Myakka River State Park, Sarasota

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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.
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  • It’s hard to believe Myakka is just a few miles away from the hustle & bustle of Sarasota. It is a very pleasant place to encounter quiet and nature. We brought bikes and went with friends, which...  more »
  • Lots of trails, a lot of swamp. Can be hot and humid. Bring high water proof boots to wade across swampy trail areas, and mosquito repellent. There are animals everywhere, not particularly afraid of....  more »
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