Myakka River State Park

Myakka River State Park, Sarasota: Hours, Address, Myakka River State Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Myakka River State Park
4.5
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
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
About
One of the original Civilian Conservation Corps parks.
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mak19552016
Venice, FL65 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
Absolutely beautiful park. BUT… avoid sites 1-5 and 25-30 AT ALL COSTS. Bilge pump for holding tank for entire park works everyday around 2p. Today it was short. Yesterday it was 2.5 hours. If the Gods are with you, the winds will blow away from the campsite. If not, the smell will remind you of a backed up toilet. SERIOUSLY. All other sites seem perfect. And again the park is fabulous. Would have been a 5 star rating if not for the smell. And take the pontoon tour. Excellent way to see and hear about the park.
Written January 12, 2022
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larnerdarren
Reading, UK977 contributions
Dec 2021 • Friends
We spent 2 days hiking and camping here. This was our first visit, but our friends who we came with have been many times, and they organised the trip. The entrance fees are reasonable and it seems a well run state park. It was fairly busy at the entrance but we drove a few miles to the trail head and we didn’t see many people after that.
We hiked about 12 miles over 2 days and we spent a night in our tents at bee island camp site.
There was a fire pit here so we had a small campfire, there is also a water pump here, but you have to filter the water. Which we didn’t need as we had brought plenty with us.
We heard barred owls in the night and we saw quite a few birds in the day time. The scenery is nice and it was pretty dry underfoot as there hadn’t been much rain.
All in all a good trip Well worth a visit if you are in the Sarasota area.
Written January 6, 2022
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Ivy-Ripley
Riverview, FL320 contributions
Dec 2021
Very clean and well-maintained park. There were lots of birds and alligators (we went in Dec). We want to come back to explore more of this area. The Canopy Walkway was shorter than I expected but still pretty cool.
Written December 5, 2021
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ELizBoston
Boston47 contributions
Nov 2021
Good introduction to Florida environment. Admission to the park itself is about $6 for 1 car with 2 people. Free to walk around the Canopy Walk has a swinging overhead bridge that is fun (easy 1 mile walk). Rent canoes for the brave. See alligators in the wild. Also great bird watching! Park rangers are excellent, very helpful and knowledgeable. If you can splurge, take the boat tour or the tram tour ($31 combo ticket for adult). Bike trails, clean rest rooms, a food truck with gator stew for $10. We had the pulled pork sandwiches which were pretty good. Picnic tables. Camping. RVs. This is a real value and a lot of fun. It is a state park. Thank you Florida!
Written November 30, 2021
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samclan2016
Albany, NY26 contributions
Nov 2021
rented bikes right at the Outpost ( the bikes were definitely in need of some maintenance but owner did her best to make sure we could get some bikes) and loved riding around the park and experiencing the walkway and bird boardwalk.
Written November 28, 2021
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JKP_Illinois
Minooka, Illinois96 contributions
Nov 2021
We visited the park on a rainy day so the hiking was limited, but we did take the boat tour because the boat is covered and very comfortable. We saw lots of alligators and birds in their natural habitat and the captain was very knowledgeable and entertaining.
Written November 22, 2021
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Les B
Miamisburg, Ohio18 contributions
Oct 2021
Although our trip was cut short due to heavy rain this park is awesome for anyone who loves Florida wildlife. We saw numerous alligators, deer and several types of birds. We did not get to experience the canopy walkway do to our visit getting cut short. We will definitely visit this park again when we are back in the area.
Written November 1, 2021
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PLan977
Winter Garden, FL656 contributions
Oct 2021
On our way home from Siesta Key, we stopped here to take a boat ride on the lake. It was very relaxing and Captain Bob gave a lot of good information about the area and the animals that live there. We saw a few birds and three big alligators.
On our way out of the park, we stopped at a bridge over the river. We saw another four alligators. The scenery was beautiful. We didn't have time to hike but the trails looked well marked.
I would recommend visiting here and taking the boat ride.
Written October 20, 2021
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orin o
Fort Myers, FL728 contributions
Sep 2021
There is a lot to see all in a relaxed manor. Boat tours, tram tours, canopy walk. Wild life viewing. We saw approximately 12 deer and half a dozen alligators. I also understand there are wild turkeys, bald eagles and wild hogs located within the park.
Capt. Robert does a good job giving his audience a nature tour with lots of interesting facts.
Written September 14, 2021
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Susan
1 contribution
Sep 2021 • Friends
Excellent tour commentary by Capt Robert. Lots of gators visible at 9:00 tour, even considering it being FL in summer. Very peaceful.
Written September 7, 2021
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