Myakka River State Park, Sarasota

4.5
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, Sarasota Edition.
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  • I found this park on a map and KNEW it must be a great place to see giant old trees, spanish moss and lost of birds and it was ALL TRUE; so much bbeauty and we shall go back next week and meet friends...  more »
  • We went here to check out the canopy trail. It was beautiful, and after crossing the wooden bridge, the climb to the top of the observation tower was fun, and views from the top were really pretty. Ju...  more »

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