Discover the FUN at Forest Lake Village in Zephyrhills, FL

Your Winter Home

When you’re looking for a place to call home for the winter, head to Forest Lake Village. It’s a peaceful oasis away from noisy cities, nestled in the countryside around Zephyrhills. Nearby are some well-known springs and it’s near here where Crystal Springs bottled water comes from. With clean air and crystal clear streams, it’s no wonder so many Snowbirds call this place home in the colder months.

Canuckville

This is Floridian lifestyle at its finest. It’s home to over 100 Canadians every winter, and they keep coming back time and time again. Stephen Bagiardi, manager of Forest Lake Village, knows why they keep coming back. “We have 274 sites in this RV park and I would say we have about 100 Canadian guests each year. They love that they have so many friends here from all over Canada. It’s their central meeting spot. When newcomers arrive, the first thing they notice is the comradery. There’s a strong family like atmosphere here.”

It also helps that Forest Lake Village is 30 minutes from Tampa, 45-50 minutes to the Gulf Beaches and 45 minutes to Orlando.

Great Activities and Amenities

Guests at Forest Lake can be as relaxed or as active as they choose. “We have lots of events for our guests,” said Bagiardi. “We have Bingo and card nights multiple times a week. There’s water aerobics, line dancing, shuffleboard clubs and tournaments. People get together to shoot pool three nights a week. There are ping pong games and a library.”

Around the holiday season they have Christmas, Valentine’s and Thanksgiving dinners and dances. Also at Christmas, they have a parade that goes throughout the park and for those who want to work off some of those pesky seasonal calories, there are runs. Come join in the fun with the Turkey Trot and a Reindeer Run throughout the park. “You don’t have to run,” said Bagiardi. “Many of our guests prefer to walk, and some use it as a fundraiser.”

The RV resort comes complete with a clubhouse, swimming pool, laundry, horseshoes, library, shuffleboard, hot tub, a billiards/games room and a picnic and barbeque area. You can even get your own private mailbox, and yes, you can bring your furry friends with you.

For those who just want to relax, there’s a lake right on the property. Thirty of the sites back onto the small lake. There are no boats allowed, but you can cast or fly fish from shore into this fish filled lake.

Get Out and Explore

The biggest draw in this area is golf. There are six golf courses within 15-20 minutes of Forest Lake Village, and a dozen more about 30 minutes away. “There’s always a group heading out to one of the nearby courses every day,” said Bagiardi. And with this many great golf courses, why not!

As the RV resort is located between Tampa and Orlando there are plenty of sporting events to go to as well. Then there are the 20 theme parks in the area including Knott’s Berry Farm, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Busch Gardens.

Head out shopping to one of the outlet malls in the area and find something unique at one of the local specialty stores. When you’re done exploring for the day, there are dozens and dozens of restaurants within 15 minutes of Forest Lake Village.

Parks at the Gulf

Hop in the car and head west to Gulf. Fred Howard Park in Tarpon Springs has 155 acres on the Gulf of Mexico. Walk the white sandy beaches or go for a swim. You’ll see nesting ospreys and eagles above you and dolphins and manatees in the gulf. Bring your kayak or canoe (or rent one locally) and spend the day on the water.

Walls Springs Park is south of Tarpon Springs and is a great place to take a hike in nature. The park is 210 acres with a natural spring, with water temperatures at a nearly constant 23C (74F). There’s a 10 m (35 ft) observation tower that you can climb for some amazing views of the Gulf of Mexico. Bring your bike, or pack a picnic and spend the day exploring.

At the end of the day, head back to the Forest Lake Village, your winter home away from home.

Meet Steven from Forest lake Village RV Resort in Zephyrhills, FL

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  • Name: Steven Bagiardi
  • In position since: June of 2016
  • Title: Resort Manager
  • Work Location: Forest Lake Village RV Resort
  • Favorite Activities: Spending time with family and friends, golfing, scuba diving and much more!

How does a typical day at Forest Lake Village look like?  What is your favorite moment of the day?

Well first off, it starts off with a whole lot of sunshine and beautiful weather. But there is no such thing as a “typical day” on the operations part of this business. There are so many different facets to what we do every day and that makes it fun. My favorite moments of the days are when I get out 2-3 times a day and ride in the golf cart. I just take a ride, enjoy the weather, and see the beautiful community and the amazing guests that are here in the park.

You are working, while people at the resort are enjoying their vacation. How do you handle that?

This is an easy one. I simply love making people happy. My guests are an extension of my family. After all, I am at work more hours than I am at home. Seeing my guests having fun and helping to make their stay the best it can possibly be is what I love.

When people ask you what the best experiences are in the surrounding areas, what would you recommend?

We are so fortunate to be located centrally between Tampa and Orlando. I would send people to Tampa for the amazing sports teams we have like the University of South Florida Bulls and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Tampa Bay Rays, and Tampa Bay Lightning! Can’t forget Busch Gardens, Tarpon Springs, and the gorgeous beaches! Towards Orlando, I would send people to Disney and all of the other great attractions they have.

What’s your favorite story to tell about your time at Forest Lake?

I tell people how happy my residents are when I do something for them or the park. No matter how small or simple, the guests here are so appreciative.

What’s your best accomplishment so far at the resort?

I have made it a point to get out in the community and to get to know my guests and spend time with them. This is something that they never had with previous ownership. I want to change that.  I want people to get to know me and feel extremely comfortable with me as the manager. I am a people person!

If you had to describe your RV park to someone who thinks about coming to Forest Lake Village, what would you say?

Forest Lake Village RV Resort is a stunning oasis where you can relax and enjoy all of the great activities that we have to offer every day. It is also close enough to Tampa and Orlando so that you can enjoy all that they have to offer as well.


What brought you to Forest Lake Village?

I wanted to manage a top-quality RV park just outside of the busy downtown Tampa area. When Forest Lake Village came into the company’s portfolio, I knew I wanted to come here.

Any last words for your current and future guests?

Forest Lake Village is a phenomenal resort with so much to offer onsite, or nearby. My staff and I do everything possible to make our guests happy and we would love the opportunity to show you how much we truly love what we do. Welcome to Forest Lake Village RV Resort!