Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, Fort Lauderdale

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.3/5 based on 550+ 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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  • This is one of the oldest parks in the area and probably the most beautiful next to the beach and ocean. This is a must place to visit. 
  • This park is very well maintained and is really beautiful. I am doing a 5 K run once a year here, and enjoying it. The only issue I have is the mosquitoes in the summer, but this is part of living dow...  read more »
  • We toured the park on segways. We covered alot of ground in a short time. Lots of spiders up in the trees hanging in big webs. Harmless, but creepy! Enjoyed all the vegetation and trails. Good to go d...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Wonderful beach access through tunnel to Fort Lauderdale's North Beach. North beach Fort Lauderdale was totally rebuilt in 2016. Makes for easy parking not having to deal with meters just paying once for entry for all day parking. Spectacular trails wonderful picnic benches along the intracoastal waterway. This park is like stepping back in time to a huge beautiful secret garden. Café,bike rental,Segway rental,water taxi stop on intracoastal in the park.
  • We have lived in Fort Lauderdale for 7 years and didn't visit Birch Park until relatives from Kansas came to visit. We had such a good time! We took the walking tour with Ranger Brian Pressler. He was funny and so knowledgeable. Then we continued to go kayaking in the Atlantic Ocean which is accessible from the park. I can't believe all of this is available right in Fort Lauderdale. Thanks to all of the staff and vendors for making our visit a terrific adventure. We will be going back.
  • Did not dislike the park but whoever works there and answers the phone is Rude! People should be able to call with questions and not feel like they are being rushed, especially when it is in regards to someone with a handicap. A little compassion, courtesy and kindness would not hurt you, Mr Rudeness. Wish I had got your name.
  • 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.
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