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The Recreation Department team of staff and volunteers offers many activities to meet your lifestyle needs. Our efforts are to provide the most enjoyable experience and opportunities to participate and utilize these activities and facilities. For more information, please visit our website at Select the recreation department and pick a topic of interest.

General Guidelines

  • Please be courteous of others with cell phones at the pools.
  • No dogs allowed on the softball fields.
  • Pets must be leashed at all times.
  • Only certified service animals allowed in the recreation centers.
  • For room rental information, call 674-1800.
  • AED – Automated External Defibrillators are located at all regional and village recreation centers, sports pools, softball complexes and district offices.
  • Recreation Sponsored activities will be canceled/postponed for the following reasons: Outside temperature 35 degrees or below; Outside temperature heat index 104 degrees or higher; Rain, wind, lightning and/or severe conditions that compromise the safety of players or the condition of the facilities.
  • Children must be 13 years of age and accompanied by an adult, at all times, to use the air gun, archery, billiards, croquet, lawn bowling and dog park facilities.

Lost and Found

Depending on where items are found, inexpensive items will be held for one month at La Hacienda, Laurel Manor, Eisenhower or Everglades 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.

Dress Guidelines

Please remember to dress accordingly for the activity and recreation center you are visiting.

Lifestyle Activities & Programs

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:

  • Participation 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. Be sure to fill out the required activity releases.
  • A new activity release needs to be completed at the beginning of each calendar year. Additional waivers may be required depending on the type and nature of the activity.
  • Prior to getting involved in your recreational program, be sure to consult a physician to ensure you are ready to participate if your interests include strenuous activity.
  • Due to attendance at some of the more popular Resident Lifestyle Activities, there are times guest participation could be restricted due to space availability in order to accommodate residents enjoyment for the activity.
  • Assistive listening systems are available at recreation centers throughout The Villages. To inquire on having one of these devices at your next club or group meeting, contact the recreation center manager for assistance.


  • Residents may register up to four individuals for any four socials at one time on the last Thursday of each month.
  • Registration for socials takes place 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday at any regional recreation center and 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays and Sundays at Eisenhower, La Hacienda, Lake Miona, Rohan & Everglades Regional Recreation Centers.

Sign up early, space is limited.

Boat Tours

Cruise beautiful Lake Sumter with the Lake Sumter Line Crew

  • Passenger fare $3 per person
  • Boats run seven days a week, 4 p.m. to sunset in the spring and summer and 1 p.m. to sunset in the fall and winter.
  • Purchase tickets at boat dock
  • For information, call 751-7110
  • Boats do not operate during inclement weather

Resident Lifestyle Volunteers

  • The leaders or activity groups that fill a social, recreational, educational, emotional, or physical need of its members.
  • Participants must be at the appropriate level of experience and knowledge to join an activity as determined by the group leader for the safety and enjoyment of participants.
  • Activities will start as advertised. To meet these start times and allow ample time for the volunteers to prepare, participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes to one hour prior to the start of the activity. Check with the group leader for more information.

Categories of Recreation Activities

Lessons - This is the starting point to learn any of our activities. We love teaching and encourage you to take lessons before joining any league or organized play.

Open Play - For those of you who prefer to play an activity on your own. No courts are reserved but are available on a first-come-first-served basis

Organized Play - For those who prefer to play with a group but cannot commit to participating every week. A director or volunteer will organize this play and no statistics will be recorded. Sign-up is not required.

Social Leagues - We will be glad to form a league for your friends and neighbors. A staffer will assign court times and set up a round robin play schedule if requested.

Recreation Sponsored Leagues Tournaments & Special Events - In an effort to keep competition fair and equal, all participants must be Villages residents, 50 years of age or older as of Dec. 31 each calendar year unless otherwise noted.

Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity.  Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
Public Records Custodian Florida has a very broad Public Records Law. Most written communications to or from State and Local Officials regarding State or Local business are public records available to the public and media upon request. Please forward requests to:
Jennifer Farlow, District Clerk
984 Old Mill Run
The Villages, Florida 32162
Phone No. (352) 751-3939
Fax No. (352) 753-6430

or click the link below to file your request electronically.

     Public Records Requests

Please Note Florida law prohibits the Board of Supervisors from communicating with residents about Deed Compliance or Architectural Review issues/cases.  Please contact the Community Standards Department directly at to report any concerns you might have.