5 Best Things to Do in Bonita Springs (FL)
Located in southwest Florida between Naples and Fort Myers, Bonita Springs is known for its pristine stretches of beach and is a magnet for golfers, fishermen, and all-around lovers of the great outdoors.
Bonita Springs is in Lee County, and at the time of the last census, had a population of slightly more than 43,000 residents.
With a variety of state parks nearby as well as cultural, art, and historical attractions, finding fun ways to fill your time won’t be a problem, regardless of your budget and interests.
Below are 5 fun and educational things to do in and around Bonita Springs, Florida.
1. Barefoot Beach Preserve
Located on Barefoot Beach Boulevard in nearby Naples, Barefoot Beach Preserve is Collier County’s premier destination for those looking to experience nature that’s remained largely unchanged by the hands of man.
Comprised of over 300 acres, the beach preserve is on a barrier island and is about as undeveloped as you’re likely to find anywhere in the area.
Visitors won’t find Ferris wheels, stylish coffee shops, or Gucci outlets, but for sunbathers, shell collectors, and all-around nature lovers, it’s the place to be.
The preserve includes bathrooms, a few food and drink concessions, and ample parking.
Visitors are reminded not to feed any of the preserve’s animals.
2. Everglades Wonder Gardens
With a history that dates back nearly eight decades, the Everglades Wonder Garden was the brainchild of two brothers who wanted to build a reptile zoo as an attraction for visiting tourists.
Located on Old 41 Road in Bonita Springs, Everglades Wonder Gardens has evolved into a small zoo and botanical gardens that all these years later are still popular attractions.
The gardens are the perfect place for families with children to spend a few hours. In addition to their gardens and live animals, the staff offer a variety of educational, engaging, and interactive activities that are appropriate for children of most ages.
3.Seaside Kayaking, Bonita Springs, Florida
Seaside Kayaking is primarily a kayak renting facility that offers additional services to guests. Renting equipment is common in Southwest Florida, but Seaside Kayaking is one of the premier facilities in Bonita, Florida. The business is run by Florida natives who are extremely familiar with the surrounding area and can give not only expert recommendations on rentals, but additional information on desired routes and sites to see. They provide a mobile kayak service, meaning they will bring the kayak to you at the best launching spots and pick the kayaks up from you when you are done. 4375 Pine Lake Rd, Bonita Springs
4. Farmer Mike’s U Pick, Bonita Springs, Florida
Depending on the time of year, guests who visit Farmer Mike’s U Pick can expect anything from fresh strawberries to fresh corn, tomatoes, bell peppers, and more. A visit to this farm typically entails wandering the rows of fresh produce and fruit while carrying a basket to fill at the guests leisure with whatever catches their eye. There is nothing fresher than right off the plant, and guests can find that, and more, from Farmer Mike’s U Pick. At various times of the year there are special events, like a giant corn maze, pumpkin patch, and even a fall festival filled with tasty treats and activities. 26031 Morton Ave. Bonita Springs, FL 34135, Phone: 239-498-4576
5.Dog Beach, Bonita Springs, FL
The Bonita Springs Dog Beach is run by volunteers, open from dawn to dusk, and welcomes dogs of every breed, size, and play capacity. This beach is considered to be one of the only pet permitted public beaches in Bonita Springs, and serves a double purpose as an off leash dog area for dog owners to let their four legged friends run free and play. It is located on Bonita Beach Road, just north of New Pass Bridge, and is only a few miles away from Fort Myers Beach. Beach size varies heavily with tide and water levels, so plan trips accordingly.
Bonus. Bonita Jet Ski and Parasail
Fun for the whole family, Bonita Jet Ski and Parasail provides a unique and quintessential Florida experience on the water. The company has been in operation since 1988 and has long since worked out the best practice to make their customers as happy as possible. They are located near to Doc’s Beach House Restaurant and provide water sports fun for adults and children alike. Although they specialize in jet ski rentals and parasail expeditions, they also offer guided tours, dolphin sighting trips, and more. Customers who prefer to take things into their own hands may enjoy renting a paddle board, kayak, paddle boat, or even a Hobie Cat sailboat to explore on their own.
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