Activity Centers

Welcoming places to have fun, get fit and broaden your horizons.

Sarasota County Friendship Centers

Our award-winning Friendship Centers were among the first in the state of Florida to be nationally accredited by the National Council on Aging’s National Institute for Senior Centers. Brimming with exciting activities, they are recognized as a model for the rest of the country.

The Sarasota and Venice Friendship Centers are bustling, light-filled spaces where you can take classes, exercise, play cards, socialize, create art, make music and learn about healthy aging. Our partners offer interesting talks and free health screenings. You can even record “your journey” for posterity – an opportunity to tell your story, in your own words. Bottom line, we create community in every sense of the word – by providing comfortable places to gather, take classes, dance to live music, or enjoy a healthy lunch. Our Activity Centers are great places to make and meet new friends.

The two Sarasota County centers are free and open to the public for dancing, playing billiards, visiting the library or enjoying entertainment. Fees apply for all scheduled activities. Center membership has many advantages, including discounts on classes. Annual membership is $50 single, $70 for a couple. “Snowbird” or seasonal rates are $40 single, $60 couple. To become a member of our Center, fill out the membership form for Sarasota or Venice.

We also operate satellite locations in Sarasota County that offer games, fitness, meals, discussion groups and crafts (see locations below). Limited activities take place at our Friendship Centers and dining sites in DeSoto, Charlotte and Lee County.

To explore an activity area of interest in Sarasota County or view our calendars, click on one of the images above.

How You Can Help


Volunteer your time and experience at on of our centers.


Donate to our programs and services.


Share the Friendship Centers on your social network.

Thanks to Our Corporate Program Sponsors