Exploring Nature in Bonita Springs and Estero

Waves hitting the shoreline of a beach

The Spanish word “bonita” translates to “pretty” in English. Makes sense, considering Bonita Springs and Estero are some of the most beautiful beach towns along the Gulf. Bonita Springs and Estero are known for historic charm, boutique shops and an artistic ambiance. But it doesn’t take long to figure out what really makes these places special – natural beauty. Here are five places to get your outdoor explorations started.

Bonita Beach Park

Come for a beach picnic, stay for the unforgettable sunset. Bonita Beach Park has a sand volleyball court, picnic tables, a playground and grill areas. Bring the whole family for a beach day everyone will enjoy. It feels secluded, but there are plenty of restaurants nearby and one right next door.

Two pugs posing in front of Bonita Beach dog park sign

Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Visitors and locals aren’t the only ones that think highly of Bonita Springs. So do wood storks, roseate spoonbills, Florida panthers, alligators and other local animals. Take a 2.25-mile walk along the boardwalk of the Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary to get up close and personal with Southwest Florida’s wildlife.

Koreshan State Park

Take a deep dive into the history of the area at the Koreshan State Park, in Estero. Once home to a colony of pioneers in the late 1800s, the area is now part museum and part park, where you can explore century-old homes one moment and go fishing the next.

Everglades Wonder Garden

Everglades Wonder Garden has been delighting generations of Florida visitors. The 80-year-old roadside attraction is where you go to get up close with alligators, snakes, turtles, exotic birds and more of Florida’s iconic wildlife. It’s a slice of the Everglades right in Bonita Springs. See you there, alligators.

Birds by a stream

Lovers Key State Park

If you love the beach, look no further than Lovers Key State Park. The soft, white-sand beaches attract shells and visitors alike. But it’s more than just a place to play on the shores – it’s also an ideal location for kayaking, fishing and outdoor adventure.

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