Natural Wonders: 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 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.