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Things to Do in Bonita Springs That You May Normally Overlook

Feb 02, 2018 12:45PM ● By Kevin

Photo courtesy of Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs on Facebook.

Bonita Springs has plenty of places to go and things to do all year round. Throughout 2017, you may have read about some of them in the pages of our magazine, in our events calendar, our business/places directory, or articles we've written that are exclusive to our website.

Regardless of where you may have heard about them, it can be tough to remember them all. Bonita Springs' best activities and places are both well known and off the beaten path. Here are just some of the activities you can explore in 2018 and beyond in your hometown (or on your vacation if you're just visiting).

The Arts

The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs, according to its Facebook page, is committed to enrich the culture of our diverse community by providing opportunities for artistic expression, education and appreciation in a supportive and nurturing environment.

Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs has something for most everyoneworkshops kids classescamps gifts live theaterplays contests dance photography a film festival comedy music painting pottery exhibits chef competitions the ArtPoems event and much more Photo courtesy of Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs

Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs: Expressing Creativity, Film Festivals, Art Exhibits & Fun

Dating to the 1950s, Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs is a venue for visual and performing artists to learn, to view other work and to show their own. Read More » 

Fairs & Festivals

The Bonita Springs Riverside Park, according to its website, is located on old US 41 Road in Olde Bonita and sits on the Imperial River. The park is used for holiday celebrations, art shows, festivals, Movies in the Park, and the Celebrate Bonita Festival. Also in the park is our band shell. Our amenites include sheltered picnic tables, park benches, and restrooms.On the grounds is the historic Lile’s Hotel and the historical Imperial River cottages that have been restored as part of a downtown redevelopment.

Below are some events coming up throughout the year at Riverside Park:

Loving Life in SWFL festival  - start Feb 03 2018 0100PM

Loving Life in SWFL festival - Feb 03, 2018, 1 PM

Loving Life in SWFL in an inaugural event at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs. This event will bring live music all afternoon and evening on the stage at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs.... Read More » 


Bonita Springs National Art Festival - start Feb 10 2018 1000AM

Bonita Springs National Art Festival - Feb 10, 2018, 10 AM

Our Top Rated Fine Art and Fine Craft Festivals are rated #2 in the Nation by sources ranking the top 200 each year. 200 Artists from the U.S., Canada and Europe will display a variety... Read More » 

The Beach

According to its website, this beautiful beach front park, known as Bonita Beach Park, is on the southern tip of Bonita Beach. It offers a variety of amenities. You will find restrooms, shelters with tables and grills, a playground and a sand volleyball court. Parking is available for $2 per hour. Bon Fires are not permitted per the Bonita Springs Fire Department. Amenities include Gulf beach, toilets, picnic tables, pavilion, playground, grill areas, food concessions, sand volleyball. A Saltwater Fishing License is required to saltwater fish from shore. There is no fee for Florida residents. The beach is located at 27954 Hickory Blvd.

Something Sporty

According to its website, the Bonita Springs Disc Golf Course provides fun for the whole family! "Great athletic competition. And exciting outdoor sport. A great aerobic workout"

To play Disc Golf, all you need to know is how to throw a frisbee. Same rules as traditional Golf. The scenic 18-hole course that wraps around a 7 acre lake provides amateur tee pads for the beginner and pro pads for the more advanced player. There is no charge to play.


Known as Southwest Florida's best flea market, with bargains for the whole family, the Flamingo Island Flea Market has 600 spaces, selling all sorts of goods to the general public. Prices are generally at liquidation level. There are six restaurants on site, and fresh, Florida seafood and produce are also sold throughout.

Items for sale include:

  • Accessories
  • Accessories-Fashion
  • Antiques
  • Art
  • Beads
  • Books
  • Cell Phones & Accessories
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Clothing
  • Collectibles
  • Crafts
  • Electronics
  • Eyewear
  • Food
  • Food-Packaged
  • Furniture
  • Games & Toys
  • Gifts
  • Greeting Cards
  • Handbags & Luggage
  • Hardware
  • Health & Beauty
  • Home Decor
  • Home Improvement
  • Household-Accessories
  • Housewares
  • Jewelry
  • Leather Apparel
  • Miscellaneous
  • Music, Video, DVD
  • Out Door Sports
  • Out Doors
  • Perfume & Fragrances
  • Personalized Products
  • Pets & Pet Products
  • Plants
  • Real Estate
  • Repairs
  • SeaFood
  • Shoes
  • Silk Plants & Trees
  • Sports & Recreation
  • Travel
  • Tools & Hardware
  • Variety Store
  • Watches & Clocks
  • Wheel Chair Rental

The facility is professionally managed, and open Friday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., all year round.