The Villages is served by television channels from
the Orlando market, although channels from the Tampa
market also cover the area. It is also served by radio
stations from both the Orlando and Gainesville/Ocala
markets, and by area newspapers such as the Orlando
Sentinel, the Tampa Tribune, the Tampa Bay Times,
the Leesburg Daily Commercial, and the Ocala Star-Banner.
The Villages developers or their successors operate
three media properties:
The Villages News Network (VNN), which is aired on
the local Comcast cable network
The Villages Daily Sun, a local newspaper
Radio station WVLG AM 640 (a Fox News Radio affiliate).
Local, independent media outlets include:
Villages-News.com, an online news service that reports
local crime, government news, and happenings.
Golf cart bridge over US 27/US 441
The Villages development is bounded roughly by US
27/US 441 to the east, US 301 to the west, County
Road 42 to the north, and County Road 466A to the
south, though construction has now proceeded well
south of 466A with the development of several new
villages, the Bonifay Country Club, and the Brownwood
town center in that area. On December 10, 2013, The
Villages of Lake-Sumter Inc. agreed to an $8 million
deal to purchase Pine Ridge Dairy tract in Fruitland
Park, Florida with a planned construction of 2,038
new Villages homes. Although County Road 466 previously
served as the main east-west corridor, the addition
of homes and facilities south of County Road 466 and
in the city of Fruitland Park, Florida has turned
County Road 466A into a secondary east-west corridor.
Buena Vista Boulevard and Morse Boulevard serve as
major north-south corridors. Due to the prevalence
of golf courses many residents in The Villages use
golf carts (some of which are street-legal, and some
of which are solar-powered) to travel around the community.
Tunnels have been built in most of The Villages where
a highway must be crossed, but one overpass exists
across US 27/US 441 because there was no way to construct
a tunnel in this area
Sumter County Transit operates The Villages shuttle.
They provide various weekday loops through the Villages.
The Villages developers operate a trolley-style bus
tour of the community which operates from the sales
and information center located at The Market Square
in Lake Sumter Landing.
There are a number of options available for travel
between Orlando International Airport and The Villages,
such as the shuttle service provided by The Villages
Transportation. Travel between The Villages and The
Orlando International Airport lasts approximately
Amtrak serves The Villages by connecting bus to Jacksonville
The following school listings are primarily for tax
base purposes only, as The Villages does not allow
full-time residents under age 19 except in the three
family unit neighborhoods of Bison Valley, Spring
Arbor, and Oak Meadows or by exception granted for
The portion of The Villages located in Marion County
is zoned to Lake Weir High School of the Marion County
School District.There are no family unit neighborhoods
in the Marion County portion of The Villages.
The portion of The Villages located in Sumter County
is zoned to Wildwood Middle High School of Sumter
District Schools. There is one family unit neighborhood
(Bison Valley) in the Sumter County portion of The
The portion of The Villages located in Lake County
is zoned to Leesburg High School of the Lake County
Schools. There are two family unit neighborhoods (Oak
Meadows and Spring Arbor) in the Lake County portion
of The Villages.
Although children cannot legally reside in most neighborhoods
of The Villages, The Villages Charter Schools is a
PK-12 charter school in unincorporated Sumter County.
Children are eligible to attend the charter school
if one or both of their parents work directly for
The Villages or one of its direct subcontractors,
or if a parent works for a business located within
The Villages. Children of residents who reside in
a family unit neighborhood or by granted exemption
do not automatically qualify for attendance based
solely on their residence.