Myakka River State Park, Sarasota

4.6
#1 of 11 in Nature in Southwest Gulf Coast
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. Arrange to visit Myakka River State Park and other attractions in Sarasota using our Sarasota travel itinerary maker.
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  • August 13, 2017
    My boyfriend and I were trying to camp in new places once a year, so after great reviews of Myakka, we booked a campsite for a weekend. Unfortunately, I can't give much of a review. We arrived on a Fr...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    Excellent in a boat navigating between alligators Attention made us to sign a waiver in case you fall in the river! I did but don't do it again because we're really close to the alligators! Thrill seekers go!
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  • August 11, 2017
    The day we visited the trails were flooded. Airboat tour cost $60 for 3 adult and one child. Max speed of the "airboat" is 5 mph. We saw 3 alligators and one blue herron in an hour. The guide was know...  more »
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  • April 4, 2017
    This park is gorgeous and wild! There are alligators galore to see in their own habitat so be careful! The trails are groomed, easy to walk on and this park features a great safe observation tower to climb and look over the entire park. It's a canopy walkway with stairs and a bridge to the observation deck. You will definitely see alligators, vultures! and all kinds of birds while walking the incredible walk. There is a great camping area for tent and RV camping. They have a large gift shop and food grill as well. I would definitely recommend staying at or make a special trip to this State Park. You can't find a more entertaining with spectacular views and wildlife for ONLY $6 per car load!
  • June 3, 2017
    When I was living in Sarasota, I visited this Beautiful State Park many times. Great hiking trails and canoeing ventures. Park is teeming with wildlife photo opportunities including gators! Recommend y'all plan a visit to it.
  • May 9, 2017
    So many hiking trails here! Of course you will see alligators! There is a guided boat ride or you can rent canoes and kayaks if you want to get out on the lake. They have a boat launch if you bring your own. Definitely do the canopy walk to get a birds eye view of the area.
  • July 8, 2017
    One of the best state parks in Florida, many things to see and to do, nice campground (but unfortunately no cell phone service).
  • June 29, 2017
    Went on the airboat ride Sunday 6/25/17 and returned to my car trashed by the vultures. ...they crapped all over it, scratched the paint with their claws and tore out the rubber seal around my sunfoof. Going to cost me hundreds in repairs!! There were hundreds of these birds all over the area and they have no fear of people. I did see one sign down by the boat ramp, warning that the vultures may damage vehicles, but I was nowhere near the boat ramp. Something needs to be done about this, and I will not return any time soon!

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