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Address: SE 1st Ave, Ocala, FL 34471
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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Small but cute...

Having just moved to Ocala recently, I thought I'd check out the downtown square. It was cute, nothing extraordinary, but a nice area to walk around and relax on a park bench and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 12, 2015
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Lititz, Pennsylvania
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34 reviews 34 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

The downtown square is always fun to visit-nice park- nice mall stores- great restaurants. We also enjoy the evenings when there are art walks- or music.

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RI
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 attraction reviews
147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Having just moved to Ocala recently, I thought I'd check out the downtown square. It was cute, nothing extraordinary, but a nice area to walk around and relax on a park bench and take in the views. There are a few shops and restaurants encircling the square (I will have to go back and explore). They also have live bands... More 

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Bowmanville
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67 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015 via mobile

Was here last dec it is a nice spot in center of town. Was here to see the Christmas lights and they were awesome. They also have A skating rink for the holidays. Great place at Christmas time

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Ocala, Florida
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100 reviews 100 reviews
12 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

The square is the central place for a lot of what is happening in Ocala. It's very 'small town' - green space with a great gazebo surrounded by shops and restaurants. They have done some improvements to the gazebo which make it a better space for small concerts and rallies. During the holidays, all of the trees are strung with... More 

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Ocala, Florida
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Very pretty spot, frequently with entertainment on weekends. Surrounded by some very good restaurants. I always enjoy just sitting and watching the world rush by..

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Go to Harry's Restaurant, walk on over to Starbucks for a coffee, then stroll to the square and enjoy people walking by and music playing. There's always something to enjoy in downtown. The first Friday night of the month is 'Art Walk' where you could find all kinds of art to see or purchase.

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Ocala, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

I grew up here and very happy to see what city leaders have done to transform the downtown into something families can enjoy. You will find at various times, live music, art shows, film festivals and many theme related activities. There is a weekly farmers market on Saturday morning. Even when there is nothing going on the square is a... More 

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Ocala, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

I love going to the square just to walk around. There are so many neat little shops and gems along the way. It's not very big, just 4 -8 large blocks of small town businesses. They always put on a great show for the Art Walk, Light Up Ocala and Seasonal things! Oh and can't forget St. Patty's Day! Big... More 

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Cape Girardeau, Missouri
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Pretty park like setting with music. Drank a beer at an outside table and just relaxed. Not many shops but still worth the trip

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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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