Guided Fishing, Kayaking and Nature Tours
New Opportunities Beginning June 2018 - The Recreation and Parks Department presents Guided Fishing, Kayaking and Nature Tours on Lake Sumter! Experience Lake Sumter up close and personal!
GUIDED KAYAKING EXPERIENCE – Rent a kayak and enjoy a guided tour full of tranquility, exercise and wildlife observation on Lake Sumter. Join us as a single rider or bring a buddy to share a tandem Kayak. Bring a group of up to 8 people for up to a 2 hour session.
NATURE PONTOON TOUR – Grab your binoculars and bring your camera, as we cruise Lake Sumter on a pontoon boat! Your guide will share their knowledge of the environment and ecosystem while you get the chance to admire the wildlife and beautiful scenery from the comfort of the boat! This 2 hour tour will accommodate up to 4 guests.
GUIDED FISHING TOUR – Guided catch and release excursions on Lake Sumter cater to all experience levels…whether you are a seasoned sports or amateur angler, you will enjoy going after the trophy fish. This 2 hour tour will accommodate up to 4 anglers.
Click on the link below for the June – September Schedule
Memorial Day Holiday
All Recreation offices will be closed on Monday, May 28, 2018 in observance of Memorial Day. The recreation centers, outdoor facilities, swimming pools and fitness clubs will be open for your enjoyment.
Guest ID Cards, Executive Trail Fees and Activity Registration will be available at La Hacienda, Lake Miona, Eisenhower and Rohan Regional Recreation Centers from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 26th, Sunday, May 27th & Monday, May 28th. Regular services will resume on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. Enjoy your Memorial Day!
The Enrichment Academy Speaker Series
The Enrichment Academy is excited to announce two special speakers in July 2018. Click on the link below for detailed information. Tickets will be on sale May 10th at The Villages Box Office locations and on www.TheVillagesEntertainment.com
Join Our Team
The Village Center Community Development District (VCCDD) employs staff to support the operations of The Villages® community. We contribute our successes to the members of our team! If you would like to learn more about becoming a part of our team, please click on the link below.
The Enrichment Academy
Join us for an Open House to speak with staff members and learn how instructors and speakers can bring new and innovative learning opportunities to the program! For additional information, please click on the link below.
This exciting program offers a variety of activities for residents of The Villages and their grandchildren to enjoy together. This 9-week program begins June 11, 2018 and ends August 10, 2018. For additional information, please click on the link below.
The Recreation & Parks department and staff appreciate the communication from our residents on the recent changes occurring with the Recreation News. This recent round of changes is a vetting process that our department has been working on over the last several years. Currently the process, is reviewing how to best manage information by showcasing the provided resident lifestyle contacts weekly club listings every 1st and 3rd week of the month.
All scheduled activities will continue to appear under the recreation center where it is being hosted, as well be being listed on our Districtgov.org website. At a minimum in the Recreation News it will be appearing weekly under the recreation center where it is scheduled and twice a month in the club listings for this vetting process.
Our team has also been researching how technology can play a positive role in providing recreation information from the convenience of your smart phone or computer. We are excited about what the future holds working on this project. Please allow us the opportunity to continue to vet through all the respective areas so the Recreation News can continue to be a staple of our community today and in the future.
The Village of Fenney
Tour the beautiful new facilities and discover all the amenities available at the Fenney Recreation Center, Spanish Moss Recreation Center, Blue Heron Recreation Area, Fenney Springs Nature Trail and the Putt & Play Recreation Area all located in the Village of Fenney! You can visit these centers by heading south on Morse Boulevard over SR44 to 3200 Fenney Way. For more information, please call 352-674-8460. We look forward to seeing you there! For additional information on the Putt & Play, please click on the link below.
Lake Sumter Line Boat Tour
Welcome Aboard! Join us for a scenic tour of Lake Sumter on the Lake Sumter Line Boat Tour! Please click on the link below for additional information.
The Recreation Department offers a variety of walking sidewalks and trails for residents and their guest to enjoy. The information being provided by The Villages Recreation & Parks Dept. is for courtesy purposes only.
The ownership, maintenance responsibility and walking distance can and will vary from location to location. All users, use these areas at their own risk, please follow any posted rules.
Please click on the link below for additional information.
Pet Information and Pet Adoptions
The Recreation Department in conjunction with the Humane Society / SPCA of Sumter County will be hosting local pet information and adoptions days the 3rd Friday of each month at various recreation center pavilions. Please click on the link below for further information!
Recreation Center Emergency Address Information
Our dedicated staff is here to help you get the most out of your unique Villages lifestyle. When enjoying your choice of activities, we ask that you remember participating in recreational activities always involves some degree of risk. Participants assume full responsibility for and risk of bodily injury arising out of or in any way connected with participation or involvement in or presence at the activity or program
. To assist you with emergency situations, the recreation department has provided all outside recreation areas with a bulletin board that has important 911 information including the address/county/phone number you are calling from
. Emergency 911 phones are located at all equipment buildings and pools with pertinent emergency information. We encourage all residents to become familiar with their recreation centers and 911 information. Please when visiting any recreation center or swimming pool take a moment to locate these helpful areas.
Bicycle Friendly Community
The League of American Bicyclists has designated The Villages, Florida a Bicycle Friendly Community at the Silver Level in recognition of outstanding efforts to encourage bicycling in The Villages. The award is presented only to communities with remarkable commitments to bicycling. The award is current for four years 2014-2018. For additional information, please click on the Bicycle Information link below.
2018 Holiday Closing Schedule
For a list of the holiday closures in 2018, please click on the link below.
Lost and Found
Depending on where items are found, inexpensive items will be held for one month at La Hacienda, Laurel Manor, or Eisenhower Regional Recreation Centers. Valuables will be turned over to the Lady Lake Police Department, Sumter County Sheriff’s Office or Marion County Sheriff’s Office within 72 hours. At the end of each month, unclaimed items will be donated to local charities. The Recreation Department is not responsible for lost items.
Courtesy Phones at Recreation Facilities
Courtesy phones are available for use by residents and guests in case of an emergency or to reach a Recreation team member. Courtesy phones are available at all pools and the equipment sheds. The facility name and address are posted on the wall by the courtesy phone. For non-emergency issues you can call Community Watch. Click on the link below for a photo of one of our courtesy phones available for use.