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Bonnet House

900 North Birch Road | Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 | Official website
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  • Type: Museums, Sightseeing
  • Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
Overall Rating: 3.5 (3.6)
Value: 3.0 (3.0)
Facilities: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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This house sitting in the middle of the city has a long romantic history. In 1895, a wealthy settler bought the 35-acre house (and named it after the Bonnet lily flower that grew on the grounds) as a wedding gift to his daughter and her husband. The newlywed couple began sprucing their winter getaway up until her untimely death in 1925. The husband, Frederic, soon remarried. The new couple continued decorating the house until Frederic's death. Several decades later in 1983, Evelyn Fortune Lilly donated the house to the state's Trust for Historic Preservation and is now available for guided tours for visitors.

The plantation home is ornately decorated and filled with artwork (all three residents of the house were artists of some kind), but the estate's grounds are also well worth the visit. The campus is lush and beautiful for a nice walk through nature and even sometimes accompanied by monkeys.

Call ahead for guided tour times of the house (mandatory) and the grounds (not mandatory, but recommended). And be prepared for a steep entry fee, though there are some discounts available for students, senior citizens and children ages six and under.

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