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Where this place is - "The Villages" - is weird. Not bad but prepare yourself for different. Putting that aside - this is a pond next to a nice mobile home park and a highway that has a little island that all kinds of water birds call home that normally you don't see. I don't know if they clip wings, feed them, or it's the only source of magic power up truffles for geese but it's an interesting little spot.
Lots of ducks, canada geese, egyptian goose. Quite remarkable compact spot!
Lounge lizards in golf carts.
Parking lot and sidewalk. Careful not to snoop on people who live on the lake.
Go to around 150 US-441 and look for a pond next to mobile homes on the north side of the road - so that is it... you just need to park. To get there from US27/US441 turn N/NE onto Wales Place, then immediately right onto Paradise Drive and it ends in a parking area by the lake.
30 minutes more than enough. Could stop for 5.
The Villages is an odd duck. It's a retirement - I guess you'd say "city" - collection of a bunch of housing developments. The reputation is that it's for retirees who are ready to party and maybe be a little narcissistic. Which is fine - just different. Things I've been told (so let's call them rumors) include 1) there are some rules as to whether you can let your grandkids stay overnight so as not to get in the way of the lifestyle 2) there was an article out there saying this place broke some record for having the most STDs. I suppose the idea is lots of people ready to party, life long enough to get lots of STDs, plus invention of Viagra. I read later that that wasn't quite true but there's an element of truth to it. 3) It's odd to have signs everywhere with your city name that has a TM logo and slogan "Friendliest city" - never seen a branded city with a marketing department. Whether all that is true I don't know but get ready for maybe different kinds of folks and good for them for enjoying their retirements right? And I have met nice normal people from here - not just oddballs.
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