Myakka City, Florida
Driving past Myakka City on US 70 in Florida in February 2017.
Florida Travel: Explore Myakka River State Park
Explore one of Florida's oldest and largest state parks with one of the state's most diverse natural areas. The Myakka River, designated as a Florida Wild and Scenic River, flows through 58 square miles of wetlands, prairies, hammocks, and pinelands. Visitors can enjoy wildlife viewing from a boardwalk that stretches out over the Upper Myakka Lake, then take to the treetops with a stroll along the canopy walkway. The park´s river and two lakes provide ample opportunities for boating, freshwater fishing, canoeing, and kayaking; a boat ramp provides access to Upper Myakka Lake. Hikers can explore trails that cross large expanses of rare Florida dry prairie. Scenic lake tours are offered daily.
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Sarasota Top Ten Things To Do
Sarasota and the Suncoast of Florida don't just have great beaches and the Gulf of Mexico. There is also art, theater and a host of interesting activities.
Top Ten Sarasota
1) Beaches: Siesta Key, Lido Key, Longboat Key & St Armands Key
2) Bayfront Park: bustling harbor downtown
3) The Ringling: Art and Circus Museums, Ca' dZan mansion
4) Mote Marine Labratory & Aquarium
5) Jungle Gardens: native and exotic animals
6) Culture: theater, opera, ballet and art galleries
7) Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
8) Myakka River State Park: animals in their natural setting
9) Sarasota Classic Car Museum
10) Legacy Bike Trail: bike trail from Sarasota to Venice
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Top Tourist Attractions in Sarasota - Travel Florida
Top Tourist Attractions and Beautiful Places in Sarasota - Travel Florida:
The Ringling, Ca d'Zan Mansion, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota National Cemetery, Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, Myakka River State Park, Ed Smith Stadium, Ed South Lido Park, Legacy Trail, Unconditional Surrender Sculpture, Sarasota Classic Car Museum, Sarasota Jungle Gardens, Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota Opera
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Key West Travato Style | We Made It... Now What?
In this video we finally make it to our destination, Key West, Florida. We spend 3 nights exploring the fun in and around the area. We rent a scooter for the first time and we get to spend time with dear friends from NC. All while sleeping in our Travato right beside manatees, iguanas and blue water at Boyd’s Key West Campground. Lots of key lime pie, seafood dinners, laughs and 3 magnificent Key West sunsets. [NOTE: 1st upload had an issue and was deleted... thanks for letting us know]
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Myakka River State Park and Southern Florida Vlog | North Port, FL
After our all day adventure in Dry Tortugas ( we decided to take it easy for a few days while hanging out with family in North Port, Florida.
We went to Myakka River State Park and explored the Canopy Walk and Tower then walked around the Hammock area. We also saw a ton of alligators.
In this video, you'll also see our third piece of key lime pie and decide on the best piece of key lime pie in Key West.
We also stopped at the main office and shop of Rifle Paper Co. in Winter Park. They make super cute stuff and you should get stuff there.
Here are some time stamps:
0:16 - Myakka River State Park
0:30 - Myakka River Canopy Walkway and Tower
1:42 - Myakka River State Park hike through the Hammock Area
2:06 - Gator sighting in North Port
2:46 - Bike riding in Key West
3:12 - Key West Key Lime Pie Co. Review
4:47 - North Port baby gator sighting
6:09 - Rifle Paper Co. headquarters in Winter Park
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Filmed May 1 through May 4, 2017 on a Canon G7X.
Canon G7X Mark II: (it’s amazing and basically sees in the dark)
Canon G7X: (the original is almost as good, but less expensive)
Joby Gorillapod: (fantastic versatile bendy tripod – this is the slightly smaller “action” version that’s easier to travel with and comes with a mount for a camera and a gopro)
Macbook Air: (we edit everything on Final Cut Pro on a Macbook Air, which is light and easy to travel with)
External Hard Drive: (the videos are a little too big for the macbook air to handle, so I edit everything off an external hard drive)
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MYAKKA RIVER STATE PARK & CAMPGROUND SARASOTA RV TRIP
Myakka River State Park and Campground near Sarasota Florida.
A special moment, frozen in time, in a special place, The canopy suspension bridge: you can venture across the “canopy trail,” a high bridge to nowhere with a tower that takes you above the trees for an amazing view of the surrounding wilderness, a dense forest pockmarked with wetlands and small meadows.
.With all of its activities, Myakka River State Park makes a great base for extended camping stays, and demand is high for this popular park.
A new campground, Palmetto Ridge, was opened during the 2011-12 winter season at Myakka River State Park, adding 42 campsites with gravel pads and full hookups, obviously geared to RVs. Also has 10 pull-through sites for campers with big rigs.
The two older campgrounds – Big Flats (sites 1-26) and Old Prairie (sites 27-48) – are more rustic and have been modified somewhat to provide a little more space between sites, but none of the older sites have sewer hookups, only water and electric, making them tent-friendly. (There are dump stations and restrooms at each campground.)
When the park’s campgrounds were originally constructed back in the 1960s, little thought was given to the large RV’s we see today, so the older sites are well-shaded within oak hammocks, ideal for the more compact requirements of tent campers.
Of the two older campgrounds, Big Flats is the better choice for tents and tent-campers. It is the shadiest campground, and there is more space between sites. Another advantage to Big Flats — it’s closer to the Myakka Outpost concession.
Of the two campgrounds at the southern end of the park, Old Prairie has more Old Florida charm and benefits from being located in a more shady, mature forest than the newer Palmetto Ridge.
There also five palm-log cabins available for overnight rentals (minimum two nights on weekends). The cabins were built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, a Depression-era work project that is largely responsible for the establishment of the Florida State Parks system.
Other things to do at Myakka River State Park
Other activities include picnicking, fishing, equestrian facilities and trails, and airboat rides are offered at the park concession, the Myakka Outpost, which is at the foot of Upper Myakka Lake, just off the main park road.
Airboat rides: These are large tour boats, not the noisy, four-person craft you see skidding across the Everglades. And if you fear the noise will keep you away, no worries. It’s quiet enough for the guide to talk through the onboard sound system. The airboat takes you out onto Upper Myakka Lake, where you observe alligators, birds, fish and the wild pigs on the far shore.
Tram Safari (Available only from Dec. 16-May 31 only): Land-based tour of the park and back country with guides who explain the history of the land and its wildlife.
Canoe and kayak rentals: Explore 14 miles of lakes and rivers within the park.
Bike rentals: Rent your bikes on site at the Myakka Outpost.
Things to do nearby: there’s plenty to explore, farms, ranches and dairies, many of them handed down through families from early settlers of the “Old Myakka Valley.”
Crowley Museum and Nature Center: Here’s a little corner of the world worth visiting because there’s a lot going on. This historic homestead features pioneer cabins, a school house, blacksmith shop and more.
Ringling Estate and Museum: Sarasota is “America’s Circus City,” home of the renowned Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus. John Ringling’s estate is now the grounds for the Circus Museum, which houses circus memorabilia dating back more than a century. One of the main attractions is a miniature replica of the 1919-1938 circus. But that’s not all! There’s a museum of art, a 1798 European performing arts theater that was brought here from Italy and restored, a lovely 27,000 square-foot garden, and the Venetian style mansion where John Ringling lived from 1924 until his death in 1936. ringling.org
Historic Spanish Point: This 30-acre park has a 5,000-year history, as evidenced by a unique shell midden built through the centuries by native Americans who cast their discarded shells in a pile. The heart of the midden is visible through a glass wall built to protect it from weathering, and archaeological objects exposed to view include ancient pottery and tools. This tract on Little Sarasota Bay was also home to Mrs. Potter Palmer of the prominent pioneer family that once owned much of Sarasota County. Many of the historic buildings and gardens can be attributed to her era.
The beaches : 13 public beaches on six barrier islands in the Sarasota area, including some of the most beautiful beaches you’ll find anywhere in the U.S.
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