About Bonita Springs Downtown

Downtown Bonita Springs welcomes you with charm and tradition. Dining, beautiful parks on the river, unique artist cottages and shops, a Farmer’s Market, and many special events at Riverside Park including the July 4th Star Spangled Bonita, and the Taste of Bonita. There is ample opportunity for leisure in downtown Bonita Springs. Enjoy a lazy afternoon picnic shaded by trees that create a canopy above and filter in rays of sunlight. Pass the afternoon away as the Spanish moss sways lightly in the breeze. Stop in the local shops in search of treasures or visit the historic artist cottages. Shop for farm fresh produce, rent a bicycle, rent a kayak or paddle board and enjoy the Imperial River.


What To Do In Old Downtown

Just a walk away in Old Downtown Bonita Springs. You can visit a botanical jungle with exotic animals and plants and just across the bridge over the famous paddling destination of the Imperial River is the Bonita Springs Riverside Park. You can rent or tour in a kayak or paddle board. Catch a live musical performance at the bandstand and stroll across the street for an ice cream. Dine at one of the little cafes or restaurants. Shop for, bikes, kayaks, paddle boards, Bonita Springs memorabilia, bait and tackle, groceries and art. Take a Spa Day and visit the spas or salons. Visit the Shangri La Springs (the original Bonita Springs). Check out the artist village or fish the river and have a picnic in one of the three parks along the river. Visit the historic buildings and take a History Walk. The Liles Hotel is home to the City Code Enforcement Office and the Bonita Springs Historical Society. This historic Bonita building houses a small museum room where visitors can see what life was like in the early 1900s.
In addition to all this many events are held in the Park like, Riverfest, Celebrate Bonita, Taste of Bonita, Jazz Festival, Holiday in the Park, National Art Festival, Orchestras in the Park, Movies in the Park, and 4 of July.

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Bonita Springs Downtown Alliance raises prizes for the Imperial River Challenge. Local members pooled their resources to add to the prizes for this year’s Imperial River Challenge. CGT Kayaks put up a $50 check for the overall winner and another for the person or team with the best costume. The Shangri La match them with $50 gift certificates as did Shear Unity Spa, and the Everglades Wonder Gardens put up two tickets for each category.

This years downtown event road closures will be at Reynolds instead of Wilson. Art Festival will be weekends of Jan 14-15 – Feb 11-12 – March 3-4-5

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