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Myakka River State Park, Sarasota

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Scenic Drive
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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  • This was a great experience, we stayed in Sarasota and took a ride here to see the gators. We saw several and even left because after a short walk into the woods that they could be along the shoreline...  more »
  • One of the best state parks in Florida. Lots of activities to do. Camping, hiking, fishing, bird watching, etc. Outdoor concerts during the winter are awesome. Be sure to do the canopy walk!  more »
  • Myakka is our go to park when we have guests. You are guaranteed to see an abundance of alligators - yes you are safe, and there is lots to do. Stop and park by the overpass bridge and walk on the bri...  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!