Myakka River State Park

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A trip to this natural gem in Sarasota will let your group explore Florida’s wild side. One of the oldest and largest state parks in the southeast, Myakka River State Park was originally created to protect one of the state’s most diverse natural areas and continues to thrive protecting its 58 square miles of river, wetlands, prairies, hardwood hammocks, and pinelands. Your group can even see one of Florida's rare dry planes within this diverse park!

See why the Seminole Indians first called this place home and also why Roosevelt’s New Deal included one of Florida’s highest areas of employment during the 1930s. View local birds, small mammals, and reptiles galore as you take in the past and present Florida wildlife and realize the importance of preserving this piece of land near Florida’s coast.

During a trip to Myakka River State Park, your group will be able to take a tour of the canopy walkway, relax on one of the two lakes with some fishing, kayaking, or boating, or just enjoy the beautiful Sarasota boardwalk. If it’s a thrill you want, check out one of the two world’s largest airboats for a waterway adventure and up-close and personal tour of the wildlife in the area, or even take a Safari tram tour on land.