continued: Beaches & Parks: Bonita Springs & Estero
Bonita Beach Park
27950 Hickory Blvd.
Located between Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Springs, this 4-acre pristine beachfront park features a boardwalk to protect the sea oats, sand dunes and coastal vegetation surrounding a gazebo and eight picnic shelters. Bathrooms, changing rooms and outdoor showers front parking areas with handicapped access. Parking is 75 cents per hour, $3 for the day. Lee Tran trolleys offer transportation to this beautiful beach on Little Hickory Island leaving from the K-Mart store at Bonita Beach Road and U.S. 41 in Bonita Springs. Cost is 25 cents.
Bonita Springs Community Park
26740 Pine Ave.
Located at West Terry Street and Pine Avenue, this park is the hub of recreation in Bonita Springs. Its 60 acres offer picnicking, a playground, sports fields, a 7-acre lake, library and community pool. The recreation center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free parking.
Koreshan State Historic Site
8661 Corkscrew Rd.
At the Koreshan State Historic Site, the curious find only remnants of a religious sect, which practiced communal living and equal rights of women long before the concept was popular. Visitors can tour the buildings and property where the Koreshans envisioned their perfect city and enjoy a picnic lunch on the picturesque grounds. Camping and canoeing are available. Located off of U.S. 41 in Estero. Open daily from 8 a.m. to sunset. An entry fee of $4.00 per vehicle for up to eight people and $1.00 for each additional person.
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
375 Sanctuary Rd.
This 11,000-acre wilderness sanctuary, operated by the National Audubon Society, offers visitors a 2-1/4 mile boardwalk through pinelands, wet prairies, hammocks, and cypress ponds. The sanctuary contains the country's largest remaining stand of virgin bald cypress with its 500-year-old trees being among the oldest in eastern North America. Large populations of rare wood storks, as well as a number of wild orchid species can be found during the winter months. Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for college students, $5 for Audubon members, $4 for children ages 6 to 18, free for children younger than 6. Open daily, October through March, from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m, April through September, 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.