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Myakka River State Park

Address: 13208 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL 34241
Phone Number: 941-361-6511
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Ranked #9 of 49 Attractions in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Scenic Drives, State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: One of the original Civilian Conservation Corps parks.
Attraction details
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Scenic Drives, State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Owner description: One of the original Civilian Conservation Corps parks.
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Riverview, Florida, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

We must of saw over 50 alligators today! Very informational, very fun. Well worth the $12!! Also, beautiful items in the gift shop and the staff could not of been nicer!

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Orlando, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

This was a beautiful park with lots of trails and birdlife. The trails take you through woods and along the river where you could enjoy the quiet.

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Warren, New Jersey
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53 reviews 53 reviews
9 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

What a great park, it is the largest State Park in Florida. Take the air boat ride for $12, worth every penny. It is a large boat 50 capacity and there is a 1 hour guided tour out on the lake. We saw birds of all sizes and many gators. Our guide was very knowledgeable and funny with stories to... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 NEW

Located to the east of Sarasota on SR 72, is Myakka State Park. Here you can enjoy hiking on it's many trails and look for wildlife while enjoying the scenery. If you are in to birding, bring binoculars and see how many species you can discover. Deer can also be spotted, sometimes even along the main road as you drive... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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51 reviews 51 reviews
19 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Able to drive and use it as a blind for photography. The canopy walk is too much fun and the tower is even better. Great pier for shore birds. Great paths. Close to Sarasota and easy to find. Can't wait to go back.

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North Port, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

We are new to the area so we are in the process of scouting out our surroundings and the Myakka River State Park was a "natural", pun intended! We took our visiting son, his wife and two little guys (4 and 6) along the trails and drives of the park. Just great morning walks topped off by a Lake Airboat... More 

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North Port, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Campgrounds are clean, showers and restroom facilities are clean, there's lots to do and see. We took the tram and air boat ride on the upper lake.The guide was Ok, but not great. Fellow (John -- heavy set guy with beard) was very informative and had much better tour. Make reservations early, the place fills up quick.

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Harbor Springs, Michigan
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41 reviews 41 reviews
21 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This park is well worth the drive to get there. There are so many things to do here. I recommend the boat ride, in which you'll see a lot of alligators, birds and wildlife. The canopy walk is beautiful and make sure you go to the top! This is a family friendly park.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
16 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We enjoyed our day trip here so much that we decided to visit again. It was much more crowded since it was during winter break. But still not over crowded. We got there later in the day and couldn't get tickets for the airboat ride. Next time we would make sure to come earlier and buy those tickets. But the... More 

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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

When family visited in May they requested to see alligators. Immediately I thought to take them to Myakka. Yes it was not exactly the best time of year to see alligators but we went to try anyways. To our surprise we saw multiple alligators and my family had a great time! I love climbing to the top of the tower... More 

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