25 Best Places to Retire

Your post-work years are a time to improve your golf game, take up a new hobby, or just enjoy a well-deserved break. In these great college towns, you can expand your intellectual horizons too.

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7. St. Petersburg, FL
St. Petersburg, FL
Population: 245,314
% over 50: 36%
Median home price: $150,000
Where to take classes: Eckerd College

Visit St. Petersburg and you'll quickly realize that retirement in Florida isn't just about sunny beaches, luxury shopping, fine dining and signature golf courses. (Although, St. Pete offers all of the above.) For retirees interested in sharpening their intellect, Eckerd College offers two distinct programs: The Academy of Senior Professionals invites retirees to interact with Eckherd students and faculty by auditing classes, advising student teams and even teaching. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute offers enrichment classes, workshops and special events for the over-50 set.

Meanwhile, there are ample extracurricular activities in St. Petersburg. The Salvador Dalí Museum is home to the largest collection of the artist's work outside of his native Spain, and the Museum of Fine Arts permanently houses works from Claude Monet, Georgia O'Keefe and other masters. The Mahaffey Theater hosts the Florida Orchestra and traveling Broadway acts, while the Suncreen Film Festival annually showcases independent shorts, features and documentaries from around the world.  

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Last updated October 06 2010: 4:55 PM ET

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