Whether visiting over winter, spring, or fall break, enjoying a longer summertime stay, or just dropping by for a few days on the way to Disney or the beach, most kids get a kick out of visiting The Villages.
In this guide, I've put together some helpful information if you've got youngins coming to town.
How Long Can Kids Visit The Villages?
Contrary to what you might have read on the internet or heard from someone that doesn't know what they're talking about, kids are totally allowed in The Villages!
There is however a limit on how long anyone under the age of 18 can visit, and that is 30 consecutive days.
Can Kids Drive Golf Carts in The Villages?
That depends. I know the tendency is to think of golf carts as big toys, but the state of Florida says otherwise, and so they have strict rules about how old the driver has to be.
In a regular (non-street legal) golf cart that age is 14 or over.
For street-legal golf carts, kids must have a valid state-issued driver's license, just like if they were to drive an automobile.
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Fun Things To Do With Kids in The Villages
Camp Villages is a Recreation & Parks sponsored program offering year-round activities for visitors between the ages of 3-16. It's a great way for grandparents and their grandchildren to spend quality time together, participating in fun activities such as arts and crafts, swimming, sports, games, and more. The summer and winter programs are the biggest draw, but Camp Villages also offers special sessions for individual holidays like Easter.
If you've got a budding Scottie Scheffler or Nelly Korda in the family, your job could not be any easier! You can and should take them to play your favorite courses, but you should also take them to someplace like the Marsh View Pitch & Putt or the Fenney Putt & Play which might be a fun change of pace from the courses they're used to playing back home.
Enjoy the Town Squares
Depending on the age of the kids, they might think the nightly live entertainment in the squares is good fun or a total bore. Either way, they're out of the house and hopefully off the phone or iPad.
Lake Sumter Line Boat Ride
The Lake Sumter Line boat tour gives passengers a unique view of Lake Sumter Landing from out on the water of Lake Sumter. The tours last between 20 and 25 minutes and kids of all ages seem to enjoy.
Go to a Concert or Show
Show them the schedule of ticketed performances at The Sharon, The Studio, or Savannah Center and see if anything catches their eye.
Fun Things To Do With Kids Outside the Villages
There are a couple of places near The Villages that offer airboat rides, and odds are this is not something most kids can experience back home. Some nearby options include Swamp Fever Airboat Adventures, Tom and Jerry's Airboat Rides, and Wild Bill's Airboat Tours.
Ok, it's not a beach on the ocean, but Lake Weir will have to do. Eaton's Beach does have a “beachy” vibe though and can be great fun. There's a restaurant on the water and they offer watersports/beach rentals like jet skis, pontoon boats and more.
World Equestrian Center (Ocala)
Whether they are into horses or not, this place is a sight to see! They have all kinds of events going on here throughout the year so check the schedule before you go.
The Canyons Zip Lining (Ocala)
If cruising the streets of Florida's Friendliest Hometown is too tame for them, The Canyons Zip Lining and Adventure Park in Ocala is sure to get their blood pumping.
Silver Springs is one of America's largest springs and the glass-bottomed boat tours here are something everyone should experience at least once.
Sky Zone Trampoline Park
Located in Ocala, Sky Zone is a great way for kids to bounce around and burn off some energy. Don't be afraid to jump in yourself 😉
Located at the back of the Lake Square Mall in Leesburg, VIA Entertainment has bowling lanes, an expansive arcade, an indoor go-kart track, Virtual Reality games, a sports bar and grill, laser tag, an escape room, black-light mini golf, and axe throwing.
Over To You…
Have a suggestion for something fun to do with kids when visiting The Villages? Let our readers know in the comments down below!