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Myakka River State Park

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Address: 13208 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL 34241-9546
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+1 941-361-6511
8:00 am - 6:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 6:30 pm

One of the original Civilian Conservation Corps parks.

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Wild Myakka River Bike plus Optional Kayak Ecotour
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This park has a great deal to offer. Fishing, hiking, bicycling, camping, bird watching, horse trails and great experiences like the airboat & tram tours. Went on the airboat... read more

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Long Island, NY
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

This park has a great deal to offer. Fishing, hiking, bicycling, camping, bird watching, horse trails and great experiences like the airboat & tram tours. Went on the airboat ride out onto the lake where we observed alligators - lots of alligators! The tram tour took us through areas where we observed wildlife and a narrative of the history of... More 

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Mooresville, North Carolina
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great place to spend the day, or two....great camping and wonderful natural areas to explore. Be sure you ask about the Deep Hole. It's a little bit of a walk...2.3 miles in, and than again out...but well worth it....note that they only give a low number of permits per day to visit the Deep Hole, so show up early and... More 

Thank 349Alan
New York
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I live a little less than an hour and a half from this park and never expected to find such a beautiful, lush environment so close to where I live in Fort Myers. For locals, I definitely recommend checking it out if you've never been and if you're an out of towner traveling along I-75 in the Sarasota, Venice area,... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Real ambiance of inland Florida for folks of all ages, adaptable environment should there be special needs to be met. A variety: walking, sitting, boat trip, educational. Do watch time schedule, best time for visit is morning or early afternoon.

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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Again it was not a first visit, but as always fun experience. Mother Nature delivered. Crocs were abundant suntanning. Canopy walk a real treat. Restaurant a bit overpriced but a gift shop delightful. Price is still $5 per car which is a good value. Plenty of photo ops

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We spent one night here in May & definitely could've stayed longer. Unfortunately, the drought has affected this park as it has the rest of Florida. Most of the river is too low for paddling, so we never even put the kayak in. The canopy walk is fun, however, and we walked every boardwalk and nature trail. After sunset, we... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We live about 5 miles from the park entrance, so we go there frequently. There are so many adventures awaiting you!We like to bike, hike, paddle, and primitive camp. Gators are abundant. The cafe has a nice selection of local beer and food. I encourage you to make the drive when visiting Sarasota. You will not be disappointed.

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This is a great place to see al sizes & shapes of alligators, lots of birds too. The big airboat ride is interesting & very informative. A viewing walkway was built that gives an different view of the water & surrounding area. Don't miss it!!!

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Rotonda West, Florida
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Four of us met at the park at 8:30am to walk the nature trail to the canopy observation bridge/tower. Nice sand trail to the tower and then we climbed the steps and walked the bridge looking down on the trees and forest floor. At the end of the bridge we climbed higher to the observation tower with 360 degree views... More 

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited in March on a chilly, windy day so many of the alligators were hiding. We really enjoyed the airboat tour and the tour guide was brilliant. He taught us all about the alligators habits and managed to point out lots of wildlife to us even though the weather was against us that day. A great experience.

Thank Sue R

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