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Myakka River State Park

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Address: 13208 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL 34241
Phone Number: 941-361-6511
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8:00 am - 6:30 pm
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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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A natural beauty.

My aunt took us here for a visit on our holiday in june this year. It is a gorgeous place. Very scenic. Well kept. Friendly staff. Lots of nature. I would definatly go again.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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Newbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

My aunt took us here for a visit on our holiday in june this year. It is a gorgeous place. Very scenic. Well kept. Friendly staff. Lots of nature. I would definatly go again.

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Dayton, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Lots to do and see at this state park. We had a picnic under the shelter area, took a boat ride, a nice walk, visited the gift shop, saw a deer, alligators, and water birds. Take bug spray!

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

$6 per car to enter the park is great value for money. Air boat (oldest one of its kind in Florida) was very quiet. Hour's journey cost $12 for adults and $6 for children over 5. Guide really knowledgeable about all kinds of wildlife but particularly about alligators (between 500 and 1000 live in the park. We saw plenty both... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Myakka has been a lifelong favorite spot. The wildlife in the park is amazing. There are deer, raccoons, armadillos, hogs, pigs, alligators and many breeds of birds. There are many trails to take leisurely hikes. If you want to be a little more adventurous there are many trails in the back woods. The boat ride is a great way to... More 

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Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We took the river cruise and saw a lot of alligators. The boat is covered and fairly comfortable. Our departure was delayed due to lightening. It rained while we were out on the lake but we didn't get wet. We saw a lot of shore birds in addition to the alligators. The guide was very knowledgeable and we learned a... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We camped at this park, in our travel trailer, and it was great! The place is huge, and there are numerous trails and scads of GeoCaches! Also, they have a very nice lunch and ice cream counter, adjacent to an extensive gift shop. Hiking trails abound, the elevated walkway and observation tower should not be missed. The park rangers were... More 

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Cape Coral, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

hike along the trails and see wild hogs, deer and turkey. Or canoe the river and see bird, and lots of alligators. a gem of a park!! Nee a full day at least. If you love the outdoors, you should spend time here.

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Pembroke Pines, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

The weather was not that great so we were looking for something to do. I read online that you could drive through the park. We were lucky that the rain stopped for a while and we were able to get out and do the bird walk. We saw quite a few deer and birds. I would have loved to do... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We enjoyed seeing natural Florida. Trails were beautiful and well-maintained. We visited in summer and saw a good variety of ferns. Alligators were abundant in watetways, which we could enjoy from a safe distance.

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State College, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

My son and I took some time out of the beech scene and went to Myakka State Park for the morning. This park opens at 8 am and closes at dark. It was awesome to see the alligators fairly close up and in their natural habitat. We also identified many different species of birds. The trails are fun to walk... More 

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Additional Information about Myakka River State Park

Address: 13208 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL 34241
Phone Number: 941-361-6511
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 6:30 pm

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