Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway on East Sunrise Boulevard, the Hugh Taylor Birch State Park offers a stunning tropical oasis in which to enjoy a range of activities and local wildlife watching. Once home to Hugh Taylor Birch, who donated the estate to Florida’s public, the park is now home to an array of wildlife, including turtles, marsh rabbits, and the gopher tortoise, as well as over 200 species of birds.
A mile-long freshwater lagoon provides the perfect place for swimming, fishing, canoeing, and wildlife watching while other recreational activities include hiking, cycling, inline skating, and Segway Tours. The park has a lovely little beach and several picnic areas scattered throughout the site, and a group/youth campground offers clean camping sites and modern ablution blocks. Located within the Art Deco-style home of Hugh Taylor Birch, the Terramar Visitor Center features intriguing exhibits about Hugh Taylor Birch and the history of Fort Lauderdale, as well as displays of the park's wildlife, ecology, and ecosystems. The Visitor Center is open on the weekends and during holidays.
3109 East Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, 954-564-4521
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