Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
Know Before You Go
Effective June 3, 2021: The pavilions and group campgrounds at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park are currently unavailable. The tram is available on Saturday and Sunday only. All other amenities are open.
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.