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“Wonderful State Park, Especially for Bird Watchers”

Myakka River State Park
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$59.00*
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Sarasota Bayfront Kayaking with Optional Selby Garden Tour
Ranked #6 of 141 things to do in Sarasota
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Owner description: One of the original Civilian Conservation Corps parks.
Jacksonville, Florida
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455 reviews
131 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
“Wonderful State Park, Especially for Bird Watchers”
Reviewed April 7, 2012

Wonderful volunteers are posted at both the weir and the bird walk to assist visitors with spotting and identifying birds. Probably most visitors prefer the large air boat (75 or so seats) for a tour of the lake and search for alligators. If this is your desire, visit on a sunny day. Reptiles head for warmth and the lake bottom is warmer on cloudy and/or windy days.

Visited January 2012
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Jackson, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Nice break from the beach”
Reviewed April 5, 2012

Plenty of animals, plants and sights. A bit crowded during spring break.

Bring your own lunch for a nice picnic. Restaurant and gift shop are touristy junk.

Canopy walk is interesting but very short.

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Asker, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Rustic and laid-back”
Reviewed April 4, 2012

Not very crowded, OK nature walks, but very poor food & drink faciities.

Visited June 2011
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Newmarket, Canada
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3 reviews
“Gators everywhere!”
Reviewed April 3, 2012

My family and I (age range 29-62) visited the park looking to see some native wildlife and boy did we! We didn't really know what to expect as the website doesn't have many photos. We took the airboat ride for $12. Our tour guide Ken was knowledgable about the animals and the area. We saw up to 50 Aligators along withe a variety of birds. The gators were about 10 feet from the boat. Got some amazing photos too. Definitely recommend.

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Walker, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“a great place to slow down and see the real rural Florida”
Reviewed April 1, 2012

When combined with the park's canopy walkway this makes for a nice afternoon away from the fast pace of the Gulf Coast and gives one a chance to see rural Florida and its wildlife. Egrets, pelicans, alligators and more - very nice.

Visited March 2012
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