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Myakka River State Park

13208 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL 34241
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Ranked #8 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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Gaithersburg, Maryland
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

We went to the park on an "iffy" weather day after our kayak trip was postponed due to weather. What a nice surprise!! We rode the airboat and it was very informative and relaxing, and we saw alligators and lots of birds. When the airboat tour concluded, we walked over to the tourist bridge where we saw more alligators, as... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Simply a great experience with the family. This park is full of information on Florida's wildlife and fauna. The one hour boat tour across the river was very well narrated and worth it. Many siteings of alligators....some up very close. Some wonderful walking trails.... well marked. Be sure to stop in at the visitor center for well done displays and... More

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Upstate NY
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75 reviews 75 reviews
42 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Later in the day when we visited, so not too many birds around. Early morning it is probably better.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

On a visit to Myakka a couple of years ago, we were amazed at the wildlife collected at the tourist bridge. We saw several alligators, the largest of which was easily 10-12 feet long. Several birds lounged alongside, include egrets and blue and green herons. This year, most of that sand bar was under water and we saw only a... More

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Cheraw, South Carolina
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

My husband and I enjoyed the boat and tram tour, well worth the money if you enjoy nature. Wish we would have planned more time to explore more of the area, really need full day to experience all they have to offer.

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Bratislava, Slovakia
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

This was the first opportunity for us (family of 5) to see wildlife at Florida. We saw gators, wild boars, lots and lots of birds. Just riding the park road gives you beautiful views if you do not have to hike. We visited park during the Easter Monday, so it was completely deserted - really nice & quiet. Great experience.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

If you want to see some gators this park will fill the bill. The boat ride is a true bargain at $6 and there are lots of gators to observe still close range. The staff is very friendly and the views are panoramic. Our family enjoyed it a great deal.

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Orangeburg, South Carolina
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102 reviews 102 reviews
25 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

We camp in state parks all over the southeast and this is by far one of the prettiest (and by far the largest) we have seen. The natural beauty is unrivaled. There is hiking, kayaking, canoeing, and fishing. The campsites are better for Rvs than tents in my personal opinion - only because we prefer to have some privacy and... More

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Orangeville, Canada
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58 reviews 58 reviews
11 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Nice place to see gators but you have to get there early due to limited parking. We saw many different birds that I never saw in my life. I is a nice place for the family to bike ride and kayak to see wildlife.

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Ship Bottom, New Jersey
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73 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Great airboat [large capacity launch with airboat motor] across the lake. Good guide, lots of wildlife to see [if you like alligators you will not be disappointed]. Also a great place for bass fishing.

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