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Flamingo Gardens at Davie Florida
By Nicholas Jurkowski

Davie Florida is a quaint, western themed town with epic drainage issues. It was founded on land that was largely underwater, and they have been struggling to reverse that situation ever since. The upside to this unfortunate circumstance is that Davie features easy access to Florida’s Everglades, some of the most spectacular wetlands in America. The town of Davie has some very nice amenities and destinations (Davie is where you can find the training facilities of the Miami Dolphins!), but I have to say that the most compelling reason to visit Davie is the Flamingo Gardens – an amazing wildlife preserve where one can find ibises, storks, herons, flamingos (naturally), and other birds frolicking amongst the rich and diverse plant life, all while trying to avoid being devoured by alligators. What more could you ask for?

Strictly speaking, Flamingo Gardens is a wildlife sanctuary, aviary, and botanical garden. It started as the private 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 can take an interesting guided tram-ride through part of the park (though it should be noted that they seem to focus more on the flora than the fauna). You can also witness the wildlife encounter show, where the guides work with hawks, snakes, and other animals. The show is long enough to spotlight some really interesting things, but short enough that you don’t lose interest – I would highly recommend it. There are also habitats for river otters and bobcats, and of course the gigantic, free-flight aviary that has one of the largest displays of wading birds in North America.

Davie’s soggy surroundings might make for interesting issues for a town, but they are certainly ideal for a wildlife preserve in Florida. Flamingo Gardens is well worth the trip, and would also be a perfect location for birthday celebrations (perhaps for that special botanist or ornithologist?) Millenium Limo would be happy to supply a limousine to take you to the Gardens – just imagine the birds’ looks of shock when a hummer limo pulls up. Have fun, and DON’T FEED THE ANIMALS.

Nick Jurkowski is a senior editor for the essays above can be found on his night life blog, updated daily and available via RSS, at The Urban Adventure Blog.

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