Broward County Plant Affair
Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wi-Fi is available in the Fountain Meeting Room, in Shelter #3, and around the gatehouse.
Fittingly, given this 88.5-acre site's earlier use as an agricultural experiment station, there are abundant tropical flowering trees and palms throughout the park, and the Broward County Audubon Society's Anne Kolb Memorial Trail, named for a former Broward County Commissioner active in environmental causes, winds through re-created representative plant communities. The park also includes the Tropical Fruit Grove, which includes rare fruit trees from around the world.
Anne Kolb Memorial Trail: A tropical hardwood hammock, pine flatwoods, and a coastal strand forest have been re-created for this trail. See numbered plant list for the trail.
Tropical Fruit Grove: Rows of rare fruit trees representing the continents of Africa, Asia, and South America, as well as the Caribbean. Picking of fruit prohibited. Ground fruit may be removed by permit only. See park manager for guidelines and approval.
Picnic Areas: Located on the north side of the park's lake and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Picnic tables and grills are available at no charge.
Playgrounds: There are two playgrounds located in the park, available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Fitness Trail: Runs 1.25 miles through the park. The park is also popular with walkers, runners, and bicyclists.
Lake: Fishing is permitted from the shore only. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission laws enforced. Catch-and-release required. Bring your own gear and a freshwater fishing license for ages 16 to 65. Paddleboats available to rent.
Picnic Shelters: Four small shelters (maximum capacity 30), five medium shelters (maximum capacity 50), and three large shelters (maximum capacity 100). All have grills, picnic tables, water, and electricity. The shelters must be reserved and paid for in advance at park office.
Fountain Room: A 2,000-square-foot, air-conditioned room suitable for meetings, parties, receptions, reunions, showers, and other special events (available for rental). Features large windows looking out over the park's lake. Capacity 125. Includes tables and chairs and can be configured according to your needs. Wi-Fi is available at this location.
Duck Pond Area: Located south of Peters Road, across from the main park. Includes a duck pond with waterfall, two picnic shelters, a horseshoe pit, and restrooms.
Gazebo: A historic structure, dedicated in October 1992, overlooking the duck pond, located in the park's extension on the south side of Peters Road. Maximum capacity 30. Ideal for small weddings. Must be reserved and paid for in advance at park office.
Pets: Allowed on leashes no longer than six feet and under immediate control of owners. Pets not permitted to swim in lake. Owners responsible for cleaning up after their pets.
Broward County Transit: The park is accessible via Route #30.
View a graphic map of the park.
A Little History: In the early 1930s, Frederick C. Peters, the son of a successful Missouri shoe manufacturer, moved to South Florida and bought a piece of land in what is now the City of Plantation. The Peters family later leased the property to the state, which established the University of Florida USDA Plantation Experiment Station for conducting research on the spread of the citrus blackfly. Using a grant from the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, the county and city jointly acquired the land in 1977. By the time the property, then known as the Peters Tract, opened as a park in December 1984, it had been renamed Plantation Heritage at the city's request. (The family name lives on in Peters Road, which runs along the southern edge of the park.)
Plantation Heritage Park
1100 S. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation, FL 33317