Conveniently located in north central Florida, Ocala/Marion County is a perfect destination for large scale sporting events that vary from multi-day youth baseball tournaments to international equestrian competitions.
So why choose our destination for your next event? Not only is Ocala/Marion County full of impressive world-class facilities, but it also offers team-friendly accommodations, an assortment of dining options for groups, great weather year-round, off-the-field attractions and a Visitors and Convention Bureau team eager to support planners.
The newest addition to the inventory of facilities in Ocala/Marion County is the World Equestrian Center, the largest and most prestigious equestrian complex in the United States. Known as WEC to locals, this remarkable complex is changing the game for the equestrian competition season with five climate controlled indoor arenas in addition to outdoor arenas, stadiums and two massive expo centers.
If the world-class horse show venues are not enough, Ocala/Marion County’s superior facilities for baseball, softball, pickle ball and more are sure to meet your needs. Our destination offers a full array of spacious, well-maintained field complexes and nearly a dozen championship-level golf courses with slope ratings unlike anywhere else in Florida.
To add the collection of great sites in the destination, Ocala/Marion County is the future home to Florida Aquatics Swimming and Training (FAST), a brand new, leading aquatics center featuring a premier training natatorium that will offer elite level competition for a multitude of events. FAST is halfway through construction and expected to open in early 2022. It will feature an indoor 10-lane 50-meter/25-yard with deck space for up to 800 swimmers and more than 2,000 spectator seats, in addition to an outdoor warm-up pool.
Our Visitors and Convention Bureau offers an all-star staff that’s ready to help you make your next event one for the record books. They’ll treat you like the MVP — Most Valuable Planner — you are, and do everything they can to help knock your event out of the park! Incentive opportunities are also available based on the size and length of events in Ocala/Marion County, as well as the number of room nights generated. Email Sales@MarionFL.org or call 352-438-2800.