Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
Winterfest Boat Parade 2021
Effective Dec. 11: Hugh Taylor Birch State Park will be open 8 a.m. to sunset. The park will not serve as the official viewing area for the 2021 Winterfest Boat Parade. The parade viewing area will be located at Las Olas Intracoastal Promenade Park at 300 Las Olas Circle, Fort Lauderdale. Learn more about the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade.
Welcome to Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
Fort Lauderdale’s “Central Park” was gifted to the city by Hugh Taylor Birch, for whom the urban oasis is named.
The ocean-side city of Fort Lauderdale has a population density of 4,761 people per square mile. These residents are fortunate to have their own slice of wilderness amid the highly developed Miami metro area.
Hugh Taylor Birch is the city’s own "Central Park," complete with gopher tortoises and boat access from the intracoastal waterway. It’s easy to see why Hugh Taylor Birch wanted to preserve his estate for future generations to enjoy — it’s an oasis perfect for relaxation and exercise.
The park is a vibrant center for the community of Fort Lauderdale, and residents take pleasure in activities from inline skating to reading under the shade of palms and oaks.
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. A group/youth campground is available to organized groups.
The Terramar Visitor Center features displays regarding the area's natural and cultural history.