Ocala, Florida. This central Florida town located between Gainesville and Orlando is blessed with gorgeous vistas at every turn. Dubbed the Horse Capital of the World because of its many active horse farms and significant participation in the horse industry, Ocala is a place of rolling green pastureland and scenic views. And just because it's not on the coast doesn't mean water is in short supply. Ocala is home to several impressive natural springs that first put the town on the map as a tourist destination decades ago. After you've had your fill of outdoor adventure, head to Downtown Ocala for farm-to-table dining, craft beer, and boutique shopping in one walkable, easy-to-explore historic neighborhood. Local businesses, eateries, and stores emanate for a few square blocks around Town Square, a paved octagon surrounded by trees and grass that also features a historic gazebo. Find classic pub bites at The Lodge Brick City Craft Pub & Eatery and Southern specialty dishes at Ivy on the Square. Wash it down with a pint at microbrewery Infinite Ale Works, then take your credit card for a spin at Tumbleweed of Ocala antique store or Marley Mae Market & Paperie. Choose from a wide variety of restaurants, offering fine dining and international specialties, along with reasonably priced hearty and wholesome meals everyone will enjoy. You’ll find local eateries and familiar chains to satisfy a wide range of tastes and budgets. Most of the restaurants downtown offer outside seating and have bowls they will fill up for your dog. Some even have treats for them, too! Sit on the deck at Swampy's Bar & Grille or hang out at the Blue Gator, both of which sit right on the Rainbow River. You can watch as kayakers, boaters, tubers, and divers go by while having a delicious meal with your furry friend. Here is a list of restaurants and drink spots to choose from. Be sure to check with individual businesses for their policies on pups. In addition to restaurants, there are literally dozens of pet friendly hotels in Ocala.
World Equestrian Center
1750 NW 80th Avenue
Ocala Florida 34482
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