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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 good way to spend a day.

This is just a lovely park. You get a real sense of the Florida that was discovered by the Spaniards. There is plenty of wildlife, and the birdlife is diverse and interesting. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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Sarasota, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

This is just a lovely park. You get a real sense of the Florida that was discovered by the Spaniards. There is plenty of wildlife, and the birdlife is diverse and interesting. The facilities are great. Personally, I prefer to take my kayak out and get away from civilization as quickly as possible. It only takes 10 minutes of paddling... More 

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Pennsylvania
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

We have been to this park several times during different times of the year. The dry season is the best since as the water goes up the gators have no shore line to lay on. They will stay in the water. We have done the boat trip which we found educational and a good introduction to the park as well... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

We went to see the wildlife and saw alligators, birds, and other critters. But because they have a full service bar and restaurant on-site, it also attracts a certain crowd of people. The park is big enough that you can avoid them, but it put a damper on the visit for us.

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Cocoa, Florida
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32 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Let's see, canopy tree walk, wildflowers, rivers, deer, turkey, great old oaks, scenic views, wonderful trails... what's not to love! This is a great park to spend a few hours and then head over to Yoder's for a delicious meal. What a perfect day.

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North Port, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

see Florida nature, take the canapé walk, go for a boat ride or rent a canoe, ring your camera for the wild life opportunity shots, its a great day for the family

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Marblehead, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

The boat tour found several alligators and explained the eco-structure of the Park. The tram was good but because of the current water levels sther wasn't to much to see

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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Called here on our way across Florida. Went on the 1 hour boat trip which was really good. The boat went quite slowly so that everyone could see the wildlife and take loads of pictures. Very good value for $12.

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Cambridge, MA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

I was very disappointed with the boat tour. We saw just as many alligators from the bridge when you first drive in. Also saw herons and vultures. They charge $6.00 just to enter park. Skip paying extra. We sat in back of boat and I couldn't hear the guide. Again, don't bother.

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London UK
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Interesting place to visit. Good tours and knowledgable guides. If you want the bias trip arrive early as it fills quickly and they book continuously. The tree too walk is fun but be prepared for the stairs!! Not fun in the hot steamy weather I would imagine. A good half day+ day out.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

I could spend an hour here at best. True, it is peaceful and natural and interesting to see a gator glide in the river. The canopy walk is fun for the whole family but only 4 people can get on the walkway at a time. Get there when they open or you won't get an overpriced airboat or tram ticket.... More 

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