Myakka River State Park
Lonely Planet review for Myakka River State Park
Florida’s largest state park is well worth a visit. Comprised of dense woodlands, hammocks and prairies, the wildlife preserve weighs in (so to speak) at 47 sq miles. It offers great bird- and alligator-watching, 38 miles of boardwalks and trails and a few touring options. The airboat ride (on an enclosed, pontoon-type boat that remains in the upper lake area and doesn’t damage wildlife but sure is loud) draws ’em in, but there is also a nature tram tour. Airboats depart at 10am, 11:30am, 1pm and 2:30pm (no 2:30pm tour in summer) and cost $8 for everyone over six years of age. Trams depart at 1pm and 2:30pm in winter only and cost the same.