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Myakka River State Park, Sarasota

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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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  • Myakka was an amazing experience. I've been twice and done the air boat tour twice and the bus tour once. Both were a great experience but the bus is offered during a certain time of the year. The air...  more »
  • We really enjoyed the airboat trip. It is a great place for both 'gater watching and bird watching. The tram trip through the area, with historical information, was enjoyable. I would highly recommend...  more »
  • There are very few good Florida inland state parks. This is the best I have been to. If you want a guarantee of seeing alligators this is the park for you. There are nice hiking trails, and a narrated...  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.
  • Great place to visit, old Florida charm, canopy trees. Sight see for Gators and other wild life. Very nice gift shop with Canoe rentals and good food.
  • Love to visit this park. Wide variety of trails and wildlife can be seen and accessed easily. Overnight camping is great during cooler months.