Recreation & Community Services

Points of interest

  • Art League of Bonita Springs – an arts organization that hosts both local and traveling art exhibitions, arts classes and other community events. (Website)
  • Bonita Beach Park – a 2.5-acre (10,000 m2) beachfront park that features a boardwalk and swimming area. Sand dunes and coastal vegetation surround a gazebo and 8 picnic shelters. (Website) Please note that dogs are not permitted at this beach.
  • Bonita Springs Dog Beach- Please note that this is a different beach area not Bonita Beach Park. Dogs may run free in a beautiful beach setting. This park does not have restrooms and instead has a portable toilet. Parking is free. Doggie shower stations provided by a private donor to rinse your dog before leaving the park. Please “Paws” and read the rules. No glass containers or alcohol allowed. This is an unsupervised facility. You are responsible for yourself, your dog and it’s behavior. The future of this wonderful facility depends upon your ability to self-monitor. See Dog Beach in this Video by SWFL-TV. From Bonita Springs – take Bonita Beach Road to Hickory Blvd. Take Hickory Blvd. to Estero Blvd. over Little Hickory Pass Bridge. Continue on Estero Blvd. past the water tower to next bridge (New Pass Bridge). Go over the bridge and on the west side is Dog Beach Park. (Web Site).
  • Barefoot Beach Preserve Park – is 342 acres (1.38 km2) of natural land and one of the last undeveloped barrier islands on Florida’s southwest coast. It is located on the border of Collier and Lee Counties and accessible by Bonita Beach Road. (Web Site).
  • Little Hickory Island Beach Park
  • There are also 10 beach accesses with public parking located up and down Bonita Beach.
  • Everglades Wonder Gardens – Established in 1936 during Florida’s Golden Age of roadside attractions, Everglades Wonder Gardens is a recently updated 3.5-acre lush botanical jungle featuring tropical birds such as flamingos and parrots along with reptiles, including 40 alligators. They’re all nestled among the shade of old growth trees and many new plantings. Butterfly garden, orchid trail, picnic grove, gift shop, John Brady Art Gallery. Open daily 9-5 in downtown Bonita Springs.
  • The Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track is located in Bonita Springs.

Nearby is the home of the Fort Myers Miracle baseball club of the Florida State League, and is the spring training locale for the Boston Red Sox. The Minnesota Twins hold their spring training in suburban South Fort Myers.

Fort Myers shares the Florida Everblades ECHL hockey team and Florida Firecats af2 arena football, with nearby Naples.

For the golfing enthusiast, the Fort Myers Area (Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, Estero, Lehigh Acres, Sanibel Island and Venice) is home to over 50 of Southwest Florida’s renowned 130 public and private golf courses. Florida’s climate combined with the scenic and nature of these courses makes the area a perfect stop for the vacationing or retiring golfer.

The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium is a private, not for profit, environmental education organization. Set on a 105 acre site has a museum, three nature trails, a Planetarium, butterfly and bird aviaries, a gift shop and meeting and picnic areas

Edison-Ford Winter Estates
, Fort Myers

Tours include the museum, which has Edison’s phonographs, electric lights, and some of his other inventions.
Attraction type: Garden; Historic home

Other Points of Interest:

Manatee Park, Fort Myers
Look for the West Indian manatee.
Attraction type: Nature reserve; Park

Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, Fort Myers
Attraction type: Nature reserve

Seminole Gulf Railway’s Dinner Train Theater, Fort Myers
Attraction type: Dinner theater

The Schoolhouse Theater Sanibel
Attraction type: Theater

Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall Fort Myers
Attraction type: Theater, Headline Entertainment

Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, Fort Myers
Center promotes education and awareness of the natural systems of Southwest Florida, and to foster a deeper understanding of earth and space sciences.
Attraction type: Nature center; Observatory/planetarium

Imaginarium Hands-On Museum, Fort Myers
Hands on exhibits and 3D theater make this aquarium fun for the whole family.
Attraction type: Aquarium; Children’s museum

McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers
Attraction type: Street

Centennial Park, Fort Myers
Attraction type: Park; Urban park

Manatee World, Fort Myers
Attraction type: Nature center; Tour

Fort Myers Historical Museum, Fort Myers
Attraction type: History museum

Burroughs Home, Fort Myers
Attraction type: Historic home

Edison Park, Fort Myers
Attraction type: Neighborhood; Historic home

Sun Harvest Citrus, Fort Myers
Attraction type: Factory tour

Lee County Sports Complex Hammond Stadium, Fort Myers
Attraction type: Arena/stadium/field

Thomas Edison Congregational Church, Fort Myers
Attraction type: Religious site