Boomers: What To Do While Visiting The Villages in Florida

What To Do While Visiting The Villages in Florida

Thousands of people visit The Villages in Florida each year, some staying with relatives, some visiting on the Lifestyle Preview Plan like we just did and many others renting a home in The Villages.

There is something to do everyday that every baby boomer will find fun. Here are some tips and places to visit during your stay.

1. Pick up a copy of The Villages Daily Sun newspaper, especially the Thursday edition with the Recreation News and schedule for the week.

Sumter Square The Villages
Sumter Square

2. Visit and walk around all three town squares,  Lake Sumter Landing which borders Lake Sumter and has a Florida seaport theme and is located centrally.  There is the original town square of Spanish Springs on the South side. The newest town square of Brownwood with a wild west theme is on the North side.  All three town squares are very walkable and have restaurants, shops and a movie theater. Also there is live entertainment in each square every night of the year!

town square
town square

3. Take a Guided Trolley Tour. Leaves from the sales office at Lake Sumter Landing every day, usually each hour but call ahead.

boat tour at Lake Sumter
boat tour at Lake Sumter

4. Take a Boat Ride of Lake Sumter. It’s only a few minutes but has an interesting and funny guide to narrate.

5. Schedule a Tee Time on the many golf courses in The Villages by visiting TheVillages.net or just call the Sales Office.

6. Enjoy a dinner at some of the wonderful restaurants in The Villages, many located close by the town squares or in the Professional Plazas and Shopping Centers. We loved the Athens NY Restaurant in Spanish Springs and in Lake Sumter Landing we loved Toojay’s Gourmet Deli, City Fire on the Square, and Thai Rudy which was our favorite.

7. Go for a walk in this very walkable place. You feel safe no matter where you go. The squares are a good place to start and all the side streets off the squares, The Villages Parks, along any of the roads and even in the communities. This will give you a good idea of life in The Villages too.

talking in The Villages
talking in The Villages

8. Talk with people, whether they are residents or visitors, everyone is friendly and glad to tell you about life in The Villages or how they are liking their visit.

9. Visit a weekend special event, held every weekend in the town squares and sometimes at the Polo Fields or other venues. A Classic Car Show, a Hobby Craft Show and a Horse Pull was happening when we visited.

10. Visit the Recreation Centers.  A fun and interesting one to visit is the Eisenhower Recreation Center which is decorated by military veterans and their families.

The Villages radio station
The Villages radio station

11. Listen to WVLG Radio, 640MA radio, which is The Villages own radio station.  Awesome music especially in the evenings.

12. Of course you can watch The Villages TV channel also for events and activities.

13, Go to happy hour. It starts at 11:30AM, no kidding. Two for one.

Pickellball in The Villages
Pickleball in The Villages

14. Play Outdoor Games. bocce, pickleball, tennis, shuffleboard, or numerous other outdoor games. You won’t have trouble finding people to play with.

15. Play Indoor Games,. cards of all sorts, board games, you name it, it’s available.

golf carts at The Villages
golf carts at The Villages

16. Drive a golf cart. Tour the 55+ communities in The Villages, visit your town square or just go to the grocery store. There are 60,000 golf carts in The Villages! A golf cart probably comes with your rental, if not, you can rent one.

We only stayed one week and enjoy a little of all the above. I can only imagine staying a month or two like many visitors do.  Or better yet, maybe move to The Villages and make it your home. That’s what a lot of Baby Boomer visitors come around to doing. Be forewarned!

The Villages Daily Sun Online

 

Eisenhower Recreation Center
Eisenhower Recreation Center

 

The Villages attire
The Villages attire

 

More Older and Happier Ideas

5 More Older and Happier Ideas

I have been reading a good book titled “Older And Happier!” by Dag Sebastian Ahlander.  He has 109 handy ideas for living life to the fullest. It’s about living the good retirement life from his perspective as a happy old man.

In my previous post, Baby Boomers Get Older and Happier, I covered some of these from the book that I really related to, so I will now share a few more.

More Older and Happier Ideas

1. Resolve Your Feelings of Guilt and Bitterness

Mend your relationships or forget and move on is the idea. Many times there is nothing that can be done. Let it go.

2. Now is the Time to Do All The Things You Have Always Wanted To Do.

As this sign I saw in a window last week says: this is not your practice life. Focus on the possibilities not the challenges. Travel, write a book, start a business, learn something new, the possibilities are endless. Only you can stop you.  Stay engaged and have some fun!

3. Tell Your Life Stories

Write a book, tell your friends, start a blog are all ways to get your Boomer Stories out there. It will be rewarding and fun for you and others also enjoy hearing them. I will always remember Ann and I telling our boomer stories right here on Boomer Places. My walking buddies and I share stories from our lives.

4. Grow Your Gardengrow your garden

There is something very therapeutic and rewarding about growing a garden. When I retired I started two simple 4X4 feet square gardens and grew tomatoes, squash, cucumbers and lettuce. Gives you something to look forward everyday and gets you outside plus rewards you with the bounty!

5. Stops Acting Too Rationally

Not everything needs to be planned out. Be spontaneous once in a while. Do stuff you can do now, before it’s too late. No regrets.

If you are retired like me you probably can relate to each of these. It’s nice to see a few more ideas for positive changes as we age.

practice life

Baby Boomers Get Older and Happier

Baby Boomers Get Older and Happier

I have been reading a good book titled “Older And Happier!” by Dag Sebastian Ahlander.  He has 109 handy ideas for living life to the fullest. It’s about living the good retirement life from his perspective as a happy old man.

As a retired person and a student of retirement, I could relate to so many of Dag’s ideas. They are simple but effective. Here are some of my favorites.

1. Keep in mind that time is short but life is long

He reminds us that we have had a long life and seen so many changes and events. It is not that life is short, but the time remaining is short.

He reminds us to grab hold of life right now and make something great of what is left. The road doesn’t go on forever and we are on the homestretch.

2. First and foremost: be a happy old man!

The most important is to accept your age and enjoy it’s many opportunities. Greet each morning with smile. Everything depends on your attitude and health. Let your perspective expand. Accept life’s terms and make the best of them. Forget all the bad things that have happen in your life and just move on.

3. Don’t Downsize

This is an interesting one to me since I just bought a retirement home the same size as my current home, so I must agree. He says you will need a bigger space now, because you can finally enjoy it for guests, hobbies, computer room.

4. Don’t become a micromanagement guru

I like this one. He days don’t dwell on the small things like you did for years at work. Try to see the bigger picture. Throw out old papers and things that never gave you pleasure. Don’t hoard.

5. Live in the present

Nothing says old age like living in the past. Don’t fight the times. Everything didn’t used to be better.

6. Let go of former prestige.

Men especially have identified too heavily with our careers. Give it up. The hierarchies are gone, how liberating! Talk with each other on a level field and you will have a more active social life.

Wow, that is only 6 of the 109 ideas in Dag’s book about being happy in retirement. Of course he goes into more details about the above points and others in the book. Any baby boomer leading up to retirement should read his boomer book to pick up on some of his helpful ideas. Those of us who are already in retirement can nod in agreement and be reminded of what we have learned on our own and to BE HAPPY.

 

Be Happy
Be Happy

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