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Myakka River State Park

13208 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL 34241
941-361-6511
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Ranked #9 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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Chicago, Illinois
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377 reviews 377 reviews
156 attraction reviews
218 helpful votes 218 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

After visiting Historic Spanish Point, it only seemed natural for us to take a tour of Myakka River State Park, which was opened in 1942 and is located nine miles east of I-75 in Sarasota County. The 37,000 acres park, not to be confused with the Everglades, gives you a true taste of what little bit of "wild" Florida is... More

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Limmen, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

With a lot of positive reviews, expectations were high on visiting the airboat tour in Myakka River State Park. The park itself is nice with a treetop canopy climb and some smaller and larger hiking trails. However, as compared to the national parks in Florida, the information in this state park is much less extensive and visiting options are limited.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

What an old type of environment. To walk along the trails or to explore the river and lake. Be sur re to carry lots of water. Go and enjoy yourself

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Florida City, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

Went to the park last week with our daughter and grand daughters, had a great time, the boat ride and the hammock view were great. Well worth the trip and not expensive. The cafe is small and the lunch is okay but I recommend to bring your own lunch. You will not regret going to the park.

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Pittsburgh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Our family enjoys exploring around Myakka. Great place to view alligators. The boat tour is fun and informative. The treetop canopy is well worth the climb for amazing views!

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Taunton, Massachusetts
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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

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

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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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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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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