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Myakka River State Park, Sarasota

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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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  • not just the canopy walkway but the State park. Go see some gators, visit the marshy area, climb the canopy walkway, even eat there and have a beer ( there is a pretty good selection)  more »
  • We initially drove to go in the canopy trail but do to all the rain lately we wasn't able to do it. So instead we walked a couple paths and drove around. Lots of wildlife and photo opportunities. If y...  more »
  • We had a great time! The captain was so knowledgeable and entertaining. We all learned a lot. Definitely recommend getting there a little early to make sure you get a good seat.  more »
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  • This park is gorgeous and wild! There are alligators galore to see in their own habitat so be careful! The trails are groomed, easy to walk on and this park features a great safe observation tower to climb and look over the entire park. It's a canopy walkway with stairs and a bridge to the observation deck. You will definitely see alligators, vultures! and all kinds of birds while walking the incredible walk. There is a great camping area for tent and RV camping. They have a large gift shop and food grill as well. I would definitely recommend staying at or make a special trip to this State Park. You can't find a more entertaining with spectacular views and wildlife for ONLY $6 per car load!
  • When I was living in Sarasota, I visited this Beautiful State Park many times. Great hiking trails and canoeing ventures. Park is teeming with wildlife photo opportunities including gators! Recommend y'all plan a visit to it.
  • So many hiking trails here! Of course you will see alligators! There is a guided boat ride or you can rent canoes and kayaks if you want to get out on the lake. They have a boat launch if you bring your own. Definitely do the canopy walk to get a birds eye view of the area.
  • One of the best state parks in Florida, many things to see and to do, nice campground (but unfortunately no cell phone service).
  • Went on the airboat ride Sunday 6/25/17 and returned to my car trashed by the vultures. ...they crapped all over it, scratched the paint with their claws and tore out the rubber seal around my sunfoof. Going to cost me hundreds in repairs!! There were hundreds of these birds all over the area and they have no fear of people. I did see one sign down by the boat ramp, warning that the vultures may damage vehicles, but I was nowhere near the boat ramp. Something needs to be done about this, and I will not return any time soon!

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