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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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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: One of the original Civilian Conservation Corps parks.

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Great park very close to Sarasota

One of the most pleasant surprises I have experienced since moving to Florida is the excellence of the state park system. Myakka is a jewel in this system. The park is so well... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Sarasota, Florida
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39 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

One of the most pleasant surprises I have experienced since moving to Florida is the excellence of the state park system. Myakka is a jewel in this system. The park is so well run, and clean. There is so many things to do, whether it is the airboat rides, picnics, hiking, biking, camping, bird watching, gator spotting. If you are... More 

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Whilst we need little excuse to return to Florida we found one today. The park had been recommended to us as a great way to spend a day, unfortunately we found most of it closed or inaccessible due to the high water levels. What we did see and experience was interesting and stimulating and we all felt that we had... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

For out-of-state travelers, remember that Florida really only has two seasons; wet and dry. Summer months are wet, so the water levels were high and a lot of the park was closed off. Either way, we got a chance to see a lot of beautiful wading birds and even caught a glimpse of a few deer (SO AWESOME!). I'm planning... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Lovely, lovely, lovely. Take your visitors here or simply take yourself. Bring your bikes and ride through the shaded park. Go in the fall and winter to see loads of alligators.

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Fleet, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Prior to entry we were clearly informed that the rooftop canopy walk and other areas weren't available due to flooding. However, even with this limitation we proceeded into the park and saw much wildlife including Alligators, Deer and Egrets. Plus we could envisage the original Florida prior to the swamps being drained. A guided boat trip is available but we... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This is a great place for nature lovers and people traveling with kids. However, it is really HOT and HUMID in the summer. Do take the flat bottom boat tour on the Myakka River and check out the alligator meat that's for sale in the little store.

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Milford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

My family and I are fans of the Animal Planet show "Finding Bigfoot" and when we saw that they stopped at Myakka River State Park, we knew that we wanted to stop there this summer. While we didn't find Bigfoot, we did get to see Florida in all of its natural wonder - baby alligators floating next to the bird... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

A beautiful nature preserve, Myakka is THE PLACE if you are from out of state and you want to show the kids some BIG GATORS! Especially in the cooler months, you will likely see dozens. Less in the summer, but still guaranteed opportunities to satisfy your curiosity. For locals who are bored with seeing yet another alligator, try hiking in... More 

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Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Awesome area - a must visit. We went in the summer (off season) period so it was quite quiet. It's $6 per car to enter the park . The boat tour / wildlife guide is well worth the $12 per person. There's a gift shop and restaurant which is worth a look too. You can walk / hike around the... More 

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Punta Gorda, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This is no Mickey Mouse here but this is what the Real Florida looks like. Be sure to some comfortable walking shoes.

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