Retire in Winter Haven, FL

Livability Score
47
** The AARP Livability Index scores neighborhoods and communities across the U.S. for the services and amenities that impact your life the most.
Total Population
35070
Median Househould Income
36602
Median Age
43.4
65 Years and Over
8305
Median Home Value
100300
Unemployed
1783
** 2014 US census data
Restaurants
1. The Krazy Greek

Had the OOFO Chicken Sandwich and my husband had the Gyro Platter we also got a side of Dolmades (stuffed grape leaves) and loved every bite. Their...

2. Saigon Garden

Great Vietnamese food. Healthy. The real deal Nice people running the place. I've been there three or four times

3. Harry's Old Place

holy crab balls batman! the food is awesome, yummy, delicious, and real. i love this place!

4. The Twisted Teapot

I love this place. I was first here in November and was really impressed with the entire establishment and the wonderful owner. I was back in Winter Haven...

5. Arabellas

Thoroughly enjoyed the experience at this restaurant. The staff was awesome, the food was good and the service was impeccable. The atmosphere is the...

Golf
1. Fantasia Gardens

Most people don't know about this mini-putt course, but happened across it because it is across from the Swan Hotel. I am so glad we stopped in here!...

2. Waldorf Astoria Golf Club

Had a great experience here today. Excellent range and course. People were really nice and welcoming too!

3. ChampionsGate Golf Club

This place is a great place to play. I have only played the International course but many say it is the better of the two. The clubhouse was well...

4. Streamsong Golf

This golf resort is top notch. From the minute we pulled up and the men greeted us and took our bags, valeted our car, met the caddie, were driven to the...

5. Southern Dunes

True links style course. Helps to know the bump-and-run. A LOT of bunkers, 180+ of them. Pace of play was great. Squeezed in 3 rounds in one day. Really...

Active
1. Crystal River Kayak Company

Why 5 stars? Because this was a very memorable paddle boarding experience! --- --- --- If this wasn't such a journey from my house, I'd be a...

2. Orlando Tree Trek

We took a high school group here for the day. The place is awesome. Very challenging and so many different courses to try. A lot of fun and a great staff!...

3. Orlando Balloon Rides

Excellent experience. Went on 7/20/16. Mark and Pat were amazing. We were picked up at our hotel and brought to the center for a safety debrief. Things...

4. Bird's Underwater

I can't say enough good things about our trip. Scalloping with Bird's Underwater was an amazing experience. On our drive home we had already decided we...

5. Circle B Bar Reserve

This place is absolutely amazing! I've been here a few times to just walk the trails and take in what nature has to offer. "Alligator Alley" has been...

Arts
1. The Shallow Grave

This is my favorite haunt in the Tampa Bay Area and I definitely make sure to visit here every year they also have a Valentines weekend outing. Parking is...

2. Silver Moon Drive-In Theatre

We had so much fun! Going to a drive-in itself was so nostalgic and brought back lots of happy memories. The screen is big and the picture was clear....

3. Bok Tower Gardens

It is truly a beautiful garden!  There are places to picnic and Florida's own version of rolling hills are in sight.  My wife and I didn't do any of the...

4. Chocolate Kingdom

Fun, entertaining, delicious way to spend an afternoon. Our tour guide, Bradley, was a joy! I learned more about chocolate than I ever needed to but they...

5. Mixon Fruit Farms

We had an awesome time here! For $5 a person (or $3 if you do the tour too)There's a water slide, bounce house, sandbox, slide,giant chess and other yard...

Shopping
1. Lavender N Lace Tea Room & Restaurant

So yummy and so cute! In the complete middle of nowhere in Orlando, Lavender N Lace is an oasis. My friend wanted to go having known some family friends...

2. Lasater Flowers

These people are really good...I called from Chicago to have flowers delivered to the Winter Haven Hospital a few days after hurricane Matthew blew...

3. The Barn Antiques

I took my mom here on a beautiful Saturday since we both love browsing through antiques and lovely country stores. This has two gift shops, a restaurant...

4. The Piercing Boutique

If you are looking for a good, safe, clean place to get pierced; the Piercing Boutique is it! My two friends and I were pierced by Pinky. A Bellybutton,...

5. Four Purls

This place is amazing. It stock unique varieties of yarn both local and international and limited hand dyed yarns you can't find anywhere else. The staff is...

Health
1. Florida Dermatology & Skin Cancer Centers

I had a small pink spot on the bridge of my nose for a couple of months which concerned me. I asked my neighbors if they would recommend a dermatologist....

2. Winter Haven Women's Hospital

GF had a procedure at this facility. The entire staff was so totally accommodating. They made both patient and visitors feel welcome. Special thanks go out...

3. Patrick Sullivan, D MD

Great orthopedic surgeon. Forty years experience. Kindhearted. Not chop happy. Xrays on premises. Intuitive. Has helped me with knees, wrist, hip. I...

4. Dental Solutions of Winter Haven

Our experience with Dental Solutions of Winter Haven and particularly Dr. Cruz was fantastic. My elderly mother recently broke her molar and was in...

5. Winter Haven Hospital

When you are affiliated with the top heart hospital in the entire world you know quality care. My father was on vacation in this area and had to have open...

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