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Myakka River State Park

Address: 13208 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL 34241
Phone Number: 941-361-6511
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Ranked #19 of 144 Activities in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Scenic Drives, State Parks, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: One of the original Civilian Conservation Corps parks.
Attraction details
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Scenic Drives, State Parks, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Owner description: One of the original Civilian Conservation Corps parks.
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Muskoka, Ontariio
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Lovely Wilderness Reserve just east of Sarasota. $6 entrance fee per car of 2-8 people. If one person alone in car, then $4 entrance fee. Paved, tree-lined road throughout the park. Don't miss the Airboat Ride. Only $12 per person for a one hour ride. We were able to see alligators up close but safely, and the driver/commentator was very... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

If you like the great outdoors this is a really cool place. We visited at the end of December. We took the airboat ride and saw lots of alligators and birds. We saw several Red Shouldered Hawks at a close distance and some Osprey among many other birds. Overall a good value for your money too.

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Hobe Sound, Florida
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32 reviews 32 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Lovely camping, walking, biking or just watching the wildlife! Wish more of Florida had been left this way versus the condos everywhere!

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North Port
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Took some northern visitors to the state park and besides being out in beautiful weather and doing some hiking we encountered the beauty of Fl. Saw a few gators sunning themselves on the bank. Many birds that I can not name and enjoyed watching folks take off in canoes. Canoes and bikes can be rented for another way to the... More 

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Jackson, Michigan
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Great part to visit. Airboat rides to see lots of Floridas lovely gators, tours through the forest where you can see lots of wildlife. Plenty of paths and walkways to explore. Cool little gift shop and cafe. I've been coming here for years, every time i'm in town. The place has grown to offer more things to visitors. Fun sky... More 

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Riverside
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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

The park was terrific- saw so many great birds and alligators. We enjoyed biking the road so we could get a better view of everything. The Birdwalk was a great spot- saw a huge gator chow down on a fish. The small warbler birds flit around. The roseate spoonbill and eagle sightings were wonderful. I would not waste the time... More 

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Sun City Center, Florida
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70 reviews 70 reviews
16 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Airboat tour was super. In addition to gators we saw deer, wild turkeys and lots of birds. There is also a nice gift shop and several hiking/walking trails.

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Savannah, Georgia
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141 reviews 141 reviews
45 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

We went there on a Thursday, and the place a packed. The staff expanded the boat tour offerings, so we only had a 45-minute wait. The tour was fun and informative. Saw many gators, wood storks, egrets, osprey (one with a fish in its talons), and a bald eagle. Also took the tram, which was very enjoyable. Hint: book both... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
11 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

We visited this park on a warm sunny day and were not disappointed. Favorite airboat ride across lake area, skirted the shore for gator sitings. Many large wading birds and lucky to see an osprey swoop down, snag a fish, aerodynamically reposition it and fly off. Amazing! Knowlegeable park rangers and a fun outing. Did not have time for the... More 

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Tucson, Arizona, United States
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Camped there in May with my wife and 6 yr old daughter. The campers next to us thought that camping was an opportunity to stay up late drinking and partying way after the quiet hours of after 10 pm as well as let their pitbull loose to poop and pee where it pleased. The campground hosts lived in their RV... More 

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