Myakka state park

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By Marion Rowland

Posted on July 7th, 2011

We never get tired of Myakka state parkwhen we visit Rotonda West we spend ay least on day at the park

Myakka state parkis one of Florida's oldest and largest state parks it has 53 square miles of wetlands, prairies and woodlands. You can take a one hour Airboat ride on the upper Myakka lake where you will see Alligators and birds feeding on the water edge. You can also do Gator watching at the bridge to the lake and river.

Take a leisurely one hour nature history Tram tour
You will find many picnic areas with tables and grills at different locations around the park.

Fishing is available at South picnic area bridge (A license is required)
There is also playgrounds at the South picnic area

one hour Airboat ride on the upper Myakka lake is only $12
children under 12 years of age dollars is $6 dollars
keep your ticket and you get 50% off your 2nd trip and it's valid for 12 months

If you're feeling a little bit more energetic and adventurous
you can rent a canoe kayak, take a 7 mile bike ride along the paved road there are more dirt roads available within the park to cycling.

There is 39 miles of hiking trails. Through flatwoods hammocks and wetlands

The canopy walk is highly recommended you walk through the treetops

and then you climb 74ft Tower
that gives you the most spectacular and magnificent views across Florida's unspoiled natural countryside
and don't forget to take your camera

The visitor centre has displays and Myakka movies information
The friends Gallery has posters postcards book artwork and souvenirs

Snacks are available along with sandwiches

We highly recommend Myakka river state park for a really good day out

I would suggest you pack up the cool box and spend the day they as there are so many things to do at the park you may even find yourself returning for a second day. As it is incredible value at only
Entrance fees are $6.00 per vehicle for 2 to 8 persons.

The park is is open every day 8:00 AM until Sunset
13208 State Road 72
Sarasota, Florida 34241
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