Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, Fort Lauderdale

4.3
#3 of 11 in Nature in Broward County
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. The park closes at sundown each day. By using our Fort Lauderdale online tour planner , you can arrange your visit to Hugh Taylor Birch State Park and other attractions in Fort Lauderdale.
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  • We visited here at around 4pm and found we had to pay to go into the park. We walked some way on a road and found one route blocked off and the other way quite boring. We then followed the woodland pa...  more »
  • small and nice park for couple of hours visit, one of ft. lauderdale landmarks, don't miss the large banyon tree.  more »
  • Located little North from Las Olas and Ft. Lauderdale Beach Park is this big Park. If you have a car, you enter from E Sunrise Blvd and if you are walking, you can enter from North Ocean Boulevard, wh...  more »
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  • Best park ever! This place is family friendly and it has lots of activities to spend your weekend. This park has bike rental, kayak and canoe rentals as well. It has a restaurant where you can enjoy hamburgers, tacos,sandwiches etc. And for drinkers there is a nice bar with a friendly bartenders that will help you with your favorite cocktails. Outside the restaurant you will find benches for the people that would like to eat outside the restaurant also while you are eating or after finish eating you can enjoy playing Chess, Checkers or Jenga with your friends and family. These games are set up outside for any one that wants to play and it's free! I highly recommend this place 😀
  • Easy Access to get there. Beach access excellent. Restaurant provided great service. Love how they assisted with beach chairs and umbrella rentals at affordable pricing. Will definitely return to this park.
  • This park is absolutely fantastic. Newly renovated and fabulous! First of all the parking is pretty awesome it is right on the beach and you can bring your stuff right to the beach which is great. itself is pretty beautiful although it is a bit windy. if you go across the street to the park that area is newly renovated there's giant checkers, giant jenga, trees to climb, it is just super fun for children and it is very dog friendly. music is good with the chill vibe restrooms are pretty clean there is food you can buy alcohol at the bar even mixed drinks. there is ample seating so you can accommodate lots of people. we come here every year and will definitely be back
  • This tucked away state park has some pretty cool amenities. For the historian; there are guided tours of Terramar manor. For the athletic patron, well there are kayak and boating rental options ( not to mention the Atlantic Coast for a swim). Families can check out the on-site playgrounds and water taxi docks. Plenty of space for nature trails and bike paths. Hugh Taylor state park even has a hidden gem cafe equipped with frozen drinks. Parking is plentiful.
  • My husband and I wanted to take a bicycle ride outside of the bustle of the busy streets. I found that this park offered a flat bike/walking trail that would offer just this. We read that it's a $2 entry for pedestrians and bicyclists which we paid as we entered (cash only). It's a simple 2 mile loop which brings you back towards the front entrance. There was a lot of greenery but not a whole lot of other diverse set of plant life that I had expected. We did, however, see a "gopher tortoise" sitting in it's hole in the ground which was fun and interesting. We also saw a few kinds of birds around the park. I had expected to see a bit more wildlife or some flowering plants but unfortunately did not. We passed by a sign labeled wild flower preservation area but maybe they were out of season because there were no flowers at all. We also locked up our bikes and took a short hike on one of the many walking trails offered along the main road. I would probably come back to do this again. There was a surprisingly decent amount of cars on the road. The road was quite narrow at certain points so you have to be mindful of crossing, pedestrians and cars all sharing the same path. For what it's worth to maintain such an area is what costs the $2 but I probably would be willing to pay more to see a bit more? Either way, I was happy with my bike ride because it felt very peaceful and serene. It was a nice quiet ride with touches of shade and sun here and there. Overall definitely a 3.5 rating more so than a solid 3.
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