Life In Bonita Springs Florida - Local Info & Real Estate


Jan. 15, 2019

Walk Cullum’s Bonita Trail in Bonita Springs 15/365

Cullum's Trail Bonita Springs15/365 Cullum’s Trail at Nature’s Place

There are all sorts of walking trails in Bonita Springs and many of them are hidden in plain sight. Cullum’s Trail is located off of Kent Road just down the way from Bonita Nature Place and the YMCA. The trail is super easy to get to and there is a lot of parking.  It’s fairly easy for all levels. 

Many of the local dog owners enjoy walking their best friends on Cullum’s Trail which runs along the east end of the Imperial River.  If you’re looking for fun things to do in Bonita Springs consider a walk on Cullum’s Trail.  To learn more and to see photos of the trail and parking area, read also: Cullum's Bonita Trail at Bonita Nature Place

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Jan. 14, 2019

Catch a Performance at Barbara B Mann Hall 14/365

Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall

14/365 Catch a Performance at Barbara B Mann Hall

Located in Fort Myers, Florida surrounded by the campus that is Florida Southwestern State University is the BBMPAH or the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. It’s a fixture for entertainment in Southwest Florida and one of our family favorites to see live performances. There isn’t a bad seat at Barbara B. Mann. 

Besides the standard symphonies and plays that are on schedule many of the great performers visit SWFL and perform there. The venue has superb acoustics so if you have a chance to see your favorite performers there, grab it.  We’ve had the opportunity to see some of the greats like Tony Bennett, Frankie Valli and Cheryl Crow.  The venue is intimate so everything sounds great and you get a great view. After you see a performance at BBMPAH you’ll not view another arena concert.

If you’re interested in finding fun things to do in Fort Myers and booking a performance at Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall visit their website to learn more, here: Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall.

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Jan. 13, 2019

Discover Island Park in Bonita Springs 13/365

Isand Park Bonita Springs

13/365 Discover Island Park in Bonita Springs, Florida

Island Park is the park in Bonita Springs that is unlike any other. It is, in fact an island surrounded by water on most sides and retired railroad tracks on the last.  It’s a great spot that features mature grandfather oak trees with hanging moss, a crushed shell foot path suitable for strollers, bikes or walkers. There is a small gazebo with picnic table and there is also a fitness station with a variety of machines for working out; dips, pushups, shoulder press, balance beams, etc.

Island Park is accessible from South Riverside Drive but there is no parking there.  You can enter on foot or bike there if you’re simply out for exercise.  Parking can be located at Riverside Park near the band shell or at Depot Park which is across the street from the Lion’s Club on Pennsylvania Ave. Walk towards the Imperial River and look for the red, metal footpath bridge.  You’ll get a birds eye view of the river before you get to Island Park.

Island Park Fitness Station

Island Park is part of three connected parks and easily qualifies as fun things to do with kids in Bonita Springs, Florida.  Depot Park is pet friendly and while Island Park isn't posted as pet friendly there are many people who walk their dogs in the park.

Jan. 12, 2019

Breakfast at Teri’s Café in Bonita Springs 12/365

Teris Cafe Bonita Springs

Breakfast at Teri’s Café in Bonita Springs 12/365

Teri’s is a “locals favorite” breakfast and lunch restaurant in Bonita Springs. Teri’s is one of the places where the servers become family and remember you by name.  Besides regular table seating there is a breakfast bar for those who just want to grab a cup of Joe or a quick bite when dining alone.

One of the favorites at Teri’s is the breakfast potatoes.  We don’t know what they do to make them so good but they are crispy and seasoned to a tasty perfection. 

Southern favorites like biscuits and gravy and the classic BLT sandwich are menu staples.  The biscuits are amazing as a stand along side, even without the gravy! The pancakes are light, fluffy and sinfully good.

Teri’s Café is a  must stop place to eat that has quality meals with the best ingredients.  It’s a great place to take your visiting guests for breakfast, too! Be sure to feed them well before you head out for the day looking for fun things to do.

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Jan. 11, 2019

Everglades Wonder Gardens in Bonita Springs 11/365

Everglades Wonder Gardens Bonita Springs

Feed the Birds at Everglades Wonder Gardens 11/365

Everglades Wonder Gardens is located right in the heart of downtown Bonita Springs, Florida. It is a tourist attraction with wildlife, an eighty year old botanical jungle and butterfly gardens. We have been to the Wonder Gardens many times but recently there has been changes.  They now offer food for almost every animal and birds that are on the property. The kids just love feeding the animals. For $5.00 we got turtle, fish, flamingo, alligator, and bird food. It really made the whole experience for the kids.  They just loved feeding the flamingos. Where else in Southwest Florida can kids feed flamingos? It’s an amazing experience and besides being one of the fun things to do in town it teaches kids to care gently for the animals.

The Everglades Wonder Gardens also is selling different plants and have a cute gift shop. The Everglades Wonder Gardens is open everyday from 9:00 am- 5:00 pm. Admission is Adults 13-64 =$12 Seniors (65+) = $10 Children 3-12 = $7 Under 3 is free. The also offer a yearly admission which prices vary.

There are a few restaurants nearby, like Survey Café and Heaven’s Shakes so you can have lunch or get a snake and make a day of it.


About the Author - Jenna Hatfield is a life-long resident of Bonita Springs, Florida and mother of two boys.

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Jan. 10, 2019

The Best Mani Pedi in Bonita Springs 10/365

Bonita Springs Pedicure

 The Best Mani Pedi in Bonita Springs 10/365

We love #1 NY Nails which is located near the Lee County Tax Collector Office and the Lee County Board of Election Office.  The owners, Tony and Tammy, also opened #2 NY Nails near Home Goods and The Fresh Market in Bonita Springs.  One of the interesting features of a NY Nails pedicure is that they rub your legs, calves, shins and the soles of your feet with hot black rocks.  It’s so relaxing and feels so, so good! If you are looking for fun, relaxing things to do in Bonita Springs you simply must try it.

Remember that tourist season stretches the human resources at most nail salons so appointments work better than walk-ins.  There are a lot of people visiting southwest Florida December through Easter so a little planning will increase your efficiency everywhere, including at NY Nails.

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Jan. 8, 2019

Visit Ave Maria & Tour the Oratory 9/365

Ave Maria Florida Oratory

Visit Ave Maria & Tour the Oratory 9/365

Ave Maria is one of the newest cities in Florida. It is located due east of Naples, Florida near Immokalee, Florida.  Tom Monaghan, founder of Domino’s Pizza, created the city which also is the home base to Ave Maria Law School. 

Our family has taken a few lunch trips to Ave Maria.  The center of the city is a huge circle with shops and restaurants.  In the very center is the Oratory which is simply beautiful. It’s an engineering marvel on the in inside.  It’s simply amazing to see in person and definitely worth the drive.

There is new construction in Ave Maria (2019) so you may be able to tour some of the beautiful model homes for sale. Other fun things to do near Ave Maria include  Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and Lake Trafford Airboat Tours.

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Jan. 8, 2019

Bounce into a Trampoline Park in Naples, Florida 8/365

Bounce Trampoline Park Naples

Bounce into a Trampoline Park in Naples, Florida

There are a few trampoline parks in the area.  Bounce Trampoline Park is located near Goodlette Road and Airport-Pulling Road in Naples, Florida.  It’s a great time and fun for all ages for anyone looking for things to do in Naples.  You can sit and watch, if you don’t want to bounce or you can choose from a variety of bounce areas.  There a safer places for little people and more challenging area for the gymnasts in the group. There are even foam pits so participants can shoot for the sky and safely fall into a cushion of foam.

The trampoline parks all offer a great deal of supervisions and are very safe. You can also plan parties at most of them. Special socks must be purchase/worn for use of the park.  To learn more read also:

Bounce Naples

In addition to Bounce in Naples there is a Sky Zone in Fort Myers, Florida, also.

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Jan. 8, 2019

Surf Furniture Consignment Stores in Bonita Springs 7/365

Consignment Furniture Bonita Springs

Surf the Consignment Stores in Bonita Springs, Florida

The Bonita Springs area is well know for the large amount of consignment stores. Why do we have so many consignment stores in Southwest Florida? We are an area of a lot of seasonal home ownership and, of course, we have a lot of condominiums. 

Just for giggles I just checked our MLS and out of all 1,210 properties for sale 5455 of them were offered unfurnished.  Many of our homes for sale transfer sale furnished as a courtesy to the seller.  The next owner may love the furniture or simply make do until they start picking at replacing items.  Some of the new home owners call a consignment store and donate the entire unit full of furniture and replace it all.

If you’re looking for a fun way to find great bargains, antiques and designer items for pennies on the dollar tour a few consignment stores. Pick your favorites and start touring them on a regular basis. You’ll be able to score a great deal or find that special piece that complete your home or condo.

To learn more about the consignment stores in the area, read also:

Furniture Consignment Stores in Bonita Springs FL

Jan. 6, 2019

Attend Outdoor Sunday Service in Bonita Springs, Florida 6/365

Outdoor Sunday Service Bonita Springs

Attend Outdoor Sunday Service in Bonita Springs, Florida

The Springs of Bonita Church currently holds Sunday service at Riverside Park in Downtown Bonita Springs, Florida.  Service begins at 9:30. The church is pet friendly, flip-flop friendly and you don't even need to bring a chair.  If you'd like to learn how I found the Springs of Bonita Church, read also:

Church and Worship in Bonita Springs, Florida

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