you need to start planning your adventure.
Ocala’s Famous “Horse Fever” Statues
Ocala/Marion Country is also widely known for the life-sized painted horse statues decorating the landscape. These gorgeous works by invited artists captivate both residents and visitors — they are one of the most photographed attractions in the city!
See Ocala/Marion County Lodging options for where to stay.
Visit Ocala/Marion County on the web for more information about Florida Travel!