Ocala’s World Equestrian Center

Newcomers usually aren’t here long before they hear a lot about the World Equestrian Center. In fact, some people actually move to Ocala just to be closer to this famous facility.

Even if you are not part of Ocala’s rich equestrian culture, you’ll probably want to visit at least a few times. That’s because the World Equestrian Center is a main gathering place for all sorts of festivities, conventions and events. An elegant resort is located on site, and you may want to enjoy some upscale shopping and dining. Or, perhaps you’d just like to enjoy an indulgent day at the spa.

As you’ll soon discover, the World Equestrian Center has something for everyone.

What Is the World Equestrian Center?

As the name suggests, this is a world-class facility at which various horse-centric events are held every year. With a variety of shows and competitions, the Center is a popular gathering spot, especially since spectators can attend competitions for free.

The facility in Ocala attracts competitors from across the country as it boasts more than 300 acres, 22 outdoor rings and four indoor arenas. This makes the facility a true four-season attraction.

In addition to a variety of equestrian events, the Center also hosts many conventions and tradeshows, canine shows and even weddings. Several sporting facilities also are on site, including arenas that are suitable for volleyball, basketball, soccer, martial arts, dance, cheerleading, lacrosse and many others.

What Can You Do at the World Equestrian Center?

Whether you visit to take in some dressage competition or for some other purpose, you’ll definitely want to reserve some time for the shops. The on-site luxury retail complex spans an elegant 13,000 square feet, encompassing a wide array of goods and services. This is the place to find the perfect equestrian boots and riding gear, but this retail area also provides many boutiques boasting art, fashion, home décor, jewelry and much more.

If shopping works up an appetite, then explore the Center’s dining options. Enjoy authentic Mexican fare at Filo’s followed by an indulgent ice cream cone from Miss Tilly’s Lollipops. You also have the opportunity to catch up with friends at Ralph’s Burger & Sandwich Shop or share a meal at Viola & Dot’s Italian Kitchen & Pizzeria. New dining options are being made available all the time.

Whether you’re visiting Ocala for an equestrian event or just to get away, be certain to schedule at least one appointment at the Day Spa at World Equestrian Center. The combined salon and spa occupies a 7,000 square foot space, giving everyone plenty of opportunities to relax and indulge. From facials and massages to stylish cuts and updos, this spa and salon does it all.

Did you know that the World Equestrian Center is one of the best places in the region to get married? Start your big day off right with a customizable bridal package at the spa, then head to the elegant on-site chapel. Complete with breathtaking landscaping to provide you with the perfect backdrop for photos, the chapel can seat more than 100 guests, and an oak canopy is located nearby for hosting large receptions. Even catering is available to help put the ideal finishing touch on your celebration.

Conventions and tradeshows are big business at the World Equestrian Center. If your organization is seeking a high-quality event center that boasts plenty of capacity, then your search is done. A total of five exposition centers, totaling more than 600,000 square feet of indoor space, is available for an incredible range of events. The exposition centers have already hosted national, regional and local events for countless organizations and industries.

The exposition centers also are appropriate for hosting an array of indoor sporting events. With plenty of versatility and flexibility, the expo centers feature loading docks, oversized LED screens for scorekeeping and advertising, built-in concessions, audiovisual services and much more. Outdoor fields for sporting events also are available, and the cross country trails offer the ideal facilities to host an event.

Whether you are attending an event at the World Equestrian Center or just want to enjoy an elegant getaway that’s close to home, book a stay at the Center’s hotel. The Equestrian Hotel is stylish and elegant with 248 well-appointed suites and rooms. Many of the rooms even overlook the open-air grand stadium. Located just a few minutes’ walk from the Center’s other facilities, the hotel is the perfect place to relax, shop and dine. Vacation rentals and an RV park are adjacent to the hotel.

Real Estate near the World Equestrian Center

Did you know that it’s even possible to live adjacent to the World Equestrian Center? Each lot features three plus acres on which you can build the home of your dreams. A variety of English and French country designs are currently available. All residents benefit from 24-hour security, an on-site veterinary practice and laundry and dry cleaning services. It’s also possible to garner VIP memberships for golf clubs, equestrian events and the clubhouse.

Additional properties that are move-in ready, including single-family dwellings and condominiums, are available in the adjacent Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club.

Learn More with Florida’s Choice Realty

Are you interested in the equestrian lifestyle? If so, then you’ve got to check out real estate near the World Equestrian Center today. The center is one of the city’s main attractions as well as being a major gathering place for entertainment and commerce.

Living here is just the icing on the cake, so contact us about local real estate today.

4 Most Popular Community Types in Ocala

Growth in Ocala

In the last few years Ocala has grown in multiple ways. With many large companies moving into the area, it has brought with it growth in all areas. Recently the brand new Hilton Garden Inn opened in Downtown Ocala, which has brought what was already a very active downtown life to the next level. With many well known companies opening distributions centers and/or headquarters such as Chewy, FedEx, AT&T, AutoZone, & Hello General to name a few.

More and more people are moving to Ocala each year, since 2010 there has been a 10% growth and 2.3% job growth in the last year. That may not seem like a lot but U-Haul ranked Ocala third in growth cities in the US for 2019.

Ocala is the place to be for jobs, fun, incredible housing opportunities, equestrian lovers, ages of all kinds, those that love outdoor activities and those that simply love being at home with their families and loved ones.

It’s the growth and opportunity that are driving people to Ocala but it’s the variety of community options that make people love the area.

World Equestrian Center Estates

Ocala, Florida literally has something for everyone especially the horse lovers. The World Equestrian Center is nestled among some of the most beautiful horse farms in the nation. It has the distinction of being the largest equestrian complex in the United States. So if this is your vibe, you might be interested in the gated community, Saddle Wood where you can have the neighborhood experience along with your very own land and farm. If you’re looking for a majestic masterpiece standing tall among 50+ acres of rolling hills, The World Equestrian Center in Ocala has just what you are looking for.

Historic District Homes

If Historical stately homes your style, then look no further. The Ocala historic district has some of the most amazing history. This residential neighborhood covers 172.5 acres that is only blocks from the happening downtown. This incredible district developed as a residential neighborhood between 1880 and 1930.

There are many Queen Anne Revival style homes built prior to 1910. The following two decades revival style homes were all the fashion. Bungalows and vernacular style homes round out the typical home styles in Historic Ocala. Regardless of your style you’re guaranteed to be in awe as you drive these streets and see history at its best.  

New Construction in Ocala

New construction communities are sprouting up to meet the demand of all the growth in the Ocala area and if new construction is what you are looking for, Ocala has it all. With new subdivisions and new homes being built in multiple areas throughout Ocala and Marion County, ranging from the mid 100’s and up, there is no doubt that you will find your new home.  Get in on pre-construction and design your new home or buy one that has already been designed and built.

We have new home lists and special incentives for anyone looking for to buy a new home in one of new communities here in Ocala. Please reach out and let us help you navigate the complexities of a new home build.

Retirement Communities in Ocala

Florida offers so many opportunities for all ages but it’s the retirement communities that Ocala has become famous for. The many lifestyle options in these communities have attracted transplants from all over the United States. With more than 55 such communities there is no doubt you will find the right one for your needs and desires. Some of these communities are Trilogy of Ocala, Ocala Run, On Top of the World, Summerglen, and many more. 


Although Ocala has all of this to offer and more, the fact that Marion county covers such a large land mass, it still maintains the small town qualities and virtues that we all love.