Myakka River State Park

Location: east of Sarasota, Florida
Date: March 2, 2008

On the Lake Myakka airboat tour

Myakka River surrounds the Myakka River, Lake Myakka, Lower Myakka Lake, and the surrounding wetlands and forests. During my visit I first went on an airboat tour of Upper Myakka Lake. The park claims that the boats are some of the world's largest airboats. On the tour around the lake I saw a variety of birds and several alligators.

View from the canopy walkway tower

After the airboat tour I went to the canopy walkway. The walkway is 25 feet above the ground and 100 feet long. At one end of the walkway is a tower that rises to 74 feet above the canopy of the surrounding forest. I thought this walkway was really interesting as you could see all the bromeliads and other life living above the ground in the trees. The Boylston Nature Trail is a short loop trail that connects to the canopy walkway.

Looking down on the canopy walkway from the tower

View from the canopy walkway tower

Bromeliads in trees along the canopy walkway

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