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HUGH TAYLOR BIRCH STATE PARK.
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is situated in Fort Lauderdale on East Sunrise Boulevard off the A1A and is open from 8 am to sunset every day of the year.
This Park was donated to the State by Hugh and sits nicely between an intra coastal water way and the Atlantic Ocean. This park provides the opportunity to swim, fish, canoe and ride a 2 mile hard loop on bikes, skates or segway. Lots of the work in this park is carried out by enthusiastic volunteers.
There is a concession where you can rent a bike, tandem or book a segway tour; they also have drinks, snacks and souvenirs for sale. If you call this number 954 235 5082 they will give you more information on all of these services.
Canoes are available to hire at just $5. 30 an hour and you will find these on the largest of the lakes. This is a great way to explore the area and rangers lead canoe tours sometimes; call the park to find out when they are taking place and also to reserve your place as numbers are limited.
There are 2 main walking trails; an exotic trail which features plants brought in by Hugh and a Coastal Hammock trail that leads you through forest and coastal strand. Here you may spot foxes, oppossum, racoons and squirrels. If you notice an animal like smell, this is likely to be the white stopper tree; a ranger will point these out for you.
During the winter months, the Park Rangers run walking tours on the coastal hammock; these have been happening on fridays at 10. 30 am (check this out before you go)
You are permitted to fish from the sea wall, but not from the wet lands. Snapper, tarpon and jack are among the fish you are likely to catch. It is best to fish after high tide since the small bait fish will have swept into the waters from the wetlands.
Access to the beach is by way of an underground tunnel from the A1A and here you can swim, sunbathe and relax.
If you are a bird spotter, look out for Caribbean varieties and migrating birds (200 varieties have been identified here)
There are several picnic areas in this park with pavilions providing some welcome shade; some have play grounds and there are also barbecues provided.
Do take time out to go to the visitors center; this was once Hugh Tayloy Birch's home and here you will learn abouth the local history and culture. there is also a good environmental exhibit. Entrance to the visitor center is free with your park entrance.
If you are visiting during Dec there is a Winterfest Boat Parade and in May there is an Air and Sea Show (check with the park for exact dates)
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
3109 East Sunrise Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304
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Page added on: 5 February 2008
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