A surprising awaits people who venture a block or so from the beach in Ft. Lauderdale Florida. A large Caribbean style home was built around 1900 and is filled with lots of animals, and treasures from around the world.
I am speaking of the BONNETT HOUSE. A recent tour of the Gardens and the Estate was a welcome relief for the hotel and beach scene.
The House and Gardens are filled with wonderful collections of statues, animals, and paintings. Apparently Fredrick Bartlet used the house as a winter retreat in the 1920s. The first floor is open for tours daily as are the wonderful gardens and grounds.
For a special occasion, attend one of the Bonnet House concerts among the live animals. Yes, Monkeys, Geese and Lizards are all residents of this home. A number of events with the orchestra and the ballet occur at the house. The site is also available for outdoor weddings.
Inside the house are lots of paintings, and artistic pieces. The architecture even takes on an Artsy feel, incorporating bright yellow colors and shells from the sea.
The gardens have a magnificent variety of vegetation, and the friendly grounds keepers are happy to drive you around in a golf cart and tell you stories of the artistic group who lived in the house. This is a great option for people who can’t walk long distances, or tire easily.
Tours for the gardens are $10.00
House and Garden tours are $20.00
Enjoy exploring some of our historical sites while traveling!
Vicky Spencer Rouse
Special Needs Vacation By V