Bonnet House and Gardens
Originally a winter retreat for the Bartlett and Birch families in the 1920s and 30s, the Bonnet House was designed to be an artistic retreat. The house is full of artwork created by the original owner, Frederic Clay Bartlett, as well as the many artists and Frederic and his wife, Evelyn, collected. The house remains in original condition, allowing visitors to feel like they’ve stepped back in time to Roaring 20s.
The gardens offer wonderful examples of 5 different ecosystems, including the highly endangered native barrier island habitat. A desert garden as well as an orchid collection offer more ways to enjoy the grounds. Cockatiels, squirrel monkeys, gopher tortoises, and swans are just some of the animals that wander with you.
What To Expect
Since part of the Bonnet House experience is indoors, weather will only be a factor if a outdoor activities on the grounds are planned. Comfortable shoes are highly recommended, since the house tour requires visitors to remain on their feet for over an hour. There are special accommodations for visitors with mobility issues; call ahead to make special arrangements. Special events, lectures, and concerts are planned throughout the year.
Hours of Operation
The Bonnet House is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm. On Sundays, the museum is open from noon to 4pm. The final tour begins on each day at 2:30pm. The house is closed on Mondays.
Admission for adults is $20. Senior adults aged 60 and over can purchase tickets for $18, while children 6-12 pay only $16. Children under 6 and Bonnet House members are admitted free. Group rates (15 or more) are available for $13. Admission to just the grounds is $10.
How To Get There
The Bonnet House and Gardens Museum is located just outside of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Take I-95 to the Sunrise Boulevard exit. Head east for 4 miles until you reach North Birch Road. Turn right. The road is a dead end, and the parking lot is on the left just before the end of the road.