Arts Bonita is committed to enriching our community by providing artistic expression, education, and appreciation opportunities. With two locations dedicated to the visual and performing arts, 26100 Old 41 Road and 10150 Bonita Beach Road, visitors can enjoy year-round programming, which includes live concerts, theatre, comedy, film, lectures, and classes for artists of all ages and levels. Arts Bonita also offers three Art Festivals in Downtown Bonita Springs each year in January, February and March.
Performing Arts Center, 10150 Bonita Beach Road
Visual Arts Center, 26100 Old 41 Road
This summer, Broadway Palm is going under the sea with Disney’s The Little Mermaid playing July 7 through Aug. 12. This full-scale, stage production is based on the popular 1989 animated film of the same name that quickly became a Disney favorite. Theatre goers of all ages will enjoy watching the Disney classic The Little Mermaid come to life on stage! Take a dive into a magical kingdom where the beautiful mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. When Ariel falls in love with the human Prince Eric, she makes a bargain with the evil sea witch, but the bargain isn’t what it seems. You’ll see all your favorite characters and hear the irresistible songs like “Under The Sea,” “Kiss The Girl,” “Part Of Your World” & more.
1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers
Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium
Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium is a 105-acre nature center focused around educating the southwest Florida community on environmental education and promoting conservation efforts. Through a range of activities from walking trails, animal educational talks, and brilliant planetarium shows, Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium is an amazing place to spend your day! Join us Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come visit us and connect with nature!
3450 Ortiz Ave., Fort Myers
Conservancy of Southwest Florida
The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, located in the heart of Naples, has a unique Nature Center featuring interactive exhibits and galleries for all ages. The museum includes augmented reality endangered species exhibits, native wildlife encounters, touch tank, 5,000-gallon aquarium, daily nature programs, wildlife hospital exhibits, narrated electric boat tours, a Little Explorers play zone, nature trails, and more! Designated as site #69 on the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (Summer Hours). Closed Sunday and Monday.
1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples
Edison & Ford Winter Estates
Do you know how many patents Thomas Edison had or how many car models Henry Ford developed? Families can explore with the new scavenger hunt to learn about these two men and their inventions, plus see the 15,000-square-foot museum, botanic research laboratory, historic winter homes and more than 20 acres of botanical gardens! Throughout the year, educational programs are offered for both children and adults, such as summer camp and painting classes. Come get inspired at Edison and Ford Winter Estates!
2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers
IMAG History & Science Center
The IMAG History & Science Center is a family-friendly destination featuring interactive exhibits, aquariums, activities, and history displays for all ages including a 3D theater and virtual reality experience. The IMAG mission is to use the lenses of history and science to help people understand and explore the rich culture and habitat of Southwest Florida through science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and its history and arts. Bringing inspiration to life, a visit to the IMAG History & Science Center nurtures curiosity, discovery, imagination, and fun for all.
2000 Cranford Avenue, Fort Myers
The Shell Factory & Nature Park
Since the Shell Factory opened in 1938, the “kitschiest, coolest, wildest, wettest, tastiest, craziest place in Southwest Florida” has entertained the young and young-at-heart. Full-day family amusements include Scallywags Fun Park and Mini Golf, Soaring Eagle Zip Line, an authentic 1920s Carousel, arcade games, 50,000 square feet of shopping and more. Restaurants include The Southern Grill, Hunts Pizza and Tommy’s Eats & Spirits featuring daily live entertainment. The Nature Park is home to over 450 critters, many rescued, whose care is sustained by The Nature Park Environmental Education Fund, a 501(c)(3).
16554 N. Cleveland Ave., North Fort Myers
The Wonder Gardens
Let Wonder Gardens be your family’s summer oasis, close to home! The moment you walk through the front gate, the tropical gardens, waterfalls, parrots, flamingoes, and tortoises beckon you to stay, slow down, breathe deeply, and enjoy the historic paradise. Families will discover Wild Wonder feeding encounters, weekly habitat chats, and pop-up interactive tables. Groups and organizations can book guided experiences and animal meet & greets.
Visit Wondergardens.org for a summer of Wonder!
27180 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs