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Myakka River State Park, Sarasota

Categories: Observation Decks, Bridges, Tourist Spots
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4.2/5 based on 280+ reviews on the web
Myakka River State Park is a Florida State Park, that is located nine miles (11 km) east of I-75 in Sarasota in Sarasota County and that includes portions of southeastern Manatee County. A small portion (1,920 acres) of the park was the gift of the family of Bertha Palmer to the state. The park is named after the Myakka River.Consisting of 37,000 acres (150 km2), this is one of the state's largest and oldest parks. It was delineated in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps.EnvironmentMyakka River State Park is in the southeastern conifer forests ecoregion. Plant communities in areas of the park with drier soils are a mixture of pine forests, scrub, and prairies. Florida longleaf pine sandhills are woodlands dominated by longleaf pine. South Florida pine flatwoods are open woodlands of with a dense ground cover of grasses and shrubs. Florida peninsula inland scrub consists of sand pines growing amid shrublands of evergreen oaks. Florida dry prairies are flat, nearly treeless plains with dense cover of grasses and saw palmetto.
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  • Sorry to read the negative comments, about... it's to short, or the walkway is shakey......GET OVER IT! This canopy walk will survive a hurricane, due to its "flexible" construction. It's true that th...  read more »
  • Walk to realize if you are at Myakka River State Park. You can discover the local flora. Passage in (and at the top of) the good canopy interesting.
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  • If you are out in Myakka State Park make sure to take a few minutes to climb the tower and do the canopy walk. It is much shorter than the pictures imply, but the walk from the parking area is not lon...  read more »
  • A massive expanse of preserved wild land that is home to a healthy cross section of native plants and animals. The park has two lakes known as upper and lower Myakka. Be certain to bring everything you will need as the nearest store is a trek from the park. There are 6 campgrounds. There are only basic accommodations available and they are a bit rough. But, not to worry they are far enough from the water to be safe from the alligators! And yes, their are plenty of alligators. You wont miss them once you get to the waters edge of either lake. If you are a birder, you will love this location. There are rare and scarce species depending on the time of the year. You may also see any number of mammals that call Florida home, such as the coati. This park is a favorite among cyclist and there may be heavy traffic during the winter months. There are air boat tours available and I highly advise going on one. The guides know where all the local animals like to hang out and you get a nice, up close look at the alligators in the wild.
  • Very nice. Cabins, RVing, glamping at it's best! Birding,canoe,hiking. 76' tree canopy observation deck, bring a quarter for top. Alligator galore n to eat at beautiful giftshop restaurant. Also airboat tours. Numerous trails, numerous pavilions playgrounds bathrooms. Don't forget to see far south trails. And north Fox trail. Love the Myakka.
  • Here you can both watch gators on the river bank and eat gator (in the Pink Gator Cafe). And yes, it tastes just like chicken. Lots to see and do. Biking, hiking, bird watching, camping, climbing the lookout tower at the treetop canopy walk, taking tram tours or an airboat tour. You can also spend the night in a log cabin from the 1930's. In the summer it is pretty wet, with many of the trails and the campground pretty soggy and muddy. Winter is the dry season, with lower water levels, causing the wildlife to be more concentrated and visible on the river banks. That is the best time for bird and gator watching. The park was developed by the CCC, the Civilian Conservation Corps, in 1934. The visitor center and log cabins dating from that time are constructed of Cabbage palms. In the visitor center you can see displays of the area wild life and an interesting video telling you about the park. We have had so much rain this summer, leaving the trail to the treetop canopy walk impassable. Too bad. It is my favorite part of visiting Myakka.
  • My review is strictly on the canoing and kayaking. I thought it was ok. The river is really wide with few tree canopies for shade and rest. Also there are no docks or any places to stop and get out. Lots of gators! Nobody around for miles in case of emergency. Rentals were relatively expensive. No deal for full days or multiples..
  • I was there camping in an RV -- stunningly beautiful setting. They have full hookups: water electric and sewage for about $30 per night. Mosquitoes are big problem. There is a lot to do. You can take the airboat ride on the river, walk the many nature trails, or have a nice lunch at the restaurant and rent canoes.
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