Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

Freshwater fun in Florida

In 1893, a Chicago attorney purchased a 180-acre parcel of oceanfront property for a mere dollar an acre. He donated the three-and-a-half mile stretch of Fort Lauderdale beach to the State of Florida for preservation. Today, the resulting Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is a freshwater lagoon system eco-tourists love. Here, canoeists can paddle up to wading birds, hawks, ducks, turtles and other wildlife.

Outdoor Focus

Ranger-guided walks are free with park admission. The Terramar Visitor Center, once the home of Hugh Taylor Birch, offers exhibits and a short video on the natural and cultural history of the park. Other outdoor highlights include:

Area Attractions

Area Events


While the nights on Hugh Taylor Birch State Park are for star-gazing, in nearby Fort Lauderdale Las Olas Boulevard is anything but quiet. Endless nightclubs, comedy clubs, jazz clubs, outdoor cafes and fine dining possibilities can keep you entertained well into the night.


Camping is available for up to 72 people, with facilities that include six cabins, an air-conditioned meeting / dining room and a fully-equipped kitchen. If primitive camping is more your style, you're welcome to pitch a tent. Be sure to make reservations since the beach is popular. If the campground is full, or you prefer to sleep indoors, Fort Lauderdale offers a wide range of accommodations, from small motels to luxury hotels and condos.

Need to Know

Eco-tourists love all the wildlife, nature walks and seclusion Hugh Taylor Birch State Park has to offer. If a Hugh Taylor Birch escape is your idea of a dream vacation, let Florida Beaches Guide help make it a reality.

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