Hugh Taylor Birch State Park has long been one of Fort Lauderdale and Broward County's most cherished landmarks. This world-class, oceanside urban setting - also known as the Venice of America - is home to over a million residents who enjoy a sun-kissed lifestyle. It's also a coveted vacation destination that eagerly welcomes millions of visitors each year. This beautiful tropical city - with its stellar, towering five-star hotels; sophisticated, gleaming condominiums and office buildings; and pristine residential developments that beautifully line the playful Intracoastal Waterway - also boasts one of South Florida's most amazing unspoiled and protected parks of natural beauty.
Located north of Sunrise Boulevard and along the scenic AIA (directly across from the Atlantic Ocean), Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is a refuge and a stunning natural park that allows nature lovers the unique opportunity to escape streets and traffic and relax among the tropical foliage and peaceful stolls.
Florida's natural beauty is on display at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park — Photo courtesy of Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau
This South Florida wonder is a hub of activity for hikers - who can walk alone or partake in regularly scheduled ranger-guided walks or the Mid Trail Audio Tour - or for bikers and skaters, who can utilize the two-mile paved park road.
For picnicking, what could be nicer than pavilions with water and electricity provided (for a reasonable rental rate) that overlook the channel, or perhaps just an afternoon calmly sitting along the seawall for an impromptu boat parade or a little fishing? And don't worry about bringing your gear; you can rent a canoe or kayak to paddle along the half-mile freshwater lagoon and bikes or Segways for land. An additional treat for organized groups is a group/youth campground.
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is also home to the last remnant of Tropical Hardwood Hammock in the county, which speaks of the dedication the county has toward the preservation of this setting, despite its many visitors. The variety of native and tropical plant species is reason enough to scout about the place, taking in majestic Banyan trees, stealing snapshots of local birds and wildlife and basking in the solitude which is amazingly quiet despite the hustle-bustle just blocks away.
Various local organizations assist in preserving this valued gem. The Friends of Hugh Birch State Park accept donations for its necessary, continual upkeep and welcomes volunteers to come and do a labor of love. This has been a great opportunity for local groups from schools and the many colleges and universities in the area.
Fort Lauderdale is, without doubt, a vacation hot spot that absolutely has something for everyone, from the urban sophisticate to the nature lover. What more could anyone want?