As a major tourist destination, Fort Myers offers plenty of attractions to entertain active adults.
As a major tourist destination, Fort Myers offers plenty of attractions to entertain active adults.

For retirees on a fixed income, finding great low cost cities is a must. Fortunately, there are several popular retirement destinations which offer affordable housing and a low cost of living, while still providing plenty of attractions to support a healthy active adult lifestyle.

1. Fort Myers, Florida

Situated just 40 miles north of Naples, Fort Myers offers many of the same geographical draws, but with a lower cost of living. As a major tourist destination, Fort Myers offers plenty of attractions to entertain active adults. The Gulf Coast Town Center provides an exciting mix of casual and upscale restaurants, as well as a wide range of retail stores. The Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Center offers fabulous live entertainment, and sports fans will appreciate having the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins in town for spring training.

2. Bakersfield, California

Active adults who settle in Bakersfield can save money while enjoying the area’s beautiful climate and local attractions. Nature lovers will be happy to live near 72 city parks, as well as miles of walking and biking trails. There are also several regional parks, including seven State and National Parks and Forests. At nearby Lake Kern, Bakersfield residents can make use of fishing lakes, equestrian trails and picnic areas, or visit the wildlife habitat.

3. Green Valley, Arizona

With approximately 12,000 households comprised almost entirely of residents aged 55 or better, Green Valley has become a low cost hot spot for retirees. There are several separate active adult communities found throughout Green Valley, many of which are part of an interconnected association of recreation centers known as the Green Valley Recreation (GVR). The residents of any active adult community that is associated with the GVR can make use of its amenities, which include 13 recreation centers, eight golf courses, five fitness centers, 13 swimming pools, 17 tennis courts and much more.

4. San Antonio, Texas

Plenty of exciting attractions await active adults in downtown San Antonio. Popular attractions include the McNay Art Museum and the Historic Majestic Theatre. Sports fans will appreciate cheering on home teams like the San Antonio Spurs (NBA), the San Antonio Rampage (AHL), and the San Antonio Silver Stars (WNBA). When grandchildren come to visit, residents can enjoy a trip to the San Antonio Zoo, Sea World or Six Flags Fiesta Texas.

5. Henderson, Nevada

Located at the southern edge of the Las Vegas Valley, the Henderson area enjoys beautiful high desert views and a warm, dry climate. With the world-famous Las Vegas Strip so close by, Henderson residents will find many interesting attractions. Fabulous restaurants, unique shops, flashy casinos and a spectacular nightlife all await. Nearby Lake Mead offers abundant outdoor activities, and McCarran International Airport makes it easy to travel beyond the surrounding areas.