Myakka River State Park is Florida's largest state park, with an abundance of wildlife that can be explored, so you're in luck if you're staying in Sarasota condo rentals near the park. If you wish to experience nature up close and personally, you will want to plan a day trip from your Sarasota rental during your visit to Florida. Time seems to have stood still in this nature wonderland. It is truly unspoiled, with 28,900 acres consisting of pine flat woods, wetlands, and prairies.
Boat and Tram Tours
There are many ways for you to experience this park to make your visit unique. This park offers sightseeing tours by boat and tram, while educating you about the area's ecosystem and natural wildlife. You will see deer, bobcats, bald eagles, wild turkey, black panthers, bears, armadillos, raccoons, alligators, and more. Boat tours are scheduled daily at 10 AM, 11:30 AM, 1 PM, and 2:30 PM. The price for a tour is approximately $10 per person.
Paddle through the fresh waters on a Myakka River kayak tour lead by Almost Heaven Kayak Adventures. The cost is $65 per person for a duration of three to four hours overall. You must have a total of six people in your group for a tour to launch. Also, the water levels are cannot be too low.
"Gators" Up Close and Personal
Air boat rides are a fun way to journey through the park, but if you are interested in seeing lots of gators, perhaps you should travel by kayak or canoe instead. You will find alligators everywhere! As your boat approaches, the gators will slowly pull their head below the surface of the water. Be sure to keep your hands inside the boat at all times! Actually, alligators have a natural fear of humans unless they are harassed or fed. Remember, as long as the alligators are respected by visitors, they will show the same respect to people.
Search for Shark Teeth
Check out the secluded area past the lower lakes where only a few people are able to travel each day by canoe or kayak. There is a place along the river where you can get out of your boat to search for shark teeth that have washed ashore. Be one of the few to take home a shark tooth!
The Canopy Walk - A Must!
The Canopy Walk is a favorite among visitors, and it is a hike you won't want to miss! This hike will take you up high among the treetops to experience a one of a kind view of the park. In fact, you will be able to see straight across the park beyond the treetops.
Stay the Night
Cabins are available for $60 per night if you desire an overnight trip. Camping is also available but can be jam-packed based on the time of year. Some camp sites are extremely rustic, as the closest street can be more than ten miles away.
The Park is open every day from 8 AM to dusk. Admission into the park is $5 per carload of up to eight people. Dress appropriately and be sure to pack water bottles and snacks to make your outing more enjoyable.
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