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