Sunday, September 4, 2016

I Was Impressed at Flamingo Gardens in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Flamingo Gardens Fort lauderdale florida
Flamingo Gardens
If you are in the Ft. Lauderdale, FL area and love wildlife, birds, trees and history; I have to recommend that you visit Flamingo Gardens.  I was very impressed with my visit here, as were my Mom and Dad.    

My daughter Nadia, has visited Flamingo Gardens with school in the past, but I never had the chance to visit.  So this past May, I had some time off from work and took my parents over to Flamingo Gardens to check it out.  I did purchase discount tickets for us through Viator, ahead of time.  You just show your printout or you can use the bar code on your phone when you arrive.

Champion Trees at Flamingo Gardens
One of the Champion Trees
I suggest you arrive as soon as they open (9:30 a.m.), it is a lot cooler in the morning.  You enter through the Gift Shop and exit out into a botanical garden full of Champion Trees, a Croton Garden, Butterfly Garden and more.

Next, we checked out the Birds of Prey exhibit.  They had all types of hawks and two Bald Eagles.  What magnificent birds.

Two Bald Eagles at Flamingo Gardens

We then walked into the Everglades Free-Flight Aviary.  This was one of the highlights.  I thought this was one of the neatest Aviaries I have been in and so did my parents.  You can see the birds found in the Everglades up close.

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill
The Great Woodstork
The Great Wood Stork
Some regular Pelicans and other birds.

Two Pelicans

These White Pelicans kind of ruled the bridge.

White Pelicans

I think we over stayed our welcome, the Pelican Police were after us.

The Pelican Police

When we left the Aviary, we looked at the Owl Exhibit.


owls at Flamingo Gardens

After visiting the many bird exhibits, We went to visit the Wray House.  There were many Peacocks around.

Pretty Peacocks at Flamingo Gardens

The Wray Home was owned by Jane and Floyd Wray.  it was built in the 1930s.

The Wray House

Tours of the house are included in the price of admission and offered from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  We all enjoyed our tour and learning about the history of the area our guide was great.

Tram Ride
Tram Ride
Now it was time for us to get on the Tram.  The narrated Tram ride was about 25 minutes long and took you through some "Old Florida" growth and past some wetlands.  Our narrator was pretty humorous and very informative.  It was an enjoyable tour.

When we arrived back from the Tram Ride, it was off to visit the animals.  We saw some Flamingos, birds, a huge Turtle and a Bobcat.  We were not able to see the bear at the Black Bear Exhibit, but check out these Florida Panthers!

Florida Panther

Florida Panther

When we were done viewing the animals, we walked back through the Botanical Gardens.  Our visit was really enjoyable.

My Mom and Dad
Flamingo Gardens is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  They have a gift store and area to buy snacks.

Flamingo Gardens Admission in Fort Lauderdale with Wildlife Tram Ride - $19.89
 - From Viator
See Florida’s famous flamingos as well an abundance of other native animals and plants when you visit Flamingo Gardens in Ft Lauderdale. Observe animals such as alligators, panthers and peacocks, and stroll through lush gardens filled with butterflies and hummingbirds, ancient oak trees, orchids and bromeliads, and more. Walk into the large open aviary where birds fly free and check out the Wray Museum, which shows a typical South Florida home from the 1930s.