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Myakka River State Park

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Closes in 12 min: 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Open today: 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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This place is so beautiful! Tons of wildlife everywhere you turn from birds, squirrels, alligators... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Clearwater, Florida
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Just blown away with seeing Florida without the ears (mickey) stunning, the wildlife and scenery... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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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

This place is so beautiful! Tons of wildlife everywhere you turn from birds, squirrels, alligators, and more! The drive is lovely you go at your own pace to see everything you stop as you please. You’re almost guaranteed to see many alligators! The hanging bridge...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Just blown away with seeing Florida without the ears (mickey) stunning, the wildlife and scenery words can’t explain, the boat tour is brilliant the staff are brilliant it’s just brilliant and wish I had more time there as 1 day is not enough 🐊🌴😎

Thank Cbradshaw1984
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Took the hour boat ride which was very informative. Visited the Visitor Center and watched several short clips about Park, it’s history, and wildlife. Very helpful. Walked to Canopy Trail and walked over bridge and then climbed tower. Nice view from there but didn’t really...More

Thank mreesebryan
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We knew little about this park but drove quite a distance because we heard about the canopy walkway and were excited to try something different. It’s probably my own fault that I was disappointed. I was expecting something higher and longer. It is about 25...More

Thank lobstaluva
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been to this park many times. It is good for hiking and biking, but also bird watching. He can always see alligators. The boat ride on the lake is very informative as is the little tram ride.

Thank e1949
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I needed a beach break so decided to check out the Myakka River State Park. Began by buying my ticket for the boat tour, since the gate told me they sell out quickly. Snagged a seat on a tour that left 2 hours later, so...More

Thank Ringo-Rango
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you've ever wanted to get up close and personal with very large alligators, this is the place!!! We saw too many to count, plus the bird life was phenomenal. Judging by the crowd, this experience isn't for everyone.

Thank Mike W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A huge State Park with lots of activities to do. The best being Conopy Walk and a Boat Ride in Myakka Lake for Alligator sighting and also some exotic birds. For taking full advantage best is to have a stay at the park. A great...More

Thank Talha S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I’ve been here many times over the years and it is truly a special place. It’s so beautifully preserved and peaceful. There is plenty of road to bike on and great trails for walks. The tower and rope bridge are a must. You can see...More

1  Thank Renn N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I drove an hour to visit this park with trials. The day was perfect, 72 degrees and not a cloud in the sky. We did the Canopy Walk and other trails. We loved that the trails were pretty walked on and the...More

Thank FloridaWifey
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24 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.
19 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