Myakka River State Park
Myakka River State Park 13208 State Road 72 FL 34241
Located 9 miles east of I-75 close to Sarasota, it is one of Florida’s oldest and largest state parks. The 37,000 acre park is noted for its wildlife and some of the rare birds which are only seen in Florida plus many species of fish, amphibians and mammals.
Follow the 7-mile scenic drive through shady oak-palm hammocks and along the shore of the Upper Myakka Lake. Over 39 miles of hiking trails and many miles of dirt roads provide access to the remote interior.
The Canopy walkway - a suspension bridge and tower provides a novel way to view the forest canopy below.
Hop aboard one of the world's two largest airboats, the Myakka Maiden and the Gator Gal for a scenic cruise on Upper Myakka Lake or take a Tram Safari (winter only) into the back country of the park to find out what life in old Florida was like.
To avoid disappointment book at the Ticket booth at Upper Myakka Lake as soon as you arrive in the park as they sell out fast.