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Family Travel Guide to Bonita Springs, Florida

by Aoife O'Riordan

May 27, 2024

© The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Estero Bay

Destinations / North America

Heading to southwest Florida this summer? Make for Bonita Springs, a popular family travel destination. With a variety of activities for all ages, there’s something for everyone in Bonita Springs.


Lover’s Key State Park

Families seeking outdoor adventure and relaxation should head to Lover’s Key State Park, a spot filled with pristine beaches, scenic trails and wildlife. Families can swim, kayak, hike and picnic amidst these serene surroundings.


Bonita Beach

© The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Estero Bay

Bonita Beach

This 2.5-mile stretch of beach has a remote feel for families wanting a quiet beach day. Modern amenities like restrooms, picnic tables, grills and a sand volleyball court are available. Kids will love birding and beach combing, and even dogs can enjoy the area at the beach’s off-leash dog park.


Good Eats

There are several spots to enjoy a good bite in Bonita Springs. Kids will love gorging on waffles at Waffle Monkey, which also serves sandwiches. In the morning, grab some coffee and croissants at Wolfmoon, and split the day up with a quick pizza at Napoli on the Bay. For parents wishing for a sophisticated dinner with cocktails, The Bohemian is the place to go.


golf course

© Jensen Larson Photography


Have some golfing afficionados in the family? Saltleaf Golf Preserve features a nine-hole short course called The Leaf, perfect for beginners and families. This course also offers music, snacks and interactive activities. The course’s newly renovated clubhouse is great for family lunches between games with a kid-friendly menu of dishes like sandwiches, burgers and wraps. Bonita Springs is also home to Sports Challenge America, the area’s hottest new sports facility catering to all ages and levels with more than 10 types of sports like basketball, baseball, soccer, golf simulators and bowling.


Where to Stay

Hyatt Coconut Point is chock-full of activities for the whole family, from its multiple pools to fun watersides to lazy river. There’s even a private beach and spa.



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