For generations, Floridians have cherished Myakka River State Park for its opportunities to bird, camp, fish, and hike. The WPA-era park sprawls out across—and thus preserves—57 square miles of wetlands, prairies, and woodlands.

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Expert Review of Myakka River State Park

Parks and Outdoors Review of Myakka River State Park

Away Travel Expert: Mike Sigalas
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ParksExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Birding,Camping,Day Hiking,Freshwater Fishing,Jungle Exploration,Safaris,Scenic Drives,Sustainable Travel
Parks and OutdoorsExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • The Myakka Canopy Walkway allows you to walk 35 feet above the forest floor at a level normally reserved for birds, squirrels, and Ewoks. The $100,000, 85-foot suspension bridge is the only public canopy walkway built in a subtropical forest. The walkway ends at a 74-foot tower, providing panoramic views of the park and river from high above the treetops.
  • The park offers safari tram tours through the hammocks and prairie of the Myakka's "backcountry", but only from mid-December through May. Make reservations as soon as you get to the park to ensure your seats.
  • You'll find canoe and kayak rentals here at the park, but non-paddlers can explore Upper Myakka Lake aboard the Myakka Maiden or the Gator Gal, two of the largest airboats in existence.

9 miles east of I-75
13208 State Rd. 72
Florida 32241
Parking: 8 a.m. to sunset
Price: $5 per vehicle (2 to 8 people)

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 941-361 6511
Price Information: $5 per vehicle (2 to 8 people)
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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