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Bonnet House Museum & Gardens

3 year-round attractions in Fort Lauderdale

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posted January 27, 2019
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With 23 miles of beachfront promenades and vibrant nightlife, arts and culinary scenes and unique wildlife, Fort Lauderdale has a lot for groups searching for all kinds of adventure. Ivonne Macmillan with Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB recommends these attractions:

1. Bonnet House Museum & Gardens

Bonnet House Museum in Fort Lauderdale
Bonnet House Museum & Gardens (Photo by Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB)

Built in 1920 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it is one of the few remaining oceanfront estates and was the winter retreat of Chicago-born artist Frederic Clay Bartlett and his family. The grounds encompass 35 acres of a native barrier island habitat and five distinct ecosystems. All tours are guided, and visitors can see an impressive orchid collection and learn about how this historical landmark inspires creativity today.


2. Sawgrass Recreation Park

Sawgrass Recreational Park in Fort Lauderdale
Sawgrass Recreation Park (Photo by Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB)

Groups can glide through the grassy rivers of the Everglades on a 30-minute airboat adventure through the park. Passengers will learn fun facts about the Everglades’ unique ecosystem and possibly catch a glimpse of the native and endangered wildlife. They can visit the reptile and exotic wildlife exhibit after the boat ride. Boats leave every 20 to 30 minutes from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


3. Sawgrass Mills

Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills Fort Lauderdale
Sawgrass Mills (Photo by Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB)

With more than 350 retailers, 10 restaurants, two food courts and entertainment venues, Sawgrass Mills is the largest outlet and retail shopping destination in the United States. There are lots of high-end brands to browse at its Colonnade Outlets, including Michael Kors, Tory Burch, Versace and Burberry. The outlets offer foreign currency exchange, stroller and Smarte Carte rentals and complimentary wheel chairs.

For more information, contact Ivonne Macmillan or go to sunny.org.

Top photo: Bonnet House Museum & Gardens
Photo by CC Flickr/Julie Corsi: bit.ly/2R5u8IK

 


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