Downtown is anchored by a recreational mecca with Riverside Park, the Historic Liles Hotel Plaza, Lion’s Pride Natural Playground, Island Park all in proximity. There is something for everyone. The green space boasts the stately bandshell that was dubbed,”2013 Best Venue of South West Florida” by the Naples Daily News. The community pride is apparent in the stoic memorials to both Veterans and 9/11 victims.

Downtown Bonita is the unique destination for every age and is filled with an enchantment worth celebrating. Downtown Bonita Springs offers something for everyone… Dining, a Historical Museum, canoeing on the Imperial River, and a full calendar of special events like the Blues Fest, Celebrate Bonita and the National Art Festival.


Things to do in Old Downtown Bonita

  • Biking – from the Riverside Park to the Bonita Nature Center.
  • Hike – through the Nature Center. See three different Florida habitats right next to each other. Cypress, wild coffee, rare string fern are just a few of the unique botanical features of the trails.
  • Botanical Jungle – the Everglades Wonder Gardens is a jungle right in the middle of Old Downtown. With a bridge over the alligator pond and wild exotic plants and animals throughout.
  • The streets are walking friendly and after your workout try the Spa or get your hair done while your laundry is being done at the laundromat.
  • The Imperial River runs through Riverside Park where kayaking, paddle boarding, yoga, and fishing are all available to the visitor and local alike.
  • Looking for a house, condo, or new development? Realtors are right here in Old Downtown.
  • Eat, Super subs, BBQ, Mexican, cafe, pizza, ice cream, or make your own from the grocery store.
  • Tours – history walks, Imperial River paddles, bat tours, Wonder Garden Tours, and much more.
  • Museum – The Bonita Springs Historical Society is housed in Riverside Park in the historic Liles Hotel which they share with City Code Enforcement. They have museum rooms and a small book store in the building. Then there is the McSwain House they are restoring and the Dome house soon to be moved to the Park.
  • There are several gas stations close by for convenience.
  • The events! – Riverfest, Imperial River Challenge, Holiday in the Park, Taste of Bonita, Blues Festival, Celebrate Bonita, National Art Show, CGT Time Trials, and assorted concerts and movies in the Park.
  • I came for a day and stayed for a life time.