There are places so unique in the world, that seem to exist from the mind of a fiction author. There is a park in Fort Lauderdale where you can't help but feeling that you went through the wardrobe and landed in the magical land of Narnia. Giant trees, romantic mangrove-covered trails and whimsical canals you can kayak are among the things you can experience at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park near Miami.
This park is considered the Central Park of Fort Lauderdale thanks to the beauty of its surroundings and the many things you can do there.
If you want to break your routine this weekend, now that the weather is beginning to improve in Florida, you can have a memorable adventure here.
The 180-acres oceanfront hidden gem has some spectacular ancient live oak trees covered with resurrection ferns and air plants.
They are certainly huge, but also easy to climb to get great pics. You can also have a memorable picnic for a date night that will make you feel like you're in a Hallmark Movie or just rest & relax in this surreal place.
But if you are more of an active person, take a walk or go biking on the 1.9-mile paved loop road, a beautiful mangrove-covered trail; or you can take a dip in the adjacent beach that is lined with a wavy white wall and has a paved walkway along A1A.
Another truly magical experience is rowing your kayak down the historic (and magical!) 60-year-old moat, recently restored by Park Services.
The narrow canal will make you feel like you're in a secluded forest. The moat was created by Hugh Taylor Birch, owner of the land before it was donated to the state and was converted into a state park.
In Park & Ocean, you can rent paddleboards, kayaks or canoes to go for an adventure through the moat, the lagoon or even reach the sea. The enchantment you'll see is incredible and all thanks to the lush vegetation, and you can even stroll on a sunset or moonlight guided tour.
For refreshment, Park & Ocean serves cold beers and yummy bites in their wood-paneled restaurant built into the park’s entrance. it also has picnic tables and chairs outdoors under the shade of seagrape trees, all overlooking the beach.
The park is open 365 days a year from 8:00 a.m. until the sun sets and the visit only costs $6 per vehicle.
But if you rather turn your day trip into a weekend stay, Elks Youth Camp can accommodate up to 68 people in 6 cabins with bathroom & A.C. There are kitchen and dining rooms available; as well as a bonfire zone. To book you can call 954-564-4521.
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
Price: $6 per vehicle
Address: 3109 East Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL
Why You Need To Go: You'll feel like you're in Narnia at this surreal place in Fort Lauderdale. Do we need to say more?
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