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Myakka River State Park

13208 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL 34241
941-361-6511
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Ranked #10 of 85 attractions in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: State Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Scenic Drives
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Traveler Description: The park is a great day trip for families. The airboat trip on the lake is well worth it..you always get to see an alligator. The canopy walk is also... more »
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Sarasota, Florida
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124 reviews 124 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

every time I have visitors they love the thought of going to see gators and every time they are never disappointed. The boat ride is a must and the bridge walk too, you are able to hire bikes and boats as there are acres to explore

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Sarasota, Florida
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45 reviews 45 reviews
22 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

One of Florida's largest State Parks, Myakka is an easy drive from museums and beaches of Sarasota, making it an easy 1/2 day trip or an over night visit, camping or in old Conservation Corps era cabins. Hiking or strolling, birding, boat rides, kayaking, a canopy walk, all in a beautiful setting. Suitable for all ages and most abilities: hikers... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This is a great place to safely see gators, walk the canopy walk, bike or hike. I recommend the air boat tour.

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Hardee County, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

If you want to see what Florida used to look like before all the theme park garbage you need look no further than Myakka. There is a beautiful lake and river upon which you can go kayaking or canoeing. You can also take a ride on the world's largest air boat if you choose. There is also a tram which... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We have camped at Myakka River State Park in our RV and loved it. Since coming to Sarasota on a more permanent basis, we still visit the Myakka several times each year. Sometimes we come to Kayak the River, other times to view the birds and learn from the Audubon volunteers who help the more novice birdwatchers learn about Florida's... More

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Sarasota, Florida, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

38 miles of hiking trails, more than that of rustic roads, three lakes, a river, woods, scrub prairies, boat and train rides, what more could you want? This is a special place and has something for everyone. The lake area gets crowded, but a mile in on a road or trail and you are by yourself. A beautiful place

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Sarasota, Florida
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43 reviews 43 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Boat ride is a must!!!! View the resident alligators up close!! Excellent trails! Make sure you visit the bridge walk and view many birds! Saw a eagle on our visit! If you have limited time in the Sarasota area -- this is a must place to visit!! Also great place to bring picnic lunch or try the gator stew in... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

great place to visit with the kids- take them on a boat ride to see the gator,s-nice park-plenty of trail,s away from the gator,s- picnic area- only drawback- is if it rain,s heavy the lot floods- so a rainy day is not the time to visit-this is a short ride off a I-75 bring plenty off sunscreen- water, etc

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Sarasota, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

It's a pretty well kept secret. A 2 mile hike (each way) through the Florida Outback, a.k.a. Scrub, lives a small sink-hole with 50+ aligators. Go into the guard station at the entrance into the park and ask. Only 30 permits per day. No facilities, no shade, but worth it!

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Sarasota FL
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8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The tram and boat rides were very informative even for me who has lived here for 23 years. Guides excellent. Get there early bring lunch and plan on spending better part of a day. We did not have time for canopy walk

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