A short walk from Fort Lauderdale Beach is Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, this park is an oasis of tropical hammock. You can rent a canoe and paddle along a mile-long freshwater lagoon or fish from the seawall. Nature lovers can hike along two short trails and learn about local plants and wildlife.
Spend a day at John U. Lloyd Beach State Park
in Dania Beach and keep the whole family busy with surf fishing, canoeing, swimming and nature study, and is one of the area's most important turtle nesting beaches. With 69 miles of natural coral reef just offshore in Greater Fort Lauderdale, John U. Lloyd Beach has one of the easiest and most interesting shore dives in the area. You can snorkel or scuba dive for an up-close and personal look at the colorful underwater world.
And in summer, you may see turtle hatchlings.
Plan an adventure by taking an Everglades airboat ride to witness exotic flora, fauna, and wildlife from alligators to Florida panthers.
You can explore an abundance of regional parks, nature centers, neighborhood parks, and natural area sites throughout Broward County. Nearly 6,500 acres offer special attractions that include, Butterfly World, batting cages, campgrounds, outdoor fitness zones, riding stables, a skate park/track, disc golf courses, dog parks, an educational farm, golf facilities, model airplane fields, a model steam railroad, Ski Rixen cable water-skiing, a target range, tennis centers, a velodrome and water playgrounds.
Get to know your wild side and dive into the Greater Fort Lauderdale outdoors. Many natural wonders await at sunny.org