Looking to change the typical "dinner and a movie" date? Ocala has a lot of fun things to do for dates just waiting for you and your sweetheart to find!

Ocala Downtown Market

The Ocala Downtown Market makes for a perfect date night. On Saturdays from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., this market is a fun and lively place with plenty of shops, fresh produce, crafts, farm goods, and even goodies for your pets! Enjoy a walk around this beautiful, opened-air pavilion while talking away with your loved one. 

Cactus Jack's Trail Rides

Feeling a bit more romantic? Take your date to go horseback riding! If you're schedule doesn't allow time during the weekends, Cactus Jack's Trail Rides is perfect because they're open seven days a week, so book your reservation for whichever day works for you two! Have a relaxing, peaceful date by following highly-experienced guides through beautiful trails, observing nature and unwinding from the city chaos! Prices starts at $50 per person for an hour of riding, and their hours vary from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. or 3:30 p.m., depending on the day.

Ocala Civic Theatre

Instead of seeing a movie, go see a live play instead on your date night in Ocala! The Ocala Civic Theatre features local actors and does a total of twelve productions each year. Their next three productions include "I love a Piano," "The Foreigner," and, a personal favorite, "Mamma Mia!" Adult tickets are just $25, making it an affordable date night at the theatre! 

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The Ranch Fitness Center & Spa

Surprise your date with a romantic couples massage! If you're both into fitness and sports, going to the The Ranch Fitness Center would be a great date idea! Here you can play a game of racquetball, workout, or take a class together, and follow it up with a relaxing massage at their spa! They offer numerous packages to fit your budget, and they are open throughout the week except Sundays.

The Canyons Zip Line and Canopy Tours

Adventure-seeking, adrenaline junkies, this is the perfect date for you! Florida Zip Line Adventures and Canopy Tours takes you to explore secluded, beautiful areas not known or seen by many. They also have the highest, longest, and fastest zip line in Florida! The tour includes nine different zip lines and two rope bridges that pass through lakes, cliffs, canyons, and more!

Ocala Drive-In

If you like the classic movie date, change it up by going to the Ocala Drive-In. A cost-friendly date night at just $6 per person, this drive-in movie spot is perfect! It's open seven days a week, and your ticket includes not just one, but two movies! They provide a concession stand with prices that won't hurt your pocket like the ones at regular movie theatres do! They also offer plenty of snack options, drinks, and meals as well like burgers and pizza. 

Painting with a Twist Ocala

Painting with a Twist is gaining popularity, and for a good reason! For $35 a person, you can explore your creative side by taking a painting class that's guaranteed fun and laughs! They even have nights reserved just for couples! Sip on wine or beer, paint along with the class, and spend good quality time together all the while creating memories (and a painting) that you will take home with you to remember!

Ocala Wine Experience

Have a fancy night out with a nice wine tasting! Located in Downtown Ocala, Ocala Wine Experience is a classy option the two of you will love! Every third Wednesday of the month, they have a wine tasting that includes wine samples and light hors d'ourves for just $15 a person. Cant make it on a Wednesday? They also provide live music every Friday and Saturday nights, making for a lovely night of conversation over drinks and entertainment!

From zip lining to wine tasting, these fun date ideas in Ocala are sure to be a good time for the both of you!

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