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Step Back In Time & Into Nature At Bonnet House

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Here at Bonnet House, we understand that life can sometimes feel mundane, and it’s easy to feel disconnected and discouraged while stuck in the basic routines of day-to-day life. Work and family life can be all-consuming at times, and it’s only natural to crave new experiences. Fortunately, however, there are a variety of ways to step back from the monotony of your daily routines and experience something truly unique and magical.

The Bonnet House estate is special in that it provides guests the opportunity to step back in time, while also connecting with the beauty and solitude of nature. Though the Bonnet House property was purchased in 1895, the grounds had already witnessed over 4,000 years of human activity, remnants of which can still be seen on the property today. Bonnet House’s modern history, however, began in 1919, when Hugh Taylor Birch gave the property to his daughter. Since then, the estate has served as a cultural and artistic landmark, taking guests back through time to an exciting, bygone era.

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens is also one of the few places in downtown Fort Lauderdale where guests can truly get lost in nature. In addition to their historic significance, the Bonnet House grounds encompass one of the last examples in South Florida of a native barrier island habitat. Five distinct ecosystems can be found on the property including the Atlantic Ocean beach and primary dune, a freshwater slough, the secondary dune which includes the house site, mangrove wetlands, and a maritime forest.

Bonnet House is also 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 natural beauty, and fascinating wildlife makes Bonnet House the perfect place to step back and reconnect with nature.

If you are looking for a way to switch up your routine, be sure to visit Bonnet House Museum & Gardens. Our vast property provides the perfect opportunity to step back in time and into nature. Plan your trip to Bonnet House and purchase your tickets here.

Experience The Tranquility Of Forest Bathing

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It goes without saying that life can sometimes be stressful and that we all, at times, experience feelings of anxiety, sadness, and uncertainty about the future. These feelings are normal in the fast-paced world we live in, but, if prolonged, these f eelings can have very negative effects on both your mental and physical health. In the 1980s, t his realization popularized a new form of ecotherapy called ‘Forest Bathing,’ which involves individuals spending time immersed in nature in order to become more mindful, and connected to the natural world.

Forest Bathing initially had a two-fold purpose: to offer an antidote to work-related burnout, and inspire people to reconnect with the natural world. But since then, Forest Bathing has been scientifically proven to be beneficial for our overall health and wellness. These results have prompted people of all backgrounds to take up the practices, and incorporate them into their routines.

Here at Bonnet House, we recognize that many living in, and visiting our community are experiencing high levels of stress, and anxiety. This is why we have started offering guided Forest Bathing classes in our beautiful gardens. These classes give you the opportunity to join our experienced guide, Don Oprea, in the Bonnet House Hammock and relax among the trees while listening to the sights and sounds of nature around you.

Forest Bathing classes at Bonnet House will take place on the fourth Sunday of each month from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. These classes are $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Pre-registration is also required, and our next class will take place on October 24th, 2021. For more information, feel free to call (954) 703-2606.

If you are interested in slowing down and enjoying two special hours of relaxation with nature, be sure to join us for our Forest Bathing classes. Experience the health benefits of Forest Bathing, and register for classes here!