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Things to do in Marion County

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
State / Provincial Park
“Beautiful place to enjoy nature and experience Florida's glass-bottom boat ride.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Park
“Paynes Prairie Preserve is a Florida State Park, encompassing a 21,000-acre savanna in Micanopy. Paynes Prairie is unique in many ways. Nowhere else in Florida can visitors experience wild-roaming bison and horses. Nearly 300 species of birds also frequent the park along with alligators, deer and many other animals. The park has eight trails, including the 16-mile paved Gainesville-Hawthorne one above. ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Park
“First magnitude natural spring for swimming anytime of the year. State operated. Allows dogs on a leash.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“This company offers zip-lining, horseback trail riding, and other activities.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“Super cool place! Well known for diving and snorkeling. Beautiful scenery. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Bar
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“If you stop by this place make sure you grab a seat outside along the water they have good fresh seafood here.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Bar
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“Swampy's in Dunnellon is great for casual atmosphere and good food. It has very nice outdoor seating and a really nice view of the Rainbow River. It's recommended for lunch or dinner. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Bring your horses on the hundreds of miles of trails. Atv trails as well as hiking boating and swimming.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Nature
“This outfit does a GREAT JOB of renting Kayaks & Tubes to float down the Rainbow River that is crystal clear. Then they pick you up at the bottom and bring you back up to your car. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“The history of Rainbow Springs dates back centuries to a time when native peoples regularly visited this lush spring.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“A good downtown venue. Everything from Shrimp and Grits (really good) to burgers. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The Appleton is a distinguished Florida cultural center that offers a permanent collection of American and European art, temporary exhibits of Florida and national artists, educational sessions, lectures, and receptions.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
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  • 7 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Great food, good prices, friendly atmosphere with indoor and outdoor seating.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
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“This a great place. Downstairs is a beach restaurant and bar (swim suits and flip flops welcome). Upstairs is a nicer restaurant with a New Orleans theme. This is our favorite restaurant on Lake Weir.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Good prices, good food and lots of shrimp. Great outside bar as well and live music on the weekends.”
  • 8 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“If you stop by this place make sure you grab a seat outside along the water they have good fresh seafood here.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Bar
“Swampy's in Dunnellon is great for casual atmosphere and good food. It has very nice outdoor seating and a really nice view of the Rainbow River. It's recommended for lunch or dinner. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“A good downtown venue. Everything from Shrimp and Grits (really good) to burgers. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
“This a great place. Downstairs is a beach restaurant and bar (swim suits and flip flops welcome). Upstairs is a nicer restaurant with a New Orleans theme. This is our favorite restaurant on Lake Weir.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Great food, good prices, friendly atmosphere with indoor and outdoor seating.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Good prices, good food and lots of shrimp. Great outside bar as well and live music on the weekends.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great pizza as well as many other selections. Friendly staff and full bar.”
  • 8 locals recommend

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