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Fern Forest Nature Park

201 South Lyons Road, Pompano Beach, FL 33063
954 357 5198
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Ranked #10 of 36 Activities in Pompano Beach
Type: Islands, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Hiking Trails, Sightseeing Tours
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This 247.1-acre Urban Wilderness Area is home to more than 200 species of plants, including more...
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Type: Islands, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Hiking Trails, Sightseeing Tours
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This 247.1-acre Urban Wilderness Area is home to more than 200 species of plants, including more than 30 species of ferns, making it one of the finest examples of preserved native plant communities in South Florida.

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Boca Raton, FL
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

Although I have lived within 30 minutes of Fern Forest for many years, this was my first visit. Every Sunday there is a 1 PM tour. Every other Sunday they switch sections of the trails. We had Rick lead us, and he was very knowledgeable, and was great answering all our questions. At 2:30 we went on a shutterbug scavenger... More 

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Long Island
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106 reviews 106 reviews
62 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

What a pleasant surprise. An elevated boardwalk lets you walk through a Cypress swamp and observe without getting your feet wet. Very convenient for people who might have trouble walking on dirt paths. Additional paths take you through other habitats but our 60 minutes spent in this forest was more than satisfying. In early December, the place was mosquito free.... More 

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Coral Springs, Florida
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450 reviews 450 reviews
170 attraction reviews
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

"Fern Forest" was first introduced as a site for his wedding by Michael Shawhan.. He brought a local group of entertainers, preacher, bride, guests, food and drink. That was 25 years ago; I have been back many times, for plant sales mainly. This visit is merely to walk the paths I, look at the flora, the wild life. Their are... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

This was my first visit there. I didn't realize how big it was and soo much to see of nature. It was so peaceful you can spend all day there and not be bothered. I took some awesome pictures my passion. Great place for family, couples or solo. If you like Nature you will love this place. I am going... More 

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Orlando, Florida, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We walked around to get a multi-stage geocache here. It was a nice walk, and we did see a few critters. Be sure to get a map before you go out! Though the map could do a better job of outlining the trails. I noticed that there was a can of bug spray available for use, and drink vending machine... More 

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Palm Beach, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This gem tucked away where Lyons Road intersects Atlantic Boulevard in northwestern Broward County. There is little signage and an inconspicuous entrance. Once in the park, it still seems like a rough patch until you park and walk to the nature center. Once you go around the second floor walkway, which has the nicest restrooms I've ever seen in a... More 

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Miami, Florida
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117 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

I have lived in South Florida for decades and have visited dozens of nature centers but for some reason never made it to the Fern Forest Nature Center before August of 2014. Unlike some of the other Nature Centers and Public Parks in South Florida, we were pleasantly surprised that the Fern Forest Nature Center did not charge an entrance... More 

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Margate, Florida
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87 reviews 87 reviews
18 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

They have nice trails and boardwalk paths. There is a little science museum and they offer classes and other events there.

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Florida
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83 reviews 83 reviews
58 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Fern Forest Nature Park has a very nice boardwalk. The Prairie Overlook Trail, is a nice trail through the woods or you could walk a long the Prairie. I have tried twice to walk on the Maple Walk Trail, but the first time we were chased out by mosquitoes and this time the trail was too wet. My daughter and... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Some trails have pavement, some have very flat grass for stroller smooth ride. Few benches to nurse baby are in very good observation points. We haven't seen any wildlife, but enjoyed the park.

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