Active-Adult Community Closeup: Town Centers in The Villages

Some Central Florida 55+ communities have gorgeous clubhouses that serve as the center of social life for their residents. Other larger age-restricted developments offer their own complete town center, with a selection of restaurants, shops, and services for convenience. 

And then there’s The Villages. 

The Villages is the largest active-adult community in Florida—and the world. Situated less than 15 miles northwest of Leesburg and only about an hour’s drive from Orlando, The Villages spans more than 20,000 acres. There’s tons of stuff to do there, including over 60 places to dine and drink, all sorts of cultural and entertainment offerings, countless social clubs, golf courses, fitness centers, and more; find more in-depth information about activities at The Villages here.

This thriving, active community supports not one, not two, but three entire town centers: Brownwood Paddock Square, Lake Sumter Landing Market Square, and Spanish Springs Town Square.

Each old-fashioned, themed town square includes everything you’d need and want in a town center—restaurants, retail and specialty stores, professional and medical services, entertainment, and more. And it’s all in scenic, well-maintained, thoughtfully designed, pedestrian-friendly areas easily accessible by golf cart, the preferred mode of motorized transportation in The Villages.

Also, every night of the year from 5:00 to 9:00 pm, all the town squares host free public entertainment. So there’s always a good reason to head “downtown,” meet up with friends, and make some new ones.

Brownwood Paddock Square in The Villages

This is the southernmost town center in The Villages. The theme here is that of a charming, rustic old-Florida cattle town. The nightly entertainment takes place at the log cabin on Paddock Square. Each downtown core features its own modern multi-screen movie theater; The Barnstorm Theater is the one at Brownwood Paddock Square.

Also enjoy about a dozen cool places to eat and drink—including World of Beer, Gator’s Dockside, City Fire, and TooJay’s—and even more shopping, health and beauty services, and professional and medical services.

Lake Sumter Landing Market Square in The Villages

The most built-up town center in The Villages is centrally located and designed with a distinct seaside village vibe. The looming lighthouse here is an unmistakable landmark and site of the nightly entertainment.

The Old Mill Playhouse is the movie theater in this section. You’ll also find a golf cart dealer, Winn-Dixie, Barnes and Noble, the delicious Peterbrooke Chocolatier, Lighthouse Point Bar & Grille, RJ Gator’s, plenty of clothing and accessories shops, home furnishings stores, about 20 places to eat and drink, and lots more.

Spanish Springs Town Square in The Villages 

The northernmost town center in The Villages offers Southwestern flair and lots of excitement, including the monthly classic car Cruise-In. Church on the Square is a great venue here, while The Rialto Theater caters to moviegoers at this end of the community. 

Popular Katie Belle’s Resident Club is located here, as is a good selection of clothing and accessories shops, a number of health services, The Corkscrew Winery, and other fun, tasty places to dine, drink, and share some laughs with friends and neighbors.

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