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Night hikes & nature walks in Broward parks

For an interesting twist on nightlife activities, register for evening nature walks. 

Different parks occasionally offer evening nature walks in forests, prairies, on shorelines and other intriguing outdoor spaces.

You’ll savor distinctive sights, scents and sounds of evenings in the wild. Some parks offer nature walks in the daylight.

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The fee for night hikes usually is $5 a person, which is ideal for a frugal romantic date or a fun family outing. Pre-registration is often required for the events. Phone the park you’re interested in for additional information and registration. Flashlights, drinking water and insect repellent are recommended.

Day hikes usually are free. Weekend & holiday park entry fees apply at some parks.

 

Night hikes

  • 5:30 p.m. January 16 Secret Woods, 2701 W. State Road 84, Dania Beach 33312, 954-357-8884, $5,  pre-registration required
  • 7:30 p.m. February 18 Fern Forest , 201 Lyons Road South, Coconut Creek 33063, 954-357-5198, $5 pre-registration required 
  • 7:30 p.m. April 8 Fern Forest , 201 Lyons Road South, Coconut Creek 33063, 954-357-5198, $5 pre-registration required 
  • 5:30 p.m. January 16 Secret Woods 2701 W. State Road 84, Dania Beach 33312, 954-357-8884, $5,  pre-registration required
  • 7 p.m. April 16 Secret Woods, 2701 W. State Road 84, Dania Beach 33312, 954-357-8884, $5, pre-registration required
  • 6 p.m. July 11 Secret Woods, 2701 W. State Road 84, Dania Beach 33312, 954-357-8884, $5, pre-registration required
  • 7:30 p.m. June 17 Fern Forest , 201 Lyons Road South, Coconut Creek 33063, 954-357-5198, $5, pre-registration required  

 

Nature Walks & Nature Events in Broward include

    Secret Woods in Dania Florida. Photo/Broward Parks & Recreation
  • Nature walks @ Fern Forest, usually 1 p.m. Sundays, phone for verification, reservations recommended, free entry, 201 Lyons Road South, Coconut Creek 33063, 954-357-5198 
  • Nature walks, usually  3 p.m. first Saturdays, Secret Woods, 2701 W. State Road 84, Dania Beach 33312, 954-357-8884, free, phone  for verification event is on
  • Nature walks, usually 10:30 a.m. first Sundays, Secret Woods, 2701 W. State Road 84, Dania Beach 33312, 954-357-8884, free, phone for verification

For information on other nature walks, phone the park for information, or refer to the website. Participating parks occasionally include these & others.

  • Secret Woods, 2701 W. State Road 84, Dania Beach 33312, 954-357-8884
  • Fern Forest , 201 Lyons Road South, Coconut Creek 33063, 954-357-5198 
  • Long Key Natural Area, 3501 S.W. 130th Avenue, Davie 33330, 954-357-8797
  • Crystal Lake Sand Pine Scrub, 3299 N.E. Third Ave., Pompano Beach 33064, 954-357-5100
  • North Beach Park, 3601 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood, 33019, 954-357-5187
  • Miramar Pineland, 3600 S. University Drive, Miramar 33025, 954-357-8776
  • Markham Park, 16001 W. State Road 84, Sunrise 33323, 954-357-8868
  • Deerfield Highlands Nature Preserve, 701 N.E. 41st St., Deerfield Beach 33064, 954-357-5100
  • Other information about fun activites at parks is online.

DIY nature walks

South Florida offers natural treasures to enjoy.

  • Fern Forest, features several nature paths, including its elevated boardwalk into cypress/maple swamp, 201 Lyons Road South, Coconut Creek 33063, 954-357-5198, read feature Nature Trails & Free Entry at Fern Forest in North Broward
  • TY Park in Hollywood, includes tennis, picnic tables & a 2-mile paved path  primarily around a lake for walking, running, biking & skateboarding, 3300 N. Park Road, Hollywood 33021, 954-357-8811, read 
  • Secret Woods, includes a boardwalk overlooking the New River, and assorted other nature walks, 2701 W. State Road 84, Dania Beach 33312,  954-357-8884, read feature
  • Quiet Waters Park, includes a butterfly garden & nature path, 401 S. Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach 33442, 954-357-5100 
  • Hollywood Beach Broadwalk — lovely 2.5-mile length between waves rolling ashore and  shops, hotels & restaurants, read feature
  • Fort Lauderdale Riverwalk — delightful stretch along the New River from about Southwest Fifth Street east toward Federal Highway, incorporating Esplanade Park, read feature

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