Flamingo Gardens – Davie, Florida – Botanical Gardens and Wildlife Sanctuary

Flamingo Gardens Davie Florida

Flamingo Gardens – Davie, Florida 

If you find yourself visiting the Fort Lauderdale area, be sure to carve out some time to visit Flamingo Gardens. On a recent trip to visit my in-laws, we just happened to drive past Flamingo Gardens and wondered what it was. I quickly did some Googling and we decided to plan an afternoon visit.

Flamingo Gardens is a beautiful place to experience beautiful plant life and animals. It has over 3000 species of rare and exotic, tropical, subtropical and native plants. While visiting you make your way on beautiful, lushly lined plants – just beautiful. Some of the trees are amazing. They are actually some of the largest in all of Florida.

Flamingo Gardens Trees

Flamingo Gardens is also home to the Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary. Permanently injured and non-releasable Florida native wildlife make their homes here. We loved walking through the 25,000 square foot free-flight aviary filled with over 250 birds. I love #14 on the list of Aviary rules!

Flamingo Gardens Aviary Sign

The aviary isn’t the only place to see beautiful birds however, there are tons of them in The Rookery and Flamingo Pond and beautiful peacocks also roam the ground. I don’t think I have ever seen so many peacocks in one place!

Peacocks Flamingo Gardens

We also were excited to see all of the animals. The most fun was to watch the otter frolic in their water habitat. I think they are so adorable. For an educational (and fun) experience, they hold live presentations each day featuring Florida native wildlife. It’s an interesting way to see the wildlife up close and learn about how they came to the sanctuary and hear from experts the role those animals play in nature.

Wray Home Flamingo Gardens

Also on the grounds is the Wray Home Museum, the original weekend residence of Floyd and Jane Wray that has been restored to what it would have looked like back in the 1930s. It is filled with interesting items related to the Wrays and their life in Broward County. We visited at Christmas time so it was extra fun to see the house decorated for the holidays.

We had a great time and will definitely be returning on a future visit to the in-laws!

thriftyjinxy@live.com' About Chrysa

Chrysa is the founder and owner of ThriftyJinxy.com, a site dedicated to living a fabulous life on a frugal budget. Her approach is that by spending less on the boring everyday stuff, you can have more money to splurge on the things you REALLY want, whether it’s travel, fashion, electronics – you name it! Chrysa is married, has a 8-year old nephew she dotes on, as well as three lovable cats and a big sweetie of a German Shepherd.

Comments

  1. Looks like a great place to visit! Hope to visit FL this summer!

  2. We love visiting this type of place when we travel. There’s a great driving zoo in Alabama that we love – the animals come right up to your car!

  3. What a beautiful place to visit! I love seeing such colorful birds up close.

  4. Flamingoes! They’re so beautiful. That must’ve been so much fun to visit.

  5. I bet that would be a lovely and peaceful place to visit! I wonder why no straws are allowed.

    • I know they aren’t allowed at our local zoo either. My guess is that if someone tosses one the animals could be injured if they swallow one.

  6. I hope to visit this place someday. Wow, what a treasure you discovered.

  7. wsw921@gmail.com' William Wilson says:

    Love the birds. Beautiful creatures. Thanks for sharing. In person, however, I can’t get over the Flamingo stink tho…whew. Ha.

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