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 TaylorBirch 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
website: http://floridastateparks.org/hughtaylorbirch ______________________________________________________________________
FERN FOREST NATURE CENTER:
Only two and half miles from Wynmoor, Fern Forest is a 247.1-acre Designated Urban Wilderness Area. The park takes its name from the abundance of ferns (more than 30 species) found on the property. The park is also part of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail.
Visitors can explore the park via a number of different paths and raised wooden boardwalks.
Note: Hours are 9am to 5pm.
The entrance to the park is located on Lyons Road just south of the intersection of Lyons and Atlantic Avenue. The entrance is on the right side of the southbound lane.
website link: http://www.broward.org/parks/fernForestNatureCenter
TRADEWINDS PARK AND STABLES:
At 626.7 acres, Tradewinds Park & Stables is one of Broward County’s largest and most diverse parks. On the south side of Sample Road, you’ll find a disc golf course, a lake for fishing, athletic fields, and world-famous Butterfly World. On the north side of Sample, the park offers horse stables, an educational farm, and model steam train rides. Both sides of the park include playgrounds and picnic areas, as well as shelters of various sizes available to rent.