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Ocala Downtown Square

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Address: SE 1st Ave, Ocala, FL 34471
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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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Nice atmosphere for events and people watching

As a fairly new resident of Ocala was pleased to see that the small downtown square has a lot of organized events, good restaurants and Starbucks for your caffeine jolt or sweet... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

As a fairly new resident of Ocala was pleased to see that the small downtown square has a lot of organized events, good restaurants and Starbucks for your caffeine jolt or sweet tooth. Most of the evening events are geared toward the young crowd but I guess us Sr Citizens are supposed to go to bed early? The farmers market... More 

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Thank Margaret S
Ocala, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A variety of restaurants open every day and a place for special events. I live in Ocala and visit the area frequently

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Ocala, Florida, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Always has community oriented events for the entire family to enjoy. Well maintained with a welcoming atmosphere. Don't miss the opportunity to check out the Downtown Square, especially during Christmas time - it's the envy of Disney!

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Thank DJinFla
Greater Wellington, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well I visited the The Square on Independence Day to see what was going going in the way of celebrations. Whow, it was empty and even the flag pole was bare, a disappointment. However, in the evening, ten minutes out of town there was fire works display which was magic, cars for miles and a very well behaved crowd. No... More 

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Ocala, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am sorry to not be able to write a better review, but really, I'm not sure why this is even an 'attraction' to review. Yep, it's a square for sure. There's a gazebo, palms, oaks, the painted horses & benches if you want to just sit & think about whatever. Restaurants around it - they are good, but extremely... More 

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Crystal River, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

This was the first time we visited and we were very pleased. It is very clean, safe and restful. The horse statues are beautiful. We visited the farmer's market and were very satisfied with the quality of the food and the reasonable prices. All vendors were very friendly.

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Lakeland, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

Want some farm fresh veggies, some breads, home made potato ships, flowers, jams, jellies and the such, then this is the perfect place to go All of the people I have interacted with have been very polite, helpful and did not try to rush me along so they could wait on their next customer. I go here to get my... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

The Downtown Ocala Square was developed in 1847, making it one of the oldest in the state. They have an arts and craft event the first Friday of each month, a farmer's market nearby on Saturdays and there's always something to do most weekends. There are numerous eating places on or near the square including Harry's New Orleans restaurant, the... More 

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Clifton, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

Love the old architecture, the horses and the park. Too small for me! nothing really to do there. I can imagine as a local that is a great or the only place to hang out.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2016

While Friday nights seem to be the busiest (good eats, movies in the theatre or at the park, lights and open air for the kids to dance, festivals.....) You will likely enjoy yourself no matter what day. Cute shops. Good food. Snacks and coffee. Playground right down the way. "Ice skating" during the Florida 'winter.' No matter what draws you... More 

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