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“Peaceful, beautiful and intriguing part of Fort Lauderdale”

Bonnet House Museum and Gardens
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 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.
Reviewed January 30, 2012

The gardens are lovely, the mansion well-worth seeing, and the story of how this place came to be is fascinating. We paid an extra dollar or two for a golf-cart tour of the grounds and followed it with an included tour of the mansion. The volunteer guides are friendly and very knowledgeable. It was a highlight of our visit to Fort Lauderdale.

Thank Joelaustin7
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Reviewed January 30, 2012

You get to see monkeys in the trees, art and a house with personal artwork. The tour was very nice but it takes approx. 1 3/4 hrs. You can get discount coupons. Parking is free.

1  Thank missmetroAtlanta_ga
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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.

1  Thank jimritch
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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 !

Thank WiltonManorsGuy
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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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