Flamingo Gardens in Davie combines four of my all-time favorite things: Florida history, Florida flora and Florida birds and Florida wildlife. (Do you see a theme there?)
I have visited and loved Flamingo Gardens for years. Originally, its big attraction was its historic botanic gardens. It was founded in 1927 by Floyd Wray, who first planted citrus trees and then added rare tropical fruit, flowering trees, and shrubs.
Today, it is home to the biggest tree in Florida (a non-native Cluster Fig measuring 54 feet 1 inch in circumference with a crown span of 95 feet) as well as 3,000 tropical and subtropical species of plants.
Two decades ago, Flamingo Gardens began developing a new area of the park, the Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary. Over the years, Flamingo Gardens has added animals so that now it has 83 native species of birds and animals, including river otter, bald and golden eagles, bobcats, tortoises, and a Florida panther. It’s now the largest collection of Florida native wildlife in the state. (And, yes, while they’re not native, there is a magnificent flock of flamingos.)
I love the free-flight aviary, where you can walk among 250 birds from 45 species. The birds, many born in the aviary, are so used to visitors that you can view them from quite close.
It’s a great place for kids — school groups visit in the thousands.
Flamingo Gardens offers a narrated tram tour of their gardens for $4 for adults
You can find more information on the Flamingo Gardens site.
3750 S Flamingo Road
Davie, Florida 33330-1614
Flamingo Gardens is open seven days a week 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Live presentation featuring Florida’s native wildlife, such as birds of prey and reptiles and their relationship to the environment, are presented each day at 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30 p.m. weather permitting.
For more information call 954.473.2955
or email [email protected]