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Ocala Downtown Square

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Address: SE 1st Ave, Ocala, FL 34471
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Ocala's Downtown Square is an eclectic blend of restaurants, boutiques,...

Ocala's Downtown Square is an eclectic blend of restaurants, boutiques, salons, and art & cultural exhibits. Park your car and you are within 10 minutes walking distance of all of this and more. We have a fabulous historic movie theatre that plays 1st run movies, billiards hall, community theatre in a gorgeous histric building with several runs per year of Rock Horror Picture Show, tattoo parlors, diverse nightlife...you get the picture! Come on down and enjoy all the Downtown Square has to offer.

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Downtown is especially beautiful at Christmas time but during an average afternoon there does tend to be homeless people roaming about asking for spare change or smokes. It's a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 September 2016
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Ocala, Florida
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57 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Drove by the square the other night and they had all the Christmas decorations up and it was all lit up - really beautiful. Had to take a walk thru the square to view it all - Nice.....

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Thank Rich L
Ocala, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

On any given weekend there is something going on at the square. Bands, Farmers Market, Ice skating, Art and Craft shows, and great people watching. You have a choice of fine dining, various other ethnic resturants, highend whiskey bars and just plain bars. What ever you want, it's there.

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Thank Dan R
Cape Coral, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Restaurants, shops, farmer's market, and at night lit square highlights the painted horses delighting your creativity. It's always nice to walk around a square, and wonder who's a local and who's a visitor....but this square makes you feel right at home. WE lucked out, as there was an artshow in the streets and in the square when we were there... More 

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Ellenton, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

The downtown square is charming all by itself. But the restaurants and stores surrounding the square are equally charming. We were there for the annual Thrill the World event. They have this even every year before Halloween. People come from all over to dance to "Thriller" in the square. Adults and kids alike. The event starts with a variety of... More 

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1 Thank Colleen W
Ocala, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

It is great to support our local growers and those who create crafts as well. Fresh picked fruits and vegetables along with local honey are some of my favorite things to purchase.

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1 Thank cwnsue
Ocala, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

Downtown is especially beautiful at Christmas time but during an average afternoon there does tend to be homeless people roaming about asking for spare change or smokes. It's a shame the homeless situation isn't addressed more from a Marion County level and/or City level. The homeless need housing.

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1 Thank DannaCrawford
Lake Helen, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

It's always nice to see an "actual" downtown, and even better when one is walkable. We saw several nice shops and restaurants. Comparable to our own locale (near DeLand), we would go back to Ocala's downtown again.

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1 Thank Gaseoustania
Central Florida, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Ocala's downtown square is typical of those you will find in many older towns across the country. It has been renovated by the city fathers and serves as the site for a variety of events. On Saturday's the local farmers and some home made products are sold from the hours of 8am to 3pm. The Townsquare regularly host at the... More 

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1 Thank 421Bill
Ocala, Florida
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43 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

We love to go downtown! Our fav restaurant is Harry's, then we take a walk around the square enjoy free WI-FI and sometimes entertainment, Then you can stroll over the the Ocala Wine Experience for a glass of wine and a desert. Other bars and restaurants available and more new restaurants are being built at this time(Aug 2016) Just off... More 

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Punta Gorda, Florida
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

We tried to visit area os Square, but could not park, was congested, and will have to try again on another trip.

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