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Myakka River State Park
Absolutely fab! Just started a tree-top walk that is just wonderful.
One of the oldest and largest state parks, has 58 square miles of wetlands, prairies, hammocks, and pinelands. Great birdlife viewing. A wonderful place for hiking, fishing, canoeing, and kayaking.
Scenic tours on airboats.
Safari tram tours.
Camping and Cabins available
Admission Fees $5.00 per vehicle
Annual Family Entrance (Up to 8 People) $80.00
Annual Individual Entrance $40.00
Primitive and youth camping / per person $4.00
Daily Concession Tours
Airboat & Tram Tours Adult $10.00
Children 6 thru 12 $5.00
Daily Concession Rental Fees
Canoe rental: 0-2 hrs $15.00; 2-4 hrs $25.00; 4hrs close $40.00
Kayak rental: ½ day $25.00; Full day $45.00
Bicycle rental: 0-2hrs $10.00; 2-4hrs $20.00; 4hrs-close $25.00
Myakka State Park - Great Wildlife
Myakka is close to Sarasota, but definitely gives you a glimpse of wild Florida. You'll see gators, eagles, wild boar, you name it! Definitely worth the US$4 entry fee.
Excellent boat tours, highly recommended. They'll get you close to the gators, but not too close, since you'll be within arms reach of the water if you choose. BRING YOUR BINOCULARS if you like birds. Definitely worth it.
Bicycle rental is also available for the trails, which is also a great time.
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