Flamingo Gardens

Flamingo Gardens

Flamingo, Phoenicopterus Roseus, Nature

Davie Florida is a quaint, western themed town with epic drainage issues. It was founded on land that was mostly underwater, and they’ve been unable to reverse that situation ever since. The town of Davie has some very nice amenities and destinations (Davie is where you can find the training centers of the Miami Dolphins!) , but I need to say the most compelling reason to visit Davie is the Flamingo Gardens – an remarkable wildlife preserve where you can find ibises, storks, herons, flamingos (obviously ), and other birds frolicking amongst the rich and varied vegetation, all while trying to avoid being devoured by alligators. What more could you ask for?

Strictly speaking, Flamingo Gardens is a wildlife refuge, aviary, and botanical garden. It started as the personal collection of one Floyd L. Wray in 1933 as a small collection of subtropical trees and shrubs, and, over time, grew to the magnificent state that it is in today. Upon entering, you are able to take an interesting guided tram-ride through a portion of the park (though it should be noted that they appear to concentrate more on the flora compared to the fauna). You can also witness the wildlife encounter series, where the guides work with hawks, snakes, and other creatures. The series is long enough to spotlight some really interesting things, but short enough that you don’t drop interest – I would strongly recommend it. Additionally, there are habitats for river otters and bobcats, not to mention the gigantic, free-flight aviary that has among the largest displays of wading birds in North America.

Davie’s soggy surroundings might make for interesting issues for a city, but they are certainly perfect for a wildlife preserve in Florida. Flamingo Gardens is well worth the trip, and would also be an ideal place for birthday celebrations (perhaps for that special botanist or ornithologist?) Millenium Limo would be delighted to supply a limo to take you to the Gardens – just imagine the birds’ looks of shock when a hummer limo pulls up.


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