Bonnet House Museum & Gardens – March Road Trip

Our road trip for March was to the beautiful historic Bonnet House Museum & Gardens in the middle of Ft. Lauderdale on  the beach and intercostal waterway. It is a hidden treasure preserved in the heart of the city. This is truly old Florida and such a gem.

Nestled among miles of beachfront development are 35 acres of a native barrier island ecosystem. The Main House is filled with a collection of art and the personal treasures of the Birch/Bartlett families. Here, you can walk where ancient Tequesta Indians, early European settlers, and shipwrecked sailors once roamed. See one of the finest orchid collections in the continental U.S. and catch a glimpse of wading birds and an occasional manatee.

Much of the natural environment of barrier islands has been lost today to commercial development. A walk along the Nature Trail allows you to step back in time and experience a rare piece of old South Florida. Thanks to Evelyn Bartlett who had the vision to keep the property as it was.

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