Camp Villages Holiday Weeks
Whether your grandkids live nearby or are coming for a visit, mark your calendars for the upcoming Camp Villages Holiday Weeks! Registration begins December 1, 2022. Click the link below for more information.
Lake Sumter Line Holiday Boat Cruises
Lake Sumter Line is celebrating the season with Holiday Themed boat cruises during the month of December. Join a nightly lighted cruise or pick one of the themed cruises for more holiday spirit!
New Year's Eve 2023
Reservations start December 1, 2022! Now’s the time to start planning for New Year’s Eve 2023. Click below for more information.
Annual Christmas Parade
Join your family and friends at the Annual Christmas Parade on Friday, December 2, 2022! Click below for more information.
Mark Your Calendar
The Recreation & Parks Department’s monthly events include Camp Villages, Square Events, the Outdoor Concert Series and the Outdoor Movie Series all available to help Villagers enjoy the companionship of fellow Villagers in a friendly, fun atmosphere. Click below for the complete schedule.
The Speaker Series offers a variety of lectures presented by professional guest speakers who share their knowledge and experiences with the audience. General admission, limited seating. Visit TheEnrichmentAcademy.org
to register today!
Registration for The Enrichment Academy Fall/Winter Courses is now open! Click here to register
. Click below for all course offerings and schedules.
The Villages Woodshops
The Villages Woodworkers Club (VWC) is a single club operating at two different locations with the intentions of bringing people who share an interest in woodworking together. Click below for more information.
Putt & Play
Putters, balls and scorecards for the Putt & Play are available inside the Croquet/Lawn Bowling Equipment Shed. There is a sign-out sheet for putters for residents and guests to register how many putters are needed. The putters must be returned after the round. This information is also listed on the bulletin boards at the Putt & Play.
Bicycle Friendly Community
In 2018, the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) designated The Villages a Bicycle Friendly Community at the Gold level in recognition of outstanding efforts to encourage bicycling. Only 35 of the 496 Bicycle Friendly Communities across the U.S. have achieved the Gold level.
We are currently working toward Platinum status for 2022-2026 (which so far has been awarded to only five communities). As part of the application process we have prepared Cycling The Villages, which describes the development of our cycling culture, existing conditions, goals and future plans.
When compared to other bicycle-friendly communities, perhaps The Villages' greatest strength is the amount of volunteer effort that goes into every aspect of our cycling culture, as described in Cycling The Villages. Click on this link to read the full document. We welcome your comments and future volunteerism.
Lake Sumter Line Scenic Cruise
The Recreation & Parks Department offers various excursions to enjoy on Lake Sumter! Experience the lake up close and personal! For more information, please visit the Outdoor Excursions page.
Join Our Team
We attribute our successes to the members of our team and staff, come join us! Click the link below for more information.
Closing of Outdoor Facilities
The Villages Recreation and Parks Department, in partnership with the Community Watch Department, as stewards of Recreation Facilities within The Villages, are requesting your cooperation when closing outdoor Recreation Facilities.
The time of dusk fluctuates throughout the year. Dusk is the window of time usually within a 30 minute timespan after sunset. When closing facilities, staff ensures there is adequate lighting to enter, inspect, and allow participants the ability to exit the facilities in a safe manner. Safety is of the utmost importance and we appreciate you taking this into consideration as staff closes the facilities.
The Villages Recreation and Parks and Community Watch team appreciate your support and adherence as we aim to be good stewards of the recreation facilities while ensuring the safety and wellbeing of both staff and residents.
Trails & Pathways
The many trails and pathways provide Villagers the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of Florida’s environment. Signage along the pathways indicate the combination of activities Villagers can enjoy. Click the link below for more information.
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.
Pet Information and Pet Adoptions
The Recreation Department in conjunction with the YOUR Humane Society SPCA will be hosting local pet information and adoptions days the 3rd Friday of each month at various recreation center pavilions. Please call Paradise Recreation Center at 352-753-0637 for specific dates & locations.
Please be considerate of others and all properties. Dog owners are responsible for picking up after their pets. Please take all waste home for disposal. Do not use storm drains, postal or recreation facilities for disposing of solid waste or plastic bags. In addition, please follow all county ordinances including all dogs are required to be on a leash. For additional information, please click on the link below.
Participation in clubs, activities and events throughout The Villages may be photographed/recorded and by participation in the activity, participant irrevocably consents to be photographed/recorded and grants The Villages of Florida, Inc. and its successors, assigns and licenses the right in perpetuity to distribute the results of such photography/recording in all media throughout the world.
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.
Holiday Closing Schedule
For a list of holiday closures, please click on the link below.
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.