Bonnet House Guided Kayak or Paddle Board ECO Tour with Museum, Gardens, and Grounds Access

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Guided Paddle Tour
Fort Lauderdale Adventures is proud to offer this exploration of the Bonnet House western border for the first time ever. Celebrating over 100 years, we are able to exhibit these saltwater wetlands that support a fragile ecosystem vital to south Florida's ever endangered habitat. We host exclusive canal access that leads to the center of the Bonnet House and was uncharted until our innovative ideas created a new recreational activity for the first time ever at this Historical Preservation of over 100 years. Bonnet House is a haven for migratory birds, year round birds indigenous to Florida wetland and coastal areas, and manatees that occasionally seek refuge in the estate’s Boathouse Canal. The jungle of mangrove trees produces a thick network of intertwined roots to prevent soil erosion and provide shelter and food for fish and wildlife. Manatee, land and sea fiddler crabs, and a variety of saltwater fish find a secure home in this ecosystem. The Cove is the perfect home for our Great Blue Heron, Green Herons, Egret's, Ibis, and the rare Great White Heron that can only be found in this part of the world.

Additionally, guest may choose alternative tours that include routes that differ between our Seven Isles Tour or Venice of America that both feature multi-million dollar mansions, mega-yachts, and the amazing landscapes.

After your Paddle, enjoy a self-guided tour of the Bonnet House and Gardens. We recommend planning for at least 90 minutes to see the site: Visit for the audio tour.
• Start at the Welcome Center to get visitor information, including interactive maps, museum gift shop location,
trails, gardens, restroom locations, and more.
• Use your Smartphone or Tablet to access. There’s nothing to download, just go to the free mobile-friendly

Self Guided Trails, Grounds, and Gardens Access
Five distinct ecosystems can be found on the property including the Atlantic Ocean beach and primary dune, a fresh water slough, the secondary dune which includes the house site, mangrove wetlands, and a maritime forest.
In compliment to the natural vegetation, the grounds contain a Desert Garden composed of arid plantings, a hibiscus garden, and the main courtyard planted with tropical vegetation. Evelyn Bartlett was a passionate orchid collector. Various blooming examples are rotated regularly through the estate’s Orchid Display House. The grounds feature a variety of plants and trees imported from all over the world and when combined with the natural coastal wetlands makes a great home for it's many habitants including Green Heron, Blue Heron, Egrets, Ibis, Hawks, Racoons, Squirrels, and even a Monkey. Your wristband will have you journey thru nature trails, a desert garden, an orchid garden, a seashell garden, and so much more. For complete details visit

Self Guided Historic Art Museum, Gallery and Studio Access
Built in 1920 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Bonnet House Museum & Gardens is one of the few complete homes and studios of two American artists with original furnishings open to the public. Nestled among miles of beachfront development are 35 acres of a native barrier island ecosystem. Chicago-born artist Frederic Clay Bartlett created Bonnet House on South Florida oceanfront land given to him and his second wife, Helen Louise Birch, by her father, Hugh Taylor Birch, a prominent Chicago attorney, real estate investor, and naturalist. Frederic graduated from Munich’s prestigious Royal Academy. The families last request was that the Bonnet House remain preserved in time. The museum has art in every room all the way to Fredericks last days when he was painting the floor in the music room. We can't possibly describe it as you MUST come see for yourself. For complete details visit

About Coconut Cove named by Fort Lauderdale Adventures Founder, Brian Galton
The name came from observing a collection of coconuts that wash up on our tiny beach launch & hideaway and was then made obvious after watching a Disney movie named “HOOT” that was filmed here. Coconut Cove was once a mangrove and buttonwood swamp until the late 1920's, when the U.S. Army Corp. of engineers was granted permission to deposit the fill while dredging the Intracoastal. The fill caused the swamp to perish, which prompted Mr. Bartlett to plant rows of Coconut Palms where the current Bonnet House parking lot exists. The property is a blend of native and exotic flora including a Desert Garden, Orchid House, Shell Museum, Fruit Groves, Freshwater Slough, Wild Coffee, Silver Palms, Coontie Plants shaded by Gumbo Limbo, Seagrapes, Sabal Palms, and Paradise Trees to name just a few splendors in addition to the 1920 Bonnet House Museum with it's incredible architecture built around a Fountain Garden and displaying art, sculptures, and collectibles from all over the world. It is truly the last of Old Florida in the present day and a celebration of the protected history and the legacy of Frederic Clay and Evelyn Bartlett's vision and talent.

Parking is free. Enter the Main Visitor Parking Lot on 9th St. off Birch Road / West Gate.

8:30AM Tuesday thru Sunday by Required 24 Hour Advanced Reservation

Call 954-709-4311 to check availability

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2 to 4 hours
Group Size
no limit
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Meeting Point

900 N Birch Rd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

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