Guests of Residents
One of the best parts of being a Florida snowbird is that there are so many things to do when friends and family come to visit. Many of our residents invite their grandkids and great-grandkids to stay for a week or two and they enjoy the many attractions just over an hour away. Legoland is the newest theme park in the area, 1 hour and 26 minutes away from Dade City in Winterhaven, in the old Cypress Gardens adventure park which opened in 1936 but closed in 2009. I am sure some residents remember the Cypress Gardens park, with its iconic water ski shows, botanical gardens, water slides and roller coaster rides. Legoland revamped the water slides and roller coaster rides from Cypress Gardens and added even more rides and activities for young kids and adult lego fanatics. Legoland also kept the amazing botanical garden!
Not too far away from Legoland and only 1 hour 17 minutes away in Lake Buena Vista, is the famous and original DisneyWorld. What can I tell you that you don’t already know about Disney….maybe that the Carousel of Progress in the Magic Kingdom is a great place for a short nap (for kids AND adults!). Alongside all of the Disney theme parks (Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Typhoon Lagoon) there is Downtown Disney with tons of restaurants, shops and a movie theatre. Orlando also has Universal Studios, Sea World and a number of high-end Outlet malls. On the way to/from Orlando, some people have stopped at Busch Gardens, Dinosaur World, Flea Markets and even the local Casinos.
We have heard stories from guests that they enjoyed the spring training baseball games. The Toronto Blue Jays spring train in Dunedin, the New York Yankees train in Tampa, Detroit Tigers in Lakeland, Pittsburgh Pirates in Bradenton, Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater, Baltimore Orioles in Sarasota, Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers and the list goes on! Also, see your favorite hockey team play against the Tampa Lightning or your favorite football team play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Check out the beaches with your friends and family (especially award-winning Fort De Soto Beach) and all of the area museums: Dali, MOSI, Glazier, Museum of Art, etc. Don’t forget the zoos: Lowry Park Zoo, Big Cat Rescue, Dade City Wild Things and the Dade City Giraffe Ranch. Or just be content to take a daily golf cart ride around our park, then take a dip in the pool or play with the grandkids/great-grandkids on the swing set. Hike or bike or kayak around the area too and see the real Florida! There is plenty to do for family and friends. Tell them to come for a visit!