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Bonnet House Museum and Gardens

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Neighborhood: Central Beach
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Address: 900 North Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Phone Number: 954-563-5393
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: 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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What a beautiful retreat in Fort Lauderdale. Hard to believe you are in the city. Going back in history. Relaxing walk through the gardens is a must. Quiet and surreal on a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

What a beautiful retreat in Fort Lauderdale. Hard to believe you are in the city. Going back in history. Relaxing walk through the gardens is a must. Quiet and surreal on a Sunday morning.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

My friend and I have have come to the area many times over the year, bit had never managed to make it here. Our mistake! A beautiful sanctuary of art, history and nature I was especially pleased to learn how the family had repurposed structural elements before it was the thing to do!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

To think we almost skipped this magical place, it would have been a crime! It has everything I love (especially as an amateur photographer). It was lush with trees, bushes and flowers... Had lakes, ponds and unique birds.... And don't even get me started on the monkeys!!!! No joke. I loved our visit through and through.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

We had a lovely guide, Tom T., and enjoyed the tour and the property. I imagine that with a different guide, the experience could be less enjoyable. We learned interesting facts about local history. A fine way to spend 90 minutes and $20. Not sure there is much else in Ft. Lauderdale that offers a similar opportunity.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Just off A1A via Sunrise Boulevard in Ft Lauderdale FL is a once private home decorated and landscaped by a family of artists. Enjoy a guided tour of the plantation style home and surrounding grounds. Learn the history of the family and see their creative decorating style blending in with their old Florida surroundings. We spent a leisurely 2 1/2... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

A good representation of a typical plantation house. Beautiful gardens and you almost feel as if you are in a different world when you are there. Disappointing though that only the groundfloor is open to the public which means only half the house is available for viewing. Takes about an hour and half to do the full tour and costs... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

A hidden gem in the city, so beautiful and magical in an artistic and funky way, a great example of a way of life back in the early 1900's. The house itself is so carefree and eclectic,with artwork and gardens, and architectural designs from around the world, and you can see how the property was designed to blend and work... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Definitely take this guided tour if you find yourself in Fort Lauderdale. Do not be turned off by the relatively unimpressive grounds; the house is astonishing. All of the details and works of art are fantastic.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We found this on trip advisor and were not disappointed. About a 30 minute walk from our hotel but a world away, hidden in the acres of greenery and wildlife. The tour guide Fran was great and the two hours we spent learning about the property and its previous owner was two hours very well spent.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

A surprise find for a hot day. Came across this place by checking my mobile phone for things to do. There is a fee, but depends if you like that sort of thing. Its more of a educational, historical find which I learned a lot about this place. It has been kept in its original form, but a lot of... More 

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