Things to Do

Points of interest

Explore the downtown district with the Bonita Springs Historical Society and learn about our city and area’s history. The BSHS offers 6 differently themed history walks, including Downtown Landmarks, Places of Wonderment, How Bonita Got its Name, a Rivers Walk, Arts and Culture, and the Land of the Calusa. The Society also offers visits to their historic facilities and can arrange private socials. Visit the Liles Hotel History Center in Riverside Park for displays, M – F, 9 – 5, and see the website for current happenings at

  • Art League of Bonita Springs – an arts organization that hosts both local and traveling art exhibitions, arts classes and other community events. (Website)
  • Riverside Park – The Bonita Springs Riverside Park is located on old US 41 Road in Olde Bonita and sits on the Imperial River. The park is used for holiday celebrations, art shows, festivals, Movies in the Park, and the Celebrate Bonita Festival. Also in the park is our band shell. Our amenites include sheltered picnic tables, park benches, and restrooms.On the grounds is the historic Lile’s Hotel and the historical Imperial River cottages that have been restored as part of a downtown redevelopment. (Website)
  • Bonita Disc Golf Course – You just need to know how to throw a frisbee. Same rules as traditional Golf. Our scenic 18-hole course that wraps around our 7 acre lake provides amateur tee pads for the beginner and pro pads for the more advanced player. There is no charge to play. (Website)
  • B3 Skate Park – Our B3 Skate Park is located at our Recreation Center Complex at 26740 Pine Avenue off of West Terry Street. Boards, bikes and blades are all welcome. Be sure to come in and visit our skateboard Pro Shop. To insure everyone’s safety, the B3 Skate Park is supervised by a skate park attendant at all times. (Website)
  • Bonita Nature Place – Bonita Nature Place (BNP) provides a local place for learning experiences, volunteerism, and outdoor family activities that strengthens the environmental stewardship commitment within the community while fostering an awareness of old Southwest Florida in its unique, natural setting. (Website)
  • Bonita Springs Recreation Center – The City of Bonita Springs Recreation Center sits on 41.9 acres of land which is located at 26740 Pine Avenue off of West Terry Street and has something for everyone. Our facility includes a full-sized gymnasium, a cardiovascular/fitness room, skate park, community pool, softball fields, public tennis courts, disc golf course, picnic areas and a playground.  (Website)
  • Bonita Springs Community Pool – Our twenty-five yard Community Outdoor Pool is located at 26890 Pine Avenue, just off West Terry Street. The facility offers a number of classes year round. The pool has eight lap lanes and ranges from three feet nine inches to six feet deep, and is kept at a nice temperature controlled eighty-four to eighty-six degrees farenheit. (Website)
  • Bonita Springs Soccer Complex – The Bonita Springs Soccer Complex is located at 27100 Kent Road just off East Terry Street. The soccer complex consists of three regulation size fields, concession stand, meeting rooms, restrooms, and playground. (Website)
  • Flamingo Island Flea Market – Flamingo Island Flea Market features over 600 air conditioned spaces and offers over one million items on sale every weekend. (Website)
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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 Nature Place – Bonita Nature Place (BNP) provides a local place for learning experiences, volunteerism, and outdoor family activities that strengthens the environmental stewardship commitment within the community while fostering an awareness of old Southwest Florida in its unique, natural setting.  (Web Page)
  • The Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track is located in Bonita Springs.
  • 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.

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