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There are many things to consider when it comes to choosing a senior living community. Besides price, amenities, lifestyle, location and proximity to health care options, you’ll also want to seriously consider what local attractions are nearby … because that can really elevate your senior living experience.

“Local attractions can boost your retirement lifestyle in a big way,” says Rachel Henderson, Director of Sales at The Terraces at Bonita Springs, the only Life Plan Community for senior living in the Bonita Springs area. “When seniors look for a retirement location, often they limit their search to weather, proximity to friends or loved ones or low cost of living areas. However, it’s important to remember just how much impact the surrounding community will have on the community in which you choose to live.”

Rachel says that local attractions are important because – let’s be honest – you won’t be spending every single waking moment inside the community’s walls. “While there is plenty to do on the grounds of our retirement community, we’re also minutes away from beaches, shopping, fine dining and entertainment choices,” she says. “We make it easy for all our residents to enjoy our greater community by providing scheduled events and outings, and also inviting guest speakers and other professionals to our community.”

Local attractions make your retirement a destination location.
Unless your family members live in the immediate southern Florida region, moving to a community like The Terraces means that either you or your family members will have to travel a distance in order to see one another. What better place to bring the grandchildren (and children of all ages) than a place with beautiful beaches, amazing activities and gorgeous weather year-round?

Since Bonita Springs is located on the Gulf of Mexico, it should come as no surprise that beaches and the ocean are the area’s biggest draws. Anyone looking for fun in the sun on the white sandy beaches can check out a number of open-year-round locations, including Barefoot Beach, , Bonita Beach Park, and others.

While technically not “local,” Bonita Springs is a great place to launch out on a day or weekend trip to Disney World, Miami and other Florida hot spots. And because the Southwest Florida International Airport (with many, many direct flights from across the country) is just a few miles away, Bonita Springs is an easy-to-get-to destination.

Local attractions provide year-round entertainment and activities.
While the tourist season brings big bucks to Bonita Springs, there’s much more to the area than just the hot summer sun. Whether your passion is fishing, boating, shopping, the arts or whatever else, you’ll find something going on any time of the year thanks to our numerous local attractions.

The Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is a nationally renowned zoo and conservancy that’s open year-round (except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day). For those who enjoy hitting the greens, a membership to one of Bonita Springs’ championship-level courses can be just the ticket. Golfers can choose from the Worthington Country Club, , Pelican Golf Club, Copperleaf Golf Club and many others.

Theatre lovers will enjoy the offerings available throughout the year at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall on the Florida SouthWestern State College campus. Prefer a dinner and a show combo? The Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre has been entertaining audiences for 27 years and is always a highlight. Fine art lovers will enjoy visiting, which is home to the Baker Museum and the Naples Philharmonic.

Local attractions mean variety without having to travel far.
One of the many reasons seniors choose to retire to a community like The Terraces is because they want everything they want and need in one place. Having excellent local attractions means that the “everything” extends far beyond the community grounds. After all, variety is the spice of life, and it’s always wonderful to experience new things … especially when you don’t have to travel long ways to get there.

Shopping is plentiful around the area, with destinations such as Coconut Point, Mercato, Miromar Outlets and the famous The Promenade at Bonita Bay – all great places to spend the day shopping, dining, people-watching and enjoying the gorgeous South Florida air. Heading to the shops is a regular outing at The Terraces, and because we offer scheduled transportation to and fro, all our residents have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.

While dining at The Terraces is ever-changing and incredibly delicious, sometimes you just want a little variety. Fortunately, there are numerous high-quality restaurants just outside our community gates. Local favorites include Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Angelina’s Ristorante, Tarpon Bay at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa, A Table Apart, Roy’s Restaurant and the South Fork Grille.

“We’re very proud of our location in gorgeous Bonita Springs, not just because of our surrounding community, but because of the amazing luxury lifestyle we provide for seniors in South Florida,” says Vanessa. “Our surrounding community highlights our philosophy of providing luxury retirement in a boutique setting, along with uncompromising hospitality and service you won’t find anywhere else in Southwest Florida. Our one-of-a-kind local attractions paired with our unparalleled, worry-free lifestyle make The Terraces at Bonita Springs, not just a place to retire … it makes us a destination for all discerning older adults.”

About The Terraces at Bonita Springs

Recreation, special events, holiday celebrations, educational programs, guest speakers, and a variety of inspiring activities take place throughout the year at The Terraces at Bonita Springs as part of the community’s active lifestyle programs. The Terraces is the only Life Plan Community for senior living in the Bonita Springs area. Living choices include independent living, assisted living, memory support, skilled nursing and rehabilitation. All levels of care, including assisted living, skilled nursing, and memory support, are open for direct admittance, with no entrance fee.

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