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Myakka State Park - Orlando / Florida Guide

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Myakka State Park is situated in Sarasota on the S. R. 72. This park covers 58 square miles od natural prairie and encompasses The Myakka River.

This area was once occupied by the Seminole Indians and it was they who named the river Myakka. The lands were dotted with cattle. By 1900 it had become a ranch and The Parks Department purchased the lands from the ranch owners.

The park was developed from 1934 in a joint initiative by the Civilian Conservation Corps and The State Parks department. It then opened to the public in 1942.

Here you can see many of the original buildings and enjoy boating, hiking, biking and fishing.

One of the best things to do is to take an air boat ride accessing some of the areas only negotiated in such a way. Afterwards you could catch a tram safari which reaches 7 miles into the back woods of the prairie.

The nature trail takes you through the tree tops to a tower which stands some 74 feet where the view is breathtaking. The park concession holders can rent you a canoe to explore the waterways.

Another great way to see the park is by cycle and you can rent one from $15 for 2 hours. You can also hire a quad bike which costs from $35 per hour.

THe Rangers hold an extensive programme of special events from ' Whats that bird? ' to ' An evening with Granny' who serves you crackers and juice while telling her (sometimes) tall tales.

This a great State Park which is sure to entertain you for a full day so be sure to arr8ve early and stay late.

Park Fees

Admission fees are $5 for up to eight people.

For the economically disadvantaged it is a mere $2. 50 for up to eight people

Bus tour fees; $40 for $40 people

Yearly family entrance is $80

Yearly one person entrance is $40

$4 per vehicle

Daily Concession Tours

Airboat & Tram Tours Adult $10. 00

Children from 6 to 12 is $2; children under 5 free in adult´s lap)

Daily Concession Rental Fees

Canoe rental: 0-2 hrs $15. 00; 2-4 hrs $25. 00; 4hrs close $40. 00

Kayak rental: ½ day $25. 00; Full day $50. 00

Bicycle rental: 0-2hrs $10. 00; 2-4hrs $20. 00; 4hrs-close $30. 00

Myakka River State Park

13208 S. R. 72

Sarasota,

Florida

34241

Phone: 941-361-6511

Visitor Service Provider

Myakka Outpost,

Inc. 13207 State Road 72 Sarasota,

FL 34241

(941) 923-1120

Visitor Service Provider

Myakka Wildlife Tours

10151 Sommers Road Sarasota,

FL 34240

(941) 377-5797

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