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Ocala Downtown Square

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Address: SE 1st Ave, Ocala, FL 34471
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Description: 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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Wonderful place to sit and relax by people watching.

I like the gazebo as well as the benches in the square. You can pick up a cup of coffee at Starbucks across the street and enjoy the cool breeze under the trees sitting on a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
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Ocala, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

very family oriented and felt like everyone was comfortable with the events We were just visiting so we go there occasionally

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Ocala, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

I like the gazebo as well as the benches in the square. You can pick up a cup of coffee at Starbucks across the street and enjoy the cool breeze under the trees sitting on a bench. Great place to relax and think.

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Dunnellon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

I love to come here with my friends & family. There is always some time of festivities going on. I especially enjoy the market they have on Saturdays.

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Ocala, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Y'know I am torn on this because I live here and love the downtown area but for some reason it juts does not feel safe to me. There are a lot of homeless folks around but on top of that I am not a huge fan of the bar scene in the area..it seems like trouble happens often down there.... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Downtown Ocala has a few great restaurants, movie theater, center park with bandstand, and plenty of parking. Painted horses are present as well as boutique shops and very clean streets to peruse your interests. It's been here since the 1860's. Free 2 hr. parking and after 6 PM free parking.

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Sarasota, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

The town was surprisingly very, very small but it had some nice little shops and restaurants.Might not be a great place to go to specially but a good town to stop in if passing by.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

I love to shop anywhere we go and my wife enjoyed all the things available in the Ocala downtown area.

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Ocala, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Every time I go I realize I should go more often. I wasn't sure if I'd like it after they moved it from the square to across from the square but it's still excellent! There's such a variety. Most are produce, meat, seafood, baked goods, and the best hummus! There's also some craft booths. The best handmade soap, beautiful jewelry,... More 

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Ormond Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We have been going to the Downtown Square about three years after moving to The Villages from CA. It is a fun place to brows the stores and especially eat at the restaurants that are located on the Square. We always enjoy Harry's Bar and Grill. There is a Starbucks around the corner. Look for some of the art galleries... More 

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Ocala, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Our square offers a variety of great places to eat such as Harrys and Melting Pot and Marks Steakhouse. Other places there as well, hard to find parking but worth it. They offer carriage rides on weekends and thru out the year they have lots of activities such as Light Up Ocala fun for the whole family and Farmers Market... More 

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