Nature lovers and beach aficionados flock to Fort Lauderdale’s exquisite beaches and parks. An excellent place for hiking and canoeing, check out the oceanfront Hugh Taylor Birch State Park where you can get out on the open water, or opt for a serene paddle around the freshwater lagoon. In Dania Beach, Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park is another great spot to kayak and picnic on the Atlantic Ocean.
Marking the northern edge of the underwater Florida Reef, the Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse dates back to 1907 and is one of the oldest structures in Broward County. Only accessible via boat, the lighthouse is open for tours a few times a year, so it’s a real treat if you’re able to climb to the top to gaze out at those jaw-dropping ocean views. Head north and you’ll find Quiet Waters Park in laid-back Deerfield Beach. It’s home to a butterfly sanctuary, mountain bike trails, children’s water park, the longest “cable ski” course in the nation, and the popular annual Renaissance Festival.
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