Explore these Nearby Ocala, Florida Attractions and Things To Do As You Experience the Lodging, RV Sites and Horseback Riding Activities that Diamond Oaks Farm has to Offer:
Florida Horse Park: A long-standing 500-acre equestrian complex that's a premier venue for equine and agricultural events, and hosts other sporting events and shows as well.
Greater Ocala Dog Show Grounds: Watch and participate in Agility Trials and Circuits: AKC. Host Clubs
Silver Springs State Park: Experience a Silver Springs Glass Bottom Boat tour. Kayak the five-mile Silver River. Explore the Silver River Museum and Cracker Village.
Ocala National Forest: Nestled between well-known theme parks and white, sandy beaches, the jewels of the Ocala National Forest attract visitors from around the world.
Bubba Raceway Park: The oldest continuously operating race track in the state of Florida. Good concessions, reasonable prices, and an authentic dirt track. Admission specials and varying types of races are available depending on the events at the raceway.
Car Cruises, Expos & Auto Shows In Ocala: Including Classic car show events and the International Car Show 2023. Ocala Classic Car Shows are Every Wednesday afternoon from 4:00 to 7:00. Free and open to all makes and models.
Downtown Ocala with restaurants and evening live band performances in the central square
The World Equestrian Center: This over 300-acre facility is the largest equestrian complex in the United States with many equestrian events - including free international jumping admission Saturday nights!
Rainbow Springs State Park: From wading in the crystal clear water to canoeing, kayaking and tubing down river, this is one of America's largest natural springs, that's a refreshing 72 degrees Fahrenheit all year round and is open every day of the year from 8 a.m. to sunset. Standard admission at the Headsprings is $2 per person, free for children.
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park: This is a 22,000 acre unpredictable and unique Florida treasure. Nowhere else in Florida can visitors experience wild-roaming herds of bison and horses, nearly 300 species of birds along with alligators, river otters, bobcats, Florida black bears, wild pigs, white-tailed deer, coyotes, marsh rabbits and many other animals and a unique ecosystem to hike, fish, birdwatch, horseback ride, boat or kayak. You can reliably expect to see on the La Chua trail are alligators; they're plentiful, fat and happy. They're piled in a heap in the marsh area at the start of the trail, near the Alachua Sink, a natural sinkhole that drains water collected on the marsh into the aquifer.
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens: A botanical garden in Gainesville, Florida, operated by the North Florida Botanical Society. There is a fee of $8.00. Bring bug spray. Lots of mosquitos, but it is a beautiful area. Enjoy trails winding past a bamboo grove and a pond with giant water lilies, plus a hummingbird garden. Most people spend about 2 1/2 hours here.
Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo: A unique 10-acre zoo in Gainesville, Florida, this is the only zoo on a college campus accredited by the Association of Zoos.
Devil's Den Springs: A natural spring located in central Florida. It's a unique spot because it's located inside an underground cavern. It is a pool inside of a cave where you can go snorkeling and scuba diving.
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* There is so much nature and beauty to enjoy here - on and off the horse farm- just a short drive from Gainesville, The Villages, Tampa, University of Florida, Miami, Orlando, Disney World, Jacksonville, Daytona Beach and St. Augustine Beach.
* Stays at this 25 acre horse ranch offer on-site horseback riding and other horse activities for ages 2+
More about The Natural Springs of Marion County:
Silver Springs is only 15 minutes away:
1. RIDE A GLASS-BOTTOM BOAT IN SILVER SPRINGS
Silver Springs is one of the largest Artesian springs ever discovered.
Experience the crystal-clear springs and underwater life that naturally inhabit Silver Springs. See below the surface of the water and enjoy the river's wildlife, vegetation and historical and cultural artifacts. Boat tours run every 30 minutes beginning at 10 am.
Relax and explore the real Florida paddling in Silver Springs State Park. Kayak, stand-up paddleboard and canoe rentals are available, including new clear bottom kayaks. Spend a couple of hours paddling along the tree-shaded Fort King Waterway and discovering the springs on the Silver River. Or journey five miles from Silver Springs to Ray Wayside Park with return transportation provided. Rentals are available at the in-park launch at the SR 40 entrance.
2. FLOAT ON A TUBE FROM RAINBOW SPRINGS, or go snorkeling, swimming, and picnicking
Go early in the morning for a two-hour float along the Rainbow Springs. Tubes and shuttles back can be rented from the Marion County Parks Department, called The K.P. Hole.
3. SCUBA DIVE IN PARADISE SPRINGS
Featuring cavern walls covered with prehistoric fossils, Paradise Springs is an amazing scuba dive spot. In clear waters that hover around 72 degrees, divers can discover an underground stream as well as fossilized sand dollars, sea biscuits, and other marine life remains.
4. CANOE JUNIPER RUN AT JUNIPER SPRINGS
Named one of the top 25 canoe runs in America by Reserve America, Juniper Run is just one of the highlights of Juniper Springs. Rent a canoe from the recreation area after a jump in the springs or exploring the trails constructed in the mid-1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The historic Juniper Springs Millhouse has a functioning wooden waterwheel.
5. SEARCH FOR FOSSILS IN SILVER GLEN SPRINGS
For thousands of years, Native Americans created piles of oyster shells at the site of Silver Glen Springs. Today, visitors can be amateur archaeologists and look for stone tools or historic shells near the natural spring, which is also a popular swimming area. Be sure to take photos of the trees that once grew over shell deposits but today seem to start growing in mid-air.
Lodging guests and Day Visitors experience the serenity of horses and nature at Diamond Oaks Horse Farm - the perfect base to enjoy our horse activities and explore the nearby attractions and things to do near the horse ranch:
Diamond Oaks Farm Accommodations include full RV hookup sites, the "King Pasture Hotel Suite Plus", "Historic Home", and our "Pasture RVs" with five-star reviews on Airbnb and VRBO. Diamond Oaks Farm is the perfect destination for nature lovers and those seeking a therapeutic escape. We also offer horse hauling transportation services within Florida. Book your overnight, weekend, school holidays, family vacations, or winter get-away today!
This is the best of the Ocala Florida horse farms for ranch vacations! Stay and ride -children age 2 and up ride! We have full RV hookup campsites and pet friendly lodging in king hotel suite (spa shower, deep tub, deck), accommodation for 6 in the home, and RV rentals and full hookup and tent campsites. This ranch offers pasture horse boarding and stall facilities. Being on the horse farm is therapeutic! We offer discounts for horseback riding trail rides and lessons for lodging guests and we offer horse country carriage ride tours. There are lots of things to do on the farm and nearby with Silver Springs Ocala National Forest 20 minutes away, and Gainesville, Jacksonville, Tampa, and Disney World all 1-2 hours away. We offer a serene environment for WEC lodging and horse board - add more to your experience for less cost - WEC is only 25 minutes away.