On one of my first Saturdays in Fort Lauderdale, I decided to go to the beach. I wanted to go for a walk somewhere first, so I looked up parks in the area.
I found Hugh Taylor Birch State Park and decided to go walk around the park. It was the perfect place to spend the morning before a beach day at Fort Lauderdale Beach.
The park has a fee, but it was only $4. Let me tell you… It is 100% worth it. You have to pay to park anywhere near Fort Lauderdale Beach and it can be very stressful trying to find a parking spot on the busy street that runs along the beach.
I tried going to Fort Lauderdale Beach once before and I ended up turning around because it was too overwhelming.
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park makes it so easy to enjoy a day in the park and the beach. There is direct beach access through the park, so you can park your car in a safe parking lot, explore the park and then enjoy a day at the beach.
There is a main road that runs through the park as well as little trails that go through the native maritime tropical hardwood hammock ecosystem.
There were a lot of cyclists riding on the main road. The park also rents out paddle boards and kayaks on the largest of the park’s coastal dunes lakes.
I decided to explore the trails and found hundreds of little crabs. I also saw a lot of butterflies. I will warn you, if you go, I advise putting on mosquito repellent. Mosquitos love me and I started to get bit when I was walking through the side trails.
Fishing is also a popular activity and is allowed in any public access area including from the Intracoastal Waterway seawall.
I saw a lot of families enjoying the park’s picnic areas with barbecue grills.
There is a tunnel straight from the park to Fort Lauderdale Beach that also passes a restaurant. The restaurant is Park & Ocean. It sits amid a garden in a shady grove and features oceanfront seating and views. I had the best day exploring the park and hanging out at the beach.
I highly recommend exploring the park if you are thinking about visiting Fort Lauderdale beach.