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“Awesome tour!”

Farm Tours of Ocala
Ranked #7 of 65 things to do in Ocala
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Insider`s Tour of Ocala`s Horse Country. Jan to June is foaling season! And yes, you will see newborns. Get "Behind the Gates" and get an exclusive look behind the scenes of 3 locations to get up close to horses of different breeds, disciplines and meet the people train and care for them. An avid horsewoman and and long time resident of Ocala`s Horse Country, Karen shares her enthusiasm, knowledge and ability to enter the inner circles of some of the most beautiful farms in the area. M-SAT. Tours are by reservation only. Start 8:45 to aprox 12. This tour requires a lot of walking. And not suitable for children under 10. This is a small "Boutique" trip with not more than 10 people.
Reviewed August 4, 2012

Karen was a wonderful tour guide. Her knowledge of the area and the venues that she took us to were perfect for what we were hoping to see on the tour. We had access to an Equine Vet Hospital, thereapy farm and personal farm. The tour was awesome! So much more than what we expected! A wonderful tour!!! I would highly recommend her tour to anyone going to the beautiful horse area of Ocala.
Linda S

2  Thank Linda S
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FarmToursofOcala, Owner at Farm Tours of Ocala, responded to this reviewResponded August 26, 2012

You are welcome!!! I am always happy to help up and coming Veterinarians! We saw some pretty cool stuff that day. The Sanctuary is awesome. Fun morning for me too!!!

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Reviewed August 3, 2012

This tour was a wonderful opportunity to see world class horse farms up close and personal. We had access to barns, stables, pastures and tracks. Karen was an excellent guide. She has firsthand knowledge of the area, its residents and the horse community. She was friendly and engaging and even let us linger at a particularly fun stop where we got to interact with the horses. My two teenage daughters absolutely loved it. One proclaimed, "It's something I'll remember for the rest of my life." Photo opportunities abound on this tour so don't forget the camera

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FarmToursofOcala, Owner at Farm Tours of Ocala, responded to this reviewResponded August 26, 2012

Kids were SO much fun, you posted a picture of H Alicia H, I didn`t know this at the time but she is a very special baby! She will ROCK the Arabian World! You met horsey star in the making!!

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Reviewed July 22, 2012

When we decided to visit Ocala's beautiful horse country, we viewed several "online" tour groups. The pick of Karen Grimes was such a great decision! Karen's first hand knowledge of the area, the horses and the farm owners and staff, made her tour incredible! When we arrived at the gate of the farms, Karen entered the gate code and opened up such a personal view of such private spaces. The beauty of the rolling hills, Karen's knowledge of the area, the horses, the people, we did not know that such a place existed in central Florida. Watching the horses working thru their daily paces, visiting the horse auction house, so many "behind the scene" things that we never knew about. Karen promised that our tour was just "touching the tip of the iceberg" and we will be going back to learn more. Loved the fact that the tour was with just the 4 of us, made us all feel comfortable about asking questions and taking advantage of Karen's love and knowledge of horses. Mary & Don

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FarmToursofOcala, Owner at Farm Tours of Ocala, responded to this reviewResponded August 26, 2012

Thank you!!! You guys were so much fun!!! Yes come back during "season" and it won`t be so hot and a LOT more going on!!

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Reviewed June 14, 2012

I was blown away! As an earlier post stated, "Exceeded all of our expectations!!" Karen's unbelievable access to every location we visited was truly amazing. Karen's knowledge of the Thoroughbred industry and contacts we met during the tour insured every question we had was answered.

Karen ensured we were comfortable throughout the tour and kept our safety first. Walking around these beautiful but large animals, Karen was very observant and always aware of our children in relation to the horses. Karen also encouraged us to engage with the horses when feasible. I told my wife after the tour that I felt the tour was tailored to our interest (becoming future Thoroughbred owners) and she agreed. As I found out later, Karen asked my wife about our interest in the horse industry prior to the tour. (Excellent) Karen went the extra mile and so did everyone we met behind the scenes.

A MUST do if you are in the Ocala area. We pulled a day away from our week staying at a Disney resort and it broke up the theme park hustle & bustle in the best way possible. Karen runs a FIRST CLASS operation and her access is second to none. You will not be disappointed. Karen, thank you for the memorable tour. My kids are still buzzing about it.

Pete & Chris

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Management response:Responded June 26, 2012

Your family is wonderful and it was such a pleasure!! I hope to stay in touch!!

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Reviewed May 30, 2012

We love the scenic beauty of "the horse farms areas of Ocala", but we had a VERY special treat today when Karen took us onto some of these significant horse farms, up-close-and-personal!!! We actually were "invited in" to the farms (very private areas unless you are lucky enough to be invited in) and witnessed the working and training of the "mega" horses, as well as getting to meet many of them face-to-face!!! Karen's "horse" background, personal experience and knowledge and enthusiasm for what she does is is most impressive and awesome!!! We had a wonderful time and learned so much, as well as got to "talk" to several fabulous mares and stallions, who are famous in their own right! Even had a bonding experience with a "baby" donkey who was adorable!!! But, Oh WOW, those private farms and Mega horses are STUNNING!!! THANKS, Karen, for such a beautiful and informative experience!!!
Judy & Rusty

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farmtoursmanager, Owner at Farm Tours of Ocala, responded to this reviewResponded June 2, 2012

It was a pleasure having you!!!! Fun! Look for me on TV at the Belmont Stakes on June 9th!!!

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