Visit Bonnet House Museum & Garden in Fort Lauderdale

Visit Bonnet House Museum & Garden in Fort Lauderdale

Traveling through South Florida? Please take an hour to visit beautiful preserved lands on the coast of Fort Lauderdale. Located on a barrier island with the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Intracoastal Waterway to the west, the Bonnet House estate significant remains supports natural coastal Broward County habitat. Check out the mangrove swamp video below!

Self guided tour through the gardens begins at the mangrove swamp and boat house. The area contains black, red and white mangroves. Video Credit: Unified Events Youtube.
Courtyard foundation at the front door for the Bonnet main house. The interior is bright and filled with yellow decorative spaces, the tower behind the fountain was once the tallest building in Fort Lauderdale.
Photo Credit: Din Hen
Bonnet House Slough is the marshland leading to the Bonnet House beach. Located behind the main house, the Chickee Bridge is the passageway pictured above.
Photo Credit: Din Hen
Desert Garden designed by Frederic Bartlett and located on the southeast corner of the property is approximately 3/4 acre barrier between the natural island habitat and the main house. Photo Credit: Din Hen
Orchid Greenhouse where an extensive orchid collection is cared for when the plants are not in bloom. located between the main house and staff cottages.
Photo Credit: Din Hen

Sitting on 35 acres and named after the bonnet lily that grows on the marshland, the area is registered nationally as a historic landmark within the city of Fort Lauderdale. Construction launched in 1920 and completed in the 1940s. The Birch and Bartlett families were affluent artists from Chicago and traveled the world extensively. Their eclectic style is seen vividly throughout the ground design and decoration.

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