Why Orlando, FL, Is the Perfect City for Seniors to Retire

Orlando Florida skyline

When you think about retirement, how do you set the scene? Do you picture yourself bundled in a parka navigating icy streets or do you imagine brighter possibilities? If you’re wanting a retirement lifestyle filled with sunny weather and fun-filled activities, senior living in Orlando, Florida, offers the perfect setting. Here’s why:

Sunshine Is Good for You

We all know a sunny day can lift our spirits. In fact, research suggests that sunlight may directly trigger the production of serotonin (one of the happy hormones) through the skin. Well, Florida is The Sunshine State and Orlando has an average of 233 sunny days a year, beating the national average of 205 days. With high temperatures in the 70s throughout the winter months and average snowfall at zero inches, you can get outside and enjoy that Florida sunshine all winter long.

It’s Easy to Stay Active

Orlando offers myriad opportunities to take advantage of the sunny weather. It’s a golfer’s paradise, with courses designed by golf legends like Arnold Palmer, Greg Norman and Jack Nicklaus. No wonder more than 2.6 million rounds of golf were played in the Orlando area in 2021. It’s a natural wonderland for outdoor enthusiasts, as well. Econ River Wilderness Area, Tibet-Butler Preserve, and Ocala National Forest are just a few of the parks offering hundreds of acres of wilderness, miles of trails, and opportunities to swim, snorkel, fish and canoe. Or, if you prefer an urban oasis, you can rent a swan- shaped paddle boat or walk the 0.9 mile loop in Lake Eola Park in Downtown Orlando. And don’t forget the white sandy beaches! Cocoa Beach is just an hour east of Orlando.

There’s Disney World – and More!

Of course your grandkids (and you!) will be enchanted by Magic Kingdom Park and the other Disney parks, but for seniors living in Orlando, theme parks aren’t the only attraction that can capture the imagination. Orlando has a vibrant cultural scene. Sports fans enjoy the home games of the Orlando Magic. Art lovers appreciate the exhibits, classes, and events at museums like the Orlando Museum of Art and Rollins Museum of Art. History buffs, gardening enthusiasts, and astrophiles will be enthralled by the Museum of Military History, Leu House Museum and Harry P. Leu Gardens, Mead Botanical Garden, and Kennedy Space Center.

The Tax Laws Are Advantageous

Florida has no state income tax, so your retirement income – from private and public pensions, 401(k)s, Individual Retirement Accounts and Social Security – is exempt from state taxation. In addition, the Florida Constitution prohibits inheritance taxes, which can further reduce tax liability.

Great Options in Senior Living

Orlando senior living communities provide the perfect home base for enjoying all the city has to offer. In a welcoming community of peers, transplants and native Floridians alike feel right at home. New friends and on-campus social and recreational activities combine with the many off-campus adventures to fill your calendar with countless opportunities to make the most of senior living in Orlando.

Orlando Senior Living at Its Finest

At Legacy Pointe at UCF, it’s not just the Florida sunshine that will make you happy. In this dynamic senior living community, you’ll enjoy all the advantages of retirement in Orlando plus the added perks offered at Legacy Pointe. Our affiliation with University of Central Florida creates a dynamic community where Legacy Pointe residents enjoy lifelong learning opportunities through university classes, meaningful connections with students, and the benefits of a leading-edge approach to senior care. 

As part of our forward-thinking approach, we’re a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) offering lifecare. That means if your health needs change, you’ll have access to the higher levels of care you need — whether that’s assisted living, memory support or skilled nursing — within the same community you call home. If you’d like to check out our senior living community in Orlando, Florida, contact us to learn more or schedule a visit.