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“Gators !”

Myakka River State Park
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$49.00*
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3-Hour Small Group Mysteries of Native Florida Hike
Ranked #7 of 144 things to do in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: One of the original Civilian Conservation Corps parks.
Reviewed August 27, 2013

Did a short visit to the National Park , Very much enjoyed the Airboat ride, if you plant o go in summer time go EARLY as the Gators and wildlife don’t seem to like the heat and you have more chance to view if early morning when cooler ! Cost was about $12 a head so better value than the smaller outfits in Orlando area, it is NOT fast as holds about 30+ people and about 20 ft long and say 12 ft wide , very stable and give you time to see about you.
The Guide driving the boat was an elderly gentleman who has been doing the trips for about 15 years , also gave a very informative talking tour which was hilarious and great for the children, very insightful but also very entertaining. We did see some Gators quite close and they are LARGE ! also lot of wild birds and plantlife.
Shop & facilities – we used washrooms which were all good , bought a few gifts which were reasonable ( but as expected higher price than say Walmart ), didn’t eat in the place but coffee & ice creams etc all reasonable and decent quality.
Overall a nice place to spend a few hours , we also did the Skywalk , a bit short and disappointing as they had had lot of rainfall so area was flooded , not something you can control ! and our expectation was something a bit longer , good views though of the area.

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Reviewed August 26, 2013

Next time, I'm definitely bringing my bike and staying all day. There are tons of bird-watching opportunities and trails great for bikes. We took the air boat trip around the lake. It was later in the day so we didn't see much - I would definitely recommend coming early in the day. The little eatery has some DELICIOUS gator jambalaya / stew and other items are pretty reasonably priced. Bring sunscreen and binoculars. The facilites are great and people are helpful.

Thank Angelica R
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

Fanastic Place, boat trip is so worth it and if you go at the right time of year you will see little baby crocs swimming up the side of the boat, so don't put fingers in water , but they are so cute. There are lots a trails to walk and great gift shop and all facilites needed. Well worth a trip if you aren't screamish and love Florida's nature..

Thank Suzieboo78
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

Taking the airboat tour of Myakka River State Park was the most enjoyable part of our trip to Sarasota, FL. We went early and there was a cool breeze. Our captain was very informative and even though his jokes were groaners, I learned a lot about the wildlife in the area. We saw several alligators and got some great photos. I was disappointed that I didn't get to see the canopy walk, but because of the recent rains the path was flooded and the other people with me weren't wearing shoes appropriate for walking in water. It was nice to get away from the touristy beach areas.

Thank Cindy F
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

Loved that this area is almost untouched by civilization....saw lots of animals and beautiful birds..

Thank Linda R
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