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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  • October 4, 2017
    Fun trip on a boat to see alligators in their natural habitat. Depending on the time of year there is other wild life as well. Vegetation is nice too. Gift shop and restaurant for snacks.  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    So I've seen quite a few parks in the States but he liked very much. The price with $6 for's car is more than adequate. The Park is very natural. There are a lot of alligators. Fishing is also allowed. Who have not seen the birds from nature, comes again at his own expense. By vultures and eagles. Everything is represented. Also deer and squirrels. All in all a top alternative to the beach or shopping.
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  • October 2, 2017
    Myakka River State Park is Outstanding Place to go and a Nice to go Because a Quite Place to.and I Love The Place to.  more »
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  • April 4, 2017
    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!
  • June 3, 2017
    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.
  • May 9, 2017
    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.
  • July 8, 2017
    One of the best state parks in Florida, many things to see and to do, nice campground (but unfortunately no cell phone service).
  • June 29, 2017
    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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