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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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Beautiful Florida hiking

We found this park while doing some investigating for area hiking on the Sarasota forum. Based on the advice given, we decided to try it out. We stopped at the visitor center... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Wisconsin
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38 reviews 38 reviews
8 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

We found this park while doing some investigating for area hiking on the Sarasota forum. Based on the advice given, we decided to try it out. We stopped at the visitor center that gives you a look at the wildlife that inhabits the park and provides you with information. Included was a park driving itinerary that details the stops. This... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

Took a stroll in the canopy walk, was pretty cool. Walked back to the fishing pier and saw a massive gator. Lots of birds around. The bird walk was pretty but didnt see a lot of birds.

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Orlando, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

A short 20 minute drive from Sarasota and you're in "old Florida" You're 100% guaranteed to see an Alligator(safely from a bridge or boat ride) and at least 20 species of birds. The canopy walk is short enough to even take little kids 2+, without complaint. At the far end of the park there is a general store with nicer... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

My wife and I took our daughter and her family to the park and had a great time. We took an hour long airboat ride and had lunch at the gift shop restaurant, but the park has a lot of activities including hiking, boating, fishing, camping and observing nature in the wild. If any or all of these activities appeal... More 

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Bristol, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Loved it all, did the boat trip, watched the wildlife, sucked in the sunshine. Lovely day. The commentator on the boat trip was good fun and very knowledgable. watching a red shouldered hawk take a snake was probably a highlight and something you cannot pay to view!! that is the joy of attending a place like this. Do go and... More 

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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Go and relax Good place to relax and hike the bird tails. Explore the tree hike and climb the tower. Check the state web site for this state park. Take the group air boat ride for. Small fee or explore on your own in a rented canoe. We tent camped on it is quite at night. Herd the Owls and... More 

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Florence, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

Very interesting & beautiful wilderness preserve!! Get there early & booked the 1hr boat tour. If you don't have time to take the 1 hr tram tour you can come back any day for the next year & save 50% of the tour. Take the time & have lunch there as well. Great food. The seafood gumbo & alligator bites... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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49 reviews 49 reviews
16 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

My husband and I camped here for six days and had a fantastic time hiking and biking to see the alligators, turtles, deer and rabbits. The place is teeming with alligators and they are everywhere. We particularly enjoyed the Canopy Walk in the trees which provides a spectacular view of the trees and has an observation point above the trees.... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

We had the most amazing tour guide who knew a bit about a lot. Enjoyable boat tour, looking for gators. Didn't see a lot, but the info was well worth the trip. (Arrive early to secure your spot!!!)

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Siesta Key, Florida
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

My wife and I visited the park along with my parents and aunt and uncle. We started out at the fanboat ride, which was really fun and informative. Their food pavilion served amazing freshly prepared food (though the line was very long) and had a better craft beer selection than 90% of restaurants in the area! After the boat ride... More 

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