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Myakka River State Park, Sarasota

Categories: Scenic Drives, Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots, Outdoor Activities
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4.5/5 based on 2,000+ reviews on the web
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. Arrange to visit Myakka River State Park and other attractions in Sarasota using our Sarasota travel itinerary maker.
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  • I live in the area but go back to Myakka regularly. I really enjoy the canopy walk and the observation tower there, but the inescapable beauty of the cabbage palm hammock forest in the area and the la...  read more »
  • We took a field trip to Myakka River State Park to ride the airboats and see some wildlife up close. We were not disappointed! Aside from many sunning and swimming gators, we found local birds and oth...  read more »
  • We have explored the wheels at the Park Centre borrowed Park via there. I'm glad that you actually only a beautiful scenic here and typical Florida Board level, hardly-used tarmac road along to gondolas since the offered wheels were these American input carriage who were also only still largely along riding and dented scrap. It reached for the terrain, was so not to get something else. In addition, once again massive rain again made an early spanner in the ditch drive. We were halfway to Central Park klitschnass rained return and cancel, how often in extremely humid and rainy Florida. However, the offered drinks were overpriced. Off. be performed here also tours in a rather atypical omnibus-like, covered Airboot, we could watch the arriving. The quiet, conversion-rich swamp forest and that we liked but more numerous to observing alligators.
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  • 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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