Fun places for families with children to visit in Ocala, Florida include Silver Springs, Crystal River Preserve State Park, Fort Cooper State Park, Discovery Science Center and The Silver River Museum. The area is also home to a number of family friendly restaurants that offer different local and ethnic dishes.
Silver Springs combines the offerings of both a nature park and theme park into one fun family getaway. Among the rides at SIlver Springs is an 80-foot-tall Lighthouse Ride, a carousel, a Ferris wheel and riverboat cruises. The park also preserves much of the region's natural beauty and wildlife and provides canoe and kayak rentals for outdoor enthusiasts.
For those wanting a quieter, more traditional state park experience, Crystal River Preserve State Park and Fort Cooper State provide hiking, wildlife viewing and outdoor recreation for the entire family. Older children learn more about wildlife through the nature film series shown at the park.
The Discovery Science Center offers a variety of activities for children, including camps, workshops and outreach programs, and the center's Astronomy Nights provide outdoor stargazing for the family. The Silver River Museum is a historical museum that focuses on the facets of everyday life in the 17th and 18th centuries.