Whether your family loves water sports, exploring nature, or hitting the beach, reserve a great vacation rental in Bonita Springs, Florida. Bonita Springs and the surrounding areas offer indoor and outdoor activities, keeping your family entertained no matter what the weather. Rent a boat and explore the waterways, play an exciting game of scenic miniature golf, or open your imagination at the children’s museum. Check out this list of Bonita Springs’ best kid-friendly activities that the whole family will enjoy!

1. Head to the Beach
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With some of the top beaches in the country, a beach day is a top activity when visiting Bonita Springs. Check out Bonita Beach Park or Barefoot Beach, two great places to swim, build sandcastles, find seashells, or view the native wildlife. Complete with picnic tables, grills, a playground, and concessions, Bonita Beach Park is an ideal place for spending the entire day. If you’re bringing your dog along for the trip, check out Dog Beach Park, one of the only parks in the area that allows your four-legged friend to tag along. This beach is complete with a doggy shower station to clean the sand off Fido before he hops in the car.

2. Enjoy a Day of Excitement at Congo River Golf
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More than just a miniature golf course, Congo River Golf is truly a jungle adventure. Journey through rocky terrain, explore waterfalls, and venture through caves as you and your family try to hit that hole in one. After your game, let the kids search for buried treasure with a gem mining experience, then feed the gators and enjoy unique photo opportunities at the interactive gator exhibit. Finish off the day with some fun family competition to see who can score highest in the arcade room.

3. Explore the Waterways with a Boat Rental

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Cruise the water, watch the dolphins, do some fishing, or check out the beautiful waterfront homes from the comfort of your boat rental. If you’re looking for a deck boat or pontoon, stop by Bay Water Boat Rentals for either full day or half day rental options. Bonita Boat Rentals offers two- to eight-hour pontoon rentals with access to over 35 miles of waterways. If the family gets hungry while you’re out, dock your boat at one of the local restaurants for a bite to eat.

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4. Take a Paddling Adventure
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Get your children closer to nature by paddling the waters of Bonita Springs. Choose a beginner tour if you’re bringing young children, or choose a more advanced tour if you have older children or more experienced paddlers. Kayak next to the manatees and view other wildlife, such as bald eagles, pelicans, and herons. Choose from stand-up paddle boards, single kayaks, or tandem kayaks from one of many rental services the area, such as Sweetwater Paddlesports, Adventures Kayaking, or Paddle Naples.

5. Reel in the Big One on a Charter Fishing Trip
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Show your kids the fun of hooking that big fish on a charter tour at Get Hooked Charter Fishing. Using live or artificial bait, your family can troll for redfish, sea trout, snook, and tarpon. During your tour, be sure to look for other wildlife, including dolphins, manatees, and ospreys. Head back to your vacation rental after the day’s trip for a fantastic fish fry!

6. Take a Guided Tour Through Barefoot Beach Preserve Park
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Explore the tropical coastline at Bonita Springs’ Barefoot Beach Preserve Park. The fisherman in your family can enjoy the ample fishing opportunities while the nature enthusiasts trek a one-mile nature trail. Finish the day by taking a guided tour of the preserve to see the natural habitats in the park and learn more about Florida’s wildlife and natural history.

7. Find Bargains at the Flamingo Island Flea Market
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Choose a weekend day and check out the 600 booths at the air-conditioned Flamingo Island Flea Market. Kids enjoy browsing the games, toys, music, and videos, while the adults can check out antiques, art, clothing, and collectibles at liquidation prices. While you’re there, pick up some fresh Florida produce to take back to your vacation rental for a quick snack for the kids.

8. View Native Wildlife at the Everglades Wonder Gardens
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Walk your children through the botanical jungle at the Everglades Wonder Gardens. This 3.5-acre property was established in 1936 and features rescued exotic birds and reptiles that live among orchids, bamboo, and other unique plant species. After you experience the beauty of the gardens, stop for lunch at the Twisted Tangle Cafe located next door.

9. Make a Splash and Sun-N-Fun Lagoon
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Hop in the car and head about 15 minutes south of your Bonita Springs vacation rental for a day of waterpark enjoyment at Sun-N-Fun Lagoon. Older kids and adults get their thrills by taking an exhilarating ride down one of the park’s five water slides, while young children under age six have loads of fun on the oversize wave slide at the Tadpole Pool. When you need a break from the action, float in Sunny’s River or head to Family Falls for some quiet relaxation time.

10. Explore the Golisano Children‘s Museum of Naples

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Free your children to learn through interactive play at the Golisano Children‘s Museum of Naples. Trek through the Everglades swamp exhibit, make your way through a maze, or splash and learn at the museum’s water play station. Continue the day’s adventure by learning about Florida’s agriculture at The Farm and the interactive Race to Space experience. See your children’s imaginations at work while they role-play as weather forecasters, chefs, artists, or veterinarians. Conveniently located inside the museum, the C’mon Garden Cafe has plenty of healthy snacks and food options to refuel your family’s bodies and minds.

 
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