If you find yourself in South Florida with some free time, one of the places that comes highly recommended is the Bonnet House Museum and Gardens in Fort Lauderdale. The Bonnet House is one of the top museums in south Florida with fantastic reviews. Hugh Taylor Birch purchased the land that would serve as the grounds for the Bonnet House in 1895 and kept it until giving it to his daughter and husband, Frederic Clay Bartlett, in 1919. Construction of the house began in 1920. In 1984, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and a unique fact about the house is that it served as the finish line for The Amazing Race.

The house is an art museum, gallery and studio featuring the collection of Chicago artist Frederic Clay Bartlett and the property features five unique ecosystems that make up the pristine gardens of the property. The Atlantic Ocean beach and primary dune, freshwater slough, secondary dune, mangrove wetlands, and maritime forest are the distinct ecosystems that make the Bonnet House’s one of the best places to explore gardens in South Florida. The Bonnet House can also be rented out for weddings and other events because it truly is a gorgeous estate. For more information, visit www.bonnethouse.org.