People love The Villages because it offers just about everything you need a short golf cart ride away. But that doesn't mean you'll never want to venture outside of the bubble. Florida is an amazing state, and it would be a shame to limit yourself to only experiencing what goes on inside the comfy confines of The Villages. With that in mind, here's a look at how far … [Read more...] about How Far is The Villages From…
Life in The Villages
Everyday life in The Villages is probably quite different than the life you left behind before moving here.
Explore our articles below on what makes living in The Villages so different than just about any place else.
According to a recent article, The Villages Metropolitan Statistical Area (M.S.A.) has the lowest rate of crime in all of Florida. In 2018, the most recent year that full FBI stats were available for at the time of this writing, The Villages M.S.A. saw 2,116 crimes per 100,000 people. What kind of crimes are included in these statistics? The FBI data is broken down … [Read more...] about FBI Data Says The Villages is the Safest Place in Florida
It may have taken nearly 50 years, but somebody finally made a movie about The Villages and it is an Official Selection of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. As I type this, the 81-minute movie Some Kind of Heaven, directed by Lance Oppenheim, is being screened at the Sundance Film Festival, meaning, unless you're in Park City, you can't watch it yet. Here's the summary of … [Read more...] about The Villages Movie: Some Kind of Heaven
If video is your preferred way to consume content and you are trying to learn more about The Villages, you are in luck! There are a handful of YouTubers that call The Villages home who are putting out great content on a regular basis. Here are some of my favorites YouTube channels about The Villages. Skip Smith Skip Smith a.k.a "Mr. Grumpy" has racked up quite a … [Read more...] about The Villages Best YouTube Channels
The Villages has live webcams set-up in all three town squares, so no matter where you are in the world, you can check in on what's happening in "Florida's Friendliest Hometown". Who knows what you might see ;-) The best time of day to watch is probably from 5pm to 9pm when people flock to the town squares for the free nightly entertainment, but checking in on these … [Read more...] about The Villages Live Webcams
A helicopter carrying White House staff prepares to land Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, at The Villages, FL. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead) The news this month was dominated by President Trump's visit to The Villages on Thursday, October 3. Trump arrived on Air Force One in Ocala and then choppered in to The Villages on Marine One, landing at the Polo … [Read more...] about Recapping President Donald Trump’s Visit to The Villages
Since the passing of H. Gary Morse in 2014, The Villages has become more open to the idea of connecting and communicating with its residents. Perhaps the best evidence of this change in leadership can be seen in the Evening with the Developer events held each year. Now don't get me wrong. These events have taken place for many years, and used to be called the "State of … [Read more...] about An Evening With the Developer of The Villages
A reader writes in with a great question: My wife and me are considering visiting the Villages for a Lifestyle Preview. She wants to schedule sometime in the summer months. I feel we should schedule during the peak winter months since that is the time when all the snowbirds are there and we can get a better feel of all the activities and also see how crowded it is. What is … [Read more...] about When is the Best Time To Visit The Villages?
When visiting The Villages, you might want to rent a golf cart. It is after all the primary mode of transportation around here with more than 60,000 carts zipping around the neighborhood. If you are visiting on Lifestyle Preview Program, your rental will come with a golf cart. However, as many people have written in to me about, you might be disappointed with the … [Read more...] about How to Find a Golf Cart Rental
As you probably know, golf carts are a way of life for most Villagers. While no official numbers are maintained, most people “in the know” agree that there are more than 60,000 golf carts putting around The Villages. Even non-golfers find it more convenient to hop in their golf cart to get around The Villages than in their cars. It’s easier to park a golf cart too, as most of … [Read more...] about Where Do People Buy Golf Carts in The Villages?