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Flamingo Gardens

About 23 kilometers (14 miles) west of the Ft. Lauderdale port is one of the oldest botanical gardens in South Florida. While the bright-pink flamingos might be the stars of the show, the 24-hectare (59-acre) property also provides sanctuary to a large number of animals native to the state, including alligators, bobcats, river otters and a black bear named Joshua. More than 3,000 species of rare and exotic plants grow here. Some plantings are meant to attract butterflies and hummingbirds; there's also a Florida wildflower garden. Look for orchids and bromeliads clinging to the branches of the park's 200-year-old live oaks. Complimentary tram rides take guests into remote areas where the last original jungle growth in South Florida still remains.

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