Myakka River State Park
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
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One of the original Civilian Conservation Corps parks.
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  • JAE
    York, Pennsylvania55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Spot!
    My husband and I decided to explore this park, and we loved that we could do it from the convenience of our car. It was a little hard to spot the alligators on a hot day but the park rangers were extremely informative and helpful. They were also very personable and answered all of our questions. We only spent about an hour and a half since we did not do any hiking, but that was the perfect amount for us.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 30, 2023
  • Law74
    Oxford, United Kingdom149 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning park, please visit.
    We visited on an extremely hot day in July. The beauty of this park was exactly what we needed after a full on week in the fun but completely man made metropolis of Orlando! We came early, the park is absolutely stunning. We saw alligators on the river crossing, as well as many beautiful birds. We spent a good two hours here and were extremely grateful that most things could be seen from the air conned car! But when we did get out it was truly beautiful. Great value too and the facilities were all immaculate.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 6, 2023
  • Sierra E
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Boat Tour!!
    We set out on a beautiful boat ride, aboard a comfortable pontoon. Our captain, Miranda, was so knowledgeable about the different species residing in the park. She gave us a "boatload;)" of information about alligators, their mating season, different birds, and the overall history of the park. I would recommend this beautiful excursion to anyone, in fact, it was so relaxing I'd like to go again ASAP!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 22, 2023
  • CincySnowbird
    Cincinnati, Ohio108 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see treasure
    Loved our visit to Myakka today. Greeted by 2 Sandhill cranes at visitor center! Saw so much wildlife including; bald eagle, kestrels, wood storks, many deer, ibis, alligators, roseate spoonbills and many others. What a treat! Take your time on the drive and enjoy this beautiful park. Employees very friendly and helpful.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 15, 2023
  • flashsam7267
    Knaresborough, United Kingdom3,366 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great scenery and wildlife
    We haven't been for a few years and were staying in the area so came for a visit. Only $6 per car for entry and they give you a map on the way in. (Note - they've not had drinkable water for a while now so bring it with you, or ask at the gate when you enter age they'll give you a bottle) We managed to spend nearly 4 hours here and greatly enjoyed it. First stop the main bridge you cross soon after entering. There were a few very big alligators in the water to see here. Then a few minutes drive to the parking area on the right where we parked and did the nature walk (just over a mile and saw many woodpeckers) and the canopy walk with a really tall viewing tower. Drove on to the main car park and walked round by the water to see even more alligators, vultures and roseate spoonbill. Did the long scenic drive, parked and walked to the boardwalk lookout point. Very scenic but hard to see any birds here without binoculars. Luckily as we were there at the weekend the North entrance was open so it made our trip back to where we were staying much quicker! Highly recommend visiting here. You can always see wildlife if you are looking for it!
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 24, 2023
  • Mike F
    Antigo, Wisconsin416 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great afternoon!
    I took my boys for an afternoon to explore this park. We loved it, 6$ for a car is worth it for sure! Both at the front gate and the visitor center/museum very friendly and helpful people working and my boys had lots of questions. The drive through is very nice with plenty of spots to stop, explore, geocache, search for gators, walk trails or edge of the lake. Also some concessions and gift shop at the lake. Highlights for us were seeing gators at the bridge, the canopy walk, tower and trail there. It was a chilly day for Florida so not as many gators out as what I hear can be on a sunny day. Maybe we'll make it back for that! Great afternoon, beautiful place!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 11, 2024
  • Sandee
    Villas, New Jersey519 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Afternoon visit
    Absolutely lovely day! Entrance fee of $6.00 per car allows access to while park. Visitor center has ranger who explains how to navigate park. Canopy walk up was a must do!! Seeing alligators, birds from various vantage points along road or path. Those with limited mobility can enjoy the park and sights. We spent 5 hours but you could do in half the time. Great for bikes! Looks like concession stand hasn't come back since Ian; picnic area we brought own food.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 24, 2024
  • darkhorse347
    Port Saint Lucie, Florida8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Prelude of Discovery
    Our first visit to the park had us arrive well after the gates closed but none the less a ranger was more than happy to help us along with being incredibly nice and informative. We stayed at the Old Prairie Campground the sites didn’t have much privacy but were adequately sized. The Palmetto Ridge Campground offered larger sites with more privacy along with a paved camp loop. The park did get busy during the day with people and traffic but there’s plenty to entertain yourself. This is not a park you can fully discover or absorb in one day there are miles of multi use trails that intertwine throughout the park. Witnessed owls mating along with dozens of deer, wild boar and alligators. Had such a great time at the park and can’t wait to come back.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 4, 2024
  • SteelCity13
    Austin, Texas886 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful park that is easy to navigate. Just call ahead if you want to take the boat tour.
    This park is beautiful and ease to navigate. So much to see and plenty of places to hike. Saw lots of gators. Did the tree canopy walk which was short but beautiful and fun! Be prepare for climb alot of steps. However I was disappointed to find out they were understaffed for Spring Break and the boat tours were all cancelled. So call ahead if you want to do a tour. Wish they would have posted it on the website or something.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 17, 2024
  • Steven H
    223 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gators and birds, oh my.
    Big state park, diverse habitats: floodplains, forests, lakes. Alligators galore. Seasonally, lots of birds. The nature walk trail was beautiful, recomended. The 2 hour boat ride was lovely and there's chances to see more birds. Many trails in the park and some are great for bikes.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 22, 2024
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golfusa2012
Bettendorf, IA131 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We should have known better. We did not know we signed up for the "Slow boat to China" on a cool, windy day in the park. The vast majority of the 1-hour trip was crawling at a snails pace back and forth across the small lake. We saw more birds from the shore before the boat ride and only spotted one alligator sunning itself on the shore line. Undoubtedly the weather played a role, but there is no excuse for such a painstakingly slow ride with a guide who thought bad jokes were a substitute for knowing the names of the few birds that were spotted.
Written March 8, 2020
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jchand2015
Cape Coral, FL12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This visit included our daughter and boyfriend and we reserved two cabins to accommodate all of us including our grandson. This is a wonderful place to disconnect from the frenzies of modern life. No wi-fi, no cellphone service unless you know where there is weak service, and unbelievable wildscapes with alligators and birdlife. OK and there are wildhogs and deer to be seen also.

Not to be missed is the tree canopy walk. More of a stair-climb actually, many steps up a wooden tower over 70ft into and above the tree level. It was well-built and is sturdy. No fears from any in our party.

One of the best features of our cabins was the log fireplace that made the December evenings cozy and warm. There are outside fire rings also for each cabin.

Highly recommended!
Written January 4, 2020
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Laurelandbetsy
Fairborn, OH191 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Cost $6 per car, but relxing drive with wildlife to view:
:Stop at large bridge, usual hangout of large alligators.
Also lots of small deer to those withh a wactchful eye.
Also drive to lake aea. Good place to relax with benches to view wildlife, including many birrds in area. Have boat rides, but we did not go on one thgis time .We did not see this time, but have seen large feral pigs (guide said decendents of pigs brought here by the Spainards Remeber the gates close at dusk
Written February 18, 2020
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Fred G
Milton, Canada583 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
My wife and I visited this park recently. We mostly enjoyed our experience, with one exception which I will explain later. We initially did the canopy walk which was fun, as well as climbing up to the top tower-great views from there. When we arrived at the reception center and the lake, we signed up for the boat ride and tram ride combo. The boat ride was interesting, took about an hour and we spotted quite a few alligators both basking in the sun and in the lake. The boat captain, Matt, was very informative and knowledgable. After the boat ride,which was over at 3 p.m., we had an hour and a half before the tram ride, so we had lunch and then explored the board walk to the bird sanctuary, where are numerous varieties of birds. After this, we went back to the tram tour departure, which was due to leave at 4.30. This was the problem, as we waited from 4.15 to about 4.40, with no sign of any tram! Amy, the only remaining employee from the ticket office, advised that the tram driver had left early-she managed to expedite a refund to us, which took a few minutes. A disappointing finale to our day-management requires to check out this situation.
Written March 15, 2020
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P G
Saint Louis, MO25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Was a good rainy day activity and well worth the trip. Took a covered boat tour in the rain and saw 20+ alligators, water birds, deer and lots of wild life. Because of the rain and cloud cover many alligators were out and about trying to warm up. The boat tour is an hour. 30 min out and 30 min back on the same shore as the boat captain narrates. He had many, many educational points to offer about the animals and the history of the park. He seemed to enjoy his job and the teaching element which I appreciated. It is hard to find good rainy day activities for teens and this was interesting, relaxing and educational. My teens had fun spotting the alligators. We learned a lot. Then we did the nature trail and the treetop trail. Both had plaques that explained the plants & animals and we had fun hiking and reading the plaques. We are from the midwest and used to hiking on rock/gravel/tree roots. This hike was on soft sand. Not muddy. Very nice. We were still glad to have brought extra shoes as ours were soaked. Very nice park.
Written August 6, 2021
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Connie B
Chicopee, MA119 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
While we did not see much on the Boat Tour, I would still recommend it. Reasonably priced at $20 per adult, the guide's information about the park and its inhabitants well worth the price of admission. And being out on a boat on a beautiful day was just fine with us. Too windy for the alligators, unfortunately. We leisurely drove from one end of the park to the other and looked for more wildlife. A lot of birds, herons, ibis, pelicans. The park rangers were all knowledgeable and informative, without shoving education down your throat. Our boat guide also suggested some spots to find alligators back out on the main road and he was spot on!
Written February 19, 2020
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Julie C
Keller, TX12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
My husband, 14-year old son, and I had a great afternoon at Myakka River State Park. We purchased the combo pass which included the boat ride and the tram ride. Matt was our guide on the boat ride, and he admitted up front that we probably wouldn't see many alligators or other wildlife due to the recent heavy rains and the time of the year. However we did spot one alligator on the shore and then two or three more in the water. We saw so many beautiful types of birds and got some great photos. Matt told us about the history of the lake at the state park as well as his family's connections to the park. Our guide for the tram ride was Robert and he was very knowledgeable about the plants and trees of the park. We also got to see a deer and a very large alligator. Robert also told us a lot of the history of the park, which of course we had already heard on the boat ride, but it was interesting nonetheless. We were able to walk around some flooded trails to get to the canopy walk, which was really nice but not as high or as long as we had imagined it to be. The 74 ft tower was closed (I am guessing due to COVID) so we didn't get to see that. Next time we are in the area and come to the State Park we will come prepared to hike and bike as we hear that the trails are incredible. The park is very well maintained and worth a visit for sure.
Written September 26, 2020
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Pat H
Asheboro, NC64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Visiting State parks is one of our favorite things to do on vacation, so we could not pass up a chance to visit Myakka River State Park. What a great experience we had there! This park is one of Florida's largest and most diverse natural areas. It includes the beautiful Myakka River, wetlands, prairies, pine lands and hammocks, as well as a huge variety of wildlife. We wanted to learn about the history of this jewel of a park, so we started with a Tram Tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and treated us to a fascinating history of the park as we traversed the land. It really was amazing to see how drastically the landscape changed as we went from the lush wetland to the much dryer prairie area. In a matter of a few minutes we saw completely different types of trees and grasses. All along we were treated to numerous viewings of the animal we really came to see: the alligator. They were big, beautiful and fascinating. We were reminded that they are dangerous and we needed to keep our distance and be mindful of their presence. Of course, birds were abundant in this welcoming space and we had many wonderful sightings. We continued learning about the park with a delightful Boat Tour. Being on the water gave a different perspective and even more insights into the richness of this place. Myakka River State Park was a highlight of our visit to the Sarasota area. Visitors will not be disappointed!
Written February 5, 2020
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fjones
Osprey, FL102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
We went to Myakka State Park for a day trip while we were in Sarasota. This park is truly Old Florida, with palm and palmetto groves nestled in with moss draped scrub oaks. As you enter the park you will cross a bridge. There were several people standing on the bridge pointing to the water. So we stopped to look. There were several large alligators resting in the sun on the banks of the Myakka river. The brochure you are given as you pay your $6 park fee mention that alligators are abundant and they arent exaggerating. There are many hidden discoveries in the park, from the prairie covered with yellow wild flowers, the board walk to bird watch, to the canopy trail walk which is a must do. We heard bull gators bellowing to each other, watched a hawk scoop up a snack, and passed a dear in the woods. The canopy trail is near the entrance to the park. It is a 76 foot tower that puts you above the palm hammock tree tops for a spectacular view.
Written June 18, 2021
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Rebecca B
Flower Mound, TX18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Family
The best part of the day was the boat tour with captain Matt who was a great narrator. They space you out and have limited capacity right now so get your tickets early. We saw several alligators, but he advised us that winter is a better time to see them since the water level is lower and they come up out of the water to warm up.The kids loved trying the gator bites from the cafe. We went on the short canopy walk, and the kids loved the bridge. The tram tour was closed due to flooding.
Written November 25, 2020
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