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Trip Planner: USA / Florida / Southwest Gulf Coast / Sarasota / Myakka River State Park
Stretching over 14,973 hectares (37,000 acres), this is one of the state’s largest, oldest, and most diverse parks. Myakka River State Park features wetlands, hammocks, pinelands, and prairies--great homes for a variety of wildlife. Take a stroll on the boardwalk over Upper Myakka Lake, and see if you can spy any alligators. Also visit the canopy walkway, a treetop suspension bridge and tower, for superb views of the lush landscape and bird-watching opportunities. Keep an eye out for the roseate spoonbill. With pink plumage and a spoon-shaped bill, it’s one of the most striking birds found in North America. Head to the park’s river or one of two lakes to go canoeing, kayaking, or freshwater fishing. If you’re in the mood for a more relaxed visit, sit back and enjoy a scenic lake tour. Don’t forget to pack sunscreen and bug spray. Myakka River State Park is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , international travel planner Edition.
Myakka River State Park reviews
We enjoyed our time at this state park only 20 minutes away from downtown Sarasota. While the boat tours were not available due to low water levels, we did take the trolley tour. The tour was about.... more
We enjoyed our time at this state park only 20 minutes away from downtown Sarasota. While the boat tours were not available due to low water levels, we did take the trolley tour. The tour was about.... more »
Offer a reward to find A Lost Cartier ring On Feb. 28, 2023, we visited Myakka river state park and intend to have picnic with my families. But unfortunately, we lost an important stuff, a ring...
Offer a reward to find A Lost Cartier ring On Feb. 28, 2023, we visited Myakka river state park and intend to have picnic with my families. But unfortunately, we lost an important stuff, a ring... more »
This place was amazing. There were plenty of signs that noted where wildlife was but in general it was hard to figure out what road lead to what, and trying to figure out where any trails were was confusing. Aside from that this place is quiet, beautiful, and an amazing place to spend a day or two in. BE CAREFUL when you go though the wildlife is amazing but even the rangers when you come in warn you about the alligators and I can see why they are EVERYWHERE here. We also saw a raccoon, birds, turtles, squirrels. This place is really beautiful and a lot of fun to visit
This is a park for nature lovers and people who might need a break from city and busy life. The nature is spectacular. When you arrive at the park there is a small fee to enter. It’s best to ask before you enter what are the key points of interest. Each season may offer something different. At the time when I was in the park, there were canopy fields in full bloom, which was so pretty. You can drive around the park and make stops if you wish to walk different trails. There is an observation tower with suspension bridge for those who are not afraid of height. They also offer a boat tour around the lake for an additional fee. There is a small snack bar at the site and restrooms in some areas of the park. The park is definitely worth seeing.
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