Retire with your favorite four-legged friend at one of these dog-friendly communities for active adults.

Retire with your favorite four-legged friend at one of these dog-friendly communities for active adults.

Just because retirees are deciding to downsize from their large family home and move into an active adult community doesn’t mean they have to leave their four-legged companion behind. Active adult communities across the country are becoming more pet-friendly and providing amenities that cater to dog-owning Baby Boomers.

Retirees develop a special bond with their dogs and many studies have shown that owning a pet during their Golden Years can help promote a more active and healthier lifestyle. With so many positive benefits when it comes to owning a dog, it’s no surprise Boomers refuse to part ways with their favorite pet and look for communities that allow dogs as well as have amenities for them. If you want you and Fido to live an active lifestyle in retirement, then check out these active adult communities with dog parks.

Ardiente – North Las Vegas, NV

Ardiente is a beautiful 788-home active adult community in North Las Vegas. This age-restricted community, which was developed by Shea Homes, hosts an impressive lineup of resort-style amenities including a 20,000 square-foot clubhouse, a long list of recreational facilities, and stunning outdoor spaces.

Ardiente has six distinct landscaped parks including a majestic rose garden and community garden as well as a spacious dog park that are all woven together through an extensive network of walking trails that make it easy for residents to get outside and enjoy the Southern Nevada climate. Retirees can enjoy scenic strolls with their dogs throughout the neighborhood’s walking and biking trails or play fetch at the dog park.

Village at Deaton Creek – Hoschton, GA

This 55+ community in Northern Georgia not only provides beautiful homes and a tranquil setting within the rural charm of the Blue Ridge Mountains, it also has top-notch amenities that cater to dog-loving retirees.

Village at Deaton Creek has a private dog park as well as community gardens, nature preserves, and numerous neighborhood parks connected by miles of walking and biking trails that allow residents to roam these stunning outdoor spaces with their pets. Homeowners can also enjoy an off-leash park with diverse landscapes where their furry friend can run around to their heart’s content.

Sun City Hilton Head – Bluffton, SC

Sun City Hilton Head is a massive age-restricted community in South Carolina that will have more than 8,000 homes at build out. Baby Boomers love Del Webb’s quality home designs as well as top-notch amenities that include a 45-acre Town Center and Amenity Complex. One of the major appeals is the community’s dog park called The Sun City Dog Park, which is located next to the New River Sports Park.

Here, residents can spend their days outdoors playing in the softball fields or pickleball courts as well as let their canine companion run around in the spacious dog park. The space is also great because it has designated hours for small and large breeds, which make it convenient for dogs to run freely without being intimidated by other breeds. Sun City Hilton Head also promotes a pet-friendly environment thanks to its community of dog-loving residents who set up doggie play dates, games, and events.

Del Webb Naples – Ave Maria, FL

Active adults flock to Del Webb Naples in Southwest Florida because of its low-maintenance homes, superb lineup of resort-style amenities, and vibrant social atmosphere. Del Webb Naples will host 2,000 homes upon completion and is situated within the 5,000-acre master-planned development of Ave Maria in Florida.

Residents have access to a wide selection of amenities like a private clubhouse for the 55+ section as well as the master-planned amenities spread throughout the development. When homeowners aren’t having fun at the 12,000 square-foot Oasis Club, they can take their dogs for a walk or play catch at the South Park recreational facility. In addition to the dog park, the South Park also features a picnic pavilion, softball field, bocce ball courts, tennis courts, and an amphitheater.

Bonterra at Woodforest – Montgomery, TX

Located within the master-planned development of Woodforest, Bonterra at Woodforest is a great 55+ community in the Houston area that provides active adults with a variety of amenities, activities, and home designs.

This 700-home community being built by Taylor Morrison hosts private amenities as well as master-planned amenities that residents can utilize. Baby Boomers can enjoy the picturesque views of the community’s vast woodlands and parks while on a hike or leisurely stroll via the scenic trails. Residents especially love hanging out with their furry friend at the Admiral Bark Park, which is the dog park located in the master-planned community of Woodforest.

The dog park, which was named after the community’s first canine resident Admiral Paul, features vast open spaces, watering stations, dog clean-up areas, shaded areas, and has designated places for small and large dogs. In addition to the spacious dog park, Woodforest also provides residents and their pooches with more than 700 acres of landscape dedicated to walking trails, parks, and open natural spaces. With a great combination of dog parks and open spaces, it’s no surprise to see so many homeowners staying active with their four-legged friend in this 55+ community.