While driving to my buddy’s restaurant to celebrate New Year’s Eve with his wife and friends, I saw a sign for a park that I had never been to before. And I’ve probably been to most every park around the Ft. Lauderdale area. So I spent this past Saturday checking out not only that park, but a few others that were new to me as well. The name of the ‘unexplored’ park was the Helene Klein Pineland Preserve, and it’s located in Coconut Creek. Much smaller than I anticipated, it has a nice walking trail that meanders through a pine forest. I then went to one of my favorite parks in the area, called Tall Cypress Natural Area. It features a great boardwalk trail that winds through a beautiful cypress forest. While there, I came across a posting about a couple new nature areas I had never heard of before. The first one, the Doris Davis Foreman Wilderness Preserve, was up the road a bit in Parkland. After hiking along the trail there, I then headed back into Coconut Creek for another park to check off my list, Hillsboro Pineland Natural Area. Since I was in the area, I then stopped by the north side of Tradewinds Park, which features horse stables, a petting zoo and a house from the 1920’s that you can tour the inside of. I usually just go to the south side of Tradewinds Park, which features an 18-hole disc golf course and Butterfly World. Either side, Tradewinds Park has alot to see and offer.