Recreation & Community Services
- 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)
- 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.
- Bonita Springs is located west of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, a significant Bald Cypress reserve under management of the National Audubon Society.
- The northern border of Bonita Springs is shared with Lover’s Key State Park, a 1,616-acre (6.54 km2) park made up of four barrier islands. The park features nature trails for hiking and bicycling, a canoe launch, kayak and canoe rentals, acres of unspoiled mangroves and miles of pristine beaches. A haven for wildlife, the islands and their waters are home to West Indian Manatees, bottlenose dolphins, roseate spoonbills, marsh rabbits and bald eagles.
- 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.
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