Flamingo Gardens in Davie brings together a lush tropical garden with a historic plantation and a wildlife sanctuary. It is an easy drive of about 25 minutes from Fort Lauderdale, and is well worth the trip. The courtyard has a snack bar, a gift shop, and garden center, beautiful parrots and a great playground for the kids. What is even better is that this area is outside the actual park so it is free and could easily be a great morning trip for families.
Inside the park there is a Florida section with animal exhibits. In this part of the gardens guests can view playful acrobatic otters swimming, two large alligators, bobcats, turtles, a Florida Panther, and even have lunch at an outdoor café while watching the flamingos in a naturalistic pond. Hourly tram tours launch nearby and take guests on an educational botanical tour of the amazing Champion trees and other plants on the park property.
Don’t miss the Historic Wray Home that has stood at the site since 1933. Guided tours offer the guest a glimpse into the past to help truly understand what life would have been like to live on a plantation in Florida without modern day conveniences.
Flamingo Gardens is also a home to many varieties rehabilitated Bird of Prey. These are generally birds that have been injured in the wild, but are no longer strong enough to fend for themselves in the wild. This section of the park offers the opportunity to see Golden Eagles, Bald Eagles, Vultures and several types of owls.
The best part of this beautiful facility is the Free Flight Aviary filled with native everglades species. The Aviary is 25,000 square feet and offers guests the chance to walk through natural Florida environments and get face to face with wetland birds. It is not unusual to have to stop and wait for a spoonbill or a wood stork to step out of the way in order to continue the tranquil stroll through this beautiful exhibit. Warning, children will love to feed the ibis, assortment of ducks and spoonbills and may not want to leave.
Flamingo Gardens offer many special events throughout the year and members can get in for free to all of them, making a membership here more than worth its weight in gold.