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The 30 Best Cities for Snowbirds

Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

Top Attractions:

  • The Phoenix Zoo
  • The Desert Botanical Garden
  • The Heard Museum

Retiring to Phoenix and its surrounding area, like Scottsdale, is almost a rite of passage for those who want a bit of sunshine, adventure, and relaxation in their later years. If you’re ready to trade in your hustle-and-bustle lifestyle for something a little less frenetic, Phoenix is the place to be.

With one of the oldest cities in America nearby, you’ll certainly feel that age comes with wisdom. What’s more, Phoenix has an incredible selection of retirement communities where older folks can enjoy their golden years; just pick your favorite style of living and settle in!

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Mountain Home, Arkansas

Mountain Home, Arkansas

Top Attractions:

  • David's Trail
  • Cooper Park
  • Sharp Edges Axe Throwing

This town has been a hidden gem for Chicagoans seeking to make their retirement funds go further ever since it was discovered. Let's call them the smart set, realizing that their money can buy a lot more in this small city than staying up north or trekking down south. The town is definitely geared towards the older crowd, from the ease of living to the cost-friendly price tags.

The town gets around 11 inches of snow per year, but the rest of the year it's nice and warm. It's like an old-fashioned Goldilocks situation — it's not always hot, and it's not always cold. This is any retiree's pot of gold at the end of their rainbow: peace, budget-friendly living, and warm weather!

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Top Attractions:

  • Fort Lauderdale Beach
  • The Everglades
  • The Bonnet House Museum and Gardens

If you need an escape from a cold winter, look no further than Fort Lauderdale. Yes, it requires a bit of an investment to take up residence there as the city is luxury-filled with expensive hotels and high-end shopping. But, if you're ready for a little vacay and don’t mind splurging, this Florida beachside town will do just fine!

With average temperatures around 80 degrees year-round (say goodbye to snow!), get ready to soak up some sunshine and sand on vacation at its finest. So don't be swayed by wild winds freezing everything in sight this season, break away from the weather woes and come soak up some warmth with us in Fort Lauderdale!

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Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii

Top Attractions:

  • Waikiki Beach
  • Pearl Harbor
  • Diamond Head State Monument

If you're considering a retirement plan, Honolulu should certainly be on your list. What can beat the beauty of the island paradise that is Hawaii, right? You may have heard all about the sandy beaches, stunning views, and tropical beauty of this one-of-a-kind place, but did you also know about the 35 senior clubs Honolulu has to offer?

Whether you want to tee off on some golf courses or take in some fresh waves at the beach, it's always nice to know there are plenty of other mature individuals like yourself ready to join in on the fun activities. But we must tell you - don't think that paradise comes cheap! This is one of the most expensive cities in the entire country, after all. Good luck convincing your wallet otherwise!

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Corpus Christi, Texas

Corpus Christi, Texas

Top Attractions:

  • Corpus Christi Beach
  • Texas State Aquarium
  • USS Lexington Museum on the Bay

If you’re looking for an earthly paradise that isn’t just filled with the same old crystal clear beaches of Florida, then Corpus Christi is your answer. And if that's not enough to convince you, keep reading! This Texas city has something for everyone. The adventurous can visit aquariums and take tours on the USS Lexington while there are always the botanical gardens for nature lovers. 

Beachgoers can get their fill of golden sand and blue sea from the Gulf of Mexico, and anglers will from far and wide come to enjoy this great fishing destination. But what really seals the deal is that it’s a lot cheaper than both the national average of living and Galveston! Well folks, there really isn't anything else to say other than -viva Corpus Christi!

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Top Attractions:

  • Louisiana State Capitol
  • LSU Rural Life Museum
  • USS Kidd Veterans Memorial and Museum

Louisiana really knows how to roll out the welcome mat for retirees! WalletHub recently recognized Baton Rouge as one of the top cities in the US when it comes to quality of life, affordability, and access to healthcare. Last year was particularly impressive as it reached number 7!

That's not bad at all! With lots of things to do and a low cost of living, Louisiana is turning into quite the retirement hot spot. You might say there’s no better place for baby boomers and beyond to settle down - after all, you can’t beat a city with a heart as big as its gumbo!

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Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada

Top Attractions:

  • The Strip
  • Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
  • The Neon Museum

Las Vegas is definitely one of the glitziest places in the U.S., and it’s no wonder why so many retirees love to come out and have a good time. However, if you don’t budget before you hit the strip, then you can find yourself hit with an ugly reality.

Snowbirds may just want to consider a visit as more of a vacation spot! Sure, the climate is gorgeous compared to what some of us back home experience in wintertime, but when it comes to overspending and emptying your bank account, there's really no place like Vegas. So listen up, snowbirds – budget away!

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Athens, Georgia

Athens, Georgia

Top Attractions:

  • The University of Georgia
  • The State Botanical Garden of Georgia
  • The Georgia Museum of Art

Athens is the perfect place to settle down! Forget Brooklyn prices - with an average of 71% lower than the national housing rate, you can get a phenomenal pad with plenty of space to make into your own. Don't worry about pesky snow shoveling duties in this part of Georgia. Temperatures here rarely dip low enough to merit more than 3.5 inches worth of it each year.

And the mild, humid climate makes the outdoorsy types feel right at home in Athens. Nature lovers, music-enthusiasts, and fans of film culture all have a vibrant community here. So what are you waiting for? It's time to say goodbye to high rents and enjoy everything that Athens has to offer without breaking the bank account.

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St. Petersburg, Florida

St. Petersburg, Florida

Top Attractions:

  • St. Pete Beach
  • The Dali Museum
  • Sunken Gardens

St. Petersburg is a paradise for those seeking great prices on housing and some of the most pleasant climates in the country. From retirees who come to explore its beautiful sunsets to younger generations who flock in to try the newest restaurants, bask on the beaches and soak up the local cultures and festivals.

There's something for everyone looking for a change of scenery. Plus, what's not to love about beautiful beaches and warm weather year-round? So if you're looking for an affordable place to settle down, St. Petersburg should be at the top of your list!

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Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Top Attractions:

  • South Beach
  • Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
  • Zoo Miami

Looking for the perfect destination to retire? Look no further than Miami! Sure, the cost of living may be a little above the national average, but hey - you don't have to settle down there. You can just…vacation forever! The climate is gorgeous, with sun throughout most of the year, and if you're looking for medical facilities or senior care, Miami is a great place that caters to all your needs.

Plus, there's plenty of fun to be had; why not try bingo by day and salsa night classes with your new friends at night? Miami will keep you busy and entertained in your retirement years. So don't rule it out just yet - after all, you deserve to enjoy life in style!

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Homestead, Florida

Homestead, Florida

Top Attractions:

  • Everglades National Park
  • Biscayne National Park
  • Homestead-Miami Speedway

Homestead, Florida is about as far from snow as you can get and still be in the same country.  Only 25 miles from the pristine beaches of the Keys, this little town has managed to avoid snowy winters for decades. Perfect for anyone that's tired of the white stuff and is ready for the sandy stuff. 

In recent history, the only time Homestead was blessed with a dusting of white powdery flakes was on January 19th, 1977 - and even then, it was brief. And if you ask the locals down there, they'd probably just laugh at you for asking such a strange question!

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Malibu, California

Malibu, California

Top Attractions:

  • Malibu Beach
  • Malibu Creek State Park
  • Malibu Wine Safaris

Snow in Malibu? Believe it or not, it does happen. The last time was in 2008, but don't worry! It isn't super common. Though most of us here like to think we're always sunny, this old west coast city gets its share of winter days too.

This particular snowfall was a shocker for folks living further inland as well — Las Vegas!! You heard me right - even the desert got a dusting. Anywhere with mountains in the U.S. will usually get some kind of snow, so when it happens in Malibu, it's extra special. You can enjoy the snow without having to clean it up!

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San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Top Attractions:

  • Old San Juan
  • Castillo San Felipe del Morro
  • El Yunque National Forest

Puerto Rico is sunshine and bliss for those who hate the snow. The cold season can be a depressing time for many, with the absence of bright summer sunlight and the overwhelming presence of white snow across the ground. But there’s no need to worry! Puerto Rico has you covered—literally!

Instead of building a snowman for the millionth time, why not gulp down a refreshing piña colada while your feet sink into the powdery white sand on any one of its beautiful beaches? Now that’s what I call paradise! It doesn’t get any better than that – unless someone brings you some plantains too.

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Sanibel Island, Florida

Sanibel Island, Florida

Top Attractions:

  • Sanibel Island Lighthouse
  • Sanibel Island Farmers Market
  • The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum

If you're dreaming of ditching the snow for some sunshine, you'll be over the moon when you discover this sun-soaked island paradise. Let your inner golf hero shine on these sandy links, or dive deep into the crystal clear waters for an adventure in water sports.

You can also switch gears and see if you have what it takes to catch some of the 50 types of fish that call this place home! With so much to do, whether on land or sea, this one is sure to provide an idyllic escape from winter's chill.

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San Diego, California

San Diego, California

Top Attractions:

  • San Diego Zoo
  • SeaWorld San Diego
  • Balboa Park

California may have a reputation for being expensive, but when it comes to weather, you can't put a price tag on perfect. From San Francisco to San Diego, the Golden State remains anyone's number one pick for its near-perfect climate with mild temperatures and low humidity - sure worth more than the little 'pretty penny' we tend to drop here and there.

Not to mention, with all that sunshine comes tons of activities; California offers something for everyone. Whether you're talkin' beaches, theme parks, or international cuisines, one thing is certain: there's never a dull moment in the sun-drenched state!

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South Padre Island, Texas

South Padre Island, Texas

Top Attractions:

  • South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center
  • Laguna Madre Nature Trail
  • Sea Turtle Inc.

This island town may be small, but it certainly doesn't lack adventure! Not many people can say they've spent the winter camping in a tropical climate — it's almost as if Mother Nature told us it was time to take an extended break from reality and dig our toes into the sand.

Instead of braving the cold a few months out of the year like some brave souls in colder climates, you can experience an amazing warmth instead! Don't worry about crowds, either; this little slice of paradise will remain just that: yours and serene all year round.

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Gulf Shores, Alabama

Gulf Shores, Alabama

Top Attractions:

  • Gulf State Park
  • Waterville USA
  • The Track Family Recreation Center

Come to the land of sunshine and charm! Winter blues getting you down? Ditch the heavy layers of clothing and escape to our glorious haven – perfect for any nature lover in desperate need of some warmth. From the calming views of Lake Shelby to the thrill of ziplining over the lake, this is a guaranteed good time.

And don’t worry if you’re not a fan of heights, there are plenty other activities like biking, swimming, or even just lounging around as you enjoy peace and quiet. It's time to adore Mother Nature again— saying goodbye to winter never felt so sweet!

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Birmingham, Alabama

Birmingham, Alabama

Top Attractions:

  • Vulcan Park and Museum
  • Birmingham Museum of Art
  • McWane Science Center

If you hate the snow like I do and want a guarantee that you won't have to deal with it, Birmingham is definitely your best bet. Every year, they get on average only .8 days and 1.6 inches of snowfall - so unless arctic conditions suddenly emerge in Alabama, you'll be safe!

No snow shoveling or long tedious commutes due to hazardous winter roads here - just breezy days, sunny skies and mild temperatures. What a fantastic weather guarantee if I ever saw one!!

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Hilo, Hawaii

Hilo, Hawaii

Top Attractions:

  • Mauna Kea Observatories
  • Akaka Falls State Park
  • Pacific Tsunami Museum

Hawaii is the perfect paradise for those of us who don't enjoy cold, wintery weather. And if you thought having no snow sounds perfect, just wait until you hear what Hilo has in store. Temperature-wise it's pretty much perfect with temperatures ranging from a balmy 79 degrees to a still-good 55.

The only trade-off is that with great temperature comes lots of rain.  So, if an umbrella isn't your thing then this might not be the place for you. However, if you love a lot of rain and warmer weather, this is the ideal spot. What are you waiting for?

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Yuma, Arizona

Yuma, Arizona

Top Attractions:

  • Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park
  • Museum of 1870s Wild West-style prison
  • West Wetlands Park
     

Nothing says 'snowbird city' quite like the desert! During the winter months, while the beaches are packed and bustling with seasonal visitors, head to the desert and experience solitude. With only 23 days of rain a year and only seven days of winter, no need to worry about the weather.

The better part of the deal is that Yuma has incredibly affordable housing (and in abundance)! So this winter break, pack your bags for a unique destination and explore the lovely sights that await you in the vast desert to catch those nice, warm rays — just be sure to throw on some sunscreen!

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Jackson, Mississippi

Jackson, Mississippi

Top Attractions:

  • Mississippi Museum of Art
  • Mississippi State Capitol 
  • Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

There are many wonderful things about the city of Jackson, Mississippi. The typical winter temperature in the city is between mid-40s to low 60s degrees Fahrenheit, making it a desirable place to live for many people during the colder seasons It's an ideal destination to relax after a long day of traveling from a region with harsher winters and more snow.

In addition, there is a wide selection of museums, parks, and festivals to attend in Jackson, making it a city with a rich cultural heritage. It's a great destination to spend the winter because of all the great places to eat and shop that can be found thought the city!

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Galveston, Texas

Galveston, Texas

Top Attractions:

  • Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier
  • Moody Gardens
  • The Strand Historic District

Galveston, Texas is a wildly popular destination for snowbirds due to its warm, subtropical climate and abundance of activities and amenities. Average winter temperatures in Galveston range from the mid-50s to the mid-60s Fahrenheit, making it a comfortable place to escape the colder weather of other parts of the country. 

In addition to its many beaches and water-based activities, Galveston has a rich history and culture, with a variety of attractions such as the Moody Gardens, the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, and the Galveston Island Railroad Museum. The city also has a thriving dining and entertainment scene, with a range of restaurants, bars, and shops to explore. 

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Mobile, Alabama

Mobile, Alabama

Top Attractions:

  • USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park
  • Mobile Bay
  • Mobile Museum of Art

Since the average temperature in Mobile, Alabama, during the winter is between 50 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit, it is a pleasant place to spend the season. This city is home to a number of parks and green spaces where locals and tourists alike can relax and take pleasure in the natural world. 

To add, the city has many historic landmarks, which include the Mobile Bay Lighthouse, the Mobile Museum of Art, and the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park. In a metropolis of this size, residents and visitors alike are spoiled for choice when it comes to retail therapy, culinary adventures, and late-night entertainment!

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Naples, Florida

Naples, Florida

Top Attractions:

  • Naples Pier
  • Naples Botanical Garden
  • The Naples Zoo

Warm, subtropical weather and plenty of possibilities for outdoor activity and relaxation make this a great location for wintertime sunseekers. Naples is an excellent destination to get away from the cooler weather of other regions of the country during the winter because average temperatures range from the mid-60s to the mid-70s Fahrenheit.

Explore a variety of golf courses, parks, and nature preserves in addition to Naples's many beaches and water-based activities. The city is famous for its abundance of parks. In addition, the city has a thriving food and entertainment scene, with a diverse offering of restaurants, pubs, and stores for residents and visitors alike to enjoy.

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Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas

Top Attractions:

  • The Austin Zoo
  • The Bullock Texas State History Museum
  • The Congress Avenue Bridge (home to the largest urban bat colony in North America)

Average winter temperatures in Austin range from the mid-40s to the low 60s Fahrenheit, making it a comfortable place to escape the colder weather and snow of other parts of the country. In addition to its many parks and outdoor recreation areas, Austin has a thriving music and arts scene, with a variety of live music venues, galleries, and festivals to enjoy. 

The city is also home to a number of restaurants, bars, and shops that offer a unique and vibrant atmosphere. With its warm winters and diverse array of cultural and recreational activities, Austin is a welcoming and enjoyable place for people to escape the snow and enjoy all that the city has to offer. 

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Clearwater, Florida

Clearwater, Florida

Top Attractions:

  • Clearwater Beach
  • The Dali Museum
  • Sand Key Park

Given its mild, subtropical temperature and wide range of exciting wintertime attractions, this city is an excellent choice for a winter vacation. Clearwater's mild winters (average highs in the low to mid 70s Fahrenheit) make it an attractive destination for anyone looking to get away from the chillier climates of other sections of the country.

Clearwater is known for its abundance of beaches and water sports, but it also features a variety of parks, environmental preserves, and cultural attractions including the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and the Clearwater Beach Walk. There is a wide selection of restaurants, pubs, and shops in the city for your entertainment and dining needs!

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Daytona Beach, Florida

Daytona Beach, Florida

Top Attractions:

  • Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Pier
  • Daytona International Speedway
  • Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum

This hot spot location, with its mild, subtropical temperature and wealth of exciting wintertime pursuits, is an excellent choice for your very own seasonal vacation. Daytona Beach is a great destination if you're looking to get away from the cooler weather elsewhere, with average temps ranging from 50 to 70 degrees.

Daytona Beach is known for its abundance of beaches and water sports, but it also offers a number of parks and natural preserves to explore and a variety of cultural attractions, such as the Daytona Beach Bandshell and the Daytona Beach Oceanfront Boardwalk and Pier. There is a wide selection of restaurants, pubs, and retail establishments in the city to suit your tastes and keep you entertained.

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Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles, California

Top Attractions:

  • Universal Studios Hollywood
  • Griffith Observatory
  • The Getty Center

Los Angeles, California, is a popular winter destination for numerous reasons. The city's normal winter temperatures range from the mid-50s to the mid-60s Fahrenheit, thanks in part to its moderate, Mediterranean-style environment. It is because of this, it's a great destination to warm up after a trip from a colder region of the country.

Los Angeles is home to a vibrant arts and culture scene, with many museums, galleries, and theaters to visit in addition to its many parks and outdoor leisure places. Numerous high-quality dining establishments, retail malls, and entertainment venues can be found throughout the city, providing residents and visitors with a diverse selection of options.

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Palm Springs, California

Palm Springs, California

Top Attractions:

  • Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
  • Palm Springs Art Museum
  • Palm Springs Air Museum

Palm Springs, California, with its pleasant year-round temperature (thanks to its location in the desert) and wealth of year-round attractions, is an excellent winter vacation destination. Palm Springs is a great destination to spend the winter if you're looking to get away from the cooler weather elsewhere in the country, with average temperatures ranging from the mid-50s to the mid-70s Fahrenheit.

Palm Springs is known for its abundance of golf courses and other outdoor activities, but it also boasts a rich history and culture thanks to landmarks like the Palm Springs Art Museum, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, and the Palm Springs Walk of Stars. The city also features a wide selection of restaurants, pubs, and stores for your dining and entertainment pleasure.

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Pensacola, Florida

Pensacola, Florida

Top Attractions:

  • Pensacola Beach
  • National Naval Aviation Museum 
  • Fort Pickens

Pensacola, Florida's moderate, subtropical environment and wealth of year-round attractions make it a popular wintertime vacation spot. Pensacola's mild winters (average highs in the 50s to 60s Fahrenheit) make it a great destination to visit if you're looking to get away from the chillier climate elsewhere in the United States.

Pensacola is known for its abundance of beaches and water sports, but it also boasts a rich history and culture with attractions like the National Naval Aviation Museum, the Pensacola Lighthouse, and the Pensacola Bayfront Stadium. There is a wide selection of restaurants, pubs, and shops in the city for your entertainment and dining delight!

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