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Bonnet House Museum and Gardens

900 North Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 (Central Beach)
954-563-5393
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As featured in 3 days in Fort Lauderdale
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Museums, Gardens, Art Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Ponds with bonnet water lilies and tropical gardens surround this historic 35-acre 1921 courtyard style waterfront home, whose artistic and innovative... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Oakland Park; Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Before anyone lived on this Island -- this island served as a refuge for ship wrecked sailors, Spanish travelers,... as well as aboriginal Tequesta Indians. Evidence dating as far back as 2000 yrs BC. The island was a paradise resembling more like Louisiana than Hawaii. What makes Bonnet House & Birch State Park different is that dispite greedy developers WHI... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

I love visiting beautiful historic homes and sites that are located in the middle of a busy city. Visiting the Bonnet House makes you feel like you are back in time and helps you escape the busy intercity living. Beautiful place to visit even if you go just one time.

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Warragul, Australia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

If you're ever wondering what to do on a rainy day in Fort Lauderdale, or you're wanting to avoid the midday sun, then the shaded gardens of Hugh Taylor Birch's Bonnet House offers an historic and educational alternative to the shopping Mall - and it costs less that what you'd probably spend there. Dating from 1895, Bonnet House seem awkwardly... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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127 reviews 127 reviews
52 attraction reviews
211 helpful votes 211 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

A wonderful look at another side of the Gilded Era. A "plantation house" instead marble and stone. The home is stunning, colorful, eclectic and whimsical. And that is where the very good rating applies. The docent was ill-informed, arrogant and believe it or not, tried to make the tour all about him in relation to the home. If there was... More

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Wethersfield, Connecticut, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

It's a park you have to pay $10 to visit, for just the gardens ($20 if you want a tour of the house too). Basically a nice place to visit, natural wildlife and jungle rainforest. Tons of iguanas, lizards and the strangest (and biggest) spiders with webs everywhere. I understand the need to preserve the area by charging an entrance... More

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New York
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129 reviews 129 reviews
51 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We ENTERED through the gift shop and paid $10 but declined the $2 tour. Maybe that was our tragic mistake. The person at the counter was not rude but not friendly. We were left to wander the grounds as a train/wagon left with a tour group. We figured the tour showed you around the grounds and explained things. As we... More

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The Villages, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

There is nothing to dislike it was an interesting Museum. Everything you wish you could have in your garden is there. It's a master piece of love, nature and design.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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49 reviews 49 reviews
18 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

It is worth your while if you like history. It is a home from the "GUILDED ERA"...very grand! Worth taking the tour to see how the wealthy lived from 1880-1920 in Southern Florida

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Delray Beach, Florida
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284 reviews 284 reviews
72 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Sitting between the Ocean and the Intracoastal is this magnificent old house and grounds. It is like going back in time.

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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We found the Bonnet House via an attractions search on our GPS & it was very interesting indeed. A Florida native in his late 60s who grew up locally gave us a tour. The connection with the family who owned the property & their art now at the Chicago Inst. of Art was fascinating as was their idea of this... More

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