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Why Longwood, FL, May be One of Florida’s Best-Kept Secrets

If you’re exploring the best places to retire near Orlando, Longwood, FL, should be on your list. This charming town in central Florida has a lot to offer those over age 60, and provides plenty of opportunities to explore, play and enjoy every day.

Outdoor Recreation

If being able to enjoy nature is important to you, you’re in luck. Here are five natural reasons Longwood is one of the best places near Orlando to retire.

  • Wekiva IslandThis indoor/outdoor recreation complex is family-owned and -operated. You can canoe, kayak or paddle the beautiful Wekiva River; stroll along the boardwalk; shop; enjoy daily drink specials at the Tooting Otter craft beer and wine bar; or dine at the Without A Paddle Cafe.
  • Big Tree Park — Take in the unique beauty of a natural hydric hammock swamp and enormous bald cypress trees. Home to a 2,000-year-old cypress known as “Lady Liberty,” Big Tree Park also has a boardwalk, picnic tables and a playground.
  • Spring Hammock Preserve — This sanctuary in Winter Springs includes easy hiking trails, a glistening spring, a unique assemblage of flood plain forest, hydric hammock, upland mixed hardwoods and pine flatwoods, and the Seminole County Environmental Studies Center.
  • Wekiwa Springs State Park The azure waters of Wekiwa Springs have been drawing visitors since the mid-19th century. You can enjoy biking, birding, camping, hiking, paddling, picnics, fishing, geo-seeking and much more.
  • Golfing No matter what your golf handicap is, having so many golf courses to choose from has many folks calling this one of the best places to retire. Orlando has more than 150 courses, including Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Shingle Creek Golf Course, and Orange Lake Resort.

Dr Phillips Center in Longwood, Florida

Arts, Culture and Entertainment

Perhaps having access to music, theater, dance and the visual arts is a priority in your search for the best place to retire.

  • Downtown Orlando is home to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, which hosts performances from the Orlando Ballet, the Orlando Broadway series, as well as a variety of community shows.
  • The Downtown Arts District in Orlando is home to a variety of independent art galleries, promotes local art events and exhibitions, and hosts public works of art.
  • Living so close to this retirement destination in central Florida means you can take in sports from the University of Central Florida teams, Orlando Magic basketball, and professional soccer with the Orlando City Soccer Club.
  • And, of course, you’ll also be close to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Florida — which could make you a very popular grandparent, indeed.

Blue victorian home in Longwood, Florida

The City of Longwood

Big enough to have what you need, small enough to feel like you’re part of the community, Longwood is ideal for those who want to keep active and have a relaxing place to come home to. It offers dining, shopping, the Longwood Historic District, and a retirement community tailor-made for inspired senior living — Village on the Green.

We’re ideally located where you can enjoy the tranquility of nature, the excitement of central Florida attractions, and be close to the airport so it’s easy to travel anywhere. And because we offer maintenance-free living, on-site health services, and a vibrant community life, Village on the Green is one more reason Longwood is one of the best places near Orlando to retire. Want to know more? Use the form on this page to get in touch.

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