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“A pleasant afternoon” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bonnet House Museum and Gardens

Bonnet House Museum and Gardens
900 North Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 (Central Beach)
954-563-5393
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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 owners, famed artist Frederic Clay Bartlett and his wife Evelyn, made equally beautiful inside.
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“A pleasant afternoon”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013 via mobile

If you want a change from beaches, boats and bars this is a good option in the centre of Fort Lauderdale. We booked for the house tour and the guide was very knowledgeable and brought the history of the house to life. There was a lot to see inside the house although you weren't able to take photos. The gardens were very picturesque and there were many species of orchids around which were beautiful. Also if you are lucky you might see some of the wild monkeys.

Visited August 2013
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“Did I mention Monkeys ?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Did I mention Monkeys ? If you love history or gardening like i do then you will love this place. it is a pretty calm and serene place to be. You can walk the gardens free of charge or pay for tours inside the house or tram ride through the gardens. Bring a bagged lunch and refreshing beverage and picnic maybe ? The tours are worth the time... you learn alot about what existed before condo-land and city lights...lol. so the monkeys are not pets , they are actualluy wild. they eat from the fruit and nuts trees... they stay away from people. From what i understand the property has yellow lillies in their fresh water ponds and when the alligators use to pop up their heads-up... lillies use to lay flat on their heads which looked liked yellow bonnets ...aka Bonnet House. You'll meet the swans Helen and Hughes and learn about Rosie the mule/donkey. The state park across the street called Birches were the original owners of property, when their daughter married bartlett they gifted a portion of their property now named Bonnet House. its really a cool way to learn about the history of Fort Lauderdale... have fun. bring bug spray because the grounds are pretty authentic. the visit is as long as you want... 2-3 hours or 4

Visited August 2013
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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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“Wasn't impressed.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

It was Ok really nothing that special. You really couldn't go around that house and take your time to look at things. You have to be on a guided tour to go in the house. To me the highlight was the boat house because you really don't see much of them anymore. There really is nothing to the house. If they would ever open up the upstairs then maybe they might have something more interesting.

Visited August 2013
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Milton, Georgia
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“Just did Outside Tour which was So-So”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

We got there too late to tour the house and opted for the golf cart garden tour. It was pricey ($40 for 4 of us) didn't take very long (about 20 minutes), and the guide was not very knowledgeable. The grounds are interesting but versus other gardens in the area I would not say special. The house and gardens are in a beautiful location that goes between the intracoastal and the ocean. This provides a glimpse into south Florida life in the 30s and 40s for those where money is no object.

Visited August 2013
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“Hidden oasis at Fort Lauderdale beach”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

I have lived in South Florida for 30 years and worked in fort Lauderdale beach for 15 and had never been there. I was surprised to find how nice this place was to visit. Great in depth tour of the house and gardens.
If you are local and never been there you should make a trip sometime to get a sense of what Florida was like in the 1920s.

Visited November 2012
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