During your retirement, you'll have the time to finally do things you couldn't get to when you were working and caring for a family. Why not retire in a college town? You'll enjoy plenty of free or low-cost amenities, be part of a diverse community, and might even go back to school! 

Check Out Gainesville

Gainesville has a population of approximately 125,000 people. This city is comfortably located in the northern part of the state, so your winters will be mind and your summers will be warm without exposure to the tropical heat of southern Florida. 

Senior Housing

Real estate in Gainesville is modestly-priced, and there are a wide variety of options whether you're looking to purchase or rent. Because it's a university town, there are plenty of duplexes and rental houses as well as apartment complexes. 

Affordable and accessible senior housing in Gainesville is also available in many formats including senior cottage communities as well as traditional apartment buildings. If you're ready to purchase a home, be aware that real estate in Gainesville can be used both as a home and an investment. If you'd like to increase your income, purchasing a duplex could be a great use of your housing dollars. 

Things to Do in Gainesville

Once you've located comfortable housing in Gainesville, you can start checking out the local culture. There are many things to do in Gainesville that will fit any budget!

If you enjoy the great outdoors, pack a picnic lunch and visit Ichetucknee Springs State Park. There are hiking paths of differing lengths, a cool river to sit beside or float on, and beautiful scenery to enjoy. Entrance fees are charged per day, and senior discounts are available. 

Indoor activities might include a visit to the Florida Museum of Natural History which includes a butterfly rainforest. Then the Harn Museum of Art is part of the University of Florida and offers a shop and a café. 

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Start a Second Chapter

One of the best investments you can make in yourself is to keep learning. Seniors can audit courses for free at the University of Florida. Whether you've always wanted to study classic literature or want to learn more math, now is your time to build your brain and expand your social circle.

If you've worked hard all your life and are ready for some down time in front of the television, Gainesville is a comfortable and affordable city that's easy to live in. If you're interested in going back to school and increasing your knowledge, Gainesville will allow you to do it for free! No matter your retirement goals, Gainesville is a great spot to enjoy the retirement you've earned.

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