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Explore the Everglades Wonder Gardens During Your Bonita Springs Vacation

There aren’t many places in the world that are as picturesque as Bonita Springs, known for its magical beaches, its friendly atmosphere, and its wide range of exciting activities. Whether you plan to spend your time in one of our Bonita Bay rentals chilling at the beach or hitting the shopping downtown, everyone should carve out some time in their trip to visit the spectacular Everglades Wonder Gardens. This article will tell you everything you need to know about planning a visit to these magical, otherworldly Florida gardens.

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About Everglades Wonder Garden

The Everglades Wonder Garden is a truly unusual nature experience that is sure to thrill the entire family. The expansive park offers a huge range of wildlife and plant life that you will struggle to see anywhere else. These Bonita Springs botanical gardens offer comprehensive tours, or you are free to explore the park on your own. 

History

The park dates back to 1936 when two brothers, Bill and Lester Piper, established The Reptile Gardens. The original gardens were designed as a tourist attraction for travelers passing from Tampa to Miami. 

The exhibits quickly expanded to include more and more marvelous examples of Southwest Florida’s miraculous wildlife. The name was changed to Everglades Wonder Gardens to reflect the variety on offer at the gardens.

Over the years, Everglades has become known for its exceptional wildlife rehabilitation programs. Today, the park is acclaimed for its wide range of educational programs and its admirable attitude to conservation and wildlife health and safety. 

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Plants & Wildlife

There is plenty of amazing nature to be seen at the gardens. You’ll find walk-through aviaries where you interact with rare species of birds and a luscious hot house filled with beautiful butterflies. Other animals living in the park include flamingos, alligators, tortoises, and Chinese Golden Pheasants. The colorful botanical collection is brimming with vibrant, exotic plant life to fill the whole family with wonder and awe.

At the gardens, you’ll see plenty of rescued birds and reptiles that are living in safety and security. It’s also received plenty of praise for its clever incorporation of natural barriers, creating an authentic, natural experience for visitors. 

Pricing & Hours

The gardens are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and is located at 27180 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs.

Prices are:

  • Children under 7: Free
  • Children 3- 17: $7
  • Adults 13-64: $12
  • Seniors 65 and up: $10

Group rates are also available for groups of 10 or more. Call (239) 992-2591 to enquire about availability. Be sure to visit the website to find information about the garden’s upcoming events and exhibitions. 

Where to Stay

If you’re on the hunt for the very best Bonita Bay rentals, look no further. Rent Bonita specializes in providing the finest homes in the area. Complete with stunning ocean views, luxurious design, modern appliances and fittings, and perfect situation in town, you will fall in love with your rental from the moment you walk through the door. 

Here are a few of the features you can expect to find in some of our rentals in Bonita Springs:

  • Modern, up-to-date appliances
  • Excellent cleaning and safety standards
  • Experienced customer service team
  • Breathtaking, iconic Bonita bay views
  • Luxury decor
  • Spacious family rooms 
  • HD TVs
  • DVD and BluRay players
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Easy access to stunning beaches
  • And much more 

Discover your new dream Bonita Springs rental and start planning the Florida trip of a lifetime today.