Myakka River State Park, Sarasota

4.6
#1 of 11 in Nature in Southwest Gulf Coast
Stretching over 14,973 hectares (37,000 acres), this is one of the state’s largest, oldest, and most diverse parks. Myakka River State Park features wetlands, hammocks, pinelands, and prairies--great homes for a variety of wildlife. Take a stroll on the boardwalk over Upper Myakka Lake, and see if you can spy any alligators. Also visit the canopy walkway, a treetop suspension bridge and tower, for superb views of the lush landscape and bird-watching opportunities. Keep an eye out for the roseate spoonbill. With pink plumage and a spoon-shaped bill, it’s one of the most striking birds found in North America. Head to the park’s river or one of two lakes to go canoeing, kayaking, or freshwater fishing. If you’re in the mood for a more relaxed visit, sit back and enjoy a scenic lake tour. Don’t forget to pack sunscreen and bug spray. Myakka River State Park is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Sarasota Edition.
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  • If you want to see Alligators go here! Kayaking, hiking trails, easy access, plenty of parking, bird walk.  more »
  • This place is very cheap to enter and what a beautiful park it is! Lots of alligators and birds. Nice shop and café. We asked to rent bikes and were shown them and just told to pick one and wear a hel...  more »
  • A lovely part of the country and well worth a visit! We did the boat tour and thoroughly enjoyed it. Saw lots of bords and many aligators. The drive around the park is beautiful and the map we got at ...  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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