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Bonnet House Museum and Gardens

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Neighbourhood: Central Beach
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Address: 900 North Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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Ponds with bonnet water lilies and tropical gardens surround this historic...

Ponds with bonnet water lilies and tropical gardens surround this historic 35-acre 1921 courtyard style waterfront home, whose artistic and innovative owners, famed artist Frederic Clay Bartlett and his wife Evelyn, made equally beautiful inside.

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The staff and volunteers at the Bonnet House Museum were fantastic, giving a great tour and serving us with a smile in the middle of a tropical downpour. The volunteers met as at... read more

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Boulder, Colorado
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Born a millionaire, this guy decides to paint for a lifestyle. He was a good artist before one of his many strokes. I think this house was designed and built well after many of his strokes. It looks like a child playing with concrete blocks in the sand. The photo they show is the best view in this simple weird... More 

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Kitchener, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The staff and volunteers at the Bonnet House Museum were fantastic, giving a great tour and serving us with a smile in the middle of a tropical downpour. The volunteers met as at our car and took us to the visitor centre, keeping us dry. The tour includes the story of the family and art collection. It all was a... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

For a few years I've wandered past the Bonnet House but never took the time to wander in. On this trip I decided to at least look over the gardens. For a reasonable $10 entry fee, you have free reign to wander the grounds. I was first struck by the beauty and tranquility of the Coastal Ponds lined with palm... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This visit was a nice way to spend a couple of hours. I loved the orchid collection! The house tour was not my favorite part, but it was somewhat interesting. I enjoyed strolling through the gardens and seeing the shell collection.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The Bonnet House Will transport you back to a simpler time when Art and whimsy were cherished and celebrated. Smack-dab in the middle of Ft. Lauderdale Beach (mega over developed hell) lies this amazingly preserved, mid 20th century Florida property with 35 acres of lush private gardens. It's hard to believe that someone came and conquered this wild land in... More 

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Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Bonnet House is a love story. Early Florida unfolds at this location of both Indian encampments and the few fresh water sources for 18th century sailing ships. This well chosen spot merged into the romantic winter artist compound of a Chicago artist and his wife's, over time. It was occupied by the last of the wife's until about 1997.... More 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Bonnet House is not a lavish mansion. It's a well-preserved house on a unique piece of land that (almost) stretches to the Atlantic Ocean. The owners, local gov't, and state have preserved 30+ acres with the house and several other buildings. The stories of the owners and the history of the home help us understand the early years of... More 

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Needham, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

What an interesting museum to visit while in Ft Lauderdale. The home sits as an oasis, surrounded by new development and high rises. The 35 acre property has been preserved as a glimpse of life in Florida at the beginning of the 20th century. The family has a very interesting heritage, very creative and artsy which is evident in the... More 

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The gardens are pretty enough, basically two large ponds filled with water lilies, but the real reason to visit is to see the inside of this house built around a large courtyard. Your guide will take you through the rooms on the first floor which are filled with the owner's original tropical paintings plus all kinds of unique and often... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had just finished a cruise and were looking for something to do for a few hours. This place is amazing! We really enjoyed the tour and the staff couldn't have been more friendly; one nice woman even chauffeured us in a golf cart because she could tell I was struggling to keep walking. Chicagoans, don't miss this slice of... More 

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