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Myakka River State Park

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Address: 13208 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL 34241
Phone Number: 941-361-6511
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: One of the original Civilian Conservation Corps parks.

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An example of the real Florida, close to but very far from the usual tourist trappings of Florida. Great opportunity to see wildlife, to get off the beaches, and out of the malls... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

An example of the real Florida, close to but very far from the usual tourist trappings of Florida. Great opportunity to see wildlife, to get off the beaches, and out of the malls. Seriously, you will have a much better and more realistic understanding of alligators after a visit to this park.

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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

The dense forests of Myakka, with tree tops meeting over the road to create a green tunnel, and the beautiful lake, filled with water lilies, are two of the highlights of Myakka. This is one of the most attractive state parks in Florida, and it is easily accessible from Sarasota, about 25 minutes drive away. One of the focal points... More 

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Reston, VA, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We went on a 40 minute air boat tour of the Myakka River. The captain was very informative as well as entertaining. We saw plenty of alligators as well as many different kinds of birds.

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Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

First time trip here and it was enjoyable for all. Wildlife to be seen everywhere. Friendly staff that gives up tips. A sky walk that has views above tree tops, orchids growing on the trees, among many things I can't spell. Good museum to see restaurant picnic area, min charge for a day of fun

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

I went hiking here with my brother and it was beautiful!!! loved it! definitely a great place to go and explore !

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Portage, Michigan, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

The hiking trails are nice, saw some wildlife. Deer, hawk, gopher turtle, squirrels. Air boat ride was a bust. $ 12 a person. I don't see any gators, was on wrong side of boat!! Not sure it was worth an hr of my time. Was very let down 😞 Drive to the bird walk was neat. Saw a hawk on... More 

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Sarasota, FL
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

For campers, hikers, and any wildlife enthusiast. This is a must to visit. Boat tours are available to watch for alligators, fish, and birds.

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 via mobile

If you are looking for a place to see what Florida looked like prior to development this is a must see destination. Let your imagination meet reality. You are sure to see alligators but the park also has wild turkeys, deer and an occasional otter. All of this for the price of admission!!! If you have time an airboat ride... More 

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Rotonda West, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Great place to get back to nature. See alligators and other wildlife includes birds. Offers camping, boating, and bird watching. Offers overnight cabins. Also educational about the history of the area. Whether it's for a picnic or hiking.

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

My grand daughter and her friend came for a visit and we decided to visit Myakka State Park. The airboat ride (largest airboat in America) was such fun. Lots of alligators to view on the Myakka River that day which added to the experience. There are always many birds to observe and it heighten one's search image try to count... More 

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