Gone Outdoors

Florida 55-Plus RV Resorts

by Amber D. Walker

Tourists from all over the world visit Florida, known for its mild winters, beautiful scenery, beaches and attractions. Guests and residents alike can swim, fish, camp, hike and boat, as well as visit places like Disney World, Universal Studios and SeaWorld. Florida is especially popular with older citizens, who enjoy its year-round warm climate. Recreational vehicle campers 55 years and over who want to visit the state can find parks and campgrounds specifically designed for them that have a host of amenities and features.

Alligator Park Mobile Home and RV Community

Alligator Park Mobile Home and RV Community has lots for both permanent mobile home residents and seasonal RV guests. At Alligator Park you can play shuffleboard, see live entertainment, play cards and bingo, dance, bike, walk or swim. The park has its own 25-acre fishing lake, where residents can fish at no cost. Golf and tennis are located nearby. Alligator Park has special rates for RVers from March through September and offers seasonal, daily, weekly and monthly rates. Pets, including birds and cats, are welcome. Alligator Park Mobile Home and RV Community 6400 Taylor Road, Lot #112 Punta Gorda, FL 33950 941-639-7000 alligatorpark.com

Orange Harbor Mobile Home & RV Park

Orange Harbor Mobile Home and RV Park is a senior community with 140 RV lots. The park is settled on a mile and a half of waterfront along the Caloosahatchee and Orange Rivers. Orange Harbor has canal, pull-through and standard RV sites, as well as RV storage. The park has boat docks and ramps, a fishing pier, a heated pool, a sun deck, horseshoes, billiards and bocce ball. Guests can use the library, and laundry and shower facilities are provided, as well as individual mail boxes. Orange Harbor has daily, weekly and monthly rates, all of which include water, sewer, trash pick-up and recycling. Orange Harbor Mobile Home & RV Park 5749 Palm Beach Boulevard Fort Myers, FL 33905 239-694-3707 orangeharbor.com

Blue Jay Mobile Home and RV Park

Blue Jay Mobile Home and RV Park is a 55-plus community with 58 RV sites and room for 206 mobile homes. Blue Jay has four shuffleboard courts and a swimming pool, with cable TV available at RV spaces. The community is located in Dade City, about 90 minutes from Tampa International Airport. Blue Jay is within an hour of Busch Gardens, the Strawberry Festival, SeaWorld, Universal Studios and Disney World. Blue Jay also offers planned activities and is close to local golf courses. Blue Jay Mobile Home and RV Park 38511 Wilds Road Dade City, FL 33525 352-567-9678 bluejayrv.com

About the Author

Amber D. Walker has been writing professionally since 1989. She has had essays published in "Fort Worth Weekly," "Starsong," "Paper Bag," "Living Buddhism" and more. Walker holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Texas and worked as an English teacher abroad for six years.

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