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When you’re retired, you want to be in a place where you have options to make the most of your time. You have no schedule or job to clock into – so why not fill your days with exciting activities and adventures that will make you feel fulfilled and looking forward to the next day?

Retiring at The Village at Gainesville provides all the above. Gainesville, Florida, is a university city with arts, culture, history, and all kinds of interesting attractions and delicious restaurants.

Enjoying Retirement in Gainesville

Are you planning a day out in Gainesville? There’s so much to do and see – take a look at some of these options for how you can spend a fun, sunny day in the city.


  • Florida Museum of Natural History. The Florida Museum of Natural History has all kinds of interesting exhibitions, programs and events. A favorite exhibit is the Butterfly Rainforest, where all kinds of butterflies fly freely as you stroll along the path.
  • Harn Museum of Art. Located at the University of Florida, the Harn Museum of Art aims to educate and inspire visitors through its collection.
  • Matheson History Museum. This museum is in the Matheson House, built in 1867. You can learn a lot about local history and what life was like in Gainesville through the years. This is perfect for local history buffs. Plan your visit here.

Nature Preserves

  • Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation. Learn about wildlife conservation and animal rescue at Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation. You can see lions, hyenas, rhinos and more at Carson Springs.
  • Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. Gainesville is home to all kinds of beautiful places to visit. Hike, fish or camp at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. This gorgeous state park offers all kinds of fun opportunities to enjoy time out in nature.
  • Kanapaha Botanical Gardens. The Kanapaha Botanical Gardens covers 68 acres full of lush gardens, blooming flowers, and the tranquil sounds of running water. Guests are welcome to bring their dogs and pack their own food, so you can visit for as long as possible.
Gainesville, FL nature preserve

Sunset Over Paynes Prairie in Gainesville, Florida

Attractions and Restaurants

  • Union Street Station. Union Street Station has a variety of fun shops and restaurants to enjoy. You should definitely check out the Artisans’ Guild Gallery to see what local artists are creating.
  • David’s Real Pit BBQ. When you’re craving BBQ, David’s Real Pit BBQ is a fantastic option. With everything from smoked brisket to ribs and sides like macaroni & cheese and collard greens, you’ll likely want to make this restaurant a regular stop.
  • Metro Diner. This is a great spot for comfort food like fried chicken and waffles or a meatloaf dinner. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert, you can easily fit the Metro Diner into your day.
  • Embers Wood Grill. If you’re looking for a fine dining experience, Embers Wood Grill is the place to go. This upscale steak house has all kinds of delicious dinners, drinks and desserts.

Retirement for Active Adults at The Village

While there’s so much to do in Gainesville, there’s also a lot happening right within the community of The Village at Gainesville. Living well and leading an active, fulfilling lifestyle is what independent living at The Village is all about.

“I love all the activities at the community and how friendly everyone is,” shares Louise M. “ I look forward to swimming each day. When I go into town, I love to go thrifting and visit the local pastry shop. Many residents enjoy tuning in to watch UF Gator sports as well.”

The Village at Gainesville building exterior

For Gloria C., the community amenities are important, but more than anything, she is grateful for “feeling secure and having 24/7 campus security. Plus, I have access to health services and other levels of care.” And best of all, she gets to have her beloved dog with her.

With all kinds of amenities and social events, you’ll find that there’s always something fun happening at The Village.

With an on-site health and fitness center with trainers, you can enjoy:

  • Training to boost strength and wellness
  • Exercising in the heated outdoor pool, including swimming and classes
  • Relaxing in the hot tub
  • Playing tennis and pickleball on the outdoor courts
  • Strolling walking paths

You can also keep your mind active with these amenities:

  • Playing a game of cards with friends in the card room
  • Tapping into your creative side in the art studio
  • Expanding your mind in the computer learning center
  • Unwinding with a good book in the reading room

Our residents are always eager to share their thoughts on making the move to senior living.

“Don’t judge a book by its cover – ’retirement community’ can mean so much more and offer an amazing life for you!” shares Louise M.

Gloria C. echoes these sentiments. “Moving out of home is hard, but being at The Village at Gainesville gives you peace of mind.”

Live Well at The Village at Gainesville

Come experience a fun and fulfilling life at The Village at Gainesville – call for a personalized tour today.