Hugh Taylor Birch State Recreation Area

Fort Lauderdale

This lusciously tropical park contains one of the last significant maritime hammocks in Broward County. There are mangroves and a freshwater lagoon system (great for birding) and several endangered plants and animals (including the golden leather fern and gopher tortoise). You can fish, picnic, stroll the short Coastal Hammock Trail or cycle the 1.9-mile park drive.

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5. NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale

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6. Riverwalk

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