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Ocala Downtown Square

Address: SE 1st Ave, Ocala, FL 34471
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Ranked #14 of 57 things to do in Ocala
Type: Historic walking areas, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Ocala's Downtown Square is an eclectic blend of restaurants, boutiques, salons, and art & cultural...
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Type: Historic walking areas, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: 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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Ocala, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

The object of visiting a small southern town square is the old time charm. The square had that feeling until someone in charge decided to turn it into The Villages with music being drilled into your ears. I used to like to sit in the square to watch & listen to the goings on around the square....now whether you like... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

There were a number of positive reviews so we thought we stop by on our trip to Ocala. There really was not a whole lot there. And the few shops that we wanted to go into were closed at 2 pm on Sunday afternoon. There are several restaurants and we did find an ice cream and stopped for a couple... More 

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Ocala, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Some friends recommended the Ocala Farmers Market on the Village Square. It's held every Saturday from 9am to 2pm. Lots of vendors and lots of crafts, plus fresh fruits and vegetables. Easily found a parking spot, although the place was crowded. Will go back again

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Ocala, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Atmosphere, architecture, etc. I've lived here for20+ years and can honestly say that downtown is moving in the right direction!

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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Town square was newly built and had piped in music, pretty horse statues and easy accessible walks/cross walks. We walked around for 30 minutes before dinner. Quaint old town.

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Ocala, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

This is my first year here during the holidays and wow do they decorate to the hilt. All the trees have glittering lights, the gazebo is decorated and there is an ice skating ring so you can skate While in the Florida sun. What more can you ask for. The Christmas tree in the square is huge and it changes... More 

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Terrell, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Had a great meal at The Ivy House. Excellent food and service. Also has a small boutique in this beautiful Victorian setting.

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Magnolia, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

As other reviewers have noted, Ocala's downtown has cool historic buildings, but there is not much to it. Based upon that, I would normally give it 2/5. But if you go at Christmastime, they do a really nice job of decorating, which is best appreciated at night. And they offer "ice skating" (it's artificial, plastic ice) for only $5, which... More 

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Sebring, Florida, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We visited downtown to go to an antique store and then decided to walk around and see what they had to offer and maybe get something to eat. It was New Year's Eve but early -- around 4 PM. We tried to get into Harry's Seafood Bar and Grill but there was at least an hours wait to be seated.... More 

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Ocala, Florida, United States
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

This is Ocala, Florida I don't know who gave the Downtown Square such high ratings. It is one block square, To me this is not a downtown hi-lite. There is one place that is five stars here. That place is Marks Prime. For any city, anywhere this is one of the best Steakhouses I have been to. It deserves ten... More 

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