As the temperature rises to the 80s, it's safe to say that Florida’s “winter season” is officially over. That means residents can finally enjoy outdoor activities again, which are abundant in popular spring break destination Fort Lauderdale. From beaches to city parks, Fort Lauderdale has plenty of interesting spots to check out including the well-known Hugh Taylor Birch State Park that one ups traditional parks with its 180 acres, oceanfront views, on-site restaurant, and myriad of fun activities to enjoy outdoors.

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Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is one of Fort Lauderdale's most popular landmarks. Nestled between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic, the park has breathtaking views of the water on both sides visitors can take in while enjoying the park's many amenities, some of which include two playgrounds for children, a paved two-mile loop, bike and segway tours, and a variety of trails. There are also water-related activities and amenities like manatee-spotting, water taxi access, and canoes for rent to paddle along the mile-long fresh water lagoon. 

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is open from 8:00 a.m. to sundown all 365 days of the year with admission at $2 per person (cash) and parking $6 per vehicle. While spending a day at the park, guest can head to the onsite Park & Ocean restaurant and bar. This unique Caribbean and Southern-inspired restaurant offers a "farm-to-table" menu and an in-house brewery serving specialty beers, cold brew coffee, and iced tea on tap.  

The upcoming week's forecast is mostly sunny with temperatures in the low 80s, making Hugh Taylor Birch State Park the perfect destination for a morning jog or family picnic. Get ready to lace up those sneakers and pack up all the kid's favorites to have fun in the sun at one of Florida's most beautiful state parks!

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