Hello! We at Homes by Deltona are excited to present our exclusive guide to our Marion County home communities, complete with detailed maps of Ocala, Florida. Discover Marion Oaks, a little slice of paradise nestled in Marion County. Our communities offer a small-town charm with big-city convenience. Just picture this: you’re about 75 miles northwest of Orlando, cruising down the Florida Turnpike or maybe the I-75 South, and there it is, Ocala, waiting to welcome you home.

Now, let’s talk about what makes Ocala so unique. Sure, it’s inland, but guess what? Some of Florida’s most stunning beaches are just a drive away. We’re talking about the serene Gulf Coast to the west and the vibrant Atlantic Coast to the east. And hey, if theme parks are your thing, you’re in luck! Places like Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort are practically in your backyard.

But that’s not all. Ocala is a treasure trove of outdoor fun and family adventures. Imagine kayaking in crystal-clear springs, exploring nature on canopy tours, and having picnics in the park – it’s all here in Ocala.

So, whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, a theme park lover, or just looking for some quality family time, Ocala has a bit of everything. Stick with us, and let Homes by Deltona show you around this charming city. We’re excited to help you discover all the amazing things Ocala has to offer. Let’s get this adventure started!

Where is Ocala Florida on a Map?

Map of Ocala, Florida by City

Ocala is located in the northern part of the state, approximately 75 miles northwest of Orlando. You can take the Florida Turnpike, I-75 South, or S.R. 441 South, depending on your starting location and destination in Orlando. There are 80 miles between Ocala and Orlando, and the drive takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes, depending on traffic.

Likewise, Ocala is also conveniently located northeast of Tampa. With a driving distance from Ocala to Tampa of around 83 miles, it takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes to drive between the two cities. Again this depends on traffic conditions. The easiest way to travel from Tampa to Ocala is typically to take I-75 northbound for most of the trip. 

Map of Ocala, FL

Ocala is also close to Jacksonville, with these cities being approximately 82 miles apart. The travel time can vary depending on traffic conditions, but if you take the most direct route via I-95 North and I-75 North it usually takes around 1 hour and 30 minutes to drive between the two cities.

Tallahassee, the capitol city, is in a different region of Florida and is a bit further of a drive from Ocala. These two cities are 170 miles apart, so if you’re planning to make this drive, expect a travel time of around 2.5-3 hours. The most common route to travel is to take I-75 N.

Another popular Florida destination is Miami. Ocala and Miami are in different regions of Florida and are 265 miles apart. From Ocala, it is easiest if you take Florida’s Turnpike to get to Miami. Traffic can vary, but it usually takes around 4-5 hours to make that one-way trip.

Map of Ocala, Florida: Beach Access

Ocala is located inland in central Florida, so while it does not offer any local beaches, you have access to some of Florida’s best ones. The nearest beaches to Ocala are on the Gulf Coast to the west and the Atlantic Coast to the east, both of which are approximately 1.5-2 hours away by car. Here are some examples:

  • The beaches of Clearwater and St. Pete are located about 90 miles southwest of Ocala on the Gulf Coast.
  • Daytona Beach, located on the Atlantic Coast, is about 80 miles east of Ocala.
  • Cocoa Beach, another popular Atlantic Coast beach destination, is located about 100 miles southeast of Ocala.

It’s important to note that travel times can vary depending on traffic and the specific beach location you are trying to reach.

Map of Ocala, Florida: Theme Park Edition

Again, because Ocala is in central Florida, you are a nearby to all the theme parks and attractions. Here are some popular theme parks that are within driving distance of Ocala:

  • Walt Disney World: This world-famous theme park is located in Orlando, which is again roughly 80 miles south of Ocala. It is home to four separate theme parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios & Animal Kingdom.
  • Universal Studios: This popular theme park is also located in Orlando. It is home to two separate theme parks, Universal and Islands of Adventure, as well as the Volcano Bay water park.
  • LEGOLAND: This theme park is in Winter Haven, which is roughly 60 miles south of Ocala. It is a family-friendly park that features a variety of LEGO-themed rides and attractions.
Ocala, FL Map to Theme Parks
  • Busch Gardens Tampa Bay: This theme park is located in Tampa, which as aforementioned in 90 miles southwest of Ocala. It features a variety of thrilling rides and animal exhibits.

Deltona Home Communities in Ocala

Living in Ocala, Florida, within the Homes by Deltona communities is a blend of serene beauty and a convenient lifestyle. Take the Marion Oaks Community, for instance, nestled in picturesque pastured lands adorned with rolling hills and ancient oak trees. This community is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, with numerous parks and playgrounds and the Cross Florida Greenway offering endless miles of trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. The Marion Oaks Community Center enhances resident life with its auditorium, meeting rooms, a well-stocked library, and sports courts.

Similarly, Glen Aire, located within the Marion Oaks subdivision, brings a unique charm. Here, residents enjoy the same access to convenient shopping, including Winn Dixie, Walgreens, and a variety of dollar stores. Essential services like a fire station, diverse houses of worship, and numerous community clubs and organizations enrich the living experience. Just a short drive from the city of Ocala, known as the “Horse Capital of the World,” Glen Aire offers a perfect balance of rural tranquility and urban accessibility. With easy access to I-75, residents are connected to major Florida destinations, including Orlando and Tampa International Airports.

Both communities, under the umbrella of Homes by Deltona, not only offer quality single family homes but also a lifestyle enriched with nature, convenience, and community spirit. It’s more than just living; it’s experiencing the beauty and vibrancy of Florida every day. We invite you to explore the rolling hills, giant oaks, and picturesque waterscapes that make our communities at Marion Oaks and Glen Aire a place to call home.

Things to Do Outside in Ocala, FL

Ocala isn’t just the world’s equestrian capital; it’s also home to famed golf courses and limitless outdoor adventures. Surrounded by the Ocala National Forest, the city offers year-round opportunities for various outdoor activities.

Ocala National Forest

Explore the Ocala National Forest. This forest covers more than 600 square miles and offers a wide range of recreational activities, including camping, fishing, hiking, and swimming in crystal-clear springs.

Silver Glen Springs

This hidden gem is a little-known swimming hole located in the Ocala National Forest. The crystal-clear water is perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and canoeing, and there are hiking trails nearby for those who want to explore the area.

Alexander Springs

This park is located about 35 miles north of Ocala and is known for its clear springs, swimming area, and hiking trails.

Juniper Springs

Juniper Springs Recreation Area is a peaceful oasis in the heart of the Ocala National Forest. The spring’s clear water is surrounded by a dense forest of pine and hardwood trees. Visitors can swim, kayak, or take a leisurely walk along the trails that wind through the surrounding forest. The recreation area also features a historic millhouse and campground.

Silver Springs State Park

Silver Springs State Park is a haven for nature enthusiasts with its famed crystal-clear springs and iconic glass-bottom boat tours. This park offers tons of activities, including kayaking, hiking, and wildlife watching. Ideal for a peaceful retreat or an adventurous day out, Silver Springs State Park ensures a captivating experience with its unique blend of natural beauty and fun activities.

Rainbow Springs

Rainbow Springs State Park is another popular destination for swimming, tubing, and kayaking. The spring’s crystal-clear water is surrounded by lush vegetation and offers a refreshing break from the Florida heat. Visitors can also explore the park’s hiking trails and gardens.

Santos Park

The Santos Mountain Bike Trailhead is a hidden gem for mountain biking enthusiasts. Located about 10 miles south of Ocala, this trail system offers over 80 miles of singletrack trails that wind through the forest.

Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway

Go hiking or biking in the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway. This 110-mile trail system runs through the heart of Ocala and offers a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, and horseback riding.

Things to Do for Families in Ocala, FL

In Ocala, family fun happens year-round. From lively fall festivals to vibrant spring markets and u-pick farms, Ocala offers endless activities for families of all ages. Whether you’re local residents or visiting for a while, you’ll find plenty to explore and enjoy in this dynamic Florida city.

The Canyons Zip Line and Canopy Tours

This adventure park is located about 20 miles west of Ocala and offers zip-lining, rope courses, and other outdoor activities.

Catch a Movie at the Ocala Drive-In

The Ocala Drive-In is an outdoor movie theater is one of the few remaining drive-in theaters in Florida and is a popular spot for locals and visitors alike.

Have a Picnic in the Park

Immerse yourself in the natural splendor of Ocala’s parks and recreation areas. Enjoy swimming in the refreshing waters or have a picnic at places like Jervey Gantt Park or Sholom Park. Or take a walk through the tranquil paths of Tuscawilla Park. Each park offers its unique embrace of nature’s beauty, inviting you to unwind and connect with the great outdoors.

Live the Florida Lifestyle in Ocala

As we wrap up our exploration of Ocala, Florida, it’s clear that this city is more than just a destination; it’s a lifestyle. With Deltona Homes’ communities nestled in and around this vibrant area, you have the perfect opportunity to make this enriching experience a part of your everyday life. Whether you’re drawn to the serene beauty of Silver Springs State Park or the family-friendly adventures in the local parks, Ocala offers an abundance of places to explore. Consider making one of Deltona Homes’ communities your base for these adventures, where comfort meets convenience in the heart of Florida’s charm. So, embark on this journey with us, and let the enchanting city of Ocala, along with the welcoming communities of Deltona Homes, be the backdrop to your new, exciting chapter.