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 your opinion?“
This reader is correct in that doing a Lifestyle Preview during the peak winter months will give them the best idea of how crowded The Villages can be. Keep in mind, that “crowded” is a relative term. What’s crowded to me or you may not be crowded to someone from a big city.
But, his wife also has a point with visiting during the summer too, especially if you are a little leery about just how hot it can get here in the summertime. Here’s a look at The Villages average low and high temperatures throughout the year:
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Another reader wrote in about his experience on the Lifestyle Preview during the winter months. It turns out it was an “eye-opening” and “off-putting” experience.
Here’s his email:
“Our preview stay was our first-ever exposure to The Villages. We deliberately scheduled our visit for the busy winter season so that we would experience TV at its peak capacity.
Needless to say we were both overwhelmed, both positively and negatively! On the plus side TV certainly lives up to its reputation for endless activities, recreation, entertainment, golf, and opportunities for socializing. Everything we saw was beautifully presented and well-maintained, more so than we expected (not quite up to Disney World standards, but close!). We knew TV would be expansive and very spread out, an expectation that was more than met shortly after we “landed” at the Lake Sumter area sales office.
On the negative side we were very disappointed in the amount of congestion: vehicular traffic, golf cart traffic, and people crowds, especially in the two squares. From our pre-trip research we knew The Villages would be at peak “busy-ness” this time of the year, but we still weren’t quite prepared for what we encountered. Most disappointing was the consistently high volume of golf cart traffic, especially near the town squares.”
So there is one person’s take on visiting The Villages during the winter months. As I mentioned above everybody has different tastes and likes/dislikes. Try to take everything you read or hear about The Villages with a grain of salt before you experience it for yourself and draw your own conclusions.
I believe that the best time to visit The Villages will depend on your goal. If your objective is to see what the community is like at its peak, then schedule a visit during the winter. But if your visit is just as much for relaxation as it is exploration, then you might want to avoid the winter season. Want the lowest crowds and to avoid the extreme summer heat? Consider the months of April-May or September-October.
Over to you…
What do you think is the best time of year to visit or just be in The Villages? Let our readers know by leaving a comment down below!