Wilton Manors is where the party is at, but it’s also where so much beautiful nature can be found. When you need to escape the bars and party scene, there’s no shortage of serene locations to go – here are some of our favorites.
7 Beautiful Wildlife Areas in Wilton Manors
#1. Fort Lauderdale Beach
Located just a little over a mile away from Wilton Manors is the stunning Fort Lauderdale Beach. Lie out in the sand, build sand castles, go for a swim in the water, or take a stroll down the sandy coast, there’s no shortage of fun to be had at the beach. From the sun to the surf, this is a great beach to spend the day.
#2. Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
This Florida State Park located in Fort Lauderdale on East Sunrise Boulevard is tucked between the Intracoastal Waterway and SR A1A. It might be right at the center of the city, but it’s the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle. There’s a chance to have a picnic, go camping, swim and canoe – amongst many other pastimes.
Enjoy a little history? Check out the home on site that belonged to the man who originally owned this property before he donated it to the State of Florida.
There’s a lot of walking (or biking) to do, including a 2-mile loop that’ll let you experience the Intracoastal. Hungry? Grab a drink and snack at Park and Ocean. If you get lucky, they might even have live music when you go.
#3. Intracoastal Waterway
The Intracoastal Waterway stretches far beyond Florida, starting all the way in Boston, Massachusetts, and then moving southward along the Atlantic Seaboard before making its way down the tip of Florida. The ICW is made up of inlets, rivers, bays, and some manmade canals.
In Fort Lauderdale, the ICW offers a chance to explore the surrounding natural beauty while also checking out some beautiful homes and even more beautiful boats! It’s easy to access by car, cab or sidewalk – no matter how you get there it’s an ideal way to check out the waterway.
#4. Richardson Historic Park and Nature Preserve
This 5.4-acre park is home to a river board walk and boat dock, observation pier, pavilion area, nature trails, and plenty of natural habitat areas. There’s also a Historical Manor House and Carriage House on site for anyone interested in the local history.
#5. Colohatchee Park
This 8.5-acre community park includes 7 acres of mangrove preserve, offering ample space for native animals to thrive. You never know what you’ll see peeking out from behind the dense greenery as you explore this gem of a park. Take a stroll along the elevated walkway and traverse through the wetland areas of the Middle River.
#6. Island City Park Preserve
Tucked away in the neighborhood of Highland Estates, Island City Park Preserve is one of Wilton Manors’ best kept secrets. You can soak up beautiful views of the Middle River thanks to an elevated walkway. There’s also a fishing pier and canoe/kayak launch if you decide to go out by boat and explore the local waterway.
#7. Colee Hammock Park
This is the perfect place to get lost and enjoy the scenery before enjoying dinner at one of the restaurants located along Las Olas Boulevard. It’s not a huge park by any means, but what it lacks in size it makes up for with its stunning charm. Situated right on the water, it’s a popular spot for picnics and river fishing. There are many events that take place here year-round, so check before you go to see what’s going on.
The Best Place to Stay in Wilton Manors
We welcome you to stay in the heart of the action, all while tucked away in your own private oasis. Inn on the Drive offers the best of both worlds, a chance to walk or take a quick Uber to everything the city has to offer, while having the chance to escape to a semi-private bed and breakfast tucked behind lush trees right off Wilton Drive. Learn more