Everglades Wonder Gardens
Established in 1936, Everglades Wonder Gardens is one of the last survivors of Florida’s Golden Age of roadside attractions. The 3.5-acre lush botanical jungle has been a focal point of Bonita Springs since Bill and Lester Piper created the facility to rehabilitate injured animals. The Gardens remains a place for visitors to enjoy nature and see Florida’s wildlife in an intimate way, something that many parks cannot provide. After a brief closing in 2013, the Gardens have been reborn with elements such as dozens of bromeliads, a butterfly house and five large staghorn ferns in addition to legacy specimens, including old growth kapok, shaving brush and African mahogany trees. Nestled among all of this greenery and flowers are new and updated animal exhibits such as a flamingo pond, alligator pool with 40 gators, duck ponds, and turtle and tortoise exhibits.
Location Map & Directions
Our map of Everglades Wonder Gardens is interactive, includes the streets and major attractions in the immediate area and can be easily zoomed, reformatted or repositioned to meet your needs.
Use the controls in the upper left-hand corner to Move This Map in any direction or to Zoom-In for a closer look or zoom-out to get a wider perspective. You can also Drag the Map in any direction if you hold the left mouse button down. Click the upper-right hand Satellite or Hybrid buttons to change the view to include satellite images and overlay a street map.
Bonita Springs is conveniently located north of Naples and south of Estero, with easy access to I-75, Southwest Florida International Airport and the Gulf of Mexico beaches. Historically a sleepy fishing village, Bonita Springs has grown to a population nearing 50,000. Its mix of historical and new is evident along Hickory Boulevard, where original beachfront cottage-type homes are intermingled with newly constructed, larger and more luxurious residences. Older residential communities remain scattered among newer gated communities featuring golf courses, club houses and resort-style amenities. Original family-owned restaurants are interspersed with national chains and high-end eateries. Bonita Springs truly is a mix of historic and brand new. For more information, please see our Bonita Springs – Estero Visitor Guide.