Welcome to Wilton Manors, a picturesque city bustling with fun, nature, and so much more. Dining at delicious restaurants, enjoying a drink at the local bars, or shopping at the many fabulous boutiques, there’s so much to do in our city. When you’re not busy grabbing a drink or dancing the night away, there are many parks, museums and historical homes worth checking out.
Here are some, but certainly not all, of our favorite must-see landmarks in and around Wilton Manors. There’s a thing or two for everyone on this list, see what speaks to you!
7 Cool Landmarks Near Wilton Manors
Location: 1975 NE 15th Ave, Wilton Manors
This beautiful 8.5-acre park features an elevated boardwalk that weaves through mangroves. In total, there are 7 acres of sprawling mangroves to be seen here. Plus, there’s a beautiful picnic pavilion that offers the perfect place to stop for lunch.
So many animals call this park home, and you just might have a chance to spot some of them as you traverse across the elevated boardwalk that hoovers over the wetland areas of the Middle River on the way to the backside of the park.
The park is open between 8 am and dusk Thursday through Monday. It is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Fern Forest Nature Center
Location: 201 S Lyons Rd, Coconut Creek, FL
Home to over 30 different types of ferns, including the endangered and primitive whisk fern, this flourishing urban oasis offers so much beautiful nature – including 10 plant communities that are each identified within distinct boundaries.
Key features include an amphitheater, exhibit hall, meeting room, natural trail, picnic area, as well as a space where public art and design is showcased. There are 2.2 miles of trails to explore, offering a round-trip loop.
Established in 1979, the park spans an impressive 247 acres.
It is free to enter the park. Hours are 9 to 5 pm, Monday through Sunday.
World AIDS MUSEUM and Educational Center
Location: 1201 NE 26th St. #111, Wilton Manors
As part of Wilton Manors rich LGBT+ culture, one must visit the World AIDS Museum and Educational Center. It is the first AIDS museum in the entire world and there is so much to learn here. It might seem like a bleak topic, but this museum is largely viewed as a celebration of life and how far we have come over the years.
Learn more: https://worldaidsmuseum.org/
Location: 335 SE 6th Avenue
Welcome to the original home of Frank and Ivy Stranahan – the founders of Fort Lauderdale.
This beautiful home remains the oldest surviving structure in Broward County. It’s served as a home, a post office, a trading post, and a town hall. Today, it serves as a museum that offers an interesting peek back into the past.
Learn more: https://stranahanhouse.org
Indian Mound Park
Location: Hibiscus Avenue & NE 13th St.
Indian Mound park offers visitors a chance to visit an important Gulf Coast archaeological site and mound. Ancient people inhabited this land from 1000 BC to 1350 AD, and there is plenty of history to be found in the land. Archeological digs in the 1960s uncovered incredible finds.
Popular activities at the park include bird watching, canoeing and kayaking, picnicking, shoreline fishing and wading, hiking the paved and cleared trails, as well as playing sports in the open areas.
Location: 3038 N Federal Hwy
This local shopping center is considered a local landmark with a historical building that showcases the signature mid-century modern architecture indigenous to the region.
Location: 2020 Wilton Dr, Wilton Manors
Looking to hang out in the great outdoors? Hagen Park offers something for every generation – from kids through senior citizens. There’s a playground for kids 2 to 12 years old, volleyball courts, basketball courts, six tennis courts and a fitness center.
Learn more: https://www.wiltonmanors.com/159/Hagen-Park
Other landmarks to check out include:
- Las Olas Boulevard Bridge
- Florida East Coast Railroad Bridge
- Sunrise Boulevard Bridge
Looking for more suggestions? At Inn on the Drive, we are always happy to help point our guests in the right direction to suit their lifestyle, interests, and so forth.