Flamingo Gardens – Davie, Florida
Established in 1927, Flamingo Gardens is one of the oldest botanical gardens in South Florida. The 60-acre not-for-profit botanical garden contains over 3000 tropical and sub-tropical species of plants and trees and its Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary is home to the largest collection of Florida native wildlife in the state.
Flamingo Garden’s boasts one of the last natural jungle growths in South Florida with over 3000 topical and subtropical species of plants and trees, including the largest tree in Florida. It also boasts the largest single collection of State Champion trees which are the largest tree of their species as determined by the Florida Forestry Service. The Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary is home to over 90 native species making it the largest collection of Florida native wildlife in the state. The property is now listed as Broward Cultural Heritage Landmark and the Wray Home is a register Historical Landmark with the state of Florida and includes a museum that gives visitors a glimpse of life in the 1930s.
The Wray Botanical Collection at Flamingo Gardens includes 21 of the largest trees of their species and a unique hammock of 200 year old Live Oak trees. The Historic Wray Home has been restored and is now a museum. The Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary gives residence to permanently injured and non-releasable wildlife and is home to species of Florida native birds and animals including alligators, panthers, bobcats, otters, eagles, peacocks, and of course flamingos. The half-acre Free-flight Aviary boasts over 250 birds representing 45 species. In the last 20 years birds in the Aviary have produced over 2000 offspring which have been released into the wild.
WRAY BOTANICAL COLLECTION
The Wray Botanical Collection at Flamingo Gardens consists of over 3000 tropical and sub-topical plants and trees, including 21 of the largest trees of their species as designated by the American Forestry Association.
EVERGLADES WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
The Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary at Flamingo Gardens has the distinction of being the largest collection of Florida native wildlife in the State, with over 83 native species including alligators, bobcats, panthers, otters, eagles, peacocks and, of course flamingos.
WRAY HOME MUSEUM
Built in 1933, the original residence of Floyd and Jane Wray has since been restored to provide visitors to Flamingo Gardens a glimpse of life in South Florida in the 1930s.
WILDLIFE ENCOUNTER SHOW
Live presentation featuring Florida’s native wildlife, such as birds of prey and reptiles and their relationship to the environment presented each day at 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30 weather permitting.
NARRATED TRAM TOUR
A narrated tram ride through the tropical rainforest, native hammock, wetland area, and groves including some of the last natural jungle growth in South Florida. The tour is fully narrated, lasting approximately 25 minutes, leaving every hour, on the hour, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Quaint lunch cafe is situated in the middle of Flamingo Gardens next to the Flamingo Pond. Choose from a menu of freshly made deli sandwiches, hot dogs, chili, and an assortment of snacks and beverages served daily from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.