It’s been closed since Hurricane Ian hit last summer. However, today the  Wonder Gardens Welcome Center reopens in Bonita Springs. The gardens have been open to the public for a couple of  months. However, the entrance was improvised until the welcome center was repaired. A tree fell on the corner of the building damaging the roof and interior. Besides serving as the gateway to the gardens and animal experiences, the Wonder Shoppe is full of animal and plant-themed toys and gifts, many of which support local businesses and artists. They also promote conservation and education.

Bonita Springs Wonder Gardens

This “Old Florida”  attraction off of Old 41 has been welcoming tourists since the 1960’s as Everglades Wonder Gardens. Over the years the mission has changed and today it’s a non-profit, home to native flora, fauna, and more than 300 animals. For decades, the flock of American Flamingos has been the main attraction. However, that flock is now down to two bird. Both were hatched on Wonder Gardens property during the 1960’s/ 1970’s. Their pink color is starting to fade as they age but they are still graceful and fascinating to watch in their lagoon.

Wonder Gardens activities

You can feed the animals during special, daily encounters. Staffers lead visitors into turtle pins, lorikeet aviaries and along the the alligator pit. They provide food, and instructions and let you do the work. The lorikeets are the most interactive, perching on your shoulders, arms and even head.

Check out this video of the alligators. Some are about to outgrow the pond and will be relocated soon.

It’s a great place to take visitors and fun to explore with kids. Bonita Springs residents enjoy free admission on the first Sunday of the month. The Wonder Gardens Welcome Center reopens in Bonita Springs today. Visitors do not need to be paid Wonder Gardens guests to shop the unique items found here.

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