HUGH TAYLOR BIRCH STATE PARK
A short walk from beachside shops and condominiums, this park is an oasis of tropical hammocks-a gift from Hugh Taylor Birch to Florida's posterity. His former estate preserves four distinct natural communities, nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. Visitors 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 while bicyclists and skaters glide along the paved park road. Visitors can access the beach via the pedestrian tunnel under A1A. Picnic areas overlook the channel; pavilions with water and electricity are available for rental. A group/youth campground is available to organized groups. The Terramar visitor center features the area's natural and cultural history. Located on East Sunrise Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, off A1A.
The Terramar Visitor Center is Hugh Taylor Birch?s home. Built in 1940, it is a mix of Mediterranean and art deco styles. It contains displays of the history of the area and an environmental display of this unique ecosystem. The Visitor Center is open 9:00 a.m. ? 5:00 p.m., Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays. Admission is free with paid park entrance.
The Elk?s Youth Camp was built by the Fort Lauderdale Elk?s Club in 1950 for non-profit youth groups. It was renovated in 2005 to provide central air conditioning and individual restrooms in each of the 6 cabins. The lodge has complete kitchen and dining facilities for the camp maximum accommodation of 68.
The Primitive Youth Group Camping Area is for non-profit youth groups and can accommodate up to 40 campers. T The Primitive Area accommodations include a restroom, cold water, and cold shower.
The park is adjacent to Ft. Lauderdale Beach, one of the most popular beaches in the state. Beach access is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., daily.