Marion County stands unique among Florida destinations, yielding gently rolling countryside punctuated with horse farms, family attractions, renowned springs and charming communities filled with friendly people who welcome thousands of visitors every year. With its laid-back lifestyle and Old Florida charm, the county truly offers a decidedly Different Pace that makes it a Better Place for one-of-a-kind vacation getaways.
Native Americans lived in the region in North Central Florida that is now Marion County for centuries, but the first recognizable town began to form near the Seminole Wars outpost Fort King during the early 1840s. On March 25, 1844, Florida's territorial government authorized the creation of Marion County from portions of Alachua, Mosquito (now Orange) and Hillsborough Counties.
Marion County has a total area of 1,663 square miles and a population estimated at 316,183 in 2006. The county also has the nation's highest number of horses and ponies, earning the title Horse Capital of the World. The largest incorporated communities include Ocala, Belleview and Dunnellon. Kayaking Hiking
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