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Ocala Museums

The Appleton Museum of Art
The crowning jewel in Marion County's multifaceted cultural scene is The Appleton Museum of Art, owned and operated by Florida State University and the Central Florida Community College Foundation. Located on Northeast Silver Springs Boulevard, the elegant neoclassical museum is a regional landmark and one of the southeast's finest cultural assets. Their permanent collection includes antiquities, West African, pre-Columbian, Asian, and European art. The Edith-Marie Appleton wing houses a 22,000-square-foot gallery for traveling exhibitions, making The Appleton one of the largest art museums in Florida. Truly a community resource, The Appleton offers a regular schedule of films, lectures, and live performances.
 
Austin Carriage Museum
Located within a picturesque equine resort, this museum displays over 150 restored antique and horse-drawn carriages from Europe and America. The museum consists of four climate controlled galleries that house the most comprehensive collection of carriages in the world- ranging from the simplest of American road carts to the most sophisticated of European state carriages.

Garlits Museum of Drag Racing
A former legendary drag car racer, Don Garlits opened this museum as a tribute to his many fans. It traces the history of drag racing and houses many of the trophies won throughout his career.

Discovery Science Center
An interesting and fun place to visit with a NOAA weather satellite ground station, a weather center, and even an authentic space capsule. Hands-on exhibits and demonstrations are available for students.

The Arts

Central Florida Community College 
CFCC is also a major influence in the cultural life of Marion County. With the city of Ocala and business leaders in the Ocala Arts and Sciences Coalition, CFCC was a prime mover in the development of the Brick City Center for the Arts. The center is housed in a former department store building on the corner of Broadway and 1st Avenue, downtown. It is used to display the work of local artists, along with other rotating exhibits and cultural activities. The Brick City Center is the hub of an arts-focused community, with a variety of plays and other performances, exhibits, and numerous educational programs.

On the CFCC campus, adjacent to the Fine Arts Auditorium, is the newly completed Webber Center, a multi-purpose center for professional national and regional exhibits, history, and natural sciences. The Webber Center also presents local exhibits and collections.

Fine Arts for Ocala
An active appreciation of fine arts has been an integral part of the cultural life of Ocala for years. Fine Arts for Ocala (FAFO) was founded in 1967, and it promotes visual and performing arts programs for people of all ages. The group's annual autumn art show, held on the grounds of the Ocala City Hall, downtown, attracts more than 50,000 people during its two days to view and purchase works of art, enjoy entertainment, and an exhibition of the artwork of area school children. FAFO also sponsors Symphony Under the Stars each year, which features guest orchestras and conductors.

The Ocala Civic Theater
Since 1950, Ocala has had its own community theater, which is the second largest in the state. The Ocala Civic Theater offers live, professional-quality musical and dramatic productions. Each year, 44,000 people attend at least one Civic Theater show. The theater also has a youth program, a program for seniors, and shows by professional touring companies. They are supported by an enthusiastic volunteer group.

Music and Dance
Enjoy performances of the Marion Performing Ballet and the Ocala Dance Theater, which are staged throughout the year. The Community College is the home of the Central Florida Symphony, a 60-member orchestra that plays a wide range of music. Also performing on the music scene are the CFCC students' Variations Jazz Band, the Ocala Festival Orchestra, the Marion Chamber Music Society, and the Marion Civic Chorale.

For Fun

Just around the corner you'll find go-karts, miniture golf, an arcade, and now batting cages, all in one place!  Ocala's favorite fun spot for kids of all ages.  Don't miss out on the fun.  There's always something exciting happening at Ocala's Easy Street.
 
Wild Waters
Adjacent to Silver Springs, Wild Waters offers wild and wet family fun. Attractions include a 180-foot, fan-shaped wave pool surrounded by a sundeck, water slide, and flume rides including a giant six-story twister, Bunyan's Bend, Osceola's Revenge, and the Silver Bullet. A wading area, with novelty fountains and water animal rides, is available for toddlers, and a children's area, Cool Kids Cove, has a multi-level interactive fun zone that features water cannons, slides, and a swinging bridge. The park is open on a seasonal basis and hours vary.

Wayne's World of Paintball
Located in Ocala, this is central Florida's finest paintball facility, with 24-hour role-playing scenario games, and offers two speedball courses, two fire bases, a South American coastal village, a bridge over water with sentry tower and adjacent buildings, towers, bunkers, an airstrip with a helicopter, hangars, radar towers, and other obstacles. Wayne's World also offers over four acres of parking / camping area, running water, and a shaded picnic area.
 
Business
 
Emergency One is a worldwide designer, manufacturer and marketer of fire rescue vehicles with more than 23,000 vehicles in operation around the world. Headquartered in Ocala, Florida, E-ONE is the industry leader in product innovations, new technologies and exceeding customer expectations.  Take the plant tour to see how this operation works.

A Kitchen design showroom with cooking classes and more.


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