Fort Lauderdale Bonnet House Ground and Guided Paddle Board Kayak

5 Ratings
  • Live Guide
  • Instant Confirmation
  • E-Ticket
  • 2 hr

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 Barlett's vision and talent.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Sunrise Paddleboards LLC.

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. 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, Egrett's, Ibis, and the rare Great White Heron that can only be found in this part of the world.

Our Tour includes a guided walk through the nature trails and around the Bonnet House Grounds after a relaxing paddle designed for beginners and with eye candy for all skill levels. We proudly have exclusive access from the inland or intracoastal waterway to the center of the property with views that can be seen via our kayak and paddle board tour. The center of the property features the Bartlett's protected boathouse which was a private entrance to the property. Great for Celebrations!
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