Established in 1936, Everglades Wonder Gardens is one of the last survivors of Florida's Golden Age of roadside attractions. The 3.5-acre lush botanical jungle has been a focal point of Bonita Springs since Bill and Lester Piper created the facility to rehabilitate injured animals. The Gardens remains a place for visitors to enjoy nature and see Florida’s wildlife in an intimate way, something that many parks cannot provide. After a brief closing in 2013, the Gardens have been reborn with elements such as dozens of bromeliads, a butterfly house and five large staghorn ferns in addition to legacy specimens, including old growth kapok, shaving brush and African mahogany trees. Nestled among all of this greenery and flowers are new and updated animal exhibits such as a flamingo pond, alligator pool with 40 gators, duck ponds, and turtle and tortoise exhibits.
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Bonita Springs is conveniently located north of Naples and south of Estero, with easy access to I-75,
Florida International Airport and the Gulf of Mexico beaches. Historically a sleepy fishing village, Bonita Springs has
grown to a population nearing 50,000. Its mix of historical and new is evident along Hickory Boulevard, where original
beachfront cottage-type homes are intermingled with newly constructed, larger and more luxurious residences. Older
residential communities remain scattered among newer gated communities featuring golf courses, club houses and
resort-style amenities. Original family-owned restaurants are interspersed with national chains and high-end eateries.
Bonita Springs truly is a mix of historic and brand new. For more information, please see our
Bonita Springs - Estero Visitor Guide.