Just south of Fort Myers lies Bonita Springs, a charming beach town with lots of things to do. About 40 minutes away from Fort Myers Beach, it’s perfect for taking a day trip or afternoon excursion to check out the beaches and activities unique to that area.
Take the Everglades Wonder Gardens, for example, built in 1936 during Florida’s golden age of roadside attractions but now recently renovated. A lot has changed in the intervening 80 years, but it’s still home to rescued reptiles and birds native to Florida, including more than 40 alligators. Not only is there a host of exotic animals, but colorful and bizarre plant life cultivated over the years thrives here, too. Bring a lunch and you can dine with alligators in their picnic grove.
If you’re looking to pamper yourself and melt away any of the stress of traveling, head to the Hyatt Regency Stillwater Spa for an indulgent spa day. Full-body massages, facials and body treatments will soothe you and have you feeling your best for your days on the beach. Best of all, you don’t even need to be staying at the Hyatt to have access to the spa; it’s completely open to the public. Be sure to call ahead to book your appointment at 239.390.4360.
Get out and take a walk into the wilderness at the Aubudon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. Walk over two miles of boardwalk through pine flatwoods, open prairies, and into North America’s largest forest of ancient bald cypress, a massive relative of the redwood. The forest is home to hundreds of alligators, otters, Florida Black bears, white-tailed deer, red-bellied turtles and more than 200 species of birds, including the largest colony of nesting wood storks in the United States. It’s an absolute must-see for a nature lover.
For an outdoor adventure that’s a little less swampy, explore Barefoot Beach Preserve, one of the last undeveloped barrier islands along Florida’s southwest coast. The 8,200 feet of untouched beach and sand dunes are home to gopher tortoises, sea turtles (when nesting) and hundreds of sea birds. Tidal creeks and channels provide excellent nurseries for young sea life.
No matter what kind of traveler you are, there’s something for everyone in Bonita Springs, FL! Learn more about Bonita Springs attractions on the community page and book your trip to the area today!
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