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Address: 13208 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL 34241
Phone Number: 941-361-6511
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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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Lot's of park to explore

There are a lot of trails to explore if you like hiking - over 35 miles. We went in April and it is already 81 and humid. Be prepared and wear the right wick clothing... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 1, 2015
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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81 reviews 81 reviews
34 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW

Cruising the web for something to do outside not beach related and the park looked fantastic from their web site and other reviews. It was implied this was an old growth area, but found out that it was originally a prairie before settled, the trees are byproduct of man's interruption of the fires. Advertised that kayaking was available, but guess... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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31 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

There are a lot of trails to explore if you like hiking - over 35 miles. We went in April and it is already 81 and humid. Be prepared and wear the right wick clothing, sunscreen, hats & plenty of water.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

My wife and I hike tons of state parks all over Wisconsin, coming here we kind of felt like we were in Jurassic Park. Trees were over hanging on the road and trail, it was very tropical with tons of wildlife. We saw alligators, many birds, fish, no deer but seen lots of sign for them. The canopy walk was... More 

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Longwood, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

The state park was absolutely gorgeous. It's about 38,000 acres. The park is extensive and full of beautiful wildlife. The riverboat ride although informative was not worth 12 bucks, maybe 6 at the most, but still fun. The canopy walk is awesome, if you're not afraid of heights.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

If you love sightseeing this is a great place to visit. You will get a look at what Florida used to look like before all the development. There is a wonderful boat tour of the lake and the guide is very knowledgable about the eco system and wildlife. We saw lots of gators and different kinds of birds; even got... More 

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Venice, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

We went to check out the park with friends. The air boat ride was relaxing and educational.We then proceeded to the tram ride when a 8 foot gator came right up on the bank. Everyone took great pictures. The food was expensive so we did not have lunch there. The tree top walk was fun. Great place to take gran... More 

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Lynden, WA
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

This was a fun place for a short hike through the park, there is a fun suspension bridge to walk over, up lots of stairs to a look out over the canopy. This was fun. I am afraid of heights but sucked it up and went up. It was very interesting to see out over the foliage. It was a... More 

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Oakwood, Illinois
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135 reviews 135 reviews
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83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

The scenery is fantastic. We really enjoyed the canopy walk which gives you a birds eye view inside the canopy from a suspension bridge. There is also an observation tower at the end with spectacular views above the canopy. The nature trail was very nice with singing birds and anoles rattling through the foliage. There is a board walk for... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We are annual visitors to this park and always enjoy the boat trip. The guides are knowledgable and entertaining. No boat today because of lightning in the area went for a stroll to the lake and got caught in torrential rain. Eventually got back to the cafe/gift shop and were able to buy dry tee shirts. The shop assistant was... More 

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Huntington
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

We went to the park for a day and found many, many things to do. There are trails, group airboat ride, alligators to see, gift shop. Very nice park to visit.

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