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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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8:00 am - 6:30 pm
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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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We enjoyed our time here this is deffinatley a must see. The adults and kids all enjoyed this. We got great pictures.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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New Lexington, Ohio
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New Lexington, Ohio
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38 reviews 38 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW via mobile

We enjoyed our time here this is deffinatley a must see. The adults and kids all enjoyed this. We got great pictures.

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Landenberg, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

My husband and I visited this park on a weekday and brought our bikes (they do offer bike rental but it is pricey) We arrived at 10am and parked in the first area of parking closest to the entrance and hopped on our bikes to explore the entire park. Things are well marked and the road is paved and wide... More 

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Stevens Point, Wisconsin
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

This park has many areas to hike and really get away from the many people that seem to crowd the park. The main areas, where the airboat rides originate from, where you park for the canopy walk, are very crowded with little organization for parking. BUT, get away from those and it's much easier to enjoy the peace and quiet.... More 

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Kitchener, Canada
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138 reviews 138 reviews
24 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Myakka River State Park, about halfway between Tampa and Port Charlotte, is a great way to see real Gulf Coast nature and animals -- and especially alligators. And at just $6 to enter, it's a bargain to boot. We visited on a weekday in late February, but the park was still quite busy, with almost all the boat and tram... More 

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Ottawa, Ontario
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Went on a cool Monday hoping it would not be too busy. Wrong! Arrived at 11:00...too late! 30 minutes of mayhem to find parking near the air boat tour. Tours all sold until 3:15. Bought tickets. Wanted a snack...45 minute line up for a burger( LESSON: Bring your lunch). Lots of gators sun bathing in the air boat channel plus... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

A must visit every time we are in Florida. This year high water cut down the alligators on show, although we were lucky to see a mother and babies on Power Line Road. Always a great place to go

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Santa Cruz, California
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75 reviews 75 reviews
26 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

We drove through the park and stopped to take the boat trip around the lake. It was casual and interesting and several bird species and alligators were pointed out. Later we took a walk on the boardwalk and climbed to the top of the tower. Great view of what Florida has to offer in regards to swamp and forest.

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New York City
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

It had rained 2" the day before our visit, so we couldn't walk the trails, but we were able to enjoy the one hour boat ride on the lake, which we enjoyed. Sit near the front - otherwise the engine drowns out the voice of the tour guide! Lots of alligators sunning themselves on the shore, and various birds hunting... More 

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New Paltz, New York
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Nice place for a day trip to see alligators, lots of birds (bring binoculars), and possibly some wild boar. You can rent a kayak, go for a hike, or go fishing.

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43 reviews 43 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Our excellent air boat guide, Dick, who doubles as a very capable stand up comedian, said we were smart to choose the 10:00 am ride because there is less wind than later in the day and the ride is smoother and sees more wildlife. Lots of gators, a really striking blue heron (photo) and 2 limpkins (rare to see), among... More 

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