As one of the oldest parks in Florida, Myakka River State Park contains some of the largest and most diverse natural landscapes in the continental southeast. This park has several habitats including wetlands, prairies, and hammocks among others, all of which are on display during your stay.
If you just can't wait to get out on the trails, make sure you check out the Upper Myakka Lake boardwalk. Built in 2009, the boardwalk enables guests to get a good look at these natural surroundings without disturbing the myriad wildlife that dots the Myakka River State Park.
For guests who'd like more of a physical challenge, there are several unpaved trails that wind throughout the 58 square miles of dry Florida prairie, a rare sight in an otherwise swampy state. Several walking tours exist here, more information on which can be found at the Myakka River State Park's central offices.
If you're getting out on these paths with your canine, it's important to keep them on a leash no longer than six feet. Also, make sure you bring plastic bags, as no doggie refuse stations exist here. Upper Myakka Lake is a great place for kayaking and canoeing, with almost 16 miles of total waterway available to paddle through.
There's boat ramp access for vessels with engines, as well as a small marina and shop in case you need any last minute boating accessories. Rental services for kayaks and canoes exist in limited quantities here, so make sure to show up early if you'd like to claim one for the day.
Also offered on these bodies of water are offered via the world's two largest airboats ever built! These are owned by a third party company and can be rented in person or via their website which can be found on the Florida State Parks website. Make sure to keep your dog restrained if you're looking to get them out on the water here.