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Bonnet House Museum and Gardens
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Accredited by the American Association of Museums and listed on the national Register of Historic Places, this 35-acre historic estate on Fort Lauderdale Beach is an extraordinary blend of art, history and nature. The whimsically-designed house was built in 1920 and was home to artists Frederic and Evelyn Bartlett. Bonnet House was the romantic, whimsical winter getaway of wealthy Chicago-born artist Frederic Clay Bartlett and his wife, Evelyn Fortune Bartlett, an artist in her own right. But unlike lavish show-palaces of the era, Bonnet House was a very personal, intimate creation intended just for family and close friends. It's been perfectly preserved in its 1930's and 40's period of significance, full of delightful surprises.
Reviewed January 30, 2012

We did not take a tour of the house because of the high admission: $40 for 2 people. We opted for the tour of the grounds for 10 bucks each and looked at the house from the outside.

The grounds tour follows a path roughly around a manmade pond beside the house. There are several points of interest like the Pavilion by the lily pond, a High turtle population, some wild monkeys and swans and a lonely cockatiel. Also the chickee bridge. The grounds were not in manicured condition but were probably much like they were when the Bartletts lived there in the 1st half of the 1900's.

We enjoyed the walk-we did not take ride around in the golf cart and enjoyed imagining what life must have been in those idyllic days.

I'm sure the house tour would have been interesting and this nonprofit is trying to support itself, but in this case history is too rich for my blood.

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Reviewed January 30, 2012

This is a unique historic site because everything has been left as it was when the owner was living there. The presentation and video at the end is quite unique. Don't miss it !

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Reviewed January 25, 2012

We didn't do the house tour as we were interested in seeing some beautiful nature. Cost was $10 for the grounds only. The walk around the property took only about 15 mins. We did see some different plants, but nothing really that interesting to us. Maybe the house tour makes the visit there worth it???

Thank trav16
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Reviewed January 24, 2012

When looking at a map, I did not realize that there is only one entrance to this facility, and by the time we walked nearly entirely around the perimeter of the wall, we didn't have enough time to tour the grounds...too bad the gift shop wouldn't let us in without buying admission- we would have bought some souvenirs to support the organization! Just be aware that the park is not open on all sides- there is only one gate on the north side.

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Reviewed January 22, 2012

An oasis in the middle of Ft. Lauderdale beach! The tour of the house and gardens was quite interesting. It is a glimpse into what Florida once was, at least if you had the money to enjoy it in style!

It was remarkable...in the middle of the property, all the traffic and noise of Ft. Lauderdale beach simply disappeared! Lovely.

Thank blumen
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