The Lower Gulf Coast Sights

Everglades Wonder Gardens

  • 27180 Old 41 Rd. Map It
  • Bonita Springs
  • Zoo/Aquarium

Published 07/06/2017

Fodor's Review

Opened in 1936 by two retired moonshiners from Detroit, the Everglades Wonder Gardens was one of the first roadside attractions in the state and remained little changed until 2013, when the family decided to close its doors—and thus a rich chapter of Florida tourism history—forever. In stepped Florida landscape photographer John Brady, who negotiated a lease with the founding family and transformed the old-style cramped zoological gardens (that once featured Florida panthers, black bears, crocodiles, alligators, and tame Florida deer) into a botanical garden by conserving the flora and fauna following contemporary standards. Now in focus are diverse gardens that include old-growth trees like kapok, banyan, candle nut, egg fruit, plumeria, jaboticaba, mahogany, cashew, avocado, and mango, as well as integrated animal exhibits with tortoises, turtles, smaller alligators, flamingos, and a butterfly garden. The original buildings have been preserved and made into a modern gallery that showcases Brady's photography.

Sight Information

Address:

27180 Old 41 Rd., Bonita Springs, Florida, 34135, USA

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Phone:

239-992–2591

Sight Details:

  • $12

Published 07/06/2017

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