Whether you are in the city for a few days or just on vacation, it is nice to get out and enjoy nature. There is nothing quite like spending time outside breathing fresh air. This is why Fort Lauderdale has some great parks located throughout the area that offer plenty of outdoor activities. Here are three places worth checking out if you want to spend an afternoon enjoying the outdoors:
Fort Lauderdale Beach Park – Main St & S Andrews Ave: The park sits right along side of riverfront near downtown Ft Lauderdale with great views of ships coming into port as well as luxury yachts at anchor nearby. It offers picnic areas, barbecues, grills, kayak rentals, volleyball courts and even access to public restrooms!
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park – 300 E. Birch Rd.: This park is great for all ages and has a nature center, kayak rentals (for those who have previous experience), boat tours of the mangrove forests at high tide or on Saturdays from October to May, trails that are perfect for walking/running plus plenty of picnic areas with grills.
Palm-Aire Country Club – 1201 NE 38th Ave: If you enjoy golfing this course offers 18 holes as well as putting greens and tennis courts available to rent by public. There is also a clubhouse if you want to grab lunch after playing some golf! It’s not just about sports though; they offer summer camps too so kids can learn more about their favorite sport while having fun in the sun!
Harbordale Park- 2900 SW 26th Ave: This park is a bit different and has plenty of playground equipment for kids to enjoy. There are also picnic tables, grills & restrooms available so you can pack your own lunch or head over to the nearby Winn-Dixie supermarket across the street if you would rather grab something there before sitting down with family/friends in this nice little park!
Lake Ida Park – 4801 N Dixie Hwy: If fishing is more your thing then check out Lake Ida where you can fish without needing an expensive license plus they have kayak rentals too (for those who already know how) that make it easier for people to explore all sides of lake. While here, visit their nature center which offers educational opportunities for those who enjoy plant/animal life and science.
These are just a few places that I would recommend to people visiting Fort Lauderdale or looking for something fun to do on the weekends with friends & family.
Additionally, if you are looking for a good place to stay while in the area, I would recommend checking out Fort Lauderdale hotels online and booking something before arriving. This will save you time from having to stop by random places when driving around town or wasting your time at an overcrowded hotel where rooms sell out fast!
It is so great to live in a city that makes it easy for us to enjoy nature and our surroundings.