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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 89 Attractions in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Rotonda, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

We are lucky enough to live fairly close so we can visit often. We love to visit the park just to wander around. The air boat ride is not a "fast, thrilling" ride, it is a slow narrated ride with information about the river, plants and wildlife. The canopy walk is a real treat. Unfortunately, we did this on Labor... More

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Sarasota
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3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

This is an outdoor adventure and if you are not used to florida summers and humidity - wait until it cools off in november! The park is dog friendly. If you like to hike, canoe and nature photography - this is the place for you. Just remember that the rainy season is the summer time - so plan accordingly. The... More

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Orlando, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

The park is beautiful. Two of the female rangers that tend to it were not nice at all. One has long gray hair and I could swear she uses a broom for transportation. No social skills, no professionalism. Outright mean and sarcastic. My tax money goes for State Parks since I live in the area. The other ranger "Jenny" must... More

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BERGEN COUNTY,N.J.
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487 reviews 487 reviews
101 attraction reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Not too good in August,very hot and humid.We still saw a few gators,but not the hundreds you can see in the winter.The airboat tour was a waste of money,the absolute worst we have ever been on.The tram was not even running.It was the wrong time of the year to visit,we will try again

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We love this park; one of Florida’s oldest, but lovingly cared for, and current with its comforts. I am writing this because the cabins are being refurbished beginning Sept. 1 and will not be ready until July 2015. Therefore, we rented Cabin #1 on the very last week. My husband is not a camper, but loves the outdoors, and yes,... More

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Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We were there Labor Day weekend, and took the airboat tour. We expected the fun airboat ride that we experienced in the Everglades. It was far from fun. This was a vessel that had approximately 15 rows and went very slow. The tour guide, Robert, said that he would turn the boat so that people on both sides could see... More

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Bracebridge, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This park is very interesting. You can walk arround take a bike ride or drive in your car. They have camping good fishing,and the most interesting air boat ride and swamp ride you can find any where well worth the entry fee or the cost of the ride,for kids or adults

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Sarasota, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The Canopy is one of our highlights at the Myaka Park. Birds can be sighted and binoculars are a must.

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19 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Undisturbed land from what Florida used to be. You'll see plenty of gators and there is plenty to do if you ask around. Otherwise, just ride your bikes through the winding roads and explore! Be sure not to speed, they have LEO's that are watching for you....

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Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We took our grandson (11) for the airboat ride. I suggest that to see more alligators, you should go on a non-windy day. Gator bites for lunch! Having the spotters with spotting telescopes on the bird walk made it so worthwhile! They are a treasure not to be missed if you enjoy birds! You can rent bikes or just walk... More

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