Downtown Ocala is a great place for families! The activities are endless, from shopping to dining and entertainment. With so many things to do, it’s easy to get lost in Downtown Ocala. But we’ve got you covered with a few of our favorite family-friendly activities.
The Downtown Ocala Farmer’s Market
The Downtown Ocala Farmer’s Market is a fun place for families. It’s held every Saturday from 9 AM-2 PM at the Downtown Market (403 SE Osceola Ave.). You’ll find local vendors selling fresh fruits, vegetables and plants. There are also food trucks on site if you want to grab something quick before heading back home. The market is located right in the center of downtown so it’s easy to walk around or bike ride through while you’re there!
Shop & Dine Small with the Littles
Shop at the many specialty stores in Downtown Ocala. Grandpa Joe’s Candy Store offers many unique gifts, including items for all ages. Marley Mae also carries a wide selection of clothing and toys for kids.
There are also several antique shops if you’re looking for that special something!
If you’re looking for somewhere fun to dine with the kids, head over to Sayulita Taqueria or Bank Street Patio. Both restaurants offer games and activities while you enjoy your meal! Or stop by one of our many other restaurants like Cantina Tex-Mex & Brick City Southern Kitchen.
Art, Culture & Educational Experiences
The Discovery Center
The Discovery Science Center is a great place to take your kids. The Discovery Center is Ocala’s local children’s museum! Located at Tuscawilla Park, the Discovery Center is a place for kids to learn in a fun, hands-on way. From rotating quarterly exhibits to STEAM-centered classes, there is plenty of reasons to check out what’s new at Discovery Center!
Variety of Walking Tours
Downtown Ocala is home to many murals around town, and there’s even an app that you can use to locate all of them! The mural tour is a great way for your family to enjoy some time together while exploring the city.
If you’re curious why Ocala is called the “Brick City” or are a history buff, be cure to check out the Historic Walking Tour that also has an app to follow online and see buildings how they were in the early 1880s!
If you’re wanting to connect to nature, try taking a walk around Midtown Ocala to explore the variety of sculptures at Tuscawilla Park!
There are many art galleries in Downtown Ocala, where you can find local artists and take home a piece of the city with you. For a more family-friendly experience, try the Marion Cultural Alliance or NOMA Gallery.
Downtown Ocala is also home to many parks for your littles to enjoy during your time in the Ocala Main Street District. Visit Tuscawilla or the Farmer’s Market to enjoy recreational space for all ages.
During the summer and fall months, a Splash Pad is also open for the public to enjoy, located right in the heart of Downtown inside Citizens’ Circle. Once you’ve worked up a sweat, be sure to swing by Soleil Bakery & Social House or Ocala’s Chocolate and Confections for icecream or a sweet treat!