Best 55+ Communities in Central Florida

Best 55+ Communities in Central Florida

Central Florida is a wonderland for 55+ communities. South Florida may get all the pub, but it’s the central part of the state they call “The Sweetest Spot.” Anchored by Orlando, close to world-class attractions, just a short drive from coastal’s no wonder the 55+ community is flocking to central Florida as they set up for retirement.

But with so many options, it can be difficult to narrow down exactly which ones truly meet your needs, budget, and lifestyle as you contemplate your move. So here, we’ll break down and spotlight several of the best 55+ communities in central Florida.


Arlington Ridge- Leesburg, FL

This 55+ central Florida community is about 45 minutes northwest of downtown Orlando amid the region’s Harris Chain of Lakes. It features an established Gary Koch designed golf course, managed by Arnold Palmer Golf Management. Other amenities were created to complement a casual active adult lifestyle, including tennis and pickleball courts, private swimming and fitness facilities and a Village Green with a movie theater, Village Tavern, billiards room, library and Grand Hall for large entertainment and social events.


Cresswind at Victoria Gardens- DeLand, FL

Among the best 55+ communities in central Florida, this is the natural choice in a master planned community, tucked away from the hustle and bustle, yet centrally located with all the amenities to enjoy. Near great shopping, dining, and entertainment, Cresswind’s groundbreaking approach to home building ensures solid construction and maximum comfort with the least amount of worry possible. Homes in this 55+ community near Orlando start in the $200,000s.


Four Seasons at Orlando- Kissimmee, FL

Residents of this 55+ community near Orlando enjoy exclusive amenities and resort-style living year-round. Aside from the championship golf course, planned amenities include a 12,000-square-foot clubhouse with swimming pool, fitness center, a card room, arts & crafts room, a café and more. There are plenty of ways to stay active outdoors, with on-site walking trails as well as tennis and pickleball courts. When it comes to central Florida 55+ communities, you’ll find it all here.


Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach- Daytona Beach, FL

An award-winning 55+ community inspired by the music and lifestyle of singer, songwriter, and best-selling author Jimmy Buffett, this 55+ community in central Florida was named “Best 55+ Community of the Year” by the National Association of Home Builders. With a variety of recreational amenities, on-site dining, live entertainment, and a planned private beach club, it doesn’t get more laid back than this.


On Top of the World Communities- Ocala, FL

Conveniently located in the heart of Florida, On Top of the World is always in the conversation of best 55+ communities in central Florida. Three championship courses are complemented by tennis, pickleball, bocce ball, billiards and swimming, as well as lifelong learning opportunities, fitness facilities with active-aging programs, entertainment and social clubs. There is also a private 14-acre R/C airplane flying field, drone course, and an off-road R/C car track.


Palms at Serenoa- Clermont, FL

Amenities at this central Florida 55+ community include a private clubhouse, fitness center, yoga studio, game room, resort-style zero-entry swimming pool, pickleball courts, bocce ball court, activity lawn, outdoor fireplace seating area, and more. The wooded setting includes miles of walking trails and a dog park. Residents enjoy an active, carefree lifestyle with a variety of daily activity offerings and events organized by the on-site activity director.


Solivita- Kissimmee, FL

Here’s a lively and fun-loving 55+ central Florida community located 21 miles south of Walt Disney World. Active adult buyers can choose from an appealing selection of new attached and detached Tuscan-style homes in a dozen distinctive neighborhoods surrounded by lakes, wooded nature preserves, and two golf courses. 


Trilogy® at Ocala Preserve- Ocala, FL

This central Florida 55+ community is set amidst gently rolling hills in the heart of pristine Florida horse country. In addition to the Tom Lehman and Tripp Davis-designed golf course, amenities include a signature restaurant with full bar and culinary demonstration kitchen, golf pro shop, sports and media room, fitness center, covered veranda spanning the entire length of the club, multiple tennis and pickleball courts, bocce ball courts, lap pool and resort pool, spa, community wide trail system, lakeside access with paddleboards and kayaks, dog park and outdoor workout area.


Trilogy® Orlando- Groveland, FL

Trilogy Orlando is a central Florida 55+ community with a new club facility designed to accommodate an eclectic mix of social and recreational pursuits. Residents enjoy swimming and fitness facilities, tennis and pickleball courts, dog park, 2.5 mile trail, dining and event spaces and an active program of clubs, exercise classes and special-interest activities. The property is convenient to shops and restaurants in and around the city of Clermont, making it one of the best 55+ communities near Orlando.