Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

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Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
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Key Info

3109 E. Sunrise Blvd.

Price & Hours

$6 per vehicle with multiple passengers; $4 per vehicle with one passenger; $2 for bicyclists and pedestrians
8 a.m.-sunset daily

Details

Hiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Swimming/Pools Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.4scorecard
  • 4.5Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Located a few blocks north of Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, Hugh Taylor Birch State Park's position between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean makes it a fun locale for all types of travelers. Those looking to get a little wet can canoe or kayak in the largest of the park's coastal dune lakes. Adventurers who want to get their adrenaline pumping can bike along the nearly 2-mile paved park drive. Meanwhile, visitors who prefer to explore by foot can hike the Coastal Hammock Trail, which snakes through a native maritime tropical hardwood hammock ecosystem, one of the last of its kind in the county. Fisherman can make a catch at the seawall, while birders can look for 250-plus species that live in and regularly grace the park.

Many past visitors were quick to call this attraction a hidden treasure that shouldn't be missed, no matter how long your trip to Fort Lauderdale is. Travelers found the park to be an oasis, citing its abundant flora and fauna and plentiful activities as highlights. Others appreciated the easy access to the beach, as there is a tunnel that brings visitors under the highway and directly to the shoreline.

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is open from 8 a.m. to sundown daily. There is a $6 entrance fee for vehicles with up to eight people; single-occupant vehicles pay $4. Travelers who bike or walk to the park will be charged $2. Additional information about the park's activities, including free themed ranger walks, is available on the Florida State Parks website.

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