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Top 6 Pet-Friendly 55+ Communities in Central Florida

Author avatarTeam @ Explore55Plus
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Beagle playing with a stuffed toy in a pet-friendly 55+ community backyard.

To be honest, it is hard to find a 55+ community in Central Florida that isn’t pet friendly. With so many options out there, we’ve narrowed down our top 6 pet-friendly 55+ communities in Central Florida to help you find the best fit for you and your furry friends. Let’s get started!

1. The Villages

When it comes to 55+ communities in Central Florida - The Villages is almost always at the top of the popularity list. It is known for the unparalleled lifestyle, amenities, and activities that are offered - especially for pet lovers! The community has a record number of eight impeccably maintained, fenced-in dog parks where you can socialize your canine companions.

Not only that, but there are numerous trails and paths to walk along so you and your pet can stretch your legs and get some exercise. The Villages also offers various clubs for pet-lovers like the Dynamic Dog Club which brings together neighbors interested in dog-related activities. They host fun events like monthly walks, “Howl-A-Ween” parties, and friendly socialization between dogs and neighbors. Pets are also allowed a some of the outdoor cafes and restaurants making this an ideal option for pet owners.

Group of dogs enjoying a walk in a dog-friendly park within a 55+ active adult community.

2. On Top of the World

On Top of the World is another top (no pun intended) contender in the world of Florida’s pet-friendly 55+ communities. This community is well known for welcoming pet owners with open arms. At On Top of the World you’ll find four dog parks, walking trails and nearby pet spas offering grooming services to keep Fido looking flawless. The community also offers residents the opportunity to have their pets featured in their ‘Pets of OTOW’ charity calendar where they’ve partnered with the local charitable organization, Patriot Service Dogs. Your dog can also enjoy 90th Street Dog Park which offers a gated park separated for small and large dogs, keeping the safety and enjoyment for your pet in mind.

3. Solivita

Solivita is another community that will make you and your fluffy sidekicks feel right at home. Not only does this community allow you to have backyard fencing for your pets to enjoy the beauty right outside your doorstep, but there are two dog parks and the Pets Are Loved at Solivita (PALS) club to help you bond with likeminded neighbors and friends. Solivita’s walkways and paths are also lined with pet stations providing residents with easy access to small bags so you can easily dispose of your pet’s waste and help keep the community in tip-top shape.

Dog waste bin along a walking trail in a pet-friendly 55+ community park.

4. Del Webb Orlando

If you want to live in a community where you can make lasting memories and enjoy the company of your furry friends, Del Webb Orlando is a must-see. The community's pet-friendly policies and amenities make it an ideal place for pet owners to live and enjoy their retirement with their beloved companions. With spacious lots, plenty of green spaces for on-leash play, a dog park for off-leash enjoyment, and numerous trails for leisurely strolls, Del Webb Orlando makes it easy for pet owners to cater to their pets’ needs.

5. Lake Ashton

For pet-lovers who also enjoy water and boating activities, Lake Ashton is a treasure waiting to be discovered. This 55+ community is known for the friendly and welcoming environment that residents experience here. Plus, it has a variety of resort-style amenities and activities on offer. Our favorites? The three on-site dog parks and the Pooch & Partner walks organized with other members in the community. Spending a sunny day on the sparkling lake with your pet will be sure to get their tail wagging.

Small dog chasing a ball in a spacious grassy area within a pet-friendly 55+ community.

6. Trilogy Orlando

When we are asked what it’s like to live at Trilogy Orlando, we liken it to a cruise ship that never has to leave the dock. It embodies the resort lifestyle and provides everything a cruise ship could ever offer and more. But unlike a cruise ship, you’ll have you pets with you 24/7! According to the Trilogy Orlando website, more than 50% of their members have pets, making it clear that this is a top choice for retirees with fur babies. Also, some pet-friendly 55+ communities don’t always have pet-friendly rules when it comes to personal fencing. But that won’t be a worry of yours at Trilogy Orlando. There, residents are allowed to build a personal fence around the property. Just be sure to connect with the HOA to ensure that all approvals are secured and restrictions are adhered to.

Aerial view of a fenced dog park in a pet-friendly 55+ community, showcasing amenities for pets and their owners.

Your Perfect Pet-Friendly 55+ Community Awaits

There you have it! Our top 55+ communities for you and your four-legged family members to consider calling home. Of course, each community will have pet-related rules and regulations, so it is always best to check with your Explore55Plus agent, or the community itself, to see what kind of pet-related rules and restrictions are in place. As pet lovers ourselves, Explore55Plus, is dedicated to helping you and your pets find the ideal 55+ community to live out your retirement dreams.

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