1. Travel

Tree Tops Park: Feel Like You're in the Middle of Nowhere

By

Tree Tops Park: Feel Like You're in the Middle of Nowhere

Tree Tops Park's fresh water marsh is home to many birds, fish and turtles

Debbie Glade

Welcome to Tree Tops Park:

Tree Tops Park
3900 S.W. 100th Ave., Davie, FL
Info: (954) 357-5130
Map of Park and Horse Trails

Tree Tops Park has just over 243 expansive acres including a 102 acre archaeological site with nature trails. Part of this park is 29 feet above sea level, making it the highest land in Broward County. Listed on The Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail, this is an ideal spot for a nature hike, horseback ride, paddle boat ride or just a family picnic. You can bring your leashed dog too!

Before it was a Park:

Along with three partners, golfer Sam Snead once owned the land where Tree Tops Park is now located. The group planned to build a community with condos and a golf course. But Broward County deemed the land to be an open space under its Land Use Plan and purchased the property in 1980 for $4.4 million with funds from a bond issue and grants. It was Commissioner Ann Kolb who suggested the name "Tree Tops" after the elevated nature trails designed for the park.

Spend a Day Enjoying the Great Outdoors:

It's easy to fill up an entire day with your family at Tree Tops Park in Davie. There are plenty of trees to keep you cool and out of the blazing sun. This park is an excellent choice for a birthday party, family reunion or just a quiet day relaxing in the great outdoors.

Have a Picnic

Picnic tables with grills are scattered throughout the park, many in the shade. There are also picnic shelters available for rental requiring a reservation and a deposit. There are two large shelters with a capacity of up to 90 people and three medium shelters with a capacity of up to 60 people.

Just Play!

The park has three separate playgrounds and plenty of wide open spaces for games, sports and running around.

Go Horseback Riding

Bring your own horse to the park or rent one from AA-D Horse Adventures on Saturdays, Sundays and some holidays from 9:30 am - 4:00 pm. There are more than 7 miles of riding trails in the park. Those who rent horses can venture on guided rides (425 per half hour/$35 per hour) through the trails. Pony rides in a circle are also available. For reservations call (954) 830-7800.

Go Paddle Boating

There's a small marina near the entrance to the park where you can rent paddle boats on weekends and holidays from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Prices are $7 per hour or $13 for four hours. A $20 deposit and picture ID are required.

Take a Hike

Choose from three trails, including the 4,843-foot Live Oak Trail, the 2,100-foot Seminole Trail or the 4,381-foot Pine Island Ridge Trail, containing a 28-foot observation tower. Or take a stroll through the open grounds of the park or the boardwalk area covering 23 acres over a freshwater marsh. Throughout the park there are many wildflowers, butterflies, birds, turtles, fish and small mammals to observe. Bring your camera!

Source: Broward County Parks

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.