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Myakka River State Park

13208 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL 34241
941-361-6511
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Ranked #9 of 88 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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Huntington Beach, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We went in Aug and most of the wildlife was difficult to see or just not there. The alligators were mostly submerged in the deepest part of the lake to stay cool but we saw about a dozen, mostly less than 6 foot long. The tour guide was great, very knowledgeable. Can't remember his name. Once we got out to... More

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Moline, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Boat tour was educational and fun. The canopy walk was fun and we enjoyed the view. well worth the entrance fee and enjoyed learning the names of the different birds. Enjoyable afternoon

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Just a few minutes outside of Sarasota, this park offers a look at a diverse Florida landscape and its flora and fauna. I saw deer, alligators, numerous birds, and raccoon while exploring the grounds. The canopy walk was nice, but not as grand as I had expected, but it did provide a great vantage point for an approaching late day... More

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Wayne, Pennsylvania
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71 reviews 71 reviews
11 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

After reading the Trip Advisor reviews, we decided to visit Myakka River State Park. The highlight of the trip was the boat ride (not sure why you'd visit the park and not go on the boat ride). Don't forget your coupon. We saw a few alligators, though not many, but enjoyed hearing about the history of the park and learning... More

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england
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed the canopy walk with the views of the lush surroundings. It's a short drive from one end of the park to the other but the wildlife opportunities are all around. We saw deer and glimpsed an alligator snaking through the water. The birdwalk was a good viewing platform right out into the river. We didn't do the airboat... More

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Bethesda, Maryland
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We road the boat in search of gators and were not disappointed. We found a number of them. The narration was informative. We also saw birds and nice scenery. Fun visit. Remember to check in advance, as boat tours stop pretty early in the day. We had lunch after the tour at the restaurant above the boat area. Gator bites... More

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Port Charlotte, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We spent 6 days in our rv at the Myakka State Park. We experienced tropical downpours almost every day, but that didn't spoil our enjoyment of the park. Besides the obvious park possibilities such as hiking and picnicking, there is also an airboat ride on Myakka Lake which is very informative. During the Winter high season there is also a... More

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Coral Springs, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

"Myakka River" state park on s.r. #72, 9 miles East of I-75. Lush and tropical 57 plus square miles. Park has campgrounds, cabins, tram safari. I walked the ranch trail. The canopy walkway is great for wildlife observation. At the deep hole their are 100, no, maybe 200 alligators. And you can still go fishing. There are palms, live oaks... More

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51 reviews 51 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Myakka river state park is great place to visit,great place to see a wide variety of birds,including Osprey and eagle.Lots of Alligators on view from the boat trip in the river which is a must when you go with expert commentary from the park ranger.Good nature trails to explore and bike hire .The gift shop has a nice selection of... More

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Bradenton, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

From the minute you enter this almost primeval wonderland, it's easy to see just what Florida looked and felt like before technology. From the canopy of the seemingly endless trees to the forest floor, this park is teeming with life virtually beyond compare. The lakes and waterways (that are all open to the public to explore in kayaks and canoes)... More

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