PARK AND OCEAN
Park and Ocean
Park and Ocean formerly BG Coco Cafe Outdoor Center, is a short walk from beachside shops and condominiums, this park is an oasis of tropical hammocks-a gift from Hugh Taylor Birch to Florida’s posterity. His former estate preserves four distinct natural communities, nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. Visitors can rent a canoe and paddle along a mile-long freshwater lagoon or fish from the seawall. Nature lovers can hike along two short trails and learn about local plants and wildlife while bicyclists and skaters glide along the paved park road. Visitors can access the beach via the pedestrian tunnel under A1A. Picnic areas overlook the channel; pavilions with water and electricity are available for rental.
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
December 31, 1941, the Florida Board of Forestry and Parks obtained the title to what became Hugh Taylor Birch State Park.
In 1893, Chicago attorney Hugh Taylor Birch came to South Florida in search of a secluded area for his home. He settled in the small Fort Lauderdale village that included a store, a few houses and the old Army Post remains. Purchasing ocean-front property for about a dollar per acre, he eventually owned a 3.5-mile stretch of beachfront.
In 1940, at age 90, he built his Art Deco-style home, calling his 180-acre estate Terramar or ‘land to the sea.’ Wishing to preserve his subtropical paradise from encroaching development, Birch donated his estate as a public park. On December 31, 1941, the Florida Board of Forestry and Parks obtained the title to what became Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. It is now a barrier island of trees and greenery in the middle of urban Fort Lauderdale located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, and is one of the city’s most distinctive feature frequently compared to Central Park, also an island of peaceful green vegetation in the midst of a bustling city.
Park & Ocean, spectacularly located in Fort Lauderdale’s Birch State Park. Aptly named Park & Ocean, the restaurant & garden sits amid a shady grove on the Southeast side of Birch Park along A1A featuring oceanfront seating and views. Our Caribbean & Southern influenced menu offers an eclectic mix of “farm to table” items. Learn More
Imagine saying your “I do’s” on the beach as the waves come ashore at High Taylor Birch State Park. Soon-to-be newlyweds are welcome to reserve their spot on the beach and may also choose to reserve one of the park’s pavilions for the reception for an additional fee. All Wedding and Pavilion reservations must be made in advance in person or by calling (954) 563-2900.
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