Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, Fort Lauderdale

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Built in 1920, Bonnet House Museum & Gardens centers around a plantation-style building featured on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Once the winter home of Frederic Clay Bartlett and his wife Helen, it is now the residence of two American artists, but it remains open to the public. Inside you'll find the art collection and personal items from the original owners. The gardens feature five different ecosystems. Look for exotic parrots, cockatiels, and swans in the aviary, while the grounds showcase wild squirrel monkeys, gopher tortoises, and manatees. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Bonnet House Museum & Gardens and many more Fort Lauderdale attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Fort Lauderdale trip builder.
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  • Our 6-year old daughter loves nature and animals, and this was a great experience for both her and us. The grounds were very nice to explore, and gave us a sense of what Florida was like before it was...  more »
  • In case you prefer no tour , $10 buys a a quiet walk around grounds with or without a visit to the Bonnet House itself.  more »
  • Great local history and a beautiful plantation style house. The house tour was very informative but make sure you also take the narrated golf cart tour of the estate property. The cost is only $2 per ...  more »
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  • I love the Bonnet House and its history. The tours are lovely. They have several orchid houses on the grounds. This beautiful orchid had a heavenly fragrance as well. Unusual for orchids.
  • Took a tour of this beautiful property today and fell in love. As you walk to the entrance of the tour you are greeted with bright bold colors. Their love of art is reflected all through the property. Not only that but a symetrical display of odd pieces and design. Every room you walk into your eyes are shifted to the center of the room. Rich history of Fort Lauderdale and the evolution that occurred just under 100 years. Not to mention the display of love a man can have for a woman. Beautiful place. Whether you are a local or out of towner take an afternoon to explore this gem we have here.
  • Really enjoyed our visit. Guides were friendly and informative. Excellent activity right in the middle of it all.
  • Great tour, beautiful grounds, and a charming house. I think that the owner and designer had relatively poor taste, but it really just adds to the charm in that someone made this place home.
  • Having grown up in Fort Lauderdale, it was fascinating to visit this throw-back to the origins of what has now become a huge metropolitan area. Well worth the trip if you are interested in the origins of South Florida.