We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Myakka River State Park

Features Animals
Closed Now: 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Open today: 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Review Highlights
Zen at its best!

Great trails to walk & cycle the roads. The bridge was a bit less than expected - but still fun... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Orlando, Florida
via mobile

This place is so beautiful! Tons of wildlife everywhere you turn from birds, squirrels, alligators... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Clearwater, Florida
via mobile
Read all 2,896 reviews
All photos (2,016)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good30%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“airboat ride”(239 reviews)
“canopy walk”(517 reviews)
“air boat”(118 reviews)
One of the original Civilian Conservation Corps parks.
Closed Now
Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
See all hours
As featured in 3 Days in Sarasota
13208 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL 34241-9546
+1 941-361-6511
Top Selling Tours & Activities in and around Sarasota
from $50.00
More Info
from $25.00
More Info
from $360.00
More Info
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed March 1, 2008

The other review is accurate. We just wanted to mention a few additional things. Kitchen was well equipped except for no dish towels, paper towels, garbage bags, etc. You can buy firewood there or bring your own. Scrounging for wood is against the rules but...More

52  Thank ChiefHotDog
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed August 17, 2013

The day we got there our 7 year old cat snuck out of our RV. We told EVERYONE there that he was missing. The people in the front where you come in HEARD that there was a cat missing. When a women brought in a...More

11  Thank MandWhit
Reviews (2,896)
Filter reviews
2,718 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews airboat ride canopy walk air boat bird walk wild pigs hiking trails deep hole rent a canoe real florida observation tower suspension bridge roseate spoonbills florida wildlife gift shop bird watching tree canopy old florida
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 2,718 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great trails to walk & cycle the roads. The bridge was a bit less than expected - but still fun. Families w kids would enjoy the bridge & tower. Best way to bathe in nature’s air - relax & breathe!

Thank Nick00777
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This place is so beautiful! Tons of wildlife everywhere you turn from birds, squirrels, alligators, and more! The drive is lovely you go at your own pace to see everything you stop as you please. You’re almost guaranteed to see many alligators! The hanging bridge...More

Thank ashleighbarnes7
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Just blown away with seeing Florida without the ears (mickey) stunning, the wildlife and scenery words can’t explain, the boat tour is brilliant the staff are brilliant it’s just brilliant and wish I had more time there as 1 day is not enough 🐊🌴😎

Thank Cbradshaw1984
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took the hour boat ride which was very informative. Visited the Visitor Center and watched several short clips about Park, it’s history, and wildlife. Very helpful. Walked to Canopy Trail and walked over bridge and then climbed tower. Nice view from there but didn’t really...More

Thank mreesebryan
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We knew little about this park but drove quite a distance because we heard about the canopy walkway and were excited to try something different. It’s probably my own fault that I was disappointed. I was expecting something higher and longer. It is about 25...More

Thank lobstaluva
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been to this park many times. It is good for hiking and biking, but also bird watching. He can always see alligators. The boat ride on the lake is very informative as is the little tram ride.

Thank e1949
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I needed a beach break so decided to check out the Myakka River State Park. Began by buying my ticket for the boat tour, since the gate told me they sell out quickly. Snagged a seat on a tour that left 2 hours later, so...More

Thank Ringo-Rango
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you've ever wanted to get up close and personal with very large alligators, this is the place!!! We saw too many to count, plus the bird life was phenomenal. Judging by the crowd, this experience isn't for everyone.

Thank Mike W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A huge State Park with lots of activities to do. The best being Conopy Walk and a Boat Ride in Myakka Lake for Alligator sighting and also some exotic birds. For taking full advantage best is to have a stay at the park. A great...More

Thank Talha S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I’ve been here many times over the years and it is truly a special place. It’s so beautifully preserved and peaceful. There is plenty of road to bike on and great trails for walks. The tower and rope bridge are a must. You can see...More

1  Thank Renn N
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 54 nearby hotels
Quality Inn Sarasota/Siesta Key
164 reviews
8.73 miles away
Days Inn by Wyndham Sarasota - Siesta Key
632 reviews
8.76 miles away
Holiday Inn Express Sarasota I-75
242 reviews
8.94 miles away
Hampton Inn Sarasota I-75 Bee Ridge
729 reviews
9.21 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 1,180 nearby restaurants
Chaz 51 Bistro
117 reviews
8.47 miles away
Madfish Grill
266 reviews
9.13 miles away
Gecko's Grill & Pub Clark Road
285 reviews
9.12 miles away
Mr. Tequila Cantina
82 reviews
9.11 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 449 nearby attractions
Venice Myakka River Park
19 reviews
7.70 miles away
Scherer Thaxton Preserve
6 reviews
8.36 miles away
Sarasota Trap Skeet and Clays
20 reviews
7.88 miles away
Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary
1,194 reviews
9.12 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
April 24, 2018|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from Jonathan-MicheleM | Reviewed this property |
I think driving thru the park itself would take under 30 minutes, stopping a bit to view the gators, but if you're there and have a few, walking to the swinging bridge / canopy walk / tower would be worth it. As far as the... More
January 8, 2018|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
Response from Kristi V | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure we did not take the boat tour.
December 19, 2017|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from jchand2015 | Reviewed this property |
Each of the 5 cabins consist of one large living space that contain 2 queen size beds plus a sleeper sofa. Also in this space is a dining area and large stone fireplace. The recent upgrades to the cabins include a small... More