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Sunshine Center


330 5th St. N. • St. Petersburg, Florida • 33701


(727) 893-7101


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday Closed
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sunday Closed

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The general public may rent the Sunshine Center, parkland & shelters and athletic fields.

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About The Center

The Sunshine Center is a nationally accredited multi-service center where seniors gather for support, socialization, fitness and/or other services provided for older people. The resources and activities available at this center help many older people remain a vital part of their communities. The center provides a welcoming environment for all seniors in the community interested in taking part in the group atmosphere.

Sunshine Center’s Mission

We celebrate aging by partnering with our community to provide creative programming, advocacy and resources that promote vitality, independence and wellness for adults ages 55 or better.

What is a Senior Center?

At every stage of life, people are drawn to a community of peers for recreation, socialization, and support from their peers. Children have school and recreational activities such as soccer, dance. Young adults have “hangouts.” Adults may find this in the workplace, community or civic organizations, and even the local coffee shop.

For older adults, many find a community of peers at a senior center. Senior centers have been around for decades, and were recognized by the Older Americans Act (OAA) as a community focal point. According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), senior centers have become one of the most widely used resources among America’s older adults. Today, nearly 11,000 senior centers serve one million older adults every day.

But what, exactly, is a “senior center”? Senior centers are dedicated to enriching the lives of older adults, providing a place where they can find a community of peers to socialize, learn together, enhance their well-being, access resources, and find support. Similar to the way a park district may provide classes and activities designed for children and families, a senior center is a place with classes, activities and services designed specifically for older adults.

More than just activities, however, senior centers serve as a gateway to the “aging network,” connecting older adults to vital community services that help them stay healthy and independent. At a senior center, older adults and the community at large can access multiple services all in one place, including:

  • Health, fitness, and wellness programs
  • Educational and enrichment classes
  • Social and recreational activities
  • Volunteer and civic engagement opportunities
  • Information and assistance to help navigate the maze of services
  • Access to social services and support
  • Benefits counseling, including help with Medicare
  • Support groups
  • Financial assistance
  • Meals and nutrition programs
  • Transportation services

Senior centers are dynamic organizations that offer this and more in a welcoming environment. Furthermore, a senior center’s broad menu of offerings can serve adults through the years as their needs and desires may shift throughout this stage of life. For example, a newly retired adult may seek dynamic classes, new friends, and adventure, while an older senior may also seek more support and assistance. NCOA reports that older adults who participate in senior center programs experience measureable improvements in their physical, social, emotional, and economic well-being.

Programs and Services


  • Community Meetings (CONA, Neighborhood Associations etc)
  • Volunteer Program
  • Friends of the Sunshine Center – call 821-2323
  • Sponsorships
  • Donations & Planned Giving


  • Information & Referral
  • Notary Service
  • Fee Waiver Program
  • Telephone Collection
  • SHINE – Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders
  • Room Rentals - WiFi now available for some rentals


  • Commission on Aging
  • Neighborly Care Network Meals on Wheels
  • Neighborly Congregate Dining
  • Voices of Hope for Aphasia
  • AARP Senior Community Service Employment
  • Lion’s Club Eye Clinic Referral
  • Kids & Kubs ¾ Century Softball Club
  • Community Law Program
  • Seniors Versus Crime
  • SPIFFS – St. Petersburg International Folk Fair Society

Events & Activities

  • Health & Wellness Fairs
  • Congregate Dining
  • Consumer awareness seminars
  • Computer workshops - special internet access
  • Fitness Center
  • Indoor activities include - playing cards or other games, creating crafts, dances
  • Outings to lunch, concerts or overnight trips are arranged
  • Senior Hall of Fame
  • Mirror Lake Complex
  • Shuffleboard
  • Lawn bowling
  • Chess Club

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