I attended U of F in Gainesville, 30 miles north of Ocala.
While Polk county Florida (my home county) is more "redneck" than Marion (Ocala), Ocala is rather country. Lots of horse farms and open pasture in that area (wealthier "rednecks") while my area is cattle/grove/farm/mines (poorer "rednecks"). Lots of retirees in age 55+ subdivisions. Very heavy bible thumpers - when I worked for a record/video company, we were requested to keep "The Last Temptation of Christ" behind the counter, as some churches objected to seeing on the open counter, as they felt it was sacriligious. Few real bars, no strip clubs, little live music, few theatre groups, - a very family oriented, non threatening, somewhat bland place. It is probably 2-3 hours to any major beaches (on the Atlantic side, I personally prefer the Gulf myself. You can road trip to Cedar Key for great seafood, there are some real great clear water springs to enjoy close by (Silver Springs) and of course Disney/Orlando. Plenty of family style eateries and fern bars (Olive Garden, Applebees, etc.) but nothing unique. The weather rarily freezes, and is generally quite mild to hot.
Hope this helps!