The summer is winding down here in Florida. Take heart, however. There’s still time to give summer a proper send off with an Ocala weekend getaway. Soon, the kids will be back in school and after surviving all the family-friendly destinations and activities you were subjected to for the last few months, you’ve earned yourself a weekend adventure with the guys that don’t involve teenagers in furry mascot costumes as part of the entertainment. If you are looking for the perfect guys getaway to extend your summer for one last hurrah, let Ocala and Marion County be your Florida Travel destination. To start your adventure, spend a day chasing trophy bass on Marion County’s largest freshwater lake, Lake Weir. Whether you prefer to fish from a boat, kayak or from the shore, the Carney Island Recreation and Conservation Area has you covered with over 750 acres of sandhill islands, wetlands, and shoreline to explore. it offers an on-site boat ramp and concessions so everything you need for a day on the water is right there for you. For directions and more information, go to this website. To get your adrenaline pumping, try the Canyons Zip Line & Canopy Tours where you can get a bird’s eye view of the forest treetops with over a mile of the highest, longest, and fasted zip lines in Florida. During your tour, your guides will teach you all about the native wildlife and natural history of the area as you rappel cliff walls, hover over mirrored lakes and span valleys across rope bridges. To make reservations, check out their website. If you and your friends are golfers, You’ll find public, private and semi-private courses, beautifully landscaped, offering some of the finest fairways in the state. For quick yet challenging public course, try Baseline Golf Course, conveniently located in south Ocala. The greens have several slopes. There are traps to be avoided and water on nine holes. The par-4s measure from 240 to 300 yards. The par-3s range from 115 to 177 yards. There’s even a fully lit driving range. For directions and more information, check out their website. If cars are your thing, make sure to check out the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing in Belleview, located just south of Ocala. Check out the history of drag racing and see the Big Daddy’s expansive collection of antique muscle cars, including his iconic “Swamp Rat” dragsters. The museum is also the home to the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame. For more information and special event, go to http://garlits.com. What guys’ weekend would be complete without drinking a couple of cold ones? Infinite Ale Works Brewery can pour up some of Central Florida’s best craft beer with over 40 beers on tap, including the best local selection around. Infinite’s tap room and beer garden make for an ideal place to have a few drinks with friends while you listen to live music all weekend. Here is a complete list of what’s on draft.
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