Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

 

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

The Park is located on East Sunrise Blvd and A1A. The fact that this park has more than 200 species of wading birds is impressive. I am more impressed with the Gopher tortoise and yes I did see one during my visit. The Gopher tortoise is considered a

gopher tortoise

gopher tortoise

keystone species because he digs holes that provides shelters for at least 360 other animal species, Gopher tortoise is the State tortoise for Florida.

The park does also have a freshwater lagoon, Kayak and Paddle Board rentals are available. If you have your own kayak or paddleboard it’s pretty easy to drop it into the water. I do suggest bringing water shoes the muddy water does not feel great on your feet. The freshwater lagoon is about half a mile long, however, there are 2 narrow paths one at the beginning of the lagoon on your right and another at the end of the lagoon that adds

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

a little more distance. When you paddle the lagoon large iguanas could be noticed on the trees in many different colours some are really good at blending in. The Iguanas are not native to Florida and they are called chicken of the tree in Carribean islands. I just like the way they look the once with the spikes are my favorite.

” keep our state parks clean use reusable water bottles and don’t litter”

The park is great for bicycling and in-line skates, the trail is 1.9 miles one way around

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

the park. It is highly recommended to wear a helmet because you are sharing the road with cars that are in the park, The park is also across the street from Fort Lauderdale beach making it easy to park and enjoy a full day without paying an arm and a leg. The Park and Ocean restaurant located near south is a perfect place to enjoy a quick-lunch and adult drink. They do offer outdoor seating and the prices are not bad.

overall this is a nice park that is located in Fort Lauderdale. I do suggest the park for both locals and tourists. The park has plenty of other features their website is listed below the address and remember to keep our parks clean for everyone’s enjoyment.


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address

3109 E Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
floridastateparks.org
phone (954) 564-4521
Hours :  The park is open from 8:00 a.m. until sundown

Admission Fee:

$6.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.

$4.00 Single-occupant vehicle or motorcycle.

$2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.

 

Rainbow River

Miles of Crystal Clear Water

Rainbow River State Park

Rainbow River State Park

Rainbow River is really amazing and probably one of my favorite springs in Florida. It is located 2 hrs from Orlando in Dunnellon. My best suggestion is to park at KY hole and paddle upstream to Rainbow River State Park. The State Park has parking for kayaks and paddle boards near the canoe lunch site that’s on your left. Bring a few dollars with you for the park entrance fee, They also have a gift shop. If you did not bring your own kayak KP Hole has kayak and SUP rentals.

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Crystal River

Introducation

I kind of wanted to introduce myself before I start talking about Crystal River. I am brand new to blogging,My wife has a lot more experience with proper grammar If you notice any typos I apologize my wife “ Editor” is traveling at the moment. I like taking pictures I like exploring and sharing what I find. I’m interested in technology, real estate and traveling I’m also business major. I am not going to make my blogs data-heavy just quick and to-the-point.

Crystal River

Crystal River is located 2 hours from Orlando and 1 hour and a half from Tampa. During the winter season Crystal River is home to the manatees. Crystal River also has Three Sisters Springs Refuge which is a great spot to see the manatees

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The Dania Beach Erojacks

Dania Beach Snorkeling

Eagly Ray at Dania Jacks

Eagly Ray at Dania Jacks

If your in Fort Lauderdale or just happen to be in the area check out the Dania Jaxs. Its artificial reef located 300 feet from shore. The Jaxs stretches 1,500 feet until the first reef edge. The reef is located inside Dr, Von D Mitzell Johnson State Park. Once you enter the park drive until the first parking lot on your right. Get your gear and walk towards the beach, a bathroom and outside shower are located on your left after you cross the bridge. The bridge goes over Whiskey Creek. Whiskey Creek is great for paddle boards and kayaks. I do suggest wearing long sleeves to avoid the mosquitoes and noseeums if you decide to paddle here in the afternoon.

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Alexander Springs

  Alexander Springs is located one hour from Daytona and 1 hour and 20 minutes from Orlando. The spring is located in Ocala National Forest which is 673 mi2 in area. The water temperature year-round is 72 degrees. The park offers canoe and kayak rentals and camping is available. The park fee is $5.50 per person and $6.50 for scuba diving. 

The website USDA “United States Department of Agriculture” has additional information click here . This is a nice relaxing park but since we started talking about USDA that also makes me think about food. The best idea on the way to the park is to stop at a Triple Z family market to get some supplies to enjoy the rest of your day.

One final Note we hope to visit the spring this year to provided some new updated photos stay tuned.

“Always contact parks before visiting to have the most updated hours and possible closures”

Alexander Springs Recreation Area map

Alexander Springs Recreation Area Map

 

Suggestions for Alexander Springs

  • Bring towel and snorkel gear
  • Bring Food
  • Bring Camera
  • Arrive early if coming during summer
  • Check out the other springs in the area Juniper Springs and Silver Glen Springs

PARK INFORMATION FOR Alexander Springs Recreation Area

Address: 49525 County Rd 445, Altoona, FL 32702

Hours: Opens 8AM-8PM 7/Days a week

Phone: (352) 669-3522
Visit online floridasprings.org for more information