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Summary: Experience the wild of Myakka River State Park escorted by professional guides. Kayak the mysterious waters of the Myakka River and enjoy the local cuisine at the Pink Gator Café before hitting the trails with a Park Ranger to hike or bike through prairies, hammocks, and pinelands, discovering unique birds and wildlife along the way. Learn how Park Rangers protect one of the oldest and largest state parks and one of the state’s most diverse natural areas. Park fee of $6 per vehicle collected at the park entrance. This experience best suited for ages 8 and up.
Duration: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm (7.5 hrs)
Included: kayak, life jacket, paddle, bicycle, helmet, expert kayak guide/instructor, Park Ranger guide, lunch, hydration, great people, good times
What to wear: wear clothing that is both quick to dry and provides protection from the sun and sport sandals (like Tevas). In the winter months, you’ll be happy to have a fleece to layer on and off. In the summer, a cooling towel or handkerchief feels nice.
What to bring: personal water bottle, hat, polarized sunglasses, sunscreen, bug repellent, pocket-sized binoculars, breathable rain poncho.
About those alligators: Yes, you will encounter alligators during your time on and around the Myakka River. Alligators may intimidate some visitors, but as long as you follow a handful of simple, common-sense guidelines, there is no reason to fear these shy, beautiful creatures, who would much rather avoid human contact altogether. While formidable hunters, they eat fish, turtles and birds—things they can take in one bite. They keep to themselves, basking on the riverbank or sinking below the water to stay out of sight as humans pass by. Before our tour begins, our guide will offer basic tips on how to stay safe around alligators and answer any questions you might have.
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