EVERGLADES WONDER WEDDINGS!
Beautiful Beach, Historic Property, Rustic Barn, and Botanical Gardens are top of the list locations for your wedding in our Southwest Florida paradise. Why choose between options when you can have all these elements in one centrally located venue in Bonita Springs. Take your event over-the-top with hand-feeding of exotic birds (including flamingos), a stroll through the butterfly & orchid pavilion, and cocktails in a gorgeous French solarium!
The Everglades Wonder Gardens is the newest venue to allow for weddings and private events in the Southwest Florida area. Catering to intimate gatherings during this time of restricted party size, their per-person pricing makes them not only memorable but affordable. Your guests will always remember hand-feeding the Flamingos on the new Flamingo Beach featuring waterfalls and shades of pink botanicals.
"Having the Wonder Gardens exclusively yours for an after-hour event is an amazing opportunity that is not often available in a tropical garden and beach setting with animals. The lighting throughout the gardens creates an ambiance in the evening that transforms the environment to a romantic island getaway," said Zawi, Event and Marketing Manager for the Wonder Gardens.
From high-end experiential weddings to educational day time birthday parties and everything in between, the Wonder Gardens is the perfect venue to think of when planning your next event. Your event donation goes directly to supporting the sustainable future of this historic 501c3 non-profit animal sanctuary and garden reserve.
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You can choose between a number of verdant spaces for your wedding day celebrations. For indoor ceremonies, the Robert and Karin Moe Tea House is a beautiful and intimate setting. An outdoor ceremony can be held on Flamingo Beach, beneath the Great Banyan tree, by the Butterfly and Orchid Pavilion, or on the Butterfly Lawn. Flamingos and wild peacocks will add color and beauty as you exchange vows. With the unique Cocktail Connection option, you and your guests will have a special opportunity to hand feed animals, ideal for creating wonderful memories and photographs. The options for your reception include the Tea House, beneath the Great Banyan, the Butterfly Lawns and Gardens, and the OpenAir Pavillion. Your wedding celebrations will be immersed in nature beneath the Florida sky. VIMEO video here: https://vimeo.com/209316543
Everglades Wonder Gardens is available to host a variety of wedding events such as engagement parties, bridal showers, elopements, rehearsal dinners, ceremonies, and receptions. In order to accommodate a variety of guests, this venue has wheelchair-accessible ramps installed. Parking is readily available by the main front entrance and in a nearby lot. This venue’s peak season stretches from November through March.
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 as 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 it 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 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.
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- Native American-owned
- Pacific Islander-owned
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