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This story begins with the Reptile Gardens, founded by brothers Bill and Lester Piper in 1936 on the Tamiami Trail between Tampa and Miami. With increasing visitors, wildlife, and botanical attractions, the brothers renamed the property the Everglades Wonder Gardens, the name it retains to this day. After three generations of Pipers running the Gardens, the family sought a new owner in 2013. A local family decided to lease the Gardens and manage them as a not-for-profit organization, Bonita Wonder Gardens Inc. This organization has enhanced the beauty of the Gardens with new attractions and educational programs for the enjoyment of future generations of guests. The Wonder Gardens hasa beautiful array of native and non-native plants, rescued and nonreleasable birds and reptiles, and a ton of "old Florida" charm.

For your event we offer:
For larger events we have a spacious lawn. For up to 24 guests seated at tables, or up to 50 chairs for a ceremony, we offer a lovely French iron and glass conservatory Tea House.
You will discover many other sites tucked amid the animal and botanical displays for serving stations and gathering places.


The Gardens is located in downtown Bonita Springs and is about a half-hour drive from both Fort Myers and Naples in Florida. Southwest Florida International Airport is about a 20-minute drive away, allowing visitors from out-of-state and abroad to reach your gathering. In Bonita Springs, you have local amenities and can readily reach other attractions in Southwest Florida.


Please visit our website under the "Host a Private Event" tab where you can fill out our Event Inquiry Form. We will check the availability of the date you are requesting and get back to you via email with more information.

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Karen-Charlotte S. Sent on 03/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

A fairytale wedding

My daughter had her fairytale wedding at The Wonder Gardens and it was gorgeous! Most of the guests were coming from out of town and really loved the taste of old Florida, with the gorgeous gardens, ponds and aviaries throughout. The kids loved seeing the birds and reptiles and all the guests loved wandering through the painterly pathways around the property. We had the whole place to ourselves so were able to spread out to all the different areas for the reception, cocktail hour and ceremony and photos. The staff was so nice and very accommodating. We were so happy we chose The Wonder Gardens instead of the typical beach scene for her SWFL wedding. The Wonder Gardens has so much to offer. We got amazing photos and were able to really personalize it with our decorattions. I highly recommend The Wonder Gardens for a wedding or any special event.
Mayra N. Sent on 11/08/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Surprise Engagement

The place was a beautiful environment, nice staff, organized, cool animals. I recomend this place for future activities.
Donna D. Sent on 11/08/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect tropical wedding!

Zawi and the Team at the Everglades Wonder Garden were outstanding to work with for our daughter’s wedding! Zawi was always quick to respond and always willing to assist in anyway she can. The venue is absolutely gorgeous and the evening of the wedding Zawi helped entertain guests while pictures were being taken by taking the guests around to feed the animals. This was our daughter, Lisa’s dream setting for her special day! Zawi, thank you for helping to make Lisa and Chad’s wedding PERFECT!
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