Best Parks in Ocala

Ocala is a wonderful place for nature lovers and outdoorsy types. Several parks dot the city, featuring playgrounds, hiking trails, sports fields, and more. Here are some local favorites:

Ocala Tuscawilla Park

This is the oldest and largest public park in Ocala. It has something for everyone: playground, lake, tennis courts, and walking trails. Ice skating is available in the winter. There is also a Science Discovery Center across the street. Visitors will be greeted by various metal sculptures located throughout the park. Leashed dogs are welcome.

Brick City Adventure Park

This park is perfect for letting kids burn off some energy. Brick City Adventure Park features a playground, picnic pavilion, and nature trails. There are lots of shaded areas for relaxing or picnicking. There is also a community center here, offering classes and hosting events for every interest.

Sholom Park

Sholom Park is privately-owned with a botanical garden as its focal point. Its 44 acres feature more than 2 miles of paved walking trails and over 250 species of flora. Visitors can find peace and solitude among the rose garden, olive trees, azaleas, labyrinth, and koi pond. It opened in 2004, the brainchild of a local resident who wanted to provide the community with a peaceful oasis in Central Florida. The park is open seven days a week and admission is free for all.

Scott Springs Park

Located in a wooded area, Scott Springs Park offers an easy escape from the city. Visitors take advantage of the bike park, walking trails, and playground. There is even an area featuring various caves. This is a great place to bring visitors for a picnic or a relaxing stroll through the woods.

Baseline Road Trailhead

This park sits at the site of an abandoned plan for a cross-state canal. Now visitors know the area as a place for hiking, biking, and playing disc golf. There is also a playground and picnic pavilion. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed.