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Myakka River State Park

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Opens in 6 min: 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Open today: 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
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See the alligators

Definitely get up and get to the park by the time it opens. There is a special walk you can do that... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Sarasota, Florida
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Alligators everywhere

Taking the large airboat tour was an excellent experience. Our tour guide knew the lake and birds... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Boston, Massachusetts
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One of the original Civilian Conservation Corps parks.
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13208 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL 34241-9546
+1 941-361-6511
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Definitely get up and get to the park by the time it opens. There is a special walk you can do that is 5 miles round trip. You will see a ton of alligators that come to the sink whole. They love to sun themselves....More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Taking the large airboat tour was an excellent experience. Our tour guide knew the lake and birds and wildlife we saw. Lots of alligators on banks and in the water. Nurseries close to shore and a few large alligators cruising the lake. We saw people...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Popped into here when leaving Sarasota. Heard about the tree canopy walk which we wanted to try out, it isn’t very long but the views from the top are amazing

Thank segawidow
Reviewed 1 week ago

Myakka River State Park is very large with lots of places to walk, ride your bike, or take a boat ride. There are places to sit but they are few and far between so if you can’t walk distances or ride for a half mile...More

1  Thank Darcybev
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When people throughout the country think of Florida, they think of sandy beaches, blue water or large, billion dollar amusement parks. Can't deny they're both Florida and I do love them, but having lived here for most of my life, and exploring all corners of...More

Thank joanfedora
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The floods. Love all the trails, rivers, lakes, and alligators. Took the boat ride around the lake. It’s worthwhile. Also tried a trail run but the hot weather and wetness deterred. All of the trails I tried became impassable within a mile. Great experience of...More

Thank David M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was an awesome state park to visit! Saw many alligators. Ate at the cafe and also took a pontoon alligator tour which was very informative. Highly recommend the canopy walk and the bird walk!

Thank Shannon J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The midday boat trip was pleasant but no wildlife in sight. Cycling was ok but it was along a park road with few animals. Not as good as we’d hoped for.

Thank carpentermc6
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Many species of Animals. Cute gift shop with a great selection of gifts, and a small restaurant. Very reasonable prices to get in.

Thank Joanne K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Four of us senior siblings visited this very large state park (admission $6/car). We enjoyed lunch followed by a boat tour on the beautiful Myakka River to see birds, turtles and alligators on the banks and in the water. We also stopped at the boardwalks...More

Thank gfbutler1
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25 April 2018|
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Response from Jonathan-MicheleM | Reviewed this property |
I think driving thru the park itself would take under 30 minutes, stopping a bit to view the gators, but if you're there and have a few, walking to the swinging bridge / canopy walk / tower would be worth it. As far as the... More
9 January 2018|
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Response from Kristi V | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure we did not take the boat tour.
20 December 2017|
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Response from jchand2015 | Reviewed this property |
Each of the 5 cabins consist of one large living space that contain 2 queen size beds plus a sleeper sofa. Also in this space is a dining area and large stone fireplace. The recent upgrades to the cabins include a small... More