Ocala, FL Hotel near Silver Springs Park and National Forest
Whether you want to spend your vacation browsing beautiful works at the Appleton Museum of Art or the natural beauty of the Ocala National Forest, you can do it all within an easy drive of the Country Inn & Suites Ocala, FL hotel. It's easy to travel in and out of the area thanks to the nearby Ocala International Airport (OCF) and I-75, and Orlando attractions such as Walt Disney World®
Resort are just over an hour away. Fill your days with thrilling amusements at Silver Springs or a tour of the more than 100 restored race cars at Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing. If work brings you to town, then unwind after a busy meeting by walking the Oakbrook Labyrinth, which was featured in the 2006 film Pan’s Labyrinth.
Explore these nearby attractions during your stay:
- Appleton Museum of Art (8.6 miles)
You'll see everything from 17th-century Dutch paintings to 19th-century Barbizon school pieces by Rousseau and Jacque at this fine arts museum at the College of Central Florida.
Phone: +1 (352) 291-4455
- Cactus Jacks Trail Rides
Horseback riding in Ocala, Florida is fun! Cactus Jacks Trail Rides, the designated horseback riding provider for the Cross Florida Greenway trail, has outstanding horses and guides with many years of experience offering safe and affordable horseback riding in Ocala and near Orlando at Rock Springs Run Reserve. Relax and enjoy beautiful guided trail rides through the Ocala Greenway Trail System and at Silver River State Park. This is the best way to see the beauty of the Ocala area, including Florida's oak hammocks, pine forests and green fields. Reservations are required.
- Canyons Zip Line and Canopy Tours
Join the professionally certified guides as they lead you through a two and a half to three hour tour through a beautiful, remote, natural area that few have ever seen. There's over a mile of the highest, longest, fastest zip lines in Florida. Guides will outfit you in safety gear and teach you proper techniques before you begin your flight through the forest, past enormous cliff walls, over huge lakes and along rope bridges. Soar from one tree-stand to another and enjoy views that were once reserved for birds. During your tour, guides will provide information regarding wildlife, nature and the history of the area, then your adventure ends with a thrilling rappel. This amazing adventure will have your adrenaline pumping. It's the only place in Florida where all these things exist and it’s only at Canyons Zip Line & Canopy Tours.
- Discovery Center (5.4 miles)
A family favorite, the Discovery Center at Tuscawilla Park offers interactive learning classes, excursions and more for kids and teens up to 16 years old.
Phone: +1 (352) 401-3900
- Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing (9.8 miles)
Car enthusiasts will love this museum, home to more than 100 antique and modern cars as well as restored engines, racing memorabilia and vintage photographs.
Phone: +1 (352) 245-8661
- Florida Carriage Museum (30 miles)
For a memorable day trip, visit this Weirsdale museum, which contains 160 of the world’s finest horse-drawn carriages. Highlights include a World War I supply wagon and a 19th-century chariot owned by the Emperor of Austria.
Phone: +1 (352) 750-5500
- Horse Country Carriage Company & Tours (12 miles)
What better way to see the "Horse Capital of the World" than by taking a tour in a horse-drawn carriage? This company offers one-hour tours through the area’s scenic horse farms.
Phone: +1 (352) 727-0900
- Makin’ Tracks Trail Rides (26.1 miles)
For a unique view of the Ocala National Forest that the whole family is sure to love, sign up for horseback riding. You can even go swimming with your horse in the Ocklawaha River.
Phone: +1 (352) 236-3929
- Oakbrook Labyrinth (7.5 miles)
You may recognize this peaceful center from its appearance in the film Pan's Labyrinth.
Phone: +1 (352) 629-3897
- Ocala National Forest (20 miles)
Make the 40-minute drive to this beautiful forest, where you can soak up the Florida sun while boating, swimming, fishing, biking, hiking and horseback riding.
Phone: +1 (352) 236-0288
- Silver Springs (10 miles)
Silver Springs is home to one of the largest artesian spring formations in the world. The park includes wildlife exhibits, animal shows, amusement rides and glass-bottom boat tours, which offer clear views of underwater life.
Phone: +1 (352) 236-2121
- Wild Waters Water Park (10 miles)
If you're visiting Silver Springs on a hot day, then stop by this neighboring water park to cool down on the water slides or in the wave pool. There is a children's play area for younger children to enjoy splashing around.
Phone: +1 (352) 236-2121