Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, Fort Lauderdale
(4.3/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web)
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park brings a tropical forest right into the city. The park, a former estate left to the city by Hugh Taylor Birch, is home to snakes, butterflies, turtles, and gopher tortoises. Rent a canoe and paddle around the lagoon, walk the nature trails, or visit the beach. Explore the visitor center inside Birch's Art Deco-style house to see exhibits about the park's ecosystem, the history of Fort Lauderdale, and Birch himself. Bring along a picnic and relax in one of the pavilions in the park. Before you head to Fort Lauderdale, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Fort Lauderdale trip itinerary maker, to make sure you see all that Fort Lauderdale has to offer, including Hugh Taylor Birch State Park.
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TripAdvisor
  • Nice walk with some nature trails. One of the trails has an audio commentary which can be downloaded. It works...sort of :p. The vegetation isn't particularly interesting and there wasn't much sign of...  more »
  • The Park is a beautiful place, could be better care, but still care is done and is a good place to walk with your pet.
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  • Other than the huge banyan tree there wasn't much to it. Walked the trails and the only wildlife we saw were spiders. It was pretty and considering it was only $2 each for walk ins, wasn't a bad value...  more »
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  • Great hiking/walking area. Good for fishing, running, walking, exploring, and getting bit by mosquitoes. Crap ton of mosquitoes and spiderwebs, and no fence around the river. Cool trees and playgrounds. Also a great view of the Pavilion and the docks. Overall a 8/10
  • I went there for the nature that is advised and saw nothing but a kind of abandoned park. They have some trails, technically a kayak rental (in a super small pond) and places to make a barbecue. Of I'd know better I wouldn't had wasted my vacation time here.
  • This place makes a lot more sense than parking in the metered lots. New to the area, and found this by chance/accident one weekend when they had the main beach parking lot closed down and the smaller lots and street parking were absolutely nuts as a result. It was 6 bucks to enter and you can leave your car there all day. It has direct beach access (there's even a tunnel under the road, so you don't have to cross) and is far enough away from the major parking lots that the stretch of beach is relatively uncrowded, but not so far away that you can't head down there to eat at the restaurants or drink a margarita from a glass big enough to put your whole head in. It's about a mile and a half walk to those places, but there are other restaurants much closer along the way. We parked here for a second time by design for Father's day weekend and walked a short trail in the park before heading to the beach, and it was interesting. Felt very secluded despite being just yards from the road at times. We plan to come again and devote more time to the park itself before heading across to the beach. Bottom line: If you're going to spend a day at the beach, parking here will save you money, even if you don't want to explore the park at all.
  • Nice park with a lot of space to wander around. Keep an eye on the signs since there's not that many. Inconvenient one way lane around the park. Other than that it was a nice quiet experience at the park.
  • The Bayan Tree really is amazing to see and play on. Plus the ocean is beautiful. Plenty of great sights to see on the trails.