BONITA SPRINGS (Nov. 20, 2015) – Everglades Wonder Gardens recently received a $16,000 Arts and Attractions grant from the Lee County Tourist Development Council. The funds will be used update and enhance the evergladeswondergardens.com website, prepare media and marketing materials related to gardens’ 80th anniversary in 2016, and promote 80th anniversary hotel packages arranged with local lodging partners.

“We are grateful to the Tourist Development Council and the Lee Visitor and Conventions Bureau for their support as we make our website more useful and accessible for our visitors and as we celebrate the upcoming milestone anniversary for Everglades Wonder Gardens, which has been a beloved and historic location attraction for 80 years,” said Trish Leonard, president of Bonita Wonder Gardens, the non-profit organization that purchased the attraction earlier this year.

This fall Everglades Wonder Gardens launched a membership program that provides free unlimited visits as well as other benefits, opened new animal exhibits, and will soon begin construction on handicap-accessible ramps into its main entrance that features its natural history museum and gift shop.

Everglades Wonder Gardens at 27180 Old 41 Road in Bonita Springs is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The 3.5​acre botanical jungle features exhibits of tropical birds and reptiles. Highlights include a flamingo pond, alligator pool with almost 40 gators, duck ponds, aviary, turtle and tortoise exhibits, butterfly garden, bromeliad garden, orchid trail, and gift shop. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 65 and older, and $7 for children 3-12. For more information, call 239-992­​-2591 or visit evergladeswondergardens.com.