Myakka State Park Sarasota, FL
Myakka State Park in Florida is a vast and captivating natural wonderland that encapsulates the essence of the Sunshine State's diverse landscapes. Encompassing over 58,000 acres of pristine wilderness, the park is one of the largest and oldest state parks in Florida, offering visitors a plethora of recreational opportunities and unforgettable experiences.
Hikers and nature enthusiasts can delight in the extensive network of trails that traverse the park's diverse ecosystems, each offering unique sights and encounters with Florida's native flora and fauna. The Canopy Walkway, a treetop suspended bridge, grants visitors a rare chance to observe the lush canopy from an elevated perspective.
- Dog Park
- Indoor Rental
- Recreation Building
- Shelter / Pavilion
- Tennis Court
- Trails - Unpaved
- Hours: The park is open 8 a.m. until sunset, 365 days a year.
- Admission: $6 per vehicle (two to eight people), $4 single-occupant vehicle.
The Myakka State Park is one of Florida's oldest and largest parks (58 square miles), easily accessed from I-75 via Clark Road (SR 72). This was Florida’s first state-designated wild and scenic river, and it flows through a vast expanse of unspoiled wetlands, prairies, hammocks, and pinelands that make up Myakka River State Park. Boating, fishing, canoeing and kayaking are popular activities on the water while hikers and bicyclists explore miles of trails and backroads.
The Park has 100 person pontoon boats that offer tours seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Click here to go to the Tour Boat Park information page.
The above images were taken at the bridge that crosses over the Myakka River. This white bird walked all around that alligator several times, and at no time did the alligator move. Eventually the bird decided to move on, and by doing so, it probably avoided becoming that alligator's lunch.
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