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A gateway to the Everglades and much more.

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.  

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 John U. Lloyd Beach State Park  in Dania Beach. The park offers fishing, canoeing and other boating, and one of the area's most important turtle nesting beaches. 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.

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BILLIE SWAMP SAFARI

Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation in the Florida Everglades
Off of I75 (Alligator Alley)
30000 Gator Tail Trail
Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation, FL 33440
863-983-6101
Airboat rides, swamp buggy tours and Native American culture! Learn about the Unconquered Seminole Tribe of Florida on the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation located in the Florida ...more

CRYSTAL LAKE SAND PINE SCRUB

3299 N.E. Third Ave
Pompano Beach, FL 33064
954-357-8700
Very rare sand pine scrub community. Canopy of sand pine or scrub oaks and subcanopy of saw palmetto, small scrub oaks, and hog plum. Reindeer lichen, spike moss, prickly pear, pawpaw, scrub mint, ...more

DEERFIELD ISLAND PARK

1720 Deerfield Island Park
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
954-357-5100
Deerfield Island is a 53.3-acre nature-oriented park that offers outdoor recreational opportunities and environmental education. Marina, nature trails, primitive group camping, playground, fishing.more

EASTERLIN PARK

1000 N.W. 38th St.
Oakland Park, FL 33309
This 46.6-acre Designated Urban Wilderness Area is a magnificent example of cypress and mixed cypress forest. Campgrounds, primitive group camping, playground, nature trail, disc golf course, ...more

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