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Myakka River State Park

13208 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL 34241
941-361-6511
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Ranked #11 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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Taunton, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I really enjoyed the airboat. It was very interesting, and the wildlife was amazing. However, we were at the back of the boat, and it was sometimes difficult to hear the guide as the boat motor was loud. We only saw about a dozen alligators, but also saw many birds, and a wild pig. Get there early as it sells... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Water, wildlife, gators, fishing, hiking, kayaking! lots of fun! This is the place, where you can feel real Florida!

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Many of the reviews rave how great this park. It is beautiful, no doubt about it, but after driving there for close to 4 hours, it wasn't what we had expected. We took our dog with us to vacation and thought that this state park would be a nice treat for her. She definitely enjoyed herself, but we did not... More

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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Whenever I am in Florida I love to pay a visit or 2 to Myakka. On your drive around the park you need to stop off at the bird walk where you take a boardwalk oht onto the lake to view the various birds of the parks with boards to educate you on the birds. Driving around the park is... More

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Olathe, Kansas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Thought about taking the airboat ride at this park, but we wanted to drive out and check out the park before doing so. Once there, we discovered it wasn't necessary. You can see alligators swimming in the river by a bridge. So cool! We drove through the park to check it all out, and saw several deer from the road.... More

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Ellenton, Florida
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104 reviews 104 reviews
55 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Real old Florida landscape and so well kept. The canopy walkway is a must and hire a bike to to see even more of the park. So much to see and enjoy we stayed twice as long as expected. Easy to find and well signposted off Highway 41 the Tamiami Trail.

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Mansfield, Massachusetts
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37 reviews 37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Beautiful, pristine and enjoyable...a great place to relax and enjoy nature at its finest! We saw gators and beautiful birds.

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11 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

A day out at Myakka is very relaxing. There is a lot of wildlife, a couple of nice shops, and a cafe providing very tasty sandwhiches and gator stew. The boat trip is always the best part - dick is very entertaining and informative! This is a must visit attraction if in the area!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Really enjoyed the airboat tour. Our guide Captain Dick was very informative even if his jokes were from the dark ages!! He must crack the same jokes on every tour he does. Saw loads of gators in their natural habitat which is always good to see.

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Venice, Florida
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8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This is a huge park with a good size lake to kayak or canoe. You can also take their paddle wheel boat tour. You will see crocs and birds of all types on the tour. The wooded area is just that, woods. You can camp at the park, the area plenty of restrooms and many trails to follow. Be careful... More

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