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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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Beautiful Christmas Lighting

We got to visit during the holiday season and loved all of the Christmas decorations. We also loved the horse statues. Until this visit we didn't realize that horse farms were... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Decatur, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We got to visit during the holiday season and loved all of the Christmas decorations. We also loved the horse statues. Until this visit we didn't realize that horse farms were so prevalent here.

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Ocala, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This Plaza has beautiful horses and during the holidays has the most beautiful lights. In The Summer, They have Music on The Square on Weekends. Post Card Beautiful.

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Central Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ocala downtown is great during the Christmas Holidays, there are normally events going on and the lights are wonderful. Outside of Christmas there is not a lot to do downtown. There are a couple of decent restaurants but not much night life or other things to do during the day. There are very few shops to walk around and shop... More 

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Webster, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been downtown several times this holiday season. I love the light display. They have had several musical events and the evenings have been perfect to relax and enjoy them. You can get horse drawn carriage rides around the square. If you are feeling like a bit of adventure you can even go ice skating! A walk over to... More 

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Thank Debbie S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited on Christmas eve, just after dark. The lights were beautiful and the place was full of people but not crowded. There are lots of restaurants and bars and such, botiques, candy shops, antique stores and the like. It felt very safe and festive. The downtown area is a lot of fun and very attractive. Not a great deal... More 

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Silver Springs, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Love the Ocala Downtown Square at Christmastime. The trees are all festooned with lights and there are scheduled groups providing music in the evenings. There's the ice skating rink set-up adjacent to the square and Santa in the Gazebo. it's a great, safe place to bring children for a nostalgic evening. The refurbished square seating and walkways are wonderful. Come... More 

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Westminster, MD
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

If you find yourself in the Ocala area during this Holiday Season, you must take time to visit the Christmas Lights in the square. They are spectacular - and the outside "ice skating" rink added to the festive atmosphere. Palm Trees and ice skating - not expected but really beautiful!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

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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Ocala, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

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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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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