Welcome to Marion County Parks and Recreation!

Front coverWhether you are looking for new adventures, peace and quiet or the perfect spot for a special celebration, Parks and Recreation really has a place for everyone.

Parks and Recreation proudly maintains over 40 park sites, which include everything from boating and swimming access, sports fields, hiking trails and one-of-a kind play areas for children of all abilities.

Discover the crystal clear waters of the Rainbow River on a kayak or paddleboard. Gather the family for a night to remember under the stars. Retreat from the daily grind with a trek on a hiking trail. There is so much to discover right here in Marion County!


We're more than just parks                                                 

Kayaking Silver RiverTake a break from the routine and from the technology that's constantly buzzing. Reconnect with yourself, your family and with nature! Our recreation programs offer fun and exciting experiences for children, adults and families. Channel your inner archer with Archery 101, take a subterranean journey through White Cliff Cave, join our staff on a guided kayak outing or make new friends by joining our flag football or co-ed softball league!

What are you waiting for?

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Planning a wedding, birthday party or other special event?

The Parks and Recreation department offers a variety of rental facilities to suit every occasion. From wedding venues, to birthdays, overnight camp outs and corporate events...we've got you covered! Explore the links below to learn more about each of our unique and affordable venues. All of our pavilions are available to rent by visiting the main office, by phone or online. Contact our office to reserve one of our facilities. Our friendly staff are happy to assist you.

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 Pavilion rentals  Forest Community Center
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 Horseshoe Lake Park and Retreat  Kiwanis Beach at Albright Park

 Southeastern Livestock Pavilion



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We are proud to announce several new improvements at Coehadjoe Park! Eight new Pickleball courts are now open to the public and include lighting, new parking, accessible sidewalks and spectator seating. The Coehadjoe Wildcat Natural Play Area also boasts several new play elements including at 95-foot long parkour course. These new play elements are made of Robinia Wood and are the first of their kind in the central Florida area. Come see for yourself!


Coming soon: Ma Barker House Museum.

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