Admittance is free. A $2/person exhibit hall fee applies.
Deerfield Island is a 53.3-acre nature-oriented park offering outdoor recreational opportunities and environmental education. Accessible only by boat, this roughly triangular park is bordered by the Intracoastal Waterway and the Hillsboro and Royal Palm canals. The eastern portion of the area once included slash pines, while most of the western part was a treeless freshwater marsh. Today, remnants of the wetland are evident, although red and white mangroves are the dominant species. Many of the site’s native plants and animals have succumbed to invasive, non-native species over the years, but native plants that provide food for native animals are being reintroduced.
A free twenty minute boat shuttle transports guests from the dock at Pioneer Park to the island at 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m. The boat shuttle is available on weekends only and on a first-come, first-served basis. Each shuttle returns 90 minutes after its departure time.
There is a marina with six slips for boats no longer than 25 feet and available on a first-come, first-served basis. The park is wheelchair accessible at high tide only.
A 170-foot-long dock is open Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis for park visitors who travel by boat. Docking is not permitted during the week, and overnight mooring is not allowed.
The half-mile Coquina Trail, which includes an observation platform overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway, explores the eastern side of the island, meandering through what was once a pineland but is now a tropical coastal hammock.
Programs and Hikes
There are various programs and hikes held at Deerfield Island Park every month. For more information on programs and how to preregister for them, visit the park’s Quarterly Calendar page, located on the left navigation menu.
This natural area abounds with learning opportunities for students of all ages. From outdoor laboratory experiments to group learning exercises, we can ensure that students receive the information they need while having a fun experience. To receive a copy of our field trip guide, contact us at NaturalAreas@broward.org.
Picnic tables and grills are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
No pets are allowed on the island.
Prohibited on the island.
The Butterfly Garden was made possible by NatureScape Broward and Youth Environmental Alliance, who partnered with the National Wildlife Foundation and received a grant through the Community Foundation of Broward. The garden plays an important role in the life cycles of butterflies and other pollinators. Visit the garden to learn more about creating a butterfly garden, as well as the plants and wildlife that call them home.