Nature trails, waterways, and the legendary Florida Everglades invite you to get closer to the exotic flora and fauna of Greater Fort Lauderdale. From the gumbo-limbo trees to the sea turtle nests, enjoy scenery like none other.
Greater Fort Lauderdale is the gateway to the Everglades, where wild beauty makes up almost two-thirds of the destination's total area. Take an airboat ride and witness exotic flora, fauna, and wildlife from alligators to Florida panthers. The Everglades also is home to the Seminole Indians, who invite visitors to learn about their proud, ancient culture.
With 3,000 hours of annual sunshine, and year-round average of 77 degrees Fahrenheit, Greater Fort Lauderdale is guaranteed balmy breezes, tropical nights and warm ocean water.
Learn about Broward County's rich history, including Seminole Indian heritage, Major William Lauderdale, the dredging of the Everglades and the South Florida landscape and how it shaped the destination today.
Butterfly World features the largest butterfly aviary in North America, as well as an impelling insectarium and a "buzz-worthy" hummingbird environment. Flamingo Gardens & Wray Botanical Collection offers 60 acres of diverse native plants and trees, a Bird of Prey Center with a free-flight aviary, and the chance to view alligators, flamingos, bobcats and Florida panthers. At Anne Kolb Nature Center in Hollywood, kayak through narrow canals where mangrove trees create a tangled canopy. Other adventures include a day at Mizell-Johnson State Park in Dania Beach. The park offers fishing, canoeing and other boating, and one of the area's most important turtle nesting beaches. Or explore or Everglades Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale, where the family can enjoy airboat rides and gator shows or rent a boat a do some fishing. Did you know that Greater Fort Lauderdale has 69 miles of natural coral reef just offshore? Snorkel or scuba dive for an up-close and personal look at the amazing underwater world.