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Everglades Wonder Gardens

Bonita Springs, FL View map
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Up to 100 guests

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Up to 100 guests

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.

Facilities and Capacity

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

Services Offered

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.

History

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.

Location

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.

  • Black-owned
  • Asian-owned
  • Hispanic or Latinx-owned
  • LGBTQ+-owned
  • Native American-owned
  • Pacific Islander-owned
  • Veteran-owned
  • Woman-owned

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$3500

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$3500

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$800

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$800

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Linens
Parking

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

100

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

4

Describe your venue:

Barn
Garden
Park
Zoo

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Covered Outdoor
Uncovered Outdoor
Scenic Views

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Event Rentals
Outside Vendors

What event items are available?

Chairs
Lighting
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Valet
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

January
February
March
November
December

What months are included in your off-peak season?

May
June
July
August
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    Mayra N. Married on 11/07/2020
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    Surprise Engagement

    The place was a beautiful environment, nice staff, organized, cool animals. I recomend this place for future activities.

    Everglades Wonder Gardens's reply:

    Thank you! It was a pleasure to be a part of your event! Thank you for choosing us and supporting our cause!
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    Donna D. Married on 10/30/2020
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    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!

    Everglades Wonder Gardens's reply:

    You have a such a beautiful family and you were so great to work with! It was fun to encourage guests to interact with our animals! The animals love the parties too! Lol. Thank you for choosing the Wonder Gardens and many blessings to you and yours!
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    Brenda K. Married on 10/13/2020
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    Perfect Experience

    Planning a wedding during a pandemic had its challenges, but the ceremony space at Everglades Wonder Gardens was a bright spot in this process! Zawi Borsa was fantastic! She is the Event Manager at Everglades, and she was cooperative, helpful and accommodating throughout the process as our guest numbers changed and as we adapted to current local regulations. Having just re-opened to the public a week prior to the wedding, the team there went above and beyond to set up the tea house and surrounding area perfectly. The grounds were picture perfect, and all of the guests commented on the beauty of the space and the enjoyment of interacting with the animals for the morning. Zawi was instrumental in coordinating the rehearsal and the procession on the day of the ceremony. They even allowed us a space for the bride to change. The ceremony in the tea house was under cover (you just never know in Florida) and airconditioned. It has a vintage feel and beautiful architecture inside and out which needed no extra decorations as it was captivating on its own. The bride and groom had the intimate ceremony they wanted in a picture perfect location.

    Everglades Wonder Gardens's reply:

    It was a pleasure to meet your wonderful family and to work with you through this process. Florida gifted a bright beautiful day for a bright beautiful couple/family to start the rest of their lives together.

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27180 old 41 rd Bonita Springs, FL, 34135
2399922591

Monday - Sunday 9am-5pm
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