There is no shortage of first-class active adult communities to choose from throughout the state of Florida. That much is for certain.
Depending on your own personal likes, interests, and tastes, you will naturally be more drawn to certain types of communities. But how will you really know which community is the perfect fit for your lifestyle?
Luckily, many of these communities offer excellent packages that allow you to spend a few days living as if you were a resident.
When you are ready to get serious about narrowing down your options and choosing a community where you will spend the best years of your life, here are some of the ones that offer great deals to come and visit for a few days.
Please keep in mind that all of these prices are subject to change at each community’s discretion. The prices you see below were what we found on each respective community’s website at the time this article was updated in March 2017.
On Top of the World
This Ocala community offers a 3 day / 2 night stay in a fully-decorated two-bedroom, two-bath guest home for only $204 plus tax for single or double occupancy, but through June 30, it is $159 plus tax.
On the first day, you see amenities and a brief tour of downtown Ocala. On the second day you see models, brand-new move-in ready homes, and available homesites to build your new home in six months.
You can also take full access of all member amenities during your stay, and they will even give you access to your very own golf cart to get the complete “World Tour” experience.
The Stay & Play package currently offered from Trilogy® Orlando will allow you to spend some time learning about what life in the community is really like. In addition to touring the models, learning how the homes are built, and seeing all of the amenities available to residents, you’ll also have the opportunity to participate in a community activity, such as a cooking class or happy hour, which allows you to experience The Good Life and also meet some of your future neighbors.
You will be able to spend 4 days and 3 nights in one of the Trilogy homes, get gift cards for lunch and dinner, and get access to any activities at Magnolia House (concerts, cooking demos, etc.). This package is currently priced at $299.
Trilogy® at Ocala Preserve
There is a similar package available in Trilogy® at Ocala Preserve which includes three nights and four days’ accommodations in a beautiful Trilogy home (subject to availability), lunch at Salted Brick (up to $35), dinner at Salted Brick or at a local Ocala restaurant (up to $50), and your choice of one round of golf at Trilogy Golf Club at Ocala Preserve or one spa treatment (up to $50 per person).
This package is also $299.
Vitalia at Tradition
As Tradition’s only gated 55-plus neighborhood, Vitalia offers stunning homes, a one-of-a-kind lifestyle and fantastic amenities at the brand-new 24,000-square-foot resident’s clubhouse, the Captiva Club.
For $179, their Discovery Days program includes 3 Days/ 2 Nights to explore the Vitalia lifestyle and the 8,300-acres of Tradition that await outside the gates. Enjoy accommodations at the nearby Homewood Suites by Hilton, with a friendly staff and complimentary breakfast. You’ll of course have use of all recreational facilities during your stay, and be able to meet with current residents and speak with the friendly Vitalia at Tradition sales staff.
Located just 30 miles from Disney World and boasting over 150,000 square feet of amenities, Solivita is a must-see among Orlando area retirement communities.
For 3 Days/2 Nights you can explore the Solivita lifestyle firsthand, stay in a fully furnished guest home, enjoy complimentary lunch and dinner, cruise around in your own personal golf cart, use all recreational facilities during your stay, and meet current residents and speak with the Solivita sales team.
The rate is $129 + tax, and if you’d like to also play golf while you’re there the rate becomes $179 + tax.
For their Stay & Play package, Valencia invites you to spend 3 days and 2 nights in one of their gorgeous Valencia Lakes villas or single-family homes for only $99. This package also includes a meeting with one of their Lifestyle Directors and access to all of their amenities, events, and activities.
It’s hard to research retirement communities without taking a close look at The Villages, and you can take an even closer look with their Lifestyle Preview Plan. They welcome prospective residents to visit The Villages for 4-7 nights at rates of $99-$199/night depending on the season and availability.
During your stay at The Villages, you will have access to the unbelievable amount of amenities that are available to all residents. You will also have no problem getting around because each stay includes access to your very own golf cart.
Sun City Center
You can visit the impressive Sun City Center for 3 days and 2 nights for $229 with their Stay & Play Getaway package. This includes a round of golf for two, dinner at the clubhouse, and a golf cart to help you get around the community.
The Watersound Origins community offers 2 night, 3 night, and total vacation packages that each offer different levels of exploration at different price points. With each of those packages, you will have access to bike, kayak, and canoe rentals to explore the grounds, as well as a complimentary one-day pass to The Beach Club at Watersound.