6 days in Ocala & Crystal River Itinerary

6 days in Ocala & Crystal River Itinerary

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Ocala
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Crystal River
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Ocala — 3 nights

Ocala is a city located in Northern Florida. Family-friendly places like Gypsy Gold Horse Farm and Andy Romano Beachfront Park will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ocala: Dolphin and Manatee Adventure Tour (in Bonita Springs), Daytona Beach (Daytona International Speedway & Ritchey Plaza) and Ormond Beach (The Casements, Ormond Beach, &more). The adventure continues: stroll around Sholom Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, examine the collection at Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing, and look for all kinds of wild species at Butterfly Rainforest.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ocala trip planner.

Orlando to Ocala is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a shuttle; or take a bus. September in Ocala sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Crystal River.
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Crystal River — 2 nights

The Gem of the Nature Coast

The jewel of Florida's Nature Coast, Crystal River spreads around spring-fed Kings Bay, known for maintaining a constant 22 C (72 F) temperature all year long.
On the 5th (Mon), explore the activities along Three Sisters Springs, stroll around Hunter Springs Park, then admire the majestic nature at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, then see the interesting displays at Coastal Heritage Museum, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Crystal River, contemplate the waterfront views at Rainbow River, then admire the majestic nature at Rainbow Springs State Park, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Island Gulf Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Crystal River trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Ocala to Crystal River in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Crystal River are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car back home.
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