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Everglades Wonder Gardens

Bonita Springs, FL View map
4.1 out of 5 rating
4 reviews

About

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 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 3 unique sites.
for larger events we have a rustic open air pavilion, or a spacious lawn favored by the butterflies and peacocks. For up to 24 guests seated at tables, or up to 80 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.

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.

Inquiries

Please visit our website under the "Plan Your 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.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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?

$500

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

$500

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?

$500

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

$500

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Chairs
Clean Up
Parking
Set Up
Tables

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

3

Describe your venue:

Barn
Garden
Historic Building
Park
Zoo

What kind of settings are available?

Covered Outdoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner

What event items are available?

Chairs
Lighting
Tables

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair Access
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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
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