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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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Venice, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

This is a really nice place to visit if you want to take a nice hike or ride your bicycle. There is a 6 dollar fee for parking at the entrance. I think people can rent bicycles inside, so you don't necessarily have to bring your own bicycle. Another thing about this park is that there is limited access to... More

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East Meadow, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Take the boat ride -- it's worth it. See allegators and birds; guide was great and it's a leasurely way to be on the water. Unfortunately we were there it had rained a lot and many of the trails were under water or swampy so we didn't walk around too much but there are a lot of trails to walk... More

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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

It was a beautiful drive through the park with the top down. Lots of trees and wild life. Saw 4 alligators and lots of birds. They have a tour boat on the lake, museum, restaurant, gift shop and general store. We went after lots of rain so some areas of the park were closed. Many places to pull over and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Now this is a great day out for adults and children. Unfortunately the park had been closed for a week due to flooding however we managed to fit it in before we left Sarasota. This is a really excellent place to visit. A must is the air boat ride, you won't see more gators anywhere in Florida (my opinion only)... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

I have been going to this Park for probably about 40 years! I did not like the restaurant/gift shop when it was first built, but have gotten used to it now. Stop in at the museum at the entrance. I do know from past experience that this Park will flood. Phone ahead if this will interfere with your hiking plans....Did... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

What a great state park. The trails are nice, take you through typical Florida habitats, like the towers that get you above the canopy, nice view from up there

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bournemouth
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

This is a great day out the staff very knowledgeable and happy to help. It is a great way to see nature at is best. Take your insect repellent. We saw lots of alligators close up the tree walk is a great way to see above the canopy. The airboat is great however it can get frustrating when the alligators... More

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Beachwood, New Jersey, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

We stopped at the park in February nice weather was amazed at how much there is to see and do there, we boarded the large air boat for the cruse around the river, what a great trip the captain was a wealth of knowledge and the wild life was amazing as a photographer it was grand we will go back... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Although this is the wrong season to spot alligators (we were told they're all off breeding) we did see a couple near the boat mooring. We enjoyed the boat trip which was informative and peaceful. Driving around we saw some lovely picnic areas and my husband took about two million photos on the treetop walk (slight exaggeration) so think he... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

do not miss the canape walk!The bird walk is fabulous and don't forget your binoculars ! Pack a picnic or eat in the little snack bar.

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