America’s Snowbirds Are Getting Younger And More Active


The Baby Boomers have arrived at California’s RV parks and resorts, which now offer a growing variety of activities and entertainment as well as healthy activities, from water aerobics and bocce ball to classes in Tai Chi. Some RV resorts even have onsite health and wellness centers

A generational change is underway in the nation’s snowbird population.

You can hear it in the music that’s being played at RV parks and resorts across the Sunbelt.

Sounds of the “Big Bands” are increasingly being replaced by the sounds of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Foreigner.

And while Sunbelt RV resorts still have plenty of bridge tables, today’s health conscious snowbirds are more likely to engage in water aerobics or water volleyball, playing tennis or bocce ball or riding their bicycles or hiking on nature trails.

“The Baby Boomers are here,” said Debbie Sipe, executive director of the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, which operates, a statewide travel planning website. “And RV parks and resorts are responding by beefing up their offerings of health oriented activities as well as special events and entertainment that appeals to a younger snowbird audience.”

Art Martin, activities director for the Fountain of Youth Spa and RV Resort in Niland, Calif. has seen the generational change unfold before his own eyes. “When I took over as activities director 15 years ago,” he said, “we had 20 activities a week. Now we have 86 activities a week.”

This winter, Golden Village Palms RV Resort in Hemet, Calif. is offering more than 200 different activities, plus a greater variety of activities and entertainment than most small towns, including dances, dinner shows and every flavor of musical entertainment, from country western bands to Mariachi and Flamenco and visiting bands that pay tribute to groups ranging from the “Rat Pack” to the Eagles.

“We are getting a lot of new RVers because of the concerts and events,” said resort manager Michael Carle. “They definitely want to be active.”

So far this winter, Golden Village Palms has filled its 300-seat ballroom with bands that have paid tribute not only to “The Rat Pack,” but to the Beatles and the Eagles. On March 19th, The Four Tops Revue will perform “Sugar Pie Honey Bunch,” “Baby I need your lovin,” “I’ll be there,” and many other songs that thrilled audiences worldwide.

Other special events have included an authentic Brazilian carnival event with food, music, dancing and a drawing to win free roundtrip airfare to Brazil from Copa Airlines. A car show and beer tasting event is scheduled for March 3rd; jazz, with cognac tasting on March 4th, and a fiesta dinner show on March 9th, with beer and tequila tasting, salsa dance lessons as well as a diverse lineup of performers including Mariachi musicians and Flamenco dancers.

The entertainment isn’t limited to nighttime, either, since the Golden Village Palms offers more than 200 different classes, including woodcarving, stained glass and cooking. Many of the classes are exercise oriented.

“Just today,” Carle said, “we have sand volleyball, water volleyball, water aerobics, Zumba, meditation, Tai Chi and low impact aerobics. We’re trying to offer fun ways for people to stay limber and stay healthy.”

Some RV resorts are also offering onsite spa and wellness center services.

Consider the Springs at Borrego RV Resort and Golf Course in Borrego Springs, Calif. Three winters ago, the resort opened a wellness center led by Anna Morris, a holistic health practitioner and expert in Ayurvedic massage who trained with Deepak Chopra and Dr. Vasant Lad, two of the nation’s premier experts in holistic health medicine. Morris is joined by Amy Baay, a licensed massage practitioner, and Betty Patterson, a licensed acupuncturist who also does herbal medicine and teaches classes in Qi Gong, an energy building exercise with slow body movements.

The Fountain of Youth Spa in Niland also has massage therapists, who complement the resort’s therapeutic exercise classes in water aerobics, Tai Chi and Yoga. Jolene Wade, the park’s managing partner, said these amenities are not only attracting snowbirds, but adults in their 30s and 40s who need a little “limbering up.”

Wade also offers onsite beauty stylists as a way to increase the resort’s appeal to snowbirds as well as working professionals from nearby coastal metropolitan areas who could benefit from a little pampering.

Close to the coast, Campland by the Bay in San Diego has added a low impact aerobics with Yoga stretch class along with regular low impact aerobics and water aerobics. The RV resort also has a “bike by the bay” activity and recently added a new gym.

To locate RV parks and resorts in your coverage area that cater to snowbirds, visit For information about the latest trends in campgrounds, RV parks and resorts in California, please contact Debbie Sipe using the contact information above. Contact information for the parks referenced in this release is provided below:

 Campland on the Bay, San Diego, Calif., Kimberly McAnally, (858) 581-4200 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 Fountain of Youth Spa and RV Park, Niland, Calif., Jolene Wade, (619) 297-1490 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Golden Village Palms RV Resort, Hemet, Calif., Mike Carle,
(951) 201-9817 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 The Springs at Borrego RV Resort and Golf Course, Borrego Springs, Daniel Wright, (760) 767-0004 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.